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Kathy

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Round the Bend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

    Gavin says: "A wonderful book"
    "Round the Bend is classic Shute, but not the best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend any of Nevil Shute's books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shute brings air travel and distant places in the 1940's-50's to life and makes it interesting!


    Have you listened to any of John Telfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first. He was well suited to the book. I'd listen to him again.


    Who was the most memorable character of Round the Bend and why?

    I'd say the narrator, which may seem odd to some. Yet it was Shute himself in many ways, exploring his beliefs through the guy telling the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Shute to be one of the best writers and much overlooked. His blending of engineering, flying, fascination with many places and his ability to tell a story are superb. He champions the "little guy or girl" who just gets on with life, not complaining or seekking glory, but just living decently, if not always wisely. He is self deprecating when writing about himself, and his characters come through with true likeableness even if you wouldn't believe as they do. Shute considered this his best novel. Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my husband, and will read it again, I don't agree with the author. Trustee From the Toolroom and A Town Like Alice are his best. This is why I gave it 4 stars.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Sultana's Circle: Princess Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    With Princess Sultana's Circle, the extraordinary story of Princess Sultana continues. The forced marriage of Sultana's niece to a cruel and depraved older man, and Sultana's discovery of the harem of sex slaves kept by a royal cousin, makes this brave royal princess more determined than ever to fight the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. Princess Sultana's cause is given an extra sense of urgency against the background of increased dissent against the Al Sa'uds, and the looming specter of Islamic fundamentalism.

    Kathy says: "The whole series is worth listening to, but you wi"
    "The whole series is worth listening to, but you wi"
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    I have read the entire series by this author. I don't know how she got her information, but the Saudi princess who was courageous enough to tell her story and the story of women in this country deserves some kind of major award! It is almost unthinkable for women in the U.S. to believe the powerlessness of women under such a restrictive government. Princess Sultana is a forward thinking woman who tells stories honestly and with no whitewash. She tries to see the positive steps that have been made in the rights of women, and reading the whole series shows that. But there is so much more to be done.

    As a fortunate western woman, I have no complaint about what I am able to do or say. No society is perfect, but for women in the Middle East, life is often no more than hell. The author tells the story using the princess's words, interspersing informational data from time to time. I only wish I could meet her and the princess to say thank you and to give them my encouragement. My prayers are with the women described in this and all the books.

    Catherine Byers is one of my favorite narrators. Her compassion is wonderful, and I find her voice beautiful. She makes these books even better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Patricia Routledge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of nineteenth-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

    Dan Harlow says: "I loved how much I hated everyone"
    "Oh, what a difference a performer can make!"
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    I discovered this book at age 13. Being blind , I could get books in recorded form. My older sister had to read this for school but was bogged down by the dialect. So I got the book. She made it through, but I listened to it three times in a row. The reader was fantastic, but I could not find that recording again as an adult.

    Either one loves the strangeness of Emily Bronte or not. Being an Anglophile, and having loved this book, I bought it. I bought another version on Audible a long time ago. I loathed the narrator's voice and never got very far. But Patricia Routledge is incredible. My husband actually found her so good that he couldn't finish listening to it. But if you have not read this and want to try a classic, I think it's a great gamble. Read something about the Bronte sisters and you will find it makes more sense. The part of Yorkshire where the book takes place is very stark even today. I love it Routledge's performance, though very different from the man who read it all those years ago is a masterpiece.!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "An all time favorite made even better"
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    I first read this book in the '60's at 14 and couldn't put it down. At that age some things passed me by, but I have returned to this book several times since. It was required for my four home schooled teens who all love it as well. The troubled landscape of South Africa during the changing 1940's is beautifully and compassionately told. The main character is an African Anglican minister who has a deep love for his people and a grief over his son.

    I will not give much about the story, but the writing is beautiful and sees things from multiple perspectives. This was made even better by Michael York, who can read to me any day! He is so talented that he can do this book full justice, and also make Aslan awesome in The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. That's a gift.

