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Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen in FL

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  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (307)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    A Wicked Old Lady from Boston says: "Incredible"
    "Hometown places made it fun"
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    Living in Sarasota made listening to this book extra nice. It was a gripping story but light, like the "Alphabet" murder books of Sue Grafton. The book went far too fast. I am sorry that the author, Blaize Clement, died this summer. I hope Audible will record more of her books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (331)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    Jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "Interesting story"
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    True stories are always interesting to me. This was no exception. The disappearance of Colonel Fawcett and two others while on an exploration expedition of the Amazon in the 1920's in well known. This author gives us a good back story on the man and his motives for risking his life and fortunes and those of his oldest son and the son's best friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    Susan says: "Tragic."
    "Enjoyed Descent but a little long."
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    I heard a review of this book on NPR. The book reminded me of another I listened to recently, "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens, in which a young woman is held in captivity for a year. It also featured an ax.

    I think the conversations among the minor characters were far too long.

    I suppose a movie version could be a "thriller" by creative use of scary music but I did not think this book was a thriller.

    It was a good story that was well told.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (208)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Sound advice"
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    Lots of valuable tips for the new millennium given in a straightforward manner. Definitely worth the listen. It is a reference book to hang onto.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Grief Observed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

    Sam says: "A Grief Observed (Unabridged)"
    "A Grief Observed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book over and over since my husband's death two months ago. I keep it on my phone to call up at any time, while driving or startled awake at 4 AM. It gives me peace whenever I am feeling overcome with grief, which is most of the time. So much of Lewis' raw emotion at the loss of his beloved wife is exactly what I may be feeling at a particular moment. Unlike many of his books for adults, Lewis is not cerebral in this long essay on grief. He is a husband who misses his wife terribly, is profoundly sad at her death and questions his long-held beliefs in a loving God.

    A Grief Observed has helped me stay sane. It helps me to get out of bed in the morning. It helps me to understand that I am not crazy. And it gives me hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen somewhat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "What a book!"
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    The author's reading of the book added greatly to the enjoyment of it. His pronunciation of the names of individuals and the many places in the book is wonderful. He points out factual errors in Mr. Obama's memoir, "Dreams from my Father", but makes it clear that the purpose of the book is not to debunk that prior book. He very carefully explains why it is impossible that the president was born anywhere but in Hawaii. He talks very honestly about Obama, Sr. and his personality flaws and failings. He describes in great detail Obama's three years at a Catholic school in Jakarta, his time in high school in Hawaii as part of a weed club and the state champs basketball team, his two years at Occidental College, his two years at Columbia and his three years working in Chicago before law school. And then the book ends with a simple chronology of highlights of the years to come. There is nothing about Obama's various campaigns or his presidency.

    Recommended!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carol Shields
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    For all of her days, Reta Winters has enjoyed the useful monotony of happiness: a loving family, good friends, growing success as a writer of light fiction novels "for summertime". This placid existence cracks open one fearful day when her beloved oldest daughter, Norah, drops out of life to sit on a gritty street corner, silent but for the sign around her neck that reads "GOODNESS".

    glamazon says: "Production issues"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    This was a very gentle book with an underlying sadness over the choices of the oldest daughter. The unfailing love of her parents and sisters allows her to return in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    In Chris Matthews’ extraordinary biography, we see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

    Dolf says: "Superb Research & Writing / Mediocre Narration"
    "Loved it."
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    While I thought everything that could be written about JFK was already in the library, I was really pleased by this book. I saw JFK when I was an 8th grader in Lancaster, Pa. during his tour of the state during the campaign and I have been his fan ever since.

    The honesty of this book was remarkable and it held my attention throughout. The narration was excellent. And I particularly enjoyed Matthew's narration of the prologue.

    I recommend this book with hesitation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2590)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Lovely story."
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    I was really impressed with Ann Patchett's story of her marriage to her doctor husband. There was honesty and high regard for each other. I recommend this brief recorded gift from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1395)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Strange"
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    Although I tried, I didn't get this story at all. I cannot honestly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Richard Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

    Paula says: "Great book, greatly narrated"
    "Geraldine Brooks does it right."
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    I thought of "Little Women" while listening to "March". As a student of the Civil War, I was very interested in the hero's experiences as he tried to help both Union soldiers and former slaves. I related to Mr. March's depression and frustration at his inability to do much good in the midst of so much suffering.

    The book was well written, well researched and well narrated.

    I recommend "March".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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