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Catherine

Burkittsville, MD, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joan Aiken
    • Narrated By Lizza Aiken
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold, and Bonnie and Sylvia are sent to a prison-like orphan school. It seems as if the endless hours of drudgery will never cease.

    Catherine says: "Charming!"
    "Charming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a beautifully read Gothic tale for young people, fun for adults, too. Think The Secret Garden plus Dickens with just a dash of alternative world: those wolves!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (650)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "I'm so sorry it's over!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved being in Kavalier & Clay's world. David Colacci's reading captures it perfectly. What a great, great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "So glad I found this recording!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm so glad that I discovered The Horse Boy through Audible! I sort of wonder how I missed hearing about the book when it was published, but I'm glad that I was able to hear Rupert Isaacson telling his own story. This is a real treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Margot Berwin
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Shortly after her divorce, advertising executive Lila Nova purchases her first plant. It's a bird-of-paradise, and the seller is David Exley, a rugged country-sexual, who seems to promise a paradise of his own making. Lila is immediately obsessed - with plants and with the man who sells them - but when David introduces her to the myth of the nine plants of desire, and when she meets a man named Armand who claims to own the nine plants, her obsession reaches unexpected heights.

    Catherine says: "Silly book!"
    "Silly book!"
    Overall

    Silly book. I don't understand why all these plants are supposed to be so rare. Some of them are quite common. Plus, Lila, the main character, is thoroughly unlikeable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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