    This book should be required reading for high school or college or maybe both. It gives a historical perspective to what's happening many years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Amish Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and others
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    "In His Father's Arms" by Beth Wiseman: Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.

    Kathy says: "Okay, but a bit melodramatic"
    "Okay, but a bit melodramatic"
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    I like the gentleness of Amish books when I need to step back from a busy life. But I found these somewhat silly. There was compassion for the situations, but the stories did not ring as true as many others I have read. Many might like these, and they are worth a try. I found the push toward modern bottle feeding, and some other things did not ring true. I think the authors put too much of themselves and not quite enough of the culture in these stories.
    The narrator was not bad, but I've liked others better. She has a warm voice so I think it's more apersonal choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glitter and Glue: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kelly Corrigan
    • Narrated By Kelly Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as "Your father’s the glitter but I’m the glue." This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom - with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism - would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kelly’s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveler’s checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting. But it didn’t turn out the way she pictured it....

    Kathy says: "Funny and poinant; great for moms with older moms"
    "Funny and poinant; great for moms with older moms"
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    I saw this book in print but decided that I wanted to hear the author's voice. She obviously imitated her mother's vocal and speech patterns, which I found delightful. Our relationships as daughters are often complex, and Kelly "Corrigan nails it.

    She tells of a temporary nanny job while traveling with a friend and making a difference in the lives of her recently motherless young charges. Her desire to be both far from and yet linked to her mom is delightful. Her memories of how her own mom handled things as Kelly was growing up are interspersed with her time in Australia as the nanny.

    The book shifts to later in Kelly's life, and the continuing need for and tangled relationship with her mom. Overall I'd call this a love story. No relationship is perfect, but in the end, Corrigan realizes the gift of her mom being the glue in her life, which she can be for her own children.

    I will read this again and give it to my daughter who now has a growing family. If you want an honest book, written with humor and love, but not saccharine, this is a book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom's Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeanette Windle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. But his new mission as an itinerant health worker in the hills of Afghanistan is met with skepticism and even violence. Returning to Kabul, relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization - changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant Jamil weighs heavily on her heart. Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Afghanistan’s upcoming election.

    Kathy says: "Gripping and compassionate"
    "Gripping and compassionate"
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    Freedom's Stand was a book I read in just over a day. The subject of Afghanistan and the plight of women and children has long been a passion.

    The Christian element also interested me, as I know there are some who have accepted the message of Christ. Yet, I did not want a preachy book. Maudlin and sentimental Christian writing leaves me gagging. There was no fear with this book.

    Jamil, a health worker who had dreamed of being a doctor became a Christian, but tried to be careful in the way he spread his beliefs so as not to hurt others. He had been a suicide bomber whose mission did not succeed. Add his American friend Amy, also a Christian and a passionate but slightly naïve young woman to the mix and things get more interesting. She wants to bring education and gainful employment to the women of Afghanistan. Her efforts are continually thwarted by the way things work in a society which looks at women as property. Amy grows considerably during the story.

    An American contracted to provide security to various people meets Amy and becomes embroiled in her world. All three characters grow and the book comes to an intense and sad and happy conclusion. I don't want to give any spoilers, but some of the ending is really sad, yet also fits the story.

    I really enjoyed this book a lot, though I was taking a chance in my mind. I would suggest you read it if you have an interest in the middle east and its complex nature.

