Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow katrina

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow katrina

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

katrina

NEWBURGH, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

3
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 11 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    An eerie, unforgettable story of power, loss, and family curses in early 20th century Princeton. Princeton, New Jersey at the turn of the 20th century: soon-to-be commander-in-chief Woodrow Wilson is president of Princeton University.

    katrina says: "Gripping old-fashioned horror story"
    "Gripping old-fashioned horror story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a change for Oates, and I was so involved - it is whatever the audible equivalent of a "page turner" is! I couldn't stop listening to it, wanting to get to the solution to the mystery.

    Grover Gardner's reading is occasionally distracting: on a couple of occasions he pronounces JOSIAH (one of the main characters) as JOSHUA. He also mispronounces "idyll".

    However, his characterisation of the different figures in the book is very good, he manages to avoid the trap of some male narrators of putting on a weird falsetto for female characters.

    The story is set in Princeton, NJ, in 1905, when a sequence of inexplicable - possibly demonic - events begins. This is during Woodrow Wilson's tenure as president of the university, and he turns out to be quite an irascible and petty individual, which offers some sly humor. Grover Cleveland, Upton Sinclair, Jack London, Mark Twain and other luminaries are also involved.

    Ghosts, trances, outbreaks of murderous madness, and voices from the beyond: if you're a fan of the historical and gothic in fiction, get this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Measuring the World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Kehlmann
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Toward the end of the 18th century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the Prussian aristocrat Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates savannas and jungle, travels down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores every hole in the ground. The other, the barely socialized mathematician and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss, does not even need to leave his home in Göttingen to prove that space is curved.

    Henrik says: "Extremely disappointing - please avoid"
    "Interesting but confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fascinating story but the fact that it's translated I think led to some confusing passages. The narrator also didn't delineate the characters well, which sometimes made it harder to follow who was speaking and what was going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (828)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Wonerful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a beautiful, complex story. The narrator managed to keep it pacy and distinguished the characters brilliantly. I was engaged through all the twenty something hours of it, which is really quite a feat for a narrator.

    The plot is so intricate, you'll want to concentrate to keep track of it, but it's so clever, I was amazed it was her first novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Aaron Goldfarb
    • Narrated By Kevin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    How to Fail is the world's FIRST Self-Hurt Guide, the polar opposite of a self-help guide. In How to Fail, follow the misadventures, misgivings, and massive mistakes of this satiric novel's narrator, Stu Fish, as he tries to find success in 2010 New York. With hilarious chapters such as "How to Fail to Make Your Parents Proud of You," "How to Fail to Do Something Productive All Day," "How to Fail in Love," and "How to Fail All the Way to Rock Bottom," and even more ribald "footchapters".

    katrina says: "Nowhere near as funny as the author thinks"
    "Nowhere near as funny as the author thinks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This mildly amusing narrative seems like an extended version of a McSweeney's article. The narrator however really takes the biscuit. Just a sample of the words mispronounced in this book: hirsute, eponymous, wunderkind, denizens (and that was after I started taking notes). This was rather distracting, and the wit itself was as I said, rather a page's worth squeezed into an entire book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2401)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1565)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author has done a great job of mixing historical research into the treatments of cancer with his own experiences as a physician. Some of the accounts of early cancer surgery are hard to listen to, but the description of how treatments and attitudes have changed are fascinating. It's long but kept me involved all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (734)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Interesting but long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robin Miles does a great job of characterising all the different people who appear in this book. The story is of African Americans who moved from the South to northern states between the 1920s and the 1960s.
    However, as an audiobook it is rather slow and episodic (it's 22 hours) as we hear the same things over again, and would have been better read on the page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (438)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Honest, raw and hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't know much about Kristen Johnston before listening to this book. She comes across as a smart, self-deprecating, and genuinely funny woman. Her story of addiction and recovery isn't cast as "woe is me" but truly self aware. There were parts where I was laughing out loud. She's honest about her flaws and problems, and by the end I wanted to be her friend. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

    Katherine says: "Page turner"
    "Taut thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a tightly-written thriller from the creator of the Law&Order TV franchise. The hero, Jeremy Fisk, is an intelligence agent with the NYPD, working on antiterror strategies. When a plane hijacking is foiled, he starts to investigate whether there is a bigger plot at hand.

    I enjoyed this book and Peter Ganim's narration is clear and vivid, and I look forward to the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (840)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Great narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I came to this book not knowing what to expect. The story itself is a series of complex intertwined pieces spanning around 50 years, encountering some of the same characters at different stages of their lives. Jennifer Egan has a wonderful turn of phrase and the stories have stuck with me after I finished the book.

    The reader of the audiobook, Roxana Ortega, manages to convey all the different characters with subtlety and depth. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I set a pretty high bar for narrators, especially when it comes to "character" voices. This was brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

    katrina says: "Engaging and entertaining"
    "Engaging and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is an interesting interpretation of the Western genre, set in Oregon and California during the gold rush. I found the story compelling and the reader really gave the characters depth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eli, the narrator. He was sympathetic while being flawed.


    What about William Hope???s performance did you like?

    He did a wonderful job of interpreting the different characters through nuances of speech.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.