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Kathy

This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!

Chippewa Falls, WI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

    Randy says: "Tim Curry, The Voice"
    "This isn't Disney."
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    Where does Peter Pan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks pretty high on the list. It's nice to read/listen through the classics that I should have read long ago. My daughter read this and book when she was about 10 and didn't like it-it wasn't the Disney version. She actually read the book we had. I suppose it would have been a lot different had I read it to her. Hopefully, she'll read it to her own kids or try it again as an adult...but unless you appreciate being and reading to as a child might-it's not going to be the same since Mothers have grown up and Boys don't always.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    Captain Hook-boy could you hear classic Tim Curry snarling and sounding crafty. Wonderful!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book because of Tim Curry. I love his voice and characters in film-he is definitely so very memorable.

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (735)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Took Effort"
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    Verbose, long and drawn out, but kept at it. I know this is reviewed to be an incredible work of fiction, and while I think the title is perfect for the book, I thought the whole thing a bit tedious hoping for it to really get exciting. It did not.
    Admittedly I read it because the movie had good reviews, but half-way through the book, I checked on the movie's summary and it was not close to the book having thrown out some major characters...therefore, kept to the book.
    The performance was very good and accents for New York boroughs great, but the overall of the women was poor. All the women sounded the same: tired housewives and masculine. (Okay, the narrator was a man, but still!) Sorry, but true.
    I think that in retrospect the book is making more sense to me, but it was an effort to get through the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3769)
    Performance
    (3448)
    Story
    (3467)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Not a Bone Chiller"
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    Sorry, but this classic while read beautifully, made me laugh as presented. Did it seem scarey and horrible and bone chilling...not a bit. While wonderfully presented, it was the stuff of soap operas.

    I am glad I listened to the book, and I might give the print version a try.

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  • The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edward Achorn
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the St. Louis Browns, the franchise that would become the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet the German-born beer garden proprietor would become one of the most important - and funniest - figures in the game’s history.

    Kathy says: "This is Great History!"
    "This is Great History!"
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    If all history classes could be adjusted to throw in some fun, I think more people would enjoy learning. This book is fun, enjoyable, easy to understand and just plainly well done.

    The narration is simple, inflection as if telling a story rather than rote history. It's a tale of the 1883-1884 baseball, before all the big money, when alcohol selling and drinking and playing on Sundays was frowned upon (for a while) and only some 20 years after the Civil War, bigotry still reigned between the races, salaries were not so obscene, players played no matter their injuries and it is wrapped in a book that makes it all really to understand and very much enjoy and long for "the good ol' days" of baseball.

    I have recommended this book to any and all, baseball fans or not, it's a great listen and made me get onto the internet to see what these men looked like--bushy big mustaches reigned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room? Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers.

    Brian says: "Way ahead of its time!"
    "Masterpiece Theatre Worthy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invisible Man to be better than the print version?

    Since I escaped reading this in print version these many years, I cannot honestly say, but I don't think I would have enjoyed or kept at it nearly so well. This book being one of those "old and forefunners" of more science fiction yet come, and on similar themes to Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson (Dr. J and Mr. H), this was a good short listen into the fantasy. I mean nowadays a science experiment gone awry or on purpose...I think of all those comic book characters whose creators got ideas from books like these...again visual-and all in the head.


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

    I am glad I "read" this book, as I felt perhaps a Classic thrown in with some other books is a worthy venture. I did laugh at some parts, saddened towards the end, and in the time it was placed, no other options for the genius the Invisible Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I do think that the BBC could make, if it hasn't already, a good television version and that's what I thought of while listening and picturing the scenes as they were being read to me.

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  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    D. Edwards says: "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
    "Entertainment beats Monotony"
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    What did you love best about Tears of the Jaguar?

    Although this book has gotten mixed to poor reviews, I liked it because it entertained. Oh, it's nothing earthshattering, nothing new, nothing that might not have been written before, BUT, when processing bushels of apples, it's nice to hear something like this to keep the monotony out of your work.
    Maybe the premise is not original but again, light books, not "educational" ones are never original but agian, keeps away monotony and had all the soft thriller stuff going for it: Good guys, bad guys, bad guys who become good guys, good guys who are bad guys, selfishness, faux history, mystery and ancient civilizations as well as New and Old World crossovers.


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

    No, this one is easy to grab at any time and even if you miss a bit, it catches you up in several ways.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite what other reviewers have said, I wouldn't say it was terrible, the narration was good with the various accents and it is purely entertainment as so many books are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (404)

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
    "History made easier."
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    Would you listen to Paris again? Why?

    I think I would read the tangible book so I can get the names again of places in Paris and I'd like to have a map of the time to go along with it. I got a bit lost not knowing Paris so well and the once suburbs/villages that are now incorporated into the city. Who knew there were so many parks and it seems like every large building is a Palais.Like other listeners, I too had trouble with the back and forth of time periods..it's clever but difficult when listening (and driving) to understand where and how it all connects. Once or twice might be interesting, but not more than that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, there wasn't a favorite, each had their own path and followed it but it was great that towards the end of their lives or at a significant moment, they realised a slightly different path and took it, usually for the good. Only one character-Thomas Gascon travels his path which seems the straightest, simplest course, pure truth. I don't mean saintly, just one of those characters in books and life who has a clear understanding of who they really are.


