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Kathryn S. Egan

"constant reader"

Salt Lake City, Utah USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Museum of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie - a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "one of the very best I've ever heard"
    "Pure poetry"
    Overall

    An elegant use of metaphor to present the Turkish people, their history and their lives as not contrasted to the West.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (931)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Thomas Jefferson is still with me--like a father"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power the most enjoyable?

    I read-listned while I walked every dayl The story is so compelling I wallked longer


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    The way he used is moral standards as bedrock to establish the U.S. as a republic


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The exhiliration of coming to know the mind of Thomas Jefferson


    Any additional comments?

    If you wonder about current politics and dilemmas, this book demonstrates they have always been with us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Good history, overwrought"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes for the description of life in1917-20, especially the mountains of Italy, Enza's courageous management of her own life. But it does get long in describing emotions.


    If you’ve listened to books by Adriana Trigiani before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I will. I love Italian.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the Italian phrases and experiences. The narrator of the first part was a little flat, the second too New York Bronx.


    Do you think The Shoemaker's Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be lovely to learn more about Italians in America especially non mafia ones


    Any additional comments?

    This seems auto biographical, almost a memoir,.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (689)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Lisa See gets it right"
    Overall

    I listen to this book while walking--I always make my 3 mile goal. The narrator is superb, the story telling exquisite, the characters have become people I know better than my actual neighbors. What an achievement to have written this narrative.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23693)
    Performance
    (10277)
    Story
    (10359)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Dragon Tattoo is superb"
    Overall

    I listen to this book as I walk, and I'm now up to 3 miles a day because I don't want to stop listening. I need another book this engrossing--would love suggestions.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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