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Kathrin

Greenville SC | Member Since 2014

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  • 25 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 95 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3701)
    Performance
    (3348)
    Story
    (3376)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Story goes beyond recounting Events"
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    Beyond hearing Piper Kerman's own story, it also gives insight to every day life in a low security prison and the people that she encounters in this time. On top of that, the author supplemented the story with statistics and facts about the prison system in general.

    The performance of Cassandra Campbell really brings this story alive.

    0 of 0 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
    (1111)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (675)

    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?"
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (959)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Powerful"
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    Obviously, the author is still very young and writing a memoir at this age might seem odd. But I do think now it is the time for her to get her message out. To have a real effect in the world and also educate the western world that Islamic extremist don't represent Islam as a religion in general.

    In general, I think the book is beautifully written. It intertwines her life with the events and explains how she is a product of her upbringing and her surroundings.

    I listen to the Audible version of the book and often wished I had gotten the Kindle version instead, so I can highlight the lines and have easy access to the clippings of the most powerful lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

    Cynthia says: "Best as a Listen"
    "Good if you are interested in ships and fishing"
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    Story

    The Audible version has an interview with the author at the end where he talks about how this book started out as a chapter, then got turned into a magazine article and then into a 300 something page book. He mentioned the trouble of filling all these pages with the story and in order to do so expanded on several topics e.g. fishing history, oceanography, marine biology, hypothermia etc. And this is where I had troubles with the book. It's very well researched but it circles around a topic that I am just not that interested in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (291)

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    "Witness of it's time."
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    I didn't used to care for short stories, but books like these show me that I am missing out.

    The arrogance of the characters can make your blood boil and at times it is uncomfortable to read. But it is supposed that way.

    Not having grown up in the US and the separation, books such as these a witnesses of their time an invaluable and always a learning moment for me.

    The only story that I didn't care too much about was the "Lame shall enter first".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (998)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Fun"
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    Fun and easy read.

    Started out kind of slow and felt like a recounting of a series of missions at the beginning. But everything got tidied up nicely in the end with a good overall storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (600)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "Not much Sci-Fi"
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    This was disappointing: full of clichés and the whole scenario felt more like the early 21st century with space travel... the world of the main character missed a really sci-fi evolution to where we are now.

    I listened to the Audible version and found the narrator not to be a good fit for this book either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (600)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Good ole Spy Story"
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    I really enjoyed this book a lot even though it was a little slow at times. I did read Gorky Park as well and actually liked Polar Star more.

    Especially the setting of the book at the end of the Cold War and a good ole spy story at it's core. Good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

    Benedict says: "Beyond touching"
    "Charm of the Mundane"
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    I have read the first volume of this series and then skipped (for no particular reason) several of the following books picking up #6. It was easy to get reacquainted with the characters.

    I think the charm of these books are mostly in how normal the people are that are being described. Reading the books, especially the 44 Scotland Street series always reminds me of good old water cooler gossip... and who doesn't like that.

    As for this particular volume: I was hoping to see Bertie featured a little more, but am very happy how the character was developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (350)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "Predictable"
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    I am listening to the last half hour of this book while I am writing this and I am looking forward to finish it up.

    For me the secrets in the book were very predictable and therefore reading/listening to it not very exciting.

    The perspective in which the story was told was odd and I didn't feel that it did anything to make it more interesting.

    And while we spent a lot of time getting to know the characters, the descriptions didn't do anything to carry the story better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2685)
    Performance
    (1991)
    Story
    (2020)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Middle of the Road"
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    This book is in the middle of the road for me.

    On the one hand I am intrigued by the premises of the book to map out the course of history over 1,000 years to try to shorten the suffering of mankind after the collapse of the Empire.

    The other side of it, that it has to describe 1,000 years of history in 7 books and around 150 years in this first volume. Because of that, the book feels like you are constantly pressing the fast forward button only seeing bits and pieces of the story, just focusing on 3 people for very brief moments of their lives.

    Also, the book shows it's age and feels just plain outdated at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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