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Kay

broken arrow, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 145 titles in library
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  • Stonestruck

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Helen Cresswell
    • Narrated By Siân Phillips
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Evacuated from London during the Blitz, Jessica lives alone in a huge Welsh castle, with only the gardener and the housekeeper for company. But there are other, mysterious presences in the castle gardens: a ghostly boy, a powerful Green Lady and chains of sinister ‘stonestruck’ children, engaged in a deadly game of tag with Jessica as the quarry. When her street was bombed in London, Jessica thought she had faced her worst nightmare, but never before has she needed such courage...

    Kay says: "Good narrator, dull story"
    "Good narrator, dull story"
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    Narrator did a good job but sadly there really wasn't much of story to narrate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good American

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alex George
    • Narrated By Gibson Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America, the land of the new? Originally set to board a boat to New York, at the last minute, they take one destined for New Orleans instead ("What's the difference? They're both new."), and later find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.

    Kathy says: "Deeeeelightful!"
    "Nice story & listen"
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    Where does A Good American rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very enjoyable listen. It is a good story and the narration was well done.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Good American and why?

    Actually I enjoyed James the narrator the most. His insight and personal reflections about his family and their varied lives was realistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    Barbara says: "An interesting glimpse"
    "Great story - lousy narration"
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    What did you love best about Working Stiff?

    Overall a very well written. Not too detailed in the "gore" but enough to convey what an autopsy is really like. Dr. Melinek did a nice job describing her work and those she performed autopsies on in a respectful and interesting way. Glad I listened, despite the horrendous narration.


    What didn’t you like about Tanya Eby’s performance?

    Eby may do well as a narrator for romance novels but for something as serious as this title her style is totally inappropriate. During very serious and dramatic passages she sounded like she was having fun time & not sober or even genuine. This was especially evident during the chapter concerning 9/11. If the story/writing had not been so good I would not have finished the book. Very disappointing. Also Eby's attempt at accents and male voices was truly ridiculous. All her male voices sounded like Simpson or cartoon characters - atrocious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Stacy says: "Great Story"
    "Enjoyable but not great."
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    Would you try another book from Laura Lane McNeal and/or January Lavoy?

    Yes, this was an interesting story with some well rounded characters. Some the events & characters were predictable but it was still entertaining,


    Would you recommend Dollbaby to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, as an easy read and as long as they are not looking for something deep or socially changing.


    Do you think Dollbaby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amy Bloom
    • Narrated By Alicyn Packard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war.

    Kay says: "Much like Amy Bloom's other titles"
    "Much like Amy Bloom's other titles"
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    Where does Lucky Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an enjoyable listen. It was not one of the best I've ever listened to but also not the worst. This is what, as a librarian, I call a gentle read. Yes, there was some sadness but nothing tragic, jarring or detrimental to the overall story. Nice progression of the story with a happy ending.


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

    Bloom used the similar technique of introducing a character, using them for a while in the story & then giving us their life's story & final ending in a quick look forward. She creates the characters with a full life story but can't seem to fit their whole narrative into the novel so she hurriedly "wraps them up" in a quick couple of paragraphs. It makes it look like her editor tells her to cut down the book because it is too long.


    If you could take any character from Lucky Us out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would probably be Gus. He led a very interesting life. Despite all the hardships & injustices he carried on and came out fairly well adjusted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1608)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Fun listen"
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    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrators did a great job with their characters. I realize this was a radio play and so all the added sound effects made for a different listen from a reading of a book, but those sound effects made it difficult to understand the words. I would have enjoyed being able to understand the words better if some of the sound effects had been toned down.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun story to listen to. All the characters did a good job. Just wish the sound effects had been toned down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2048)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this was a well written, well narrated story with plenty of drama and humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the realistic transition of Cora from a small town, uniformed mind to an understanding, worldly person. Her change in attitudes about love, sex, race and people were gradual and as I said realistic.


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

    No, I haven't. I did like her interpretation of Cora (and Louise) and would enjoy hearing her again. Her accents and inflections were right on.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Chaperone and why?

    Obviously it was Cora but all the others were important to the story. I did like Mother Kaufman and her love for Cora.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18764)
    Performance
    (12872)
    Story
    (12765)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Not for me"
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    **Some spoiler info in my review*

    I did not read any reviews before I started this book; I selected it based on a high recommendation from a fellow librarian. I usually agree with her choices but NOT this one.
    I made it through a little over half the book before I finally had to stop.
    I am not a prude and really don't mind sex in a book if it is pertinent to the story but the sex in this story became gratuitous. It did nothing to move the story forward. I understand violence either sexual or not can also be necessary to a story but again in this book it really did nothing for the plot.
    Also, I prefer books where the female character is intelligent and capable. Sorry but Claire may be a capable nurse but that is about as far as it goes. She continually makes stupid decisions that place her and others in danger. And her acceptance of the beating she receives from the man who proclaims to love her is ridiculous. It is spousal abuse, plain and simple. Not something I care to read about in a romanticized way.

    I really tried to give this book a chance, 14 hours of listening, but I just can't waste any more of my time. I looked on Wikipedia to see what happens & really don't want to hear about torture and sexual abuse, in I'm sure very graphic details. After some thought, I'm not sure this book would be the success that it is with all the sexual passages deleted. There really wasn't much historical detail nor time travel to truly carry the story alone.

    I did like the narrator and felt sorry that she had to read this book. I hope she was well paid.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (648)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Disappointing ending"
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    **Spoiler Alert**
    Would have given it 4 stars if the ending had been more conclusive. All the trials and tribulations that Weldon & Rosita went through should have had a more decisive ending than just plane crash killing Roy. The epilogue was too vague and I needed more "closure" in events after listening to 13 hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1546)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Good story - wished narration was better."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a good story although it became somewhat tiresome towards the end. I realize it is necessary to tell the story of the Holocaust and that it shouldn't be glossed over but each tiny detail of each painting or sketch described in the story became tedious. I stayed with the book because I did care about what happened to the characters but it became a strain about the last fourth of the book.


    Would you recommend The Lost Wife to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess but with reservations.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why is it that some narrators sound like they have just taken a drink of liquid and have not had a chance to swallow? Both narrators sounded slobbery. Plus Suzanne Toren over dramatized most of Lenka's words. Her narration was schmaltzy and got old. I have heard her on other books and didn't mind her in those - in this book I did not care for her interpretation.
    Guidall narrated pretty much like he has all the other books I have heard him on. He is okay but not wonderful or insightful of his character.


    Was The Lost Wife worth the listening time?

    It won't make my top 10 list or even my top 50 list but it wasn't a waste of time. I did finish it but would not listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1966)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Mesmerizing Listen"
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    This book was mesmerizing. The author's use of perfect adjectives and unique metaphors made listening a joy. The 16 hours passed quickly. The narrator's reading of the author's words was excellent.

    The story of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl, living in Paris with her father begins right before the Germans invade. It follows their exodus from Paris to the coastal city of Saint-Malo, its eventual siege and her escape. You meet her great-uncle, his housekeeper and other French citizens.

    But that is not all of the story. Werner and his younger sister are growing up in an orphanage in a mining town in Germany. Werner's brilliance is rewarded by being sent to a Hitler Youth School.

    As these two young people grow up, their lives grow together. And the journey that Doerr takes the reader on is filled with many amazing twists of phrases and words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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