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Kathy&David

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Prunedale, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julie Andrews
    • Narrated By Julie Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

    Christopher says: "The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style"
    "Inspiring and educational"
    Overall

    Can't wait for more! Narration by Julie perfect. Julie's description of her highs and lows, challenges and successes are wonderfully balanced. She manages to give us insight into the darker parts of her life without dragging the reader down. Fascinating details of life on the road, West End, Broadway and live TV. Her descriptions of the fabulous people she worked with give great insight into some of real people behind the images. Review by Kathy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3319)
    Performance
    (3039)
    Story
    (3021)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "FUN"
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    We both enjoy all of Molly's books especially with snarking reading by Amanda. I found her werewolf books more likely to send what I am drinking up my nose from laughter, but these are wonderful too. K

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Menace from Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    In The Menace from Earth, Robert A. Heinlein, a master of science fiction, presents startling stories of time and space. On the day past tomorrow, time has ended and man has begun his endless journey out into the universe. For those on the Pluto colony, Earth Satellite Base holds the only possible reprieve from a terrifying death sentence. Meanwhile on Earth, alien intelligence prowls the skies, kidnapping people for its own inhuman amusement.

    W. Seligman says: "Middlin' Heinlein"
    "Some of my favorite Heinlein short stories"
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    For those of you who know H short stories by their titles this compilation contains 8: 1) Year of the Jackpot (excellent) 2) By his Bootstraps (poor) 3) Columbus was a Dope (good) 4) Menace from Earth (excellent) 5) Skylift (very good) 6) GoldFishbowl (very good) 7) Project Nightmare (excellent) 8) Water is for washing (very good).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1320)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Engrossing"
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    Crisp writing. Interesting world. Excellent characters. Great narration. I agree completely with the review by Diana of Norfolk 5-30-11. Both Dave and I really enjoyed this book. We downloaded this book during a sale in which the entire series is on sale. The series has 11 books on sale - we enjoyed them enough to buy them all now. We have audio books from 436 authors (over 800 books) and are always looking for new favorite authors so we are adding Singh to our daily watch list and will be trying out her other audible series - Guild Hunter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Quake: Book Three in the Gideon Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Buckley-Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Abducted to 1763, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer begin to understand that history has reached a tipping point. The antigravity machine is in the hands of the cruel and ambitious Lord Luxon -- who has set his sights on the most valuable prize of all: America. He is determined to manipulate time to his advantage, no matter what the cost.

    Philip says: "Bad"
    "Not as grim as Book 1 and Book 2"
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    Per my reviews for the first 2 books in this series I find this series a bit too grim for children. This 3rd part is not as gruesome but has several wonderful characters killed. For readers that found the death of Dumbledore in Harry Potter as disturbing as I did, this book has similar situations. This 3rd book contains the result of the time traveling in the series causing "Time Quakes" in which the world is being ripped apart. The narrator for the series is excellent. The historical details regarding Washington crossing the Delaware are well handled and add an interesting twist to the storyline. One discrepancy I found annoying was that one of the bad guys is able to jump back and forth between London and NY without any explanation. This major plot problem caused my rating to drop from 3 to 2 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Thief: Book Two in the Gideon Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Buckley-Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (65)

    An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the 18th century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto 21st-century London.

    KRG says: "Keeps getting better and better & a great narrator"
    "Warning - Too Grim for Kids"
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    The main character in this book is a 12 girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1792 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of the French Revolution. Avoid this book for children but enjoy it if you are an adult.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon the Cutpurse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Linda Buckley-Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides in dense underbrush from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the 21st century, thanks to an experiment Kate's father was running with an antigravity machine.

    Anne says: "Like Harry Potter, it's great lit for any age!"
    "Warning - Too Grim for Kids"
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    The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy and girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1763 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of poverty, cruelty and other gruesome descriptions of life in this primitive century. Avoid this book this book for children but enjoy it if you read it as an adult. Interesting real characters such as Queen Charlotte and children with deadly diseases such as scrofula (TB) add gruesome reality.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fight or Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Natalie J. Damschroder
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Eighteen years ago, a group of men killed Regan Miller's boyfriend and tried to kidnap her daughter, Kelsey. Since then they have lived in hiding, always vigilant and never getting close to anyone. When Kelsey goes away to college, Regan finally begins to relax. She even starts to think she can have a real relationship, perhaps with her flirtatious neighbor, Tyler Sloane. Then Regan is attacked again.

    Kathy&David says: "Engrossing Light Thriller"
    "Engrossing Light Thriller"
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    As I have a weak stomach I tend to avoid thrillers but I am glad I read this one. Great action without gruesome violence. Storyline : 18 years ago, a group of men killed Regan's boyfriend and tried to kidnap her baby daughter, Kelsey. Regan made sure they were trained to defend themselves as well as prepared to drop everything and flee at a moments notice. Kelsey goes away to college and has her first semblance of a normal life. She bonds with her roommate Van and gets her first boyfriend Tom. Being away from her mom she starts to think her mom may be a little nuts until she gets phone call from her to RUN. Kelsey flees with roommate Van and boyfriend Tom barely escaping the man she spots getting into her dorm. Excellent chase scenarios. She finally meets up with mom and neighbor Tyler who helped Regan escape from the hospital. Regan is not sure if she can trust Tyler as he admits to knowing why men are trying to kill her and kidnap her daughter but refuses to tell her how he knows. Is he involved with her enemies? Can she trust him? Is he the reason the bad guys keep finding them? Kathy

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (3733)
    Story
    (3736)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "2 in 1 - Wonderful variation of old favorite"
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    Scalzi took an old favorite and made it better. With the blessing of the family of H. Beam Piper, a re-imagined version of "Little Fuzzy" is even better. More story about the Fuzzies and less time in the courtroom. Wonderful narration by Will Wheaton. Part 2 of this download is the unabridged "Little Fuzzy" book. Both books contain the story of Jack, a prospector on a mining planet who befriends a small furry creature who is very smart. When Jack tells his friends that the creature is sentient the trouble starts. The mining contract "the company" has for the planet is only valid if the planet does not have a sentient native species. The company works to wipe them out before it can be proved in court that they are sentient. The new version is funnier and sadder than the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3092)
    Story
    (3096)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Great Fun and Novel SF Storyline"
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    Very Funny - Great Narration by Will Wheaton. An agent to the stars finds himself with a very unusual client. An alien wants to meet humans without having them freakout when they meet his stinky jelly form. Agent must think out of the box to create an image that will smooth way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Side of the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2221)

    Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.

    With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage.

    Carlie says: "LOVE THIS SERIES"
    "Read Night Huntress World BEFORE this one -"
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    If you are working your way through the Night Huntress series, download and listen to Night Huntress World - First Drop of Blood before you read this book (5). This book 5 refers to things that happened in the Night Huntress World series. I have just started the World books and will update this review with more details when I am done. I really enjoy this narrator - maybe my favorite ever (We have over 1,000 Audible books - we buy and listen to 20-30 books per month). More later - Kathy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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