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Kathy Cinquemani

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  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Mary says: "Amazing narrator"
    "Joyful Without Being Syrupy Sweet"
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    I am an avid gardener and could doubly enjoy the book being able to relate to all the references to the specific plants and flowers. But this is a book about the expansion of one's spirit through the enjoyment of nature's beauty. The characters were real and flawed and imperfect but lovable. It allowed one to overlook the defects in the nature of others and focus on the complete human being. I love Flo Gibson narrating this book and all books of this time frame in England. She's perfect for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lion Among Men: The Wicked Years, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub, his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.

    Michael says: "Gregory and John Together Again"
    "One of the Best Narrator's Ever"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Brrr and Yakal because they were so real and irreverent and genuine.


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's almost like watching a play or movie listening to John McDonough. Superb timing, such enthusiasm, conveys the exact tone and personality of each character. I was so sorry when when this book ended. I felt like I'd lost some old friends.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I won't say because it gives away a big piece of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book and Wicked were just excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1455)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Really Liked This Book!"
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    I had to keep reminding myself that this was written from a dog's perspective which was enlightening. The injustices that a human would rail against, a dog does not. The pleasures that enthrall a dog go unnoticed by humans much of the time. So I had to remind myself that the story WAS believable from the dog's unconditionally loving perspective. It sort of confirmed for me that dogs are far superior to humans in all respects and deserve the love and admiration that I have felt for them since being a tiny child. I liked that the author did not drag out or milk the suffering that comes when we lose our furry friends. Loving and being loved comes with a reward and a price and is all just part of life, not some unbearably dismal circumstance. I was sorry when it came to the end and missed hearing about the dog's next experience. Nice read. Uplifting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth and Her German Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elizabeth von Arnim
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Indoors are servants, meals, and furniture. There, too, is The Man of Wrath, her upright Teutonic husband, inspiring in Elizabeth a mixture of irritation, affection, and irreverence. But outside she can escape domestic routine, read favorite books, play with her three babies and garden to her heart's content. Through Elizabeth's eyes we watch the seasons, from May's "oasis of bird-cherries and greenery" to the time when "snow carpets her Pomeranian wilderness".

    Joseph R says: "Cavorting in the Gardens"
    "Spoiled, Privileged and Rich--Complaints in Diary"
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    I read this book because Elizabeth von Arnim wrote the beautiful story, The Enchanted April. The way she represented the inner workings and vulnerability and awakening joy of those 4 women made me feel close to her. She truly conveyed the hopes and fears of the women in that book. This is somewhat of a diary. I guess I shouldn't judge her on her personal writings, but it reflected a spoiled, hauty, self centered, self indulgent rich wife. There didn't seem to be a speck of humility or vulnerability in her. She referred to her children as "The May Baby or The April Baby" and was constantly handing them off to maids and servants to tend them so she could get to her garden. She complained of visitors to her estate, having to go to lavish balls and parties, and the preference for being utterly alone and not bothered with motherly or household duties---such as supervising and ordering servants around. She mightily complained of her gardeners ineptness and bad character. I couldn't relate to being spoiled, privileged and rich. The narrator perfectly depicted the snooty tone in her reading with her high pitched, clipped voice. I gave up half way through. Not a fun read for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set in the Yorkshire moors, the ill-fated, passionate love story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is beautiful, haunting, and sometimes harrowing.

    Kathy Cinquemani says: "A Classically Depressing Read----Lawsy!"
    "A Classically Depressing Read----Lawsy!"
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    If a person wasn't depressed when they started this book, it certainly would follow after. I must confess that I only got halfway through. I remember my mother as a kid referring to Cathy and Heathcliff glowingly as a testament to enduring love. I forget the mindset of martyrdom some equate to "love". This was the largest collection of disgusting human beings I had the displeasure of coming to know in a book. I have to battle my own critical and negative inner voice without inviting the hate and revenge filled ravings of others even though they are fictional. I read to be uplifted as well as entertained. The book is eloquently and well written and the narration by Flo Gibson is perfect. She is one of my all time favorite narrators. Before giving up on it after all these many hours of listening, I quickly read some notes on the book in Wikipedia to see if there was going to be a change for the better in the story line.....nope, not much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchanted April

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth von Arnim
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Four very different English ladies, strangers to one another, rent a villa for a month near Portofino. Here their lives and loves change as they fall under the spell of this magical place.

    Kathy Cinquemani says: "I ADORE this book!"
    "I ADORE this book!"
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    I am at a place in my life where I want comfort, ease and joy. I don't want to ride Sunami sized waves of emotion when I read a book. I am tired of shock value and vulgarity. I am wanting to be inspired to be a better person and let go of the pettiness and drama that abounds in life. This book speaks to all "decent" and "good" people who know in the core of their being that decency and goodness has been mostly for show and for getting ahead in the eyes of others. I could identify with all the characters in this book---both genunine and not so genuine. It incited love and fondness for the characters. It helped me in the acceptance of others-- and myself in my less than stellar personal attributes. I came away with such joy and gladness in having read this book. Makes me sad to lose these "friends" I've come to know so well. The movie version of this book is phenomenal, as well. Some people do not not care for Flo Gibson's voice who narrates this. I find it wonderful, deep and wise sounding. She to me is one of the best narrators, especially of British novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (962)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Searching For Other Flo Gibson Narrations!"
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    I totally enjoyed this book, but mostly BECAUSE OF Flo Gibson's voice and excellent performance. Her style was perfect for this book, in my opinion. It reminded me of an older, more mature version of Judy Dench's voice. Ms. Gibson's command of the English language of that period has an air of old world charm and dignity that demanded it. I've been looking for books that are uplifting and heartfelt, where honesty and respect are the standard or goal. It's a fantastic story and production. I'm eagerly looking forward to another book narrated by Flo Gibson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1826)
    Performance
    (1589)
    Story
    (1602)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Especially Fascinating Written by a Neuroscientist"
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    I saw a tiny bit of this story on "Through the Wormhole" on the Science Channel before he wrote his book. To see him interviewed on that TV program made his story credible, but I wanted to know more. Hearing his sincere and genuine voice reading this book confirmed that there is indeed so much more to "reality" than what we can tell with our senses. He's not a professional story teller, but that makes it even better for me. It's especially inspiring to hear someone so ensconced in academia and scientific reasoning have his belief system so entirely up-ended. It makes the fear of death put in proper prospective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1153)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Dysfunction Disguised as Humor"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy put down humor and sarcasm that cuts to the bone of another.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything by James Herriott


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Schemmel’s performances?

    The narrator wasn't the problem, the content was.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sh-t My Dad Says?

    Don't care enough to give it much thought.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe in another time in my life this would have been funny.......mmmmm....no, maybe not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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