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Kim

Grafton, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4460)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2179)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "A really good read..."
    Overall

    I am not normally a non-fiction reader but the reviews for this book were pretty good so I thought that I would give it a shot. I am really glad that I did. It was a well written, entertaining and educational read. There were two stories going on - both very engaging. I feel a little bit smarter for reading it! Well worth the time!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (959)
    Story
    (967)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "I really wanted to like this book..."
    Overall

    Always afraid to flitter away my credits, I picked this book because it was recommended by the Editor's Picks. I didn't dislike it but did not connect to it the way I had hoped. It isn't the Kite Runner (or Thousand Splendid Suns), or the Time Traveler's Wife or Pillars of the Earth but not a bad read. I am sure that other's really loved this book - I just wasn't one of them.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5068)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1757)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "My first Steven King listen"
    Overall

    For whatever reason, this is the first time I downloaded a novel by Steven King - and I am glad that I did. I am fond of loooong stories, and this did not disappoint. There were certainly times that you had to suspend belief, but that's King, isn't it? If you are looking for a good listen, no heavy lifting, this is a good one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (292)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "You have to like the narration"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to the "Dead" series by Adian McKintey so decided to download this one as well. It's a good story - I with I had listened to it before the others. It's a nice story line, a good narrator (if you like the Irish broque), a really nice listen - worth the credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skylight Confessions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life, but fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliberate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief.

    Kim says: "I really enjoyed this book"
    "I really enjoyed this book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book - but I am an Alice Hoffman fan. Her blending of what is real and what just might be real is interesting and convincing. Then narration was great – calming, soothing and so appropriate for this novel. This is definitely a good read (or listen).

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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