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Karen

Tallahassee, FL, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie). Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.

    Karen says: "ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!"
    "ABRIDGED? You must be kidding!"
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    Would you listen to Welcome to the World, Baby Girl again? Why?

    This was a wonderful book, but when I looked at the info again and saw that it was ABRIDGED, I thought why? Why would Audible be so ridiculous and even begin to sell only an ABRIDGED version of this book. I did not see an unabridged and am so disappointed in Audible and the producers of this book. Give me a break. I just finished Washington, A life - 42 hours and was thrilled. Then I find that ridiculous Audible produces an ABRIDGED version of the fabulous book. You should be ashamed!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

    Anthony says: "Worst Narration Style EVER"
    "The performance could not have been worse."
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    Would you try another book from Henning Mankell and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    This was the 11th book I read in a row by Mankell. This reader was so poor that she read it like this was a story about the angst of a misunderstood and petulant teenager separating from her always-angry (in her eyes) father. I finished the book because I love Mankell so much, but had this been my first, rather than my 11th, book, I would not have done so.

    During the course of listening to the book, I wondered at times whether Mankell had actually written it? At some times it was more James Patterson-like and not at all like the complicated and insightful Mankell. I have told all of my buddies who listen to books to skip this one due to Campbell. However, it may have read a lot better without Campbell's interference. So among my friends who only read, I told them to let me know how it fared without the butchering by Campbell.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Henning Mankell again?

    Yes I have read 11 and am on my 12th: The Trouble Man.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Kurt Wallender with every sentence was portrayed as angry - always angry.
    Linda was read, almost without exception, as a whining teenager who is consistently being misunderstood. Campbell has the range of two emotions: angry (men) and whining (women)

    I would avoid Campbell at every turn. I did recognize her voice and went to see where I had heard her before. It was in her part in the Help, which was not bad. However, she should never, ever be given a "major role" like this again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above but towards the reader! The story was not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now reading The Troubled Man and am thrilled to be hearing the mastery of Robin Sachs!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in the Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

    Janice says: "Three rules when reading Goddard . . ."
    "Powerful story with hairpin twists and turns"
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    If you could sum up Caught in the Light in three words, what would they be?

    This is one book that just cannot be summed up in three words!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a powerful story of attachment, loss, and idealized love.It underscores for the reader how enduring and destructive revenge can be. It also demonstrated the role that unequal marital relationships can play in crushing creativity and achievement. This is the 6th Goddard book I have listened to in the last few months. They are all excellent in different ways, but this one was the first that prompted me to write a review!


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have heard Michael Kitchen before, but in the hundreds of audible books I have listened to, I think he is the best narrator thus far. He is so good that you never notice the narration - you feel you are listening to the different characters as they speak. Fantastic.


    If you could rename Caught in the Light, what would you call it?

    I think this was the perfect name for the novel in view of the number of the meanings that it pulls from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible needs to purchase more Goddard books! I am almost done with the ones you currently have.

    10 of 10 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27901)
    Performance
    (14480)
    Story
    (14534)

    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!"
    "I am speachless! a book you can't pass up!"
    Overall

    I almost passed this one over except for someone saying that they too almost passed it up but were so happy they didn't. I couldn't stop listening but had to pace myself in fear of the end and I dreaded that moment. I so envy the first time reader! I fell in love with the characters and truly hated some- and i love that i was able to experience that, it's rare for me. The writing didn't feel forced, it was so natural and the flow was smooth. Her metaphors were so creative and fresh. I am a very picky reader and I was engulfed in every life in the book; every experience I was there through my mind's eye. If you don't read this you are missing such a beautiful experience that will last you a lifetime. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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