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KKH

alwayslookingforgoodbooks

Lancaster, PA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (914)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "One of the best performances by a narrator"
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    The story is good and worth the 23+ hours but I had to write this review to praise the narrator for such a wonderful job. There are about 16 different characters with all types of accents; Scottish, Irish, Australian, French, etc. He mastered them all and I could always tell who was talking based on the voice. I think this is quite a feat with this particular book. I seldom notice the narrator unless they are very bad, but I wish I could give this one 6 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1585)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Surprise"
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    I had never heard of this book but really enjoyed it. It held me from the first page (or minutes?). Only downside is that I hope there is a sequel because it ended a bit abruptly, although you can imagine what would happen next. In other words, not a cliff hanger but I would really like to spend more time with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carol Wall
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor's yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he's very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol's yard, but her life....

    Mari says: "More endearing friendship than love of gardening."
    "Sorry, I cannot recommend"
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    Perhaps this book would have been better if I had read it. The reader's slight Southern accent (which was accurate for Roanoke) rubbed me the wrong way. I only finished it because it was a book club selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (572)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Read - Don't Listen"
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    Read this book for our book club. Took the book out of the library because the reader made it sound like a romance novel. The life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh is interesting and worth the read but the author adds a lot of her own spin on the Lindberg marriage and Anne's perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4236)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3668)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "42 hours for this? Caveat for listeners."
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    While the story is interesting and Haruki Murakami is a well known writer in Japan, I cannot rate this highly or recommend it to other listeners. The main reason is that (slight spoiler alert) there is very little sense of an ending. I wondered why the author kept repeating so much material and about halfway through the book I realized that it was because this book was originally issued as several books in Japan. I don't know if my subsequent conclusion is true or not, but I then started to think of it as a teenage saga. Essentially the author has created an alternative world where many strange things are happening. Things that are never adequately explained. There is a lot of graphic sex, tangential sub plots, and people that just fall out of the book. If you are reading this and considering purchasing the book, at least you are forewarned about the ending. Perhaps there is another book in the works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (963)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "You Only Think You Know the Story"
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    Yes, we all know processed food is bad for us but eat it anyway. What we don't know is what is in that food and the extent of consumer manipulation by the food industry. The government has played a role in this as well, but they are now turning around and complaining about the high obesity rate when they are part of the problem. My favorite chapter was the one on cheese. In a sentence from the book - "cheese went from being a food to being an ingredient". How true. There many enlightening facts which I cannot quote since I listened to the book but I believe it was something along the lines of a cup of Ragu having as much sugar as 4 Oreos. That tends to make you aware. A very enlightening book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Christmas Collection: 'A Christmas Carol' Narrated by Sam Goodyear & 10 Other Christmas Short Stories

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sam Goodyear
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    This audiobook features the classic A Christmas Carol, narrated by actor and performer Sam Goodyear, and ten more of Dickens' most famous and best-loved Christmas stories to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. Dickens was the man who almost literally created the spirit of Christmas as we know it today.

    Wendi says: "UN-abridged?? Someone needs to change that."
    "Spend a bit more money for a better recording"
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    Any additional comments?

    My review has nothing to do with " A Christmas Carol" since we all know it is a classic. The quality of the recording was terrible. I sounded like an amateur recording of a live performance. I listened in the car and it got so loud at times it made me wince. I was constantly adjusting the volume. The sound was not clear and as an extra added attraction, the narrator would announce, Track 1, Track 2, etc. at various points of the story. I did not listen to anything beyond "A Christmas Carol". Too annoying. I'm unsure of how to gauge the performance, but there was too much shouting to suit me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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