    The narrator did quite a good job with the book and I would definitely listen to another book done by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1352)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "One of Shute's Best"
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    This is one of Shute's very best. He is an overlooked writer, whose characters are usually unforgettable.
    Jean is an ordinary girl, who goes to work in Malay as a secretary before WWII. She is a girl of simple wants, who doesn't stand out as extremely noble or heroic. Yet when she and a number of other women and children are captured by the Japanese during the war, she shines. In her quiet way, she takes charge and becomes a person she would never has expected.
    The Japanese guard who ends up guarding the dwindling group as they wander through the jungles is really sort of lovable in a way, and is a great touch.
    When the women meet a group of Australian prisoners, the really interesting part begins. But the war ends, and Jean goes out to Australia to say thank you to her Ausie soldier,'s family, as she thinks he died trying to help her and the other women and children. Finding him alive brings the story to a new level.
    The story is told by Jean's solicitor (lawyer) who follows her story closely, and becomes like part of her family. It is told with attention to detail, but with little aggrandizement of the main characters.
    I love Shute's characters, because they are ordinary people who must rise to challenges they never thought to face. He writes with a gentle humor and a great understanding of people.
    Robin Bailey was a bit tough some times as the narrator. He did a lot of breathing, but the story is so wonderful that I got past it. He actually turned out to be not too bad. I'd really give him about a 3.7, but couldn't do that in the ratings. This is a book I've read twice and will likely read again. There is romance, but like all of Shute, it is understated.
    One learns a lot about Australia in the late 1940's, and it is fascinating. Shute was an Englishman who grew disgusted with his country's socialism post war, and moved his family to Australia in the early 1950's. His love for his adopted country is obvious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prayers: A Personal Selection

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Michael Hoppe (performer)
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Prayers: A Personal Selection, read by Michael York and composed by Michael Hoppe, contains some of the most significant and most beloved prayers in Christianity. Our Lord's Prayer, the prayers of both Old Testament and New Testament saints, and some of the most famous Christian prayers are beautifully and warmly narrated by Michael York. These classic devotional prayers are sure to encourage and grow one to greater faith in Christ.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful Prayers, Beautifully Narrated"
    "Lovely and peaceful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Prayers: A Personal Selection the most enjoyable?

    The selection of prayers are varied; some from Scripture and some from Crhristian prayer books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is no character; well, God, I guess!


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

    Michael York reads with gentleness and warmth. You can't get that from a book. Also, the music is so peaceful; it makes the prayerful state easier.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You could not make a film.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband was also impressed, and asked me to put it on his device.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (416)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "Wonderful and frustrating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leaving Everything Most Loved to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the audio, but Orla Casidy was wonderful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Maisie's search to find what she really wanted out of life, but found myself getting mad at her decisions sometimes.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is always exceptional.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I Don't Know Where I'm Going.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved this series. Winspear has made the period of the first World War through the early 1930's come alive. Her characters are wonderful. I don't always understand Maisie, but that's okay. I hope there is another book, because I don't want the series to end with this book and it's nonresolution of things. I think it was the most thought provoking of the books, but frustrating for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Actor and the Housewife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When Becky, a housewife with screenwriting dreams, attracts the interest of Felix, a Hollywood star, the two quickly become friends. Though the sexual tension is obvious, Becky has no intention of cheating on her husband - but would Felix cheat on his wife? As their friendship blossoms, rumors and suspicion threaten to derail their platonic love.

    sts2000 says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Quirky, Wonderful and worth the listen"
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    Would you listen to The Actor and the Housewife again? Why?

    I'd listen again because I loved the story and the narrator did it way more than justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Becky, but her husband Mike was a true prince of a guy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end. It was truly not what I expected, yet made complete sense.


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

    I was not expecting the scene which caused Becky so much grief. The book began as so funny, but turned more serious.


    Any additional comments?

    I've often wondered how a marriage withstands and thrives in spite of a close platonic friendship/love. Having had a few of those relationships, I found this book wonderful. The balancing act Becky lives, and her unshakable love for husband and children, and her steadfast clinging to the faith which she holds so firm are refreshing. I suppose many would find this book silly. It is, if you are accustomed to gritty novels where deceit and cheating are the norm. But, if you are a fan of Austen, and other writers where character is important, you'll enjoy this book. The narrator seemed to have fun reading it, which made it come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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