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Kae See

Kae See

Lebanon, NJ United States | Member Since 2010

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  • What-the-Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    On the darkest night, amidst a terrifying storm, Dinah's parents go missing. While anxious Dinah and her brother and sister worry and huddle for warmth, their cousin Gage tells them an unlikely story - that tooth fairies, known as skibbereen, are living in warring colonies right in the neighborhood. According to Gage, they actually put those teeth to good use. And he, Gage, has met them. Dinah is skeptical, but as the story unfolds and the storm rages on, she begins to believe.

    Kae See says: "Droning and stupid"
    "Droning and stupid"
    Overall

    I don't know what possessed me to buy this book, other than the fact I thought Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was brilliant (and of course that is the one book Audible does not have). This book is so far from brilliant it is not funny. Told in the drawn out, overly descriptive style of Dickens the story within a story is basic and boring. What makes it worse is that the narrator has no gift for story telling. What I mean is when the boy in the story is telling the story of the fairy (at least I think its a fairy) he still speaks in a clipped, one sentence monotone- as if the first sentence has nothing to do with the second and the second nothing to do with the third. It's like listening to the same sentence over and over. What a shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Graveminder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers....

    Kim says: "Give it a listen...you will be rewarded!"
    "Couldn't decide what it was"
    Overall

    Like some of the other reviewers I found this one by accident. Though It was not terrible overall and I did enjoy the narrator, to me there was no one real point of the story. Was this a scary zombie-ish book? One about relationships? Dealing with death? I couldn't figure it out. It went off in so many different directions that the main plot line was often lost. If the author had stuck with the main idea, that the dead must be tended and keeping them in their place, and had not gone off into the whole stupid Mr. Charles and the world of the dead section, it would have been a really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4203)
    Performance
    (3219)
    Story
    (3226)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Enough with the sex already."
    Overall

    I bought this one because I am a huge fan of the vampire books. I found myself wondering whether this was suppose to be a quirky modern take on relationships or a bodice ripper (and I hate that term) in disguise. If I had wanted to buy a romance novel I would have. Okay, I get it. Werewolves are hot and sexy, but geez, this volume read like a porn film. I am NOT a prude in any way shape or form, but after the scene in the front seat of the car I found myself annoyed. If she could have toned that down, brought in more of the local characters it would have been a winner. I love LOVE LOVED the characters and wanted to hear more about them, not just grunting and thrusting.

    22 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5542)
    Performance
    (4257)
    Story
    (4267)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Funny- The Stephanie Plum of Vampires"
    Overall

    The others were right, there are some laugh out loud moments in this book. I found it funny, light, very very creative. The character reminded me of an undead version of Stephanie Plumb, from the Jane Evanovich novels. The only thing, if I had to pick something, is that it got a bit tedious at the end. I heard "what the hell" one too many times. Totally worth listening to if you are in the mood for something fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Mary Sutter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Oliveira
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

    midge says: "Excellent and riveting"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    I don't know if it was the narrator, or the book itself, but the entire thing was a depressing mess of the same theme- war is horrible, death is horrible, life is horrible- over and over and over. Nothing EVER good happens to the main character until the epilogue. I get that not every book has to be happy and peppy, I get that the Civil War was horrible, I just didn't need it told to me over and and over. Kimberly Farr's narration was slightly nasty and off putting. I doubt I'd ever buy another audio book with her as narrator. On a positive note- I did learn things about medical care during the Civil War that I did not know (assuming they are true) and it gave a very clear, stark picture of what being in the army was like. My hearts go out to those who died, even if it was so long ago. Their suffering must have been hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Interesting but wanted more social history"
    Overall

    Very interesting, full of facts I didn't know about the founding of New Amsterdam. I did find all the details about politics in Holland to be a huge snore fest, though I understand why it was included. It was at its best when describing what the island, and the surrounding areas, was actually like during the period. I wanted more social history though and less politics! More of what they ate, what they did for fun, what they wore. But, given the source for the book I understand why it unfolded the way it did. A worthy read though and should be included in early American history courses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27124)
    Performance
    (13744)
    Story
    (13790)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    It was the first book I'd ever listened to that I was totally shocked when I heard "the end". I didn't want it to end. The narration was beautiful. I felt like I was sitting at the kitchen table right there with them. It made me laugh out loud several times. Being born in the south, but moving up north when I was very young, it gave me a new and profound understanding and respect for the people who lived through that era. I've recommended it to every woman I know. Keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6905)
    Performance
    (4871)
    Story
    (4859)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Don't read this if you are already depressed"
    Overall

    Because if you do, this book will not help you at all. There is not one uplifting thing to be found. Full of cliches and a predictable story line of a typical southern plantation. It makes you wonder how many bad things can happen to one group of people without going insane? Apparently this family can take much more than I ever could because it's one bad thing, over and over and over again. Just when you think something good is coming...guess what? Bam. Bad. The main character must have hit her head on a rock or something because she's as stupid as a rock. I found myself yelling out loud towards the end of the book. Skip it unless you want to be depressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Coriander

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Gardner
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Coriander Hobie, born in 1643, has a remarkable tale to tell, the tale of a childhood touched by unexplained bits of wonder, but too soon marked by tragedy. After her beloved mother dies and her father is forced to flee London, Coriander is left at the mercy of a stepmother full of cruelty.

    Lynette says: "What a fantastic Tale!"
    "More main story please"
    Overall

    Though overall I enjoyed the book I could have done without the trip into fairyland. It was like mixing Girl with the Pearl Earring with the Wizard of Oz. The villains aren't as bad as some others have made them seem. To be sure they are bad, but if you know anything about the history of the 17th century they aren't anything that can't be documented. It did help listening to the author's interview at the end of the book to explain why the fantasy part was in there. I was thankful though, after hearing her say that the fantasy section was originally longer, that she dropped it from the book. The ending was also very abrupt. I would listen to the author's new work as well, but am hoping to stay put in reality this time, so to speak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Letters of Jane Austen

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Fiona Shaw
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Born at Steventon in 1775, the daughter of a Hampshire clergyman, Jane Austen was the youngest of seven children. She lived a quiet life, moving to Bath, Southampton, Chawton and eventually to Winchester where she died unmarried in 1817 at the age of forty-two. It is to her elder sister Cassandra that most of her surviving letters are written, and through them we discover the intimate world of the English gentry.

    Kae See says: "Jane Austen come to life"
    "Jane Austen come to life"
    Overall

    This was such a wonderful little book to listen to on a very long road trip. It made you feel like Ms. Austen was in the room with you, sharing a good giggle and some juicy gossip. Fiona Shaw is amazing making the novelist's voice come to life. Two minor points I did not like- it was abridged and the letters are not in chronological order, but more 'theme' than date. It made it hard sometimes to understand why she was talking about something that was going to happen that you already heard had previously happened. Other than that I'd listen to it over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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