    Which character – as performed by Jean Gilpin – was your favorite?

    All characters were performed well, no one more than the other.


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

    I thought the time of the Resistance Movement was particularly well done as was the Jacobin/Communard explanations. To me they are not well done in history classes and this book gave a much more thorough understanding of the groups, their philosopy and destiny.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read and listened to many of Edward Rutherfurd's books and enjoying them all, I found this one a bit more difficult to keep up with, although when I had the chance to stay with it, I found it great. I did go and look up places mentioned in the book to understand and "study" them more. Historical fiction-if good- is the way I understand history best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2202)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1970)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "More details than Public TV version"
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    What made the experience of listening to Call the Midwife the most enjoyable?

    The fact that is was so well detailed and documented. I realise that on Public Television one cannot portray ALL that was in the book as much of it was too graphic and perhaps too unsavory. I found it not only amazingly historical-we'd all heard of workhouses from "Oliver Twist" but who knew they were turned into hospitals which is why people didn't want to go to them.
    Thank heavens there were some liberal, caring people who entered into the Midwifery profession be they nuns or lay people. They certainly knew their patients intimately and then could much more be able to care for them.


    What other book might you compare Call the Midwife to and why?

    All Creatures Great and Small, only because it takes place in a part of England that gets intimate with it's readers and explains how/why what happened at the time-that isn't so very long ago, relatively speaking. It's a life style not everyone experiences.


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

    Her tone of voice with the characters although some whispery thoughts were a little hard to hear.

    Ms. Barber's accents for each character was perfect so the reader knew without thinking who the person was.

    I particularly thought the cockney accent was superb-perfect for the characters and setting all the way to the strong aristocratic accent of Chumley.


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

    I think finally the story of the old woman who wanted to know about everyone's newborn baby. She did seem an unsavory character, but slowly and surely her whole extremely sad story was told.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth hearing not only because the narrator puts a voice to each character and situation, but it brings to life the appalling situations of women in a time when having babies was usually done in homes with only women in attendance and the women being family. So many joyful stories of love but balanced with the very sad ones of lives being tragically led due to circumstances beyond control.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1197)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Takes dedication"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure! It's a classic and with Tim Curry's incredible voice, it's a winner. Mind you the story is slow to start and as we have so much technology and many more books to read it's not hard to figure out some of the twists and turns and hidden treasures that so excited people who read the book in its day. I picture young boys at the time thoroughly pouring over this as an adventure story to transport them into another world and not so science-y that it's difficult to understand. I thought of this book for a long trip and it was our first audiobook on said trip. While some of the beginning descriptions were long, some of them reminded me of the landscape we were traveling--southern Minnesota- along the Iowa border. Although some of the narration got long, we stuck with it...I wanted to know how it all ended!


    Any additional comments?

    Typical old school classic, but falls faintly into many sciences, and not way out typical of nowadays distopyia or outerspace science fiction. A good adventure story from way back when.

    I didn't give this rave reviews because for me it didn't always hold my interest, but it brought back memories for my husband who read it in book form. He almost gave up on it but it carried through in the end and he thoroughly enjoyed it again.

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  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    Emily says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "A different perspective of Viet Nam"
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    What did you love best about The Lotus Eaters?

    The fact that the characters were real, knew their foibles and loved the country for all it offered and understood that there were changes that could not be understood. I think the 3 main characters learned from each other-not just photography, but what drew 2 of them to the country and war and how the "new country" felt more home with experience, for a while. The third person learned more about love, his inner self and his true strengths that seemed to save not only himself, but the 2 Americans he loved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lotus Eaters?

    How typically brash and thoughtless the non natives were and once again with the superior attitude of know-it-all invaders.

    On the flip side, I very much enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the beauty of the country and how people can/must carry on with their lives despite what has happened/is happening around them. Much sadness, but faith.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to hear the non-soldier side of the war, the photojournalists work is as important. Well, reporting the truth in photos brings a lot of it all back and puts it in front and is difficult to disregard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1911)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "For Downton Abby fans"
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    I have read other Kate Morton books narrated by Caroline Lee and liked them better. I liked the different voice persona that Ms. Lee gave to the characters-she's quite good.


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

    As I am only the reader and not the author, I am not sure. It was a very simple basic story line with the upstairs characters and fairly predictable, except at the end which seemed to fill in all the blanks in the last 1/2 hour or less of the story.

    I found it a bit confusing when moving part to part and especially at the openings when it was announced that I was listening to "A Shifting Fog" by Kate Morton. I stopped the story several times to make sure I had the correct one. A bit disconcerting.


    Could you see The House at Riverton being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The House at Riverton is very Downton Abby-take your pick from any number of stars-would they be much different than those chosen for the mini-series?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is the best of Kate Morton's books, and having listened to others, I would put this very far at the bottom. It was not a surprising mystery, not the edge-of-my-seat-thrilling but fairly predictable. I was kind of surprised at how Downton Abby-ish it seemed, thinking that this book came first and then the mini series, but you could easily picture all that was going on if you saw the mini-series. I was surprised at how many people reviewed and gave this story five stars...they must not have listened to the other books, which had more depth and build up than this one. I will think carefully about listening to another of her books. Sad to say that, but true.

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