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Katalin

Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 168 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (268)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Great example of human nature.... with a twist."
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    What made the experience of listening to Her Fearful Symmetry the most enjoyable?

    It was great how the narrator handled the different languages present in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Fearful Symmetry?

    Near the end, the way Martin's story wraps up.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    I think Julia was great, but my favorite was probably Martin.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because the author did not twist events to get a happy ending. Some story lines ended happy, others not so much, but all were true to the characters. The book/story was satisfying because the choices made by the characters was very... human and basic, meaning they were not without fault, but any other choice/action would have been only an illusion, and the story would have lost the essential ingredient that made it amazing literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Narration, Great Historical Account"
    "Best biography I've listened to so far!"
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    Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. It was really fun and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters in the book per say, but I liked Henry's last wife, Catherine, best.


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

    No, I had not had the pleasure, but I enjoyed his narrating quite a bit with this book.


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

    Not quite, but only because of the sheer length of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book to listen to for anyone interested in Henry VIII. Alison Weir wrote a splendid book, and Simon Prebble narrated it superbly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (304)

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "Just can't listen any longer..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having a different narrator. The author's reading is just too slow and awkward.


    What could Neil Fiore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Speed up, or better yet, have someone else narrate it. It almost felt like the author never read the book in his life before recording it, forget about actually writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The content of the book seemed slow enough, but the narration made it ten times worse.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    To be honest, I gave up after an hour or so of listening. Within that time, I didn't learn anything new, because even the book itself seemed too slow, wasting time on establishing credibility and examples of people's problems with procrastination, which I didn't care about. Other listeners said the information is great, so maybe I'll look into the paperback version. I hate quitting on a book, but this might just be one of the very few.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste credit or money on this. Go to a bookstore, and sample the paperback instead if you can.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (2491)
    Story
    (2478)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "I'm glad I got this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of the Affair the most enjoyable?

    Colin Firth, of course. He was absolutely amazing!


    What other book might you compare The End of the Affair to and why?

    I got this book purely because Colin Firth read it, so I don't have anything I can compare it to.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Everything! His timing, his voice, .... He made the book great!


    If you could rename The End of the Affair, what would you call it?

    Missed Opportunities...


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I would have bought this book, would the narrator not been Colin Firth. That said, I'm glad I did, because it's not a story or genre I generally read/listen to, but it was a pretty good one. I think this might become one of those rare books that I will listen to again sometime in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1108)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Short and simple get-your-stuff-together book..."
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    What did you love best about Eat That Frog!?

    It had some great pointers on how to become more productive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat That Frog!?

    That's hard to say. I guess I liked his positive approach to getting things done faster.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Brian Tracy?

    Just for the sake of him, no. He wasn't a very good reader. I could hear him turn pages and he stopped at awkward places within a sentence. However, I could still follow him, so if the book content was worth it, I might.


    What did you learn from Eat That Frog! that you would use in your daily life?

    Making lists and prioritizing.


    Any additional comments?

    While the author wasn't great at narrating, this recording also wasn't horrible as some reviews suggested. I'd recommend this book for someone else for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (381)

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

    Teddy says: "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"
    "I want more...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Boleyn Girl to be better than the print version?

    I really liked how the reader's subtle change in accents helped made the characters come even more to life. I'm sure I enjoyed this much more because I listened to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Boleyn Girl?

    All the "behind the scenes" moments of Anne before she got married to Henry. I've never realized (even when I saw the movie or the TV series a few years ago), just how much of a toll it must have taken on her to do what she had to, to reach her goal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Mary was with the Queen, and as Henry and Anne departed, the Queen received a letter from Henry... It was quite powerful to me.


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

    I'm not clever or witty enough to come up with a tag line, but I thought the way women were viewed by society, as well as the sacrifices they were forced to make, was quite fascinating, and it would be along these lines.


    Any additional comments?

    I really would like to find out more about this time period. I wish there would be a short summary at the end of the book, detailing just how accurate the novel was compared to history (or as much as we know of it).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1123)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "Not bad for something free..."
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    What did you love best about Dominion?

    The reader, though the story was an interesting glimpse/teaser of the world the story takes place in.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No. It was a nice little break between longer books.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    There was something about his voice... it suited the story.


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

    Not particularly, but it wasn't boring either.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me wonder about other books in the series. Overall, I'm happy I downloaded it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "Raw..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucky to be better than the print version?

    I think I probably would have used more emotion, played up things more, would I have read this instead of listening to it. The author read it pretty emotionless, which is what can be expected I guess.


    What other book might you compare Lucky to and why?

    I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it before.


    What three words best describe Alice Sebold’s voice?

    Distant, emotionless, flat... but it suits the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I neither laughed nor cried, but it was quite emotional nonetheless. It's a tough subject to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I admire the authors strength...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Engvall, Alan Eisenstock
    • Narrated By Bill Engvall
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is just a guy. He's been one his whole life. He can't help it; he was born that way. And that makes him an expert on the subject. For the record, here's the official definition of a guy: a person who doesn't think before he speaks. He can't. He's not that deep. Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex. That's it. Just a Guy chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.

    Christopher says: "The Man Behind The Signs"
    "A good book if you're a fan of Bill Engvall."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Just a Guy to be better than the print version?

    I have yet to see the print version, but I liked the audio edition a lot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just a Guy?

    The story when Bill became a man was very moving.


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

    Only when he performed as a comedian. This was very different in a way that his purpose didn't seem to be to make the reader laugh... if it happened, great, but it wasn't the point. So this book wasn't better or worse than his shows, just different.


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

    Not really. It was a nice relaxing, light-hearted book, that I could put down when necessary, and pick right up again without loosing a beat when I was free once more.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about Bill Engvall's life, not a comedy sketch. If that's what you're interested in, you'll be happy with your purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "A nice way to revisit Austen's books..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Jane Austen Education to be better than the print version?

    As I have not seen the print version, I cannot say for sure, but I enjoyed the audio edition immensely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author interpreted and talked about Austen's books without giving too much away (in case the reader was not familiar with a particular book) was great. It made me think about things I missed from the first time around.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    As this book is written from the author's point of view, there was really only one character in there to perform. I thought the narrator did a great job with timing punchlines and showing emotion, though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a few times, but I'm not sure if that would be the same for someone who is not really familiar with Austen's works.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to any Austen fan for a light read, and also to people who have yet to read any of her novels, as I think this just might be the hook they need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (740)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "Good, but won't get the next one."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were so many characters, names of places, and general history, it was hard to keep track of who did what to whom and why... Made it easier for me to "forget" to listen. Other books (like Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay) do deep/complicated intrigue much better, by keeping things simpler and easier to follow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I could see where the story plots were headed from a mile away, so in that respect the story wasn't all that interesting, as it kept confirming my guesses.The most interesting element I guess was the religious aspects of the world. It was an interesting idea.


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

    No, this was my first time listening to her. I think her voice suited the main character well.


    Do you think Kushiel's Dart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't *need* one, but there were a few story elements that were left open, and indeed there's a follow-up book already.


    Any additional comments?

    The story felt a bit slow and the steamy parts (the reason why a friend recommended the book to me) weren't great. Not a bad read, but not a great one either. I'm glad the story concluded as it did, because it left me with the certainty that I don't need to read the next book of the series... reading the publisher's summary was enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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