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Kathrin

Greenville SC

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  • 34 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "Beautiful & Tragic"
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    This is such a beautiful and tragic story bringing light to a part of US history that is not that often talked about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (230)

    The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela - and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

    Mark says: "Very good book, well read, can't ask for more"
    "Great Story"
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    This genre is not my wheelhouse at all.

    Therefore I am very surprised about how much I enjoyed this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Great Story, but editing issues"
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    Saroo's story is incredible and I especially enjoyed the first half the book.

    I do feel that the book needs some serious editing and could easily do with 100 pages less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (851)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Not an easy read"
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    This book is not an easy read. Pretty much each character in this book is a complete asshole. It's full of racism, antisemitism, anti gay, anti feminism and everything else under the sun. It's properly going to drain you to read it.

    But it's going to give you a glimpse of how life was in Atlanta in the early 70s and it was really an eye opener for me.

    On top of all of the above, it's a really good story and has you read this book fast, even though it's not easy.

    I listened to the Audible version of this and the narrator was excellent!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "Funny, Outspoken and Discombobulated"
    Overall
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    This book is enjoyable and funny.

    It touches on a lot of topics which it needed to tell the story, but it also felt a little discombobulated due to it. Also while Tourettes is such a big part of his life it is being ignored completely in some parts of the book.

    I did appreciate the book references and added several of them to my 'want to read' list.

    I really appreciated the author to be so outspoken about his doubts concerning his belief. Most people don't do that because they typically get scolded for questioning religion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

    Katherine Watson says: "Her situation was terrible"
    "Incredible Story of Survival"
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    This is an incredible story of survival of a young woman and it's very much worth sharing with the world.

    It also focused on how hard and lengthy the recovery is of an individual that once lived in slavery, especially for somebody that was enslaved at such a young age. Quite honestly, I have never even thought about that aspect of slavery.

    Nevertheless, I gave this particular book "only" three stars because is was missing a fluent storytelling and the Audible format had some editing issues that were very distracting at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (390)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Quick Laugh Out Loud Read"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it while hiking and I had to laugh out loud several times or said oh-oh to myself, depending on the situation.

    This is a quick read that makes you want to visit Botswana!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Barkeep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession. Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Pour me another!"
    "The Narrator made the Story"
    Overall
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    Story

    The book started out slow. I was pretty lost the first couple of chapters and then the story started clicking.

    I thought that the plot was really good and had just enough twist and turns. The fact that every character besides the barkeep is a complete drunk was a little distracting. Sometimes the dialogs didn't feel like they push the plot forward, just made the plot linger. Also the end was a little weird and I didn't care for it that much.

    Overall, this book was a nice surprise. The narrator of the Audible made the story come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Capture the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    "I write this sitting at the kitchen sink" is the first line of a novel about love, sibling rivalry, and a bohemian existence in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Cassandra Mortmin's journal records her fadingly glamorous stepmother, her beautiful, wistful older sister, and the man to whom they owe both their isolation and poverty: Father. The author of one experimental novel, and a minor cause celebre, he has since suffered from writer's block and is determined to drag his family down with him.

    Matthew says: "Well, that was a surprise"
    "Delightful"
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    At a little over half of the book, I am just very delighted with the story. The main character Cassandra who is leading us through the story in her perspective is smart and sweet. At one point she says that she is 17, looking younger and feeling older... I am paraphrasing here. This sentence just so completely describes her.

    Of course the "heroine" had to fall... and actually didn't fall at all. She continued to be open to her journal, even when it was uncomfortable and stayed honest to herself and mostly with others.

    In the end, we have a happy and and then a not so happy end... which was perfect.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

    For the Audible version of this story: I really didn't like the narrator's try to do an American accent.

    Throughout the language was beautiful, the main character seemed very pure through all of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (940)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    gardener97 says: "Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator"
    "Will I start to read yet another series?"
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    I tore through this Audio Book in two days over two long hikes.

    I liked it, but I am still contemplating if I liked it enough to continue on with the series.

    Thinking about why I didn't give this 4 stars, the only thing that comes to mind was that it kept on going and going... you thought you finally at the conclusion of the story and then there was another layer and yet another layer, but for whatever reason, I didn't care for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (790)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    Rolando says: "Is amorality bad?"
    "A Classic?"
    Overall
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    I picked this book up as an Audible daily deal and later read that this is a classic.

    The main character is interesting with his coldness and insensitivity... it made me think, that he uncomplicates life a lot with this thinking. But I was also thinking, that somebody like this would be called a sociopath nowadays.

    Still, I might not have gotten the pure core of it... since I can't see why this is a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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