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Cathleen

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  • 7 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
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  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (388)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Eh..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. And since I use audible to occupy myself on a long commute to and from work, it was fine.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Tufo’s story?

    It was very predictable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have been consistent with pronouncing one of the girl's names. It started out one way, then switched, then every once in a while, he would say it the original way again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    NYNM says: "Good but too broad"
    "Very Preachy"
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    What disappointed you about Thunder Dog?

    I wanted to hear about the dog's heroism, but this was more about how the author's blindness helped him survive Sept. 11


    What was most disappointing about Michael Hingson and Susy Flory ’s story?

    The hour and a half of recorded speeches at the end that had nothing to do with the book other than the fact that they were about blindness.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thunder Dog?

    I just would have made the book more chronological. He should have talked about his childhood, the introduction to using guide dogs, college, working life, then the events of September 11th. All the jumping back and forth was confusing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5108)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1724)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This woman was so self centered that I could not stand her. She made it sound like she is the only person who has ever gone through a life-changing divorce and we should all care about her self-indulgent, privileged trip around the world to "heal." Also, this was poorly written with so many similes and metaphors that it was nauseating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Gilbert again?

    Doubtful.


    Did Elizabeth Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mostly. She did most of the accents well, but otherwise didn't change her voice much.


    What character would you cut from Eat, Pray, Love?

    Elizabeth. I hated her conceited attitude and self-righteousness.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2889)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1374)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Even more Odd than I was expecting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brother Odd to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer print versions to things since they let my imagination be more in control than with an audio book, but since I have a long commute to and from work, this works out well for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the vague return of Stormy through the child.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Odd Thomas


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't like this question since I don't think I would want to see a movie made of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I had some trouble following some of the pseudo-science in this book as it wasn't explained very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1811)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (708)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    John says: "Very Pleased"
    "Wonderful book, poor production"
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    Where does The Red Tent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved the story and the unique historical perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Red Tent to and why?

    In the Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost because of the idea of taking a biblical story, and researching the actual historical perspective of that story by telling a fictional tale based on it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The music in the background was TERRIBLE. It very often did not fit the mood of the scene it was placed behind, and was often loud and distracting.


    If you could rename The Red Tent, what would you call it?

    Dinah the Midwife


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8044)
    Performance
    (7004)
    Story
    (6999)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Entertaining and a good listen"
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    What did you love best about The Witness?

    The performance was good, and I could really relate to the main character.


    Would you recommend The Witness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a great way to pass the time.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Liz/Abigail


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

    No. It was a little too long for one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3021)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2351)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Okay....just okay"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book only to someone who was looking for something fluffy to read with little depth. Maybe a friend who was just getting divorced.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I would rather save my money for authors I relate to more.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Probably Monroe.


    Do you think And One Last Thing... needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was a complete story, and any more would just beat it to death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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