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Kate

Kenwood, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 376 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (27618)
    Performance
    (14209)
    Story
    (14261)

    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!!!"
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    I will definitely listen again in a while. It was totally absorbing. I found all the characters believable. I found the story to be an interesting look into another time and place. It was one of those books I was sorry to come to the end. The readers are superb!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In this audiobook, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rules during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of 17 to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.

    Paul says: "China - a new look"
    "Wonderful journey!"
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    I read most of Pearl S. Bucks' books in my youth. She was one of my favorite writers back then. I feel that reading her work deepened me and gave me so much to think about at the time that I may not have otherwise.

    This was one of her books that I had not read before and I am so glad to have discovered it now in my older years. The woman definitely had an amazing talent for bringing the reader into another interestingly different time and place in an authentic manner.

    The narrator was wonderful and I will be searching out her other performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10170)
    Performance
    (9307)
    Story
    (9325)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Captivated me from the start"
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    Loved it! It had everything I was looking for and all the characters came to life for me in a big way. I listen while I work in my studio and it certainly kept me remarkably entertained and interested in what comes next. There was nothing mundane about this book. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "The story was complex enough"
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    I enjoyed the story but would have preferred it without the religious note it ended on. I was never bored though and I cared deeply about the characters. So I recommend it anyway in spite of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheer Abandon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Martha, Clio, and Jocasta meet by chance at Heathrow airport in 1985 as they are starting off on separate backpacking adventures, and they decide to spend the first few days of their trips together in Thailand. When they go their separate ways, they vow to get together in London the following year. One of them, however, harbors a terrible secret: on her return from her pre-college excursion, she abandoned her just-born daughter at Heathrow.

    Nadine says: "Fabulous!!"
    "Basically a Romance Novel"
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    The story was surprisingly easy to listen to except for the sex scenes which were embarrassingly ridiculous. I actually listened to the whole thing but found it pretty vapid. Generally not what I was hoping for.

    The narration was excellent. I will be searching for other books narrated by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
    "Engrossing story"
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    I enjoyed the story which I have read before.

    The only thing that was pretty annoying about it was that although the reader does a good job in many ways he seems to be totally unaware of how people speak in New York. He did the accents more like people from the deep South - maybe Texas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "I'm loving this audiobook....."
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    After having read a few negative reviews calling it boring and claiming there is no plot I was a little wary. However I definitely do not hear a boring word in there. I'm truly looking forward to the next parts of the first movement and all the rest. I listen while I work as I am an artist and this one is so engrossing that the hours melt away. A good story helps me to be productive and keeps me at my bench even when things are difficult and I might otherwise walk away in frustration.

    Simon Vance is one of those masters who can convey every nuance. I'll be looking for more from him.

    For those who think it is boring and are dismayed at the lack of plot. I totally disagree but I guess we all have different reasons for listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (335)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "Great Story"
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    I have enjoyed everything except for the whiny tone of voice of Susan.

    I think the reader is actually quite good but I wonder if a female reader might have given Susan a stronger voice. How could such an adventurous, resourceful, intelligent and talented woman be so whiny. Much of what she says in the book could have been spoken in a less annoying tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Kim Edwards now gives us the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past.

    glamazon says: "Much Ado about...what?"
    "The Lake of Dreams"
    Overall

    I am having a bit of trouble listening because the reader has a way of reading the most normal phrases like "She closed the Door" in an overly dramatic way and it really gets on my nerves. My suggestion to her is to try and watch for this as the rest of her reading is quite well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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