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Kelli

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REDDING, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 35 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 160 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1229)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "i should have listened to sarah"
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    amidst all the glowing praise for this audio book is one written by a reviewer named Sarah. her description fits my experience almost perfectly. i have to say that I didn't enjoy the subject matter as much as she did, partially due to the "herky jerky" aspect of mr bryson's narration. while a brilliant writer, mr brysons speaking voice is strangely lulling. I found myself mentally wandering away from the story often, and struggling with the odd emphasis' and cadence of his speech.

    to soften this review, I have to say that "A Walk In The Woods" is one of my favorite books, ever, and I have read, and enjoyed, most of his other books. this is the first audiobook of his work that I have attempted to listen to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8679)
    Performance
    (8255)
    Story
    (8270)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "surprising and entertaining"
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    I bought this based solely on the reviews, and I am delighted that I did. It is unexpected and treat to listen to. I am not a big fan of technical talk, and I my eyes did glaze over at a couple points. But I came back when I wasn't driving, and managed to get past those parts, lol.

    extremely well written, the character is totally likeable, the prose well structured. One of the reviewers was lamenting the fact that so many obstacles were encountered. I have to say that yes, there were a lot of obstacles, but in reality, wouldn't there be? A manned mission to Mars? bound to be a ton of unforeseen stuff. the story is original, and I will be eagerly anticipating mr weir's next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (303)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Questions not answered."
    "classic, enjoyable davenport"
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    somehow I missed this one. back int he day, i read these books like crazy. love the cast and crew. began listening to the latest ones, about a year ago. at some point figured out that I missed the one where letty is introduced. glad I went back and found it.

    I'm not a fan of the narrator. i do not care for his delivery, nor the way he seems to suck all the teasing and humor from the text. I don't know if it is just me, but when I read these, there is a wry and sly humor to lots of the interactions, and that is missing from the narrators delivery.

    As solid entry into the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (4882)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2924)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "main character is hard going"
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    overall i enjoyed this book and will try the next one. the author has a love for words and a nice lyrical quality to her writing. In this particular book, the main character is completely unlikable. i understand the need to create drama and compromising situations, but books in which a supposedly "intelligent" character makes improbable mistakes in judgement are difficult for me to forgive.

    The supporting cast are very good, especially the sister, the partner and the sub-partner. it's a believable storyline, although i deduced the culprit early on. No spoilers but if you are a fan of detective dramas, and have read say 20 decent ones, you too will figure it out early on.

    despite all that, it is a good read/listen. i am eager to see if the quality improves when the main character is not this damaged, jerkish man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1163)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "wasted my time"
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    I have been reading these books for 20 years. I am not sure if it is me that is tired of them, or Ms. Grafton. Kinsey just never seems to move forward. In this book she makes the same bone-headed choices and lets another batch of people take outrageous advantage of her, for NO APPARENT REASON other than this book needing to words on a page. Everyone is this book is crabby, if not downright bitchy. Even henry is put out.

    So much of this book is filler. "I took out my overnight bag and set it on the counter in the bathroom. Grasping the small blue zipper tab, I pulled it to the right, revealing my toilette in miniature. So as to be prepared in the morning I removed form the bag my toothbrush, a small minty-smelling container of floss, a travel sized tube of toothpaste with a dent int he middle from previous usage, deodorant, foot powder to ward off any nasty fungus i might pick up from the grimy carpet, moisturizer, mascara..." aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhh!!!

    it is also a bit jarring to adjust to the shoehorning in of a 2000=era problem to 1988. As far as remember, bums at off ramps wasn't really an issue at that time. i just didn't find the premise believable. but maybe i'm just crabby =)

    If you are a diehard fan, then you might like it. Dietz and Cheney make appearances, wiggling their eyebrows, Kinsey does her stuff, kinda. I almost feel like Kiinsey is tired of herself too.

    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
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1297)

    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"
    "horrific narrator"
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    I didn't get far. This book has b een praised for the lyricism of the writing and the poignancy of the story. Those reviews are why I purchased it. So it baffles me that the narrator was so uninspiring. He could have been reading the classified ads or perhaps the periodic table of elements. from what I did listen to, i have a feeling that this book will be better read, than listened to. jmo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1439)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    peg says: "Disappointed"
    "better than average installment"
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    the evil-doers are well done in this installment, and I like the introduction of the small town sheriff. I like that Lucas reverts to some of his old-school habits, which is why DearReader falls in love with the character. He's gotten a tad stodgey lately. better story than a couple of the previous books. a solid addition to a familiar series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (879)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "engrossing listen"
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    this one captured me right out of the gate. vivid storytelling, excellent narration. a couple elements are predictible, but perhaps that is only because human beings are predictable. original story, familiar good vs evil theme, but from a surprising direction. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (815)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "take a chance, love the perspectives"
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    Have to agree with all the praise for this book. the first couple chapters are halting, as the stage is set, but the story deepens and becomes richer fairly quickly. Love the different take and perspective on the zombie phenom. The last 1/3 of the book was difficult to stop listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loki's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (488)

    For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates…. Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task.

    Clarice says: "Real characters and a great story."
    "didn't realize it was a bodice ripper when i purch"
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    this is a classic bodice ripper, and even though I want to tear it to shreds, i will not.

    If you are looking for a brainless, light-hearted adventure romance, this just might be the book for you. If you are looking for something smart with riveting romance (along the lines of Outlander) this IS NOT it, at all.

    the author is overly preoccupied with prodigious penises, blinding blue eyes, and massive physiques, to the detriment of the plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (292)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "defies belief, to a comical degree"
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    I do not think this book was intended to be humorous, but it is, in a grim sort of way.

    The police, who play a very large part, as written, are so inept as to defy belief. Honestly, if a police officer, even a rookie, found a suspected kidnap victim, wouldn't he remove the duct tape over her mouth, the rope binding her hands, and the blindfold covering her eyes? perhaps ask her her name? or just throw her sideways across the back seat of the cruiser and head back to town, imagining the glory in store for the hero?

    ugh. just terrible. This story does no favors to the inhabitants of Alabama, presenting the majority of them as thugs, obsessed hunters, or fame-seeking police officers.

    would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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