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Kay

broken arrow, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1507)

    Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.

    Jm says: "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."
    "As good as the other two"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoy listening to books while I drive, walk, crochet and work around the house. It is a great way to keep up with all the great books written.


    Would you recommend The Mark of Athena to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a fun book with good narration. A definite listen if you have read or listened to the first two in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I rarely have the opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting, especially one this long. But this book would hold my interest if I were listening to it on an extended car trip.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "Disappointing ending"
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    **Spoiler Alert**
    Would have given it 4 stars if the ending had been more conclusive. All the trials and tribulations that Weldon & Rosita went through should have had a more decisive ending than just plane crash killing Roy. The epilogue was too vague and I needed more "closure" in events after listening to 13 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1191)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    FanB14 says: "Not Stellar, but Solid"
    "Good story - wished narration was better."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.


    Would you recommend The Lost Wife to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess but with reservations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
    Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.


    Was The Lost Wife worth the listening time?

    It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (616)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Hank Reads! says: "Completely absorbing!"
    "Mesmerizing Listen"
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    This book was mesmerizing. The author's use of perfect adjectives and unique metaphors made listening a joy. The 16 hours passed quickly. The narrator's reading of the author's words was excellent.

    The story of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, living in Paris with her father begins right before the Germans invade. It follows their exodus from Paris to the coastal city of Saint-Malo, its eventual siege and her escape. You meet her great-uncle, his housekeeper and other French citizens.

    But that is not all of the story. Werner and his younger sister are growing up in an orphanage in a mining town in Germany. Werner's brilliance is rewarded by being sent to a Hitler Youth School.

    As these two young people grow up, their lives grow together. And the journey that Doerr takes the reader on is filled with many amazing twists of phrases and words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sally Cabot
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sixteen-year-old Anne is an uneducated serving girl at the Penny Pot tavern when she first meets the commanding Benjamin Franklin. The time she spends with the brilliant young printer teases her curious mind, and the money he provides keeps her family from starving. But the ambitious Franklin is committed to someone else, a proper but infatuated woman named Deborah Read who becomes his common-law wife.

    Amy says: "A wonderful adult portrayal of history"
    "Get to know a different side of an American hero"
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    Would you listen to Benjamin Franklin's Bastard again? Why?

    I don't really listen or read books again - too many new ones out there but on the basis of if this was a good listen - then yes I would. Good story and good narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Benjamin Franklin's Bastard?

    That Ben Franklin married Deborah Reed out of obligation, duty and pity. Not what I understood from nonfiction books I have read. Interesting take on the author's part.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did raise the timbre of his voice for the female characters he didn't do it so much that is was a distraction or irritation. Often male narrators when reading for a female character use an affectation that makes the character sound stupid, false and basically irritating. Colacci did not do this.


    If you could take any character from Benjamin Franklin's Bastard out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Separately I would like to have dinner with Benjamin Franklin and Deborah Franklin. I would like to hear Deborah's side of the story in more detail and find out if she was really not as intelligent as the author made her seem. I always thought BF would marry someone of high intelligence not out of pity. And of course dinner with BF would for sure be an interesting experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting way of looking at one of our founding fathers. I'm sure there was dramatization and fabrication of some events and feelings but still made for an interesting story. Liked the fictional character Ann, William's mother & Benjamin's mistress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    Sharon says: "Wait, What? The story disintegrates 3/4 way in."
    "Western with a twist"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Homesman the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Candace Thaxton, did a very nice job. So often narrators try to use different voices for the various characters that become more irritating than interesting. Thaxton maintained the integrity of the characters while reading us a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the twist in the last third of the book. Did not see that coming.


    Have you listened to any of Candace Thaxton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but I would listen to her again.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Homesman and why?

    Mary B. Cutty - she was far from one dimensional and definitely not predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical fiction - this was a 4 star story for me. Also 4 star narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Continuing the trilogy that began with A Blaze of Glory, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle another decisive chapter in America’s long and bloody Civil War. In A Chain of Thunder, the action shifts to the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, in the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy", a siege for the ages will cement the reputation of one Union general - and all but seal the fate of the rebel cause.

    C. Ubik says: "Not content to rest on his laurels"
    "Another great Shaara book"
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    Would you listen to A Chain of Thunder again? Why?

    Yes. This is a very good story, well written and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Shaara brought not only Grant, Sherman & Pemberton (the generals) to life but he also told the story from the townspeople and the soldier's point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    Bowen - the Union soldier.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Chain of Thunder and why?

    They were all great. From the Generals to the townspeople.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Runaway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    In best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

    Tom says: "unjustified perseverance got me through"
    "Really did not care for the narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Tracy Chevalier’s story?

    The main character Honor Bright Haymaker was not as strong as some of her other female characters in her other books. Honor was just a bit too whiney for me to enjoy this book.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Nothing. Every sentence sounded like it ended in a question. Her accent for Honor was not consistent. I almost didn't finish the book because of her narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This was my first book by author Ivan Doig. I read this book for my book club and didn't really know anything about the author or his work. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I enjoyed getting to know the 3 Milliron boys and their classmates in the one room school house in rural Montana. The adults were also an interesting group that made this story fun and interesting to listen to. It is not a fast paced, action packed story but one of pleasant, humorous and honest events that made me curious to find out more about all.

    I didn't really care for the narrator at first but the story was strong enough to overcome that negative. I'm not sure I would listen to another book read by Jonathan Hogan but I think his presentation fit this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4770)
    Performance
    (4017)
    Story
    (4026)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Not as good as the first book"
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    Where does Winter of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Slightly above average as far as the story and performance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish Follett had spent a little less time on the characters' sex lives. I'm not a prude but I got a bit tired of every sex act between characters described in detail. I would have rather he spent more of his writing energy on the historical aspects.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narrations is good but I am not real fond of his female voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Again, the sex scenes were over done and actually became boring instead of scintillating.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite a my few negative comments I am looking forward to listening to the third book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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