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Kelli

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REDDING, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

ratings
38
REVIEWS
27
FOLLOWING
4
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (992)

    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
  • Loki's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    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 0 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
    (248)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    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
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2644)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2217)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "i could feel the mists and smell the peat"
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    Enjoyed this very much. the narrator does a terrific job with all the scots accents. Each accent is easily distinguished from another, thus making it sooooo much easier to keep track of what is going on. i have read other books that deal with the Risings, but hadn't ever read so much about the first one, nor had the actual origination of the problem been made clear.

    the mood and scenery are decribed wonderfully, and it was easy to fall into the mists, feel the ocean spray and smell the peaty smoke of the fires. i will be looking for another by this author. the plot device gets a tad over-used, but not so much that it made me crazy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3989)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3558)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "the dog is by far the best part"
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    an engaging book, mainly because of the dog. the scenes told from the dogs perspective are very well done. the cops scenes, not so much. the difference was so pronounced, to me, it was almost as though from two different authors. i found the police officers character, thoughts, and deeds to be stilted, repressed, and extremely idiotic. anyone who is a fan of police or detective procedurals will be rolling their eyes as this doofus blunders though the plotline. his transformation from being completely self-centered and ignorant of even the basics of dog-ness, into a "dog-person" are abrupt and ham-handed.

    all that being said, i enjoyed the overall story. Maggie gives 250%, which makes up for any short-comings of her partner. the plot was semi-predictable, but the novelty of having the dogs perspective makes it seem fresh. the stars for story are all for Maggie, and even so I just couldn't go to 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7908)
    Performance
    (7130)
    Story
    (7127)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "a worthy follow up to a time to kill"
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    I have been a fan of Grishams' since the beginning, especially enjoying the non-lawyer novels. Painted House and The Last Juror are two of my faves, along with A Time to Kill. This novel did not disappoint. It was great to catch up with Jake and Carla and Harry Rex. Also wonderful to have a cameo by Willie Traynor.

    In a change for me, the narrator was great, lol! (i usually slam the narrator, but this one did just fine).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "hard going at first, but got better with time"
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    I almost stopped listening to this book. Jack is a love-lorn dude, and those are annoying. Despite repeatedly being told and shown by his ex-girlfriend that she wants nothing more to do with him, is in fact, repulsed by him, he deludes himself that they perhaps have a chance. I have no patience with type of storytelling.

    The storyline is intriguing, the dips back into time, to explain the backstory, were enjoyable and well done. The story, and Jack himself, did grow on me and I listened to the last half with enjoyment. Satisfying on a level where you would really love to hire a guy to right all the injustices perpetrated against you. I'll buy the next book int he series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Borderline

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (147)

    While vacationing in Big Bend National Park, Anna and her new husband find themselves sucked into a riptide of danger and intrigue that surges from the Mexican desert to the Texas governor's mansion.

    W.Denis says: "Another hit"
    "poor narration and improbable plot"
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    Once again, narration was poor. Her cadence is off, and distinction between characters almost non-existent. It genuinely sounded as thought she was reading the book, line for line, with no rhythm for the actual sentence structure. Her voice went up at the beginning of the line, and down at the end of that line, whether there was a period or not. ugh. awful.

    as to the storyline, difficult to swallow. I have read all the previous Pigeon novels. The earliest are the best. the last 5 or so (with the exception of the wolf study book), the author has centered all her plots around harming children. The one that starts out with the woman in the wheelchair, is excellent, though horrific. That one is one of the best Pigeon novels. sorry, I digress. This one I just found impossible to believe. This solitary woman now has a husband, whom she is supposed to adore, yet he is given only the teeniest presence in the book. (a shame, since as described, the Sherriff/Holy Man is more interesting than Anna). Throughout the book Anna acts in contrary ways, taking actions precisely to put herself in danger. Forehead smacking moments, a friend calls them. She does this so many times, that I groaned out loud when (SPOILER) being chased by a truck and on foot, given the choice between running towards a restaurant full of people and a phone, and running out into the open desert (with an infant in arms) she choses the desert. and that is only one of the last terrible decisions she makes.

    These books are not getting any better. stick to the first 6 or so. I will not purchase another by Ms. Barr.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

    J. HITTINGER says: "I loved the book!"
    "The story is promising, narrator icky"
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    I;m an hour into this and the narrator is making me crazy. Why do all these narrators insist on a monotone for their delivery?? He is reading this as though it is a stockholders report. Good lord. I am not sure I can go on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6111)
    Performance
    (5383)
    Story
    (5430)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "One of my favorite books, ever."
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    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is difficult for me to accurately judge. The story is a favorite of mine, and has been since it's original release. I have read the book several times. The audio part of it was good, not exceptional, I don't feel like the audio enhanced my perceptions of the story, but it was enjoyable. There are books I have listened to in audio, that I hadn't read first, which were a more enjoyable/satisfying experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu of course. And Frannie, though this narration makes her sound a bit like a twit. I like Stu's stoicism and resolve, how he is fragile but strong, and his character grows through out the story. I like that he gains confidence in himself, and their path, while retaining the ability to question his motives. Frannie, as read in the book, seems real, like someone I know, or perhaps even a part of me, as a daughter, a young adult and an impeding mother. I identified with her because most of her decisions are ones i think I would have made in the same circumstances. SPOILER Except I would have spoken up about Harold. The end of the world is no play to worry about hurting someones feelings.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the performance. At most times it was only tolerable, others it was irritating. He delivered the majority of the narration is a strange monotone, only occasionally injecting some life into the words. His accents made all the men sound like "Oklahoma sod-busters" and the women like whiny and helpless, or hard. I found myself practicing lines out loud as I listened. The story is so rich and multilayered, it deserved an exceptional narrator, not mediocre one it received. Harsh, I know, but the truth in my opinion. If I hadn't known the story, I doubt I would have finished all 48 hours. That is looooong time to listen to a voice you do not enjoy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. And at 48 hours, it would have been impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King... please make an effort to find better narrators for your work. I have listened to two books, one narrated by yourself and this one. On narration alone, I cannot recommend eithr, though you did a better job than Mr. Gardner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9181)
    Performance
    (6704)
    Story
    (6744)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Great concept, bogs down in the telling"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Yes because it is a great concept, and parts of it are intriguing. No, because 25% of it could have been eliminated and the story would have been so much better for it; concise, a tighter plotline, more suspenseful. I don't need a detailed listing what she packed for her trip, or to hear, for the one-hundreth time, that the wayward lock of hair has fallen over her forehead.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was good, a great set up for the next book. I was just beginning to enjoy the characters, and it ended.


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a good job. Not really good, just good. Although now that i linger over the question, she did really well with the various accents. hmm. ok, i'm upping her stars to 4, she did a great job with the assorted voices and accents, and there were quite a lot of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine of the story is kind of a twit. On one hand, she is brainy and determined, on the other she is completely willing to bury her head int he sand and play helpless female. Also, denial of the obvious is a strong characteristic of her personality. The hero (?) is over-protective, and dominating. There is really no explanation for their all consuming commitment to each other. It is not love at first site, but rather, after a couple chapters, the author decided they needed to be together and unreasonably devoted to each other, right now. A little hard to swallow. Not sure if I will go forward with the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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