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Kathryn Kienholz

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Wisconsin, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (333)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Unlikely."
    Overall

    This may have been a best-seller in its analog form but that just goes to show how low-brow popular taste can be. It's an okay thriller, Michael Connelly is an decent writer, but don't go here looking for anything substantial.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I Section I: The Prison Industry, Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. He combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. Hear other volumes from The Gulag Archipelago

    Gene says: "Listening to the Gulag A. in Moscow"
    "The saddest book I ever read."
    Overall

    The Cold War has been over long enough that we have begun to forget how cruel the Soviet state was. This book is a necessary reminder and a classic that everyone who is interested in history (so we are not condemned to repeat it endlessly) should read/listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume II Section II: Destructive-Labor Camps, The Soul, Barbed Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The first four-fifths of this volume cover what the author calls the "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of the prisoners in them, felling timber, building canals and railroads, mining gold, without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners...and of the luckless children they bear.Once again, this chronicle of appalling inhumanity is made endurable by the vitality and emotional range of the writing. In one truly remarkable chapter -- a parody of an anthropological treatise -- he achieves new heights of sardonic wit. And in the final section, the music changes and Solzhenitsyn provides a magnificent coda on the possibilities of redemption and purification through suffering.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "The saddest book I ever read."
    "The saddest book I ever read."
    Overall

    The Cold War has been over long enough that we have begun to forget how cruel the Soviet state was. This book is a necessary reminder and a classic that everyone who is interested in history (so we are not condemned to repeat it endlessly) should read/listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I Section II: The Prison Industry, Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. This volume involves us in the innocent victim's arrest and preliminary detention and the stages by which he is transferred across the breadth of the Soviet Union to his ultimate destination: the hard-labor camp.

    Erik Fosshage says: "Continues the epic story, but drags on a bit long"
    "The saddest book I ever read."
    Overall

    The Cold War has been over long enough that we have begun to forget how cruel the Soviet state was. This book is a necessary reminder and a classic that everyone who is interested in history (so we are not condemned to repeat it endlessly) should read/listen to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "The saddest book I ever read."
    "The saddest book I ever read."
    Overall

    The Cold War has been over long enough that we have begun to forget how cruel the Soviet state was. This book is a necessary reminder and a classic that everyone who is interested in history (so that we are not condemned to repeat it endlessly) should read/listen to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume II Section I: Destructive-Labor Camps, The Soul, Barbed Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The first four-fifths of this volume cover what the author calls the "Destructive-Labor Camps" and the fate of prisoners in them, felling timber, building canals and railroads, mining gold, without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners...and of the luckless children they bear. Once again, this chronicle of appalling inhumanity is made endurable by the vitality and emotional range of the writing. In one truly remarkable chapter -- a parody of an anthropological treatise -- he achieves new heights of sardonic wit. And in the final section, the music changes and Solzhenitsyn provides a magnificent coda on the possibilities of redemption and purification through suffering.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "The saddest book I ever read."
    "The saddest book I ever read."
    Overall

    The Cold War has been over long enough that we have begun to forget how cruel the Soviet state was. This book is a necessary reminder and a classic that everyone who realizes the importance of history (so that we don't repeat it endlessly) should read/listen to.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (199)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "What fun!"
    Overall

    Tom Robbins is a master of the language and the quotable phrase. I had to keep stopping the audiobook so I could tell my family about the latest thing I had just heard. If you love good writing you'll enjoy this and all his books. I liked this so well I gave the paperback to my son -- an avowed fan of Vonnegut and Catch 22 --for Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "If you like thrillers, you'll like this one."
    Overall

    A decent thriller. The reader did a good job of bringing all the characters to life. If you like thrillers, you'll like this one. Personally, I find them like fast food: satisfying to fill a temporary void, but easily forgotten. The climax of this one, in Disney World, no less, was pretty unbelievable, but most thrillers demand that willing suspension of disbelief from us so I won't quibble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dive from Clausen's Pier

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Scarlett Johansson
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The Dive from Clausen's Pier reminds us how fragile our lives are and how quickly they can be divided into before and after. It begins with a disaster that could happen in anybody's life, and leaves us asking what we know about our deepest allegiances.

    Elaine says: "Interesting but not fascinating!"
    "A decent book, not a great one, but good enough."
    Overall

    I listened to this, then several months later read it for my book group. Both times I found it enjoyable but not great. However, my own son is leaving Wisconsin soon to go to school in New York City, so I find myself recalling bits of the main character's life there -- you never know when something you read in the past will become significant.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (286)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Not my cup of tea."
    Overall

    I listened to about 1/4 of this before completely losing interest. Maybe if I were a middle-aged man it would have been more interesting, but I found it completely and paralyzingly boring. I'm a voracious reader and listener -- novels, history, science, thrillers -- so for me to find something this unappealing is very unusual. The reader's voice also put me off; I've disliked other readers before but always gotten sufficiently used to them during early parts of an audiobook that by midway I didn't mind them any more. Not so with this guy.

    The original book won a Pulitzer, so I will try again someday to listen to this one. Maybe then I'll discover what was so good about it.

    16 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records, Goodwin paints an intimate, detailed portrait not only of the presidency during wartime but also of Franklin and Eleanor themselves.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "Good enough that I wish it were unabridged."
    "Good enough that I wish it were unabridged."
    Overall

    The original book was a Pulitzer Prize winner -- enough said. I'm way too young to have first-hand memories of the years covered in this book, so I learned a lot about Franklin and Eleanor and the people around them. Fascinating.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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