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Kristine

Hibbing, MN, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (771)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Great, until he started on the Catholic-Bashing"
    Overall

    I found this book entertaining - until the author launched into full-fledged Catholic bashing. Wyclif and the Lollards heroes? OH PUH-LEEZE! Come up with something new, will you please?

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1760)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Boring, Boring, Boring! I Gave it NINE HOURS..."
    Overall

    Maybe if you've seen the movie or read the book you have some kind of attachment to this story. I bought it thinking it would be great. So far, after nine hours, it is just boring. So far, after nine hours, there is NO PLOT. A bunch of cowboys decide to go on a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. So what? The characters are flat, 2-dimensional, and nothing seems to compell them to take this journey. it is impossible to tell which is the MAIN character, and above all it is just plain dull with a Texas drawl and a lot of crude and stereotypic "guy" jokes. I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Berlin Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Nancy says: "Yes but"
    "Ok. A LeCarre Wannabe"
    Overall

    Not great, not bad. I liked parts of it and liked some of the characters. The reader does a good job. BUT I am a huge George Smiley fan, and this book seemed like a just-okay knockoff. It had English spies, it had Soviet spies, it had a mole. BUT unlike in LeCarre's novels, the mole was easy to figure out well ahead of time. And when I found out who it was I felt sort of "so what?" I might listen to the next one. Several reviewers said they get better.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12962)
    Performance
    (5313)
    Story
    (5358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Can't Rave, Here's Why"
    Overall

    I should have been suspicious of all the glowing reviews! Bottom line - I quit about three-quarters of the way through this book because the sex scenes are pornographic. I am no prude - I read a lot of fiction and have no problem with authors telling a truthful story, but this one crosses the line. The sex scenes are always like some stereotypical male fantasy - tells me more about the author than about the characters. And the violence-rape is disgusting. Yes, people have sex. Yes, people experience horrible things. But for hundreds of years GOOD authors have managed to tell the story without detailed pornographic descriptions of each thrust or grunt. If you don't like this kind of thing, the book will disturb you. If you like it, hey, this is America! Anyone can write anything and sell it to anyone else.

    The info about cathedral building is interesting, but the characters are flat - bad guys are REALLY bad, good guys are OH SO WONDERFUL AND ABUSED. And of course, it is sneeringly anti-Catholic. How unoriginal. It's long, long, long. It wasn't worth finishing.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (370)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Good mystery, Lots of History!"
    Overall

    This is an interesting mystery with lots of excitement, which takes place both in the present, and in the past. It involves both fictional characters and persons who really lived in American History. The book looks at prejudice against the Irish immigrants, the rights of women, issues of class and status, and the appalling condition of the practice of medicine in the 19th century. You will thank GOD for soap and antibiotics after you listen to this engaging story!

    The ending is a tear-jerker, but some of the conclusions are just a little too coincidental for my taste. Also, I got tired of the reader's voice about halfway through. Her Irish accent is good, but one of the story's heroines whines too much. Sometimes the story verges on melodramatic. That's why I give it four stars instead of five.

    If you have a weak stomach, you might want to pass on this one. Lots of gross anatomy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Kristine says: "The Best of the Best"
    "The Best of the Best"
    Overall

    If you like Soviet era spy stories, Le Carre's trilogy is the best of the best. Start with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, then read Honourable Schoolboy, and finish with Smiley's People. You will be treating yourself to some of the best-written (and best-narrated) fiction on this Audible list. I've listening to these three books over and over again - at least once a year - because they are such a delight to the ears and mind. Frederick Davidson is one of my favorite narrators - every single character has his/her own recognizable voice and intonation. You will completely forget that one man is reading all the characters. Superb! If I could give Smiley's People (and the two books that come before it) ten stars, I would. And don't read them out of order! You'll know too many secrets...

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Redwall: Redwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

    David says: "Two paws up from an initially skeptical listener"
    "Talking Critters Didn't Do It For Me"
    Overall

    My kids love these books, so I thought I'd try listening to one. Sorry. It was so boring I quit after four hours. I could not bring myself to care what happened next. If you already love these stories you'll probably love the audiobook, but if you are completely unfamiliar with the animal world of Redwall, you might want to check out the book first and see if it grabs you before you pop for the audio version. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Roy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Rob Roy follows the adventures of Francis, a businessman's son who falls out of favor with his father and is sent to stay in the Scottish Highlands. At the house of his uncle, he meets Rashleigh, the greedy and malicious youngest son, and Diana Vernon, Rashleigh's beautiful young cousin. Seeing that Diana is attracted to Francis, Rashleigh determines to destroy him. But Francis seeks the help of Rob Roy MacGregor, a powerful and enigmatic outlaw.

    Kristine says: "Don't buy unless you know the story!"
    "Don't buy unless you know the story!"
    Overall

    I love a good classic, well-read. Frederick Davidson is one of my favorite readers - he gets every accent just perfect. That is exactly the downfall of this audiobook - lots and lots of totally unintelligible Scottish accent-REALLY unintelligible. I have never read this book, was not familiar with the story at all. After six hours, I quit in frustration because I had lost so much of the plot. IF you know the story, IF you are good at deciphering Scottish accent (and I mean HEAVY, not Star Trek Scotty) then go for it. Otherwise, pass on this version of Rob Roy.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5074)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2166)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Not worth 2 credits"
    Overall

    I am a total idiot. I listened to all 40 hours of this audiobook...hoping, hoping, hoping it would all be worth it in the end. Simply put, it is long, boring, and not worth it. The first ten hours were pure background. VERY boring. The next thirty hours had a sprinkling of action, but that's it. Compared to LaCarre spy stories, this was like listening to someone reading the phone book. The characters had no depth, descriptions were cliche, yuck. And then there's the reader. All of his American males sound the same (except for JFK and Ronald Reagan) and all of his Eastern Eurpeans have the same accent. He also does "Jewish" which bordered on stereotypic. His females were awful and unbelievable. He should take some acting lessons. Again, if you want to hear AWESOME voice acting, listen to TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY or any of the George Smiley Trilogy. I won't be buying anything else by this author or this reader.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abandonment to Divine Providence

    • NONE (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeane-Pierre de Caussade
    • Narrated By Mark Taheny
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A 17th century spiritual counsel eminently applicable to modern life, this classic shows how to attain holiness through total surrender to God.

    Kristine says: "Holiness, simplicity, union with God for everyone"
    "Holiness, simplicity, union with God for everyone"
    Overall

    This is a useful, beautiful Catholic classic for anyone who is interested in following Christ in each moment of the day. I was totally inspired! I am going to buy the physical book so I can underline, re-read and absorb this wonderful author's teaching. BTW, this book was one of the inspirations for St. Therese's "Little Way."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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