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Katharine Hoefer

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  • Vanity Fair [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London.

    Joseph R says: "Clever, Witty, Splendid and Wonderful"
    "O Kay"
    Overall

    It was funny, but way too long. Too much parody, however I did like the characters.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    A Victorian scientist travels far into the future, and finds that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. He meets the Eloi, a species descended from man, but realizes that these beautiful people are just remnants of a once-great culture; they are now weak and afraid of the dark. The Eloi have reason to be afraid. In deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity: the sinister Morlocks.

    David says: "Fine story, odd narration"
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    I didn't like the narrator, I love the story, but too dated.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lambs of London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity, the only solace of her life being her brother Charles. But he feels equally constrained by the drudgery of his work at the East India Company, taking refuge in drink while spreading his wings as a writer. Sometimes, in the evenings, they study together. Mary reads what Charles reads. So it is no surprise that Mary should fall for the bookseller's son, 17-year-old antiquarian William Ireland, from whom Charles has purchased a book.

    Cranberry says: "Just OK"
    "O Kay"
    Overall

    This book is following the same type of story that you see with a lot of British writers these days... in the same path as Possession and Jack Maggs. When authors expand on a actual piece of literature, recreating and redefining it to be something else. I just wonder how original this is. Not very.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light of Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Graham Swift
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The author takes us inside George Webb's -a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator- mind. For one day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thoughts reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall as a cop; the ease with which he has turned his police skills to the demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in a league with a client, a woman he has come to love.

    Mike says: "A wordsmith no doubt."
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    I found the story to be too slow for an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I loved the book. I loved the sarcastic tone of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Michael Cunningham
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

    Steve says: "Very literary, intentionally slight plot"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    I had trouble getting into it, too much flowery description. I didn't like the narrator, even though it was the author. He was too wooden. I feel it should have been narrated by a woman. I loved the end, it made the book, I can't believe I didn't see the relationship between all the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloudsplitter

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By George DelHoyo
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In October of 1859, John Brown's raid of Harper's Ferry set the stage for the Civil War.This work of historical fiction tells Brown's story from the point of view of the fiery abolition's son. Banks talks about his philosophy of writing in an interview from the American Audio Prose Library.

    Janet says: "Did Russell Banks approve this abridgement?"
    "Not so great"
    Overall

    I didn't like the voice of the narrator. It was so violent. The story was too fictional, telling the story of an actual event in too much of a soap opera-ish quality.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Maggs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

    Kathleen K. Kirkpatrick says: "Jack Maggs"
    "O Kay"
    Overall

    I give it a 3 1/2 ... The story line just didn't make it. And I couldn't decide whether to sympathize or dislike the Jack Maggs character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kingsley Amis
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new redbrick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons if he can survive the probationary year. Not the least of his problems is the necessity to keep in with his eccentric Professor Welch, who although detested and despised by Jim, has sufficient influence in the faculty to affect the continuation of his appointment.

    Kelley says: "An outstanding novel"
    "I loved it"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It has subtle, hilarious qualities. I loved the sarcasm.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hangover Square

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Hamilton
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind Tutt
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    George Harvey Bone has an obsession with the pretty small-time actress Netta. He also drinks heavily and suffers from "dark" moods, where he enters a trance-like state and can't remember what has happened. Throw Netta's often-cruel treatment of him into the mix, and drama beckons.

    Plainbrownpaper says: "So this is the author of Gaslight! What a joy!"
    "Too depressing"
    Overall

    Depressing book. I dont see why he took it from that woman... depression

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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