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Katharina

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "Worst book ever"
    Overall

    I have read so many audiobooks in the last years and even though I didn't always like them, I was always able to finish. Not with this one! I barely got through the first hour. There is no plot, the intonation of the reader is annoying (mimicking a Southern accent) and it just dragged on.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2430)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (469)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "Riveting plot, didn't want to stop listening"
    Overall

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I couldn't stop listening! The story is so interesting and so well told. The narrator did an excellent job with the various different accents. Knowing that Archer spent time in prison gives the book even more credibility. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until I Find You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead, has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher".

    Katharina says: "Great story, annoyingly read"
    "Great story, annoyingly read"
    Overall

    If you like John Irving, you'll enjoy this book. It is a very complex and long story (32 hours!) with lots of interesting characters and unexpected turns. The plot was captivating albeit a little disturbing at times (the child abuse story line is not for the faint of heart). The only thing I really didn't like was the narrator: his multiple accents were at the best annoying, in some places downright ridiculous or wrong - his German pronounciation was actually painful for a first-language German like me. He should have asked somebody to guide him who knows the language.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Animus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rich Shapero
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In the summer of 1969, a disillusioned Berkeley graduate leaves behind a world of protests and riots to follow a wild, inner calling. Sam Altman is an intense young man with an animal energy whose unleashed and increasingly unhinged imagination takes him first to Seattle and then farther north, to the remote Alaskan wilderness.

    Katharina says: "Disturbing and boring"
    "Disturbing and boring"
    Overall

    This was the worst Audiobook I ever listened to. The book moved between being terribly boring and dragging - describing in great the mountain, animals and general surrounding, and being disturbing and depressing when the 'Ram' was talking in his strange tone and nonsensical words. I suffered through the entire book as I was still hoping for a change for the better, but it never happened. The end was abrupt and bizarre and didn't really close anything. I regret having spent 11 hours listening to this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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