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Kelly Miller

Rancho Murieta, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • 9 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1947)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Another Hit for Hosseini"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great book.


    Any additional comments?

    Hosseini is a talented writer and story teller. I should have done a character list. Listening to books is different from reading books....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (343)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "Grade "B""
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    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for an easy to follow (not complicated) book that will entertain but not demand that you hear every word, then this is your book. The subject matter is unique but not what I was hoping for.... I liked Mitch A's other books better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1073)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Code Name Verity in three words, what would they be?

    AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the tempo -- the unexpected turns and twists -- the author's ability to take a very delicate topic and write about it in an unexpected way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The relationship between Verity and the Gestapo....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a MUST read. Not all books fall into that category but this book does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with Gay Talese on Kurt Vonnegut

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Gay Talese
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (274)

    James Atlas interviews Gay Talese about the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    Erik says: "Not that revealing"
    "Excellent book!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoy historical fