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Kathy Paterson

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Hawaii, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • For the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Annie Dillard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life’s smallest—and often darkest—corners.

    Kathy Paterson says: "Many mispronunciations"
    "Many mispronunciations"
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    If you could sum up For the Time Being in three words, what would they be?

    Dillard Delights. She provokes thought. She laces together other writers, her own travel experiences, cultural, religious, and spiritual traditions, and natural history. Her message is not overly didactic, but clearly secular, probably atheistic. She brings together these elements related to being--birth, death, grains of sand--how they evolve, how many there are, how they shape the world, how an individual feels about them. She deals with god in a similar even handed way, with curiosity, as if wondering how we came up with this idea.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very distracted by the multiple mispronunciations in Tavia Gilbert's performance. Simple words like "temporal" and "Abiquiu, New Mexico" --a quick listen at dictionary or goole search would have answered if she had asked, "How does one pronounce this?" I wonder, "how does one get paid to mispronounce so many words?"

    Gilbert's voice is likeable enough. Her volume and pacing are good. But she seems to read without a lot of meaning--as if she doesn't fully comprehend the text.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Freddy: Tooth Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Abby Klein
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting punched in the face at recess, and even bigger trouble, with Mom!

    Jenny Chang says: "Fred Berman is one of the best sound artist"
    "Kids LOVED it!"
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    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oliver Wyman's voice applied perfectly to this text. He brought it to life. The kids (ages 4 and 6) were transfixed and wanted to hear it again--and again.


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

    Yes! Definitely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3033)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1048)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "mix of studio and live performance"
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    What did you love best about Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim?

    what a funny, quirky family. Sedaris is able to mix melancholy with quirk to form entertaining, sometimes hilarious tales.


    Any additional comments?

    the live performances at the end were definitely funnier. I don't know what it is, but David Sedaris reading to a live audience is faaaaar funnier than David Sedaris reading in a studio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (257)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "felt like an authentic visit with KG"
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    Where does Official Book Club Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my faves by a comic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kathy Griffin was perfectly expressive reading her own book. She didn't seen to need an audience's reaction to bring magic to her words. In fact, she was so personable in tone that I felt I'd just had a nice visit with the author herself. I loved the mix of funny scenarios and serious subject matter. A very satisfying listen.


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

    It was like we were conversing. I can't imagine anyone else reading her memoir. Her voice was full of spunk and charm--and down-to-earth. She shared her perspective and key points of her life in this book. Hearing her voice made it feel even more like I'd been invited into her thoughts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thumbelina

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Rabbit Ears Entertainment
    • Narrated By Kelly McGillis
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, a tiny baby girl is snatched from her adopted family by an ugly toad but escapes to find happiness with the king of the flower angels.

    SL says: "The narration and music are wonderful!"
    "Kids Spellbound"
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    If you could sum up Thumbelina in three words, what would they be?

    sappy fairy tale


    Which character – as performed by Kelly McGillis – was your favorite?

    narrator and frog


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    quiet but entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    Just the right pace and level of expressiveness for my four and six year olds. They were silent in the car while it played--a sign of a well-produced audiobook for kids. My girl liked the story better than my boy, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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