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Karen

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  • The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    The Invisible Order is the first book in an amazing new series by Paul Crilley, skillfully narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie—a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan.

    Sheri C says: "Fun and Imaginative"
    "Enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    I listen to anything and everything that Katherine Kellgren narrates. She is a masterful voice actor and absolutely brings books to life.
    This is a fun fantasy. Likeable characters and an easy-to-follow plot. Just a good story to take you away from it all for awhile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (538)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "I LOVED this story!"
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    Where does The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    After it got going, and I got used to Fannie Flagg's narration (which I admit, took me a while), I REALLY enjoyed the story. The back story set in the 30's and 40's was my favorite part, and the parts (much of it based in fact) about the WASPs. I was raised by parents of "The Greatest Generation", and I never tire of learning what sacrifices they all made.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    There were many, but I loved Fritzy taking the jerk instructor for a heckuva ride!


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

    The gals can do it just as well, if not better, than the guys!
    And this SHOULD be made into a movie. It has a lot of the charm that "Fried Green Tomatoes" has...which, I adore. (book AND movie)


    Any additional comments?

    There is no doubt about it, Fannie Flagg can tell a great story! The longer I listened, the more I began to love it. This is the second book I've listened to about the WASPs (the other I liked as well, "Velva Jean Learns To Fly") It makes me want to learn more about them.
    I was sad when this book ended. I feel like I know all "the gals", and wanted to keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life.

    James says: "Cather writes like Wyeth paints."
    "Don't like the narrator, I'm switching to print"
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    What made the experience of listening to O Pioneers! the most enjoyable?

    I'm really not enjoying this audiobook at all. I think it's the narrator, because I know this is a classic. I'm switching to the printed version to finish the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I haven't been able to get into any character. The narrator is really not good at different voices and accents. The book is just dragging on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading and Ken Burns (introduction) ?

    Katherine Kellgren or a better narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Jen says: "Thank You Baby Jesus!"
    "This is NOT like "The Help""
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    Would you try another book from Susan Crandall and/or Amy Rubinate?

    Possibly. I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to, based on the reviews comparing it to "The Help". It's nowhere NEAR as good. You don't begin to love the characters, and it feels a bit preachy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I can't come up with a Most Interesting.
    Least Interesting - the main character. Just a bratty kid that drove me nuts.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy Rubinate?

    Possibly.


    Did Whistling Past the Graveyard inspire you to do anything?

    It almost inspired me to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Just a nice story. Fun to listen to, and I would recommend Katherine Kellgren any day!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Marks the Spot?

    Katherine Kellgren's many voices. She is always superb!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't remember exactly. I smiled and giggled all the way through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it was just fun!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    Amazon Customer says: "VJ Drives Better Than She Flies"
    "Just a light, fun, listen with a bit of history"
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    What did you love best about Velva Jean Learns to Fly?

    Actually, I liked that I learned more about the female pilots of WWII than I had known. I didn't expect to get that much history, and it makes me want to learn more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Velva Jean, of course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Enjoyed it, and learned quite a bit!"
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    Would you listen to Princes of Ireland again? Why?

    I don't normally listen to a book more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all of the characters.


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

    No. I enjoyed him though.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Edward Rutherford book and I really enjoyed the history wrapped into the fiction. I learned quite a bit. I'm moving on to another Rutherford book now, "New York".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (774)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "I don't think I will get past Chapter 6"
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    What disappointed you about Bad Monkey?

    The narrator. Absolutely horrible. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively, and I have never bought a book with a narrator this bad.


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    I will never know because I can't finish it. The narrator has ruined it for me...and I LOVE Hiaasen's books!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Wrong accents. Wrong inflection. Just wrong everything. Very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my 1 credit back!

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1632)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "This may be my favorite Royal Spyness book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Clues of Christmas the most enjoyable?

    The story and "who-dun-it" was a lot of fun, but Katherine Kellgren's performance was stellar!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the story was set around an old, traditional, English Christmas. I felt like I was there!


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    They are all brilliant, but my favorite is Queenie!
    Katherine Kellgren's "Queenie" makes me laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    This may be Rhys Bowen's best, and I didn't think Katherine Kellgren could get any better, but she knocks this one out of the park! She seemlessly jumps back and forth between many characters, with many different accents. You eventually forget you are listening to just one narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viva Jacquelina!: Bloody Jack, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    The vivacious Jacky Faber return in the 10th tale in L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series! Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the crown during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jamie Fletcher.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Back on Course"
    "I love Jacky's adventures!"
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    Would you listen to Viva Jacquelina! again? Why?

    No, I don't usually listen to books twice...but I LOVE Jacky Faber!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren is, without a doubt, one of the best voice artists ever! She IS Jacky Faber. I seek out books narrated by Katherine.


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

    No, only because I hate it when the book is over, so I stretch them out.


    Any additional comments?

    This may not be the best in the Jacky Faber series, but I enjoyed it very much. Jacky has become like an old friend and I very much enjoy her adventures. She is my favorite literary heroine and I will continue to buy as long as L.A Meyer continues to write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2336)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Fun!"
    Overall

    Lots of fun, and I learned some Egyptian history! Katherine Kellgren is just a brilliant narrator. I seek out and listen to any book she narrates! On to Book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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