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Evelyn M Kloepper

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  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "a perfect experience"
    Overall

    many mysteries start off well, and leave you unsatisfied in the end. I found this book stunning in its psychological complexity and truthfulfness. it takes you into the minds of all the major and minor characters, keeps you wanting to know more, reveals just enough, and comes to a believable and heart wrenching conclusion. I, too, guessed the identity of the protagonist, but was utterly surprised by the details of her story. One of the most wonderful books on tape I have experienced. Not to take away from the skill of the narrator, who is wonderful, but the story is what will grab you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Poppies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (96)

    At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

    Evelyn M Kloepper says: "ignorance may be bliss"
    "ignorance may be bliss"
    Overall

    I completely understand the concerns of previous reviewers with the terrible pronunciation of Hindi words and the poor East Asian accents in this audio book. I myself was very frustrated with the reader of Julia Child's autobiography who mispronounced the simplest French words. Having said that, not many Americans, myself included, will have a clue that anything is wrong. While that does not excuse the choice of a reader who is not familiar with those languages, it nevertheless would be a shame to miss this fantastic book.
    Phil Gigante, despite his shortcomings, is a wonderful reader, giving each character a distinct voice. So my advice, if the accent problem will bother you, get the book from your library. If not, don't miss out on this fabulous adventure, which is the first of a trilogy (a fact that is mentioned nowhere in the description!). The subsequent titles have not yet been published.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (197)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Marcia says: "kellysmom"
    "Kinsey strikes again"
    Overall

    I don't know how Sue Grafton does it. she consistently churns out literate crime fiction and keeps this reader engrossed and interested. I always look forward to her next book, and have never been disappointed. What will she do once she reaches "Z" though?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Set in the era of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies, this novel examines the American conscience while inviting us into the glittering world of the East Coast legal community. Stephen L. Carter's book follows black Ivy League law professor Talcott Garland as he investigates the death of his father, Judge Oliver Garland, the eponymous "Emperor."

    Maria says: "Not a bad book but where was the editor?"
    "not for everyone"
    Overall

    it is interesting to see the wide spread of opinions about this book. people seem to love it or hate it, and I am firmly in the first camp. Yes, the book is long, but what a fascinating world the author presents. I was thoroughly engrossed and grew fond of the protagonist despite (or perhaps because of) his foibles. Can't wait to read the author's second book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry says: "Fantastic!"
    "disturbing and heartbreaking"
    Overall

    I've had this book in my library for quite a few months and kept putting off listening to it, because of its subject matter. Once I got started, I was immediately drawn into the lives of Eva and her family and finished the book in record time. Insightful writing and a wonderful delivery by Ms. Rosenblatt. To me she embodied the protagonist, warts and all.
    Ultimately, a heartbreaking book, with profound psychological insight. A must for lovers of serious fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Days in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Oscar-winning writer-director Max, whose star is clearly beginning to dim, wakes up the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards lying next to his lover and feeling understandably groggy from the previous evening's festivities. But this is no time for Max to lounge about and chat his way idly through a hangover. There's a houseful of guests to worry about, and they all need attention.

    A User says: "Smiley strikes out"
    "doubting thomas chastized"
    Overall

    I have read several books by Jane Smiley and loved every one of them. So I simply couldn't believe all the negative comments her latest book provoked and had to listen for myself. Well, I'll know better next time. I gave up after three hours. Boring, pointless navel gazing and musing. What were the critics thinking? Dear fellow readers, I'll take your warnings seriously next time..

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • King Dork

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Frank Portman
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it.

    Norman says: "Good but raunchy"
    "a gem of a novel"
    Overall

    What an absolute delight this audio book is! I don't give out five stars lightly, but this work deserves it. I'm well into middle age, but King Dork made me feel like a teenager again. A wonderful smart protagonist brought to life by the perfect reader. You'll be in stitches. An added plus to the audio version is a short interview with the author, who also performs a few songs he wrote for King Dork. All in all, a gem.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

    Sandra says: "Unforgettable"
    "a wild ride"
    Overall

    This audio book kept me riveted from beginning to end. The author so clearly knows his subject and I didn't mind the occasional sermonizing one bit. It doesn't mean I agree with everything he says, but it's nice to occasionally get a different point of view. Like Bangkok 8, the story gets a bit baroque towards the end, but that's a minor quibble. If you want to learn something about a different culture and be entertained at the same time, this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (249)

    This memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia Child embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.

    Sara says: "What a pleasure!"
    "Julia rules"
    Overall

    What a wonderful memoir from beginning to end. The only reason I didn't give it the highest rating is the reader. Anyone who has ever heard Julia Child knows her distinctive high pitched voice, and the reader so clearly is not Julia, that I found it a bit disconcerting. More importantly though, she cleary doesn't speak French, although she manages a decent accent. Any first year French student knows that femme rhymes with hum not hem, that beurre blanc has no k sound at the end, that cuisine bourgoise does sound the s, etc. etc. etc. Call me a stickler for detail, but that's just plain sloppy. Sorry Julia, you deserve better.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"
    "haunting and riveting"
    Overall

    Aside from seeing the movie version of The Sweet Hereafter, this was my first experience with Russell Banks. What a gifted, compassionate writer. His sense of place is so pronounced and his characters, while often deeply flawed, stayed with me a long time.
    Mary Beth Hurt gave a wonderful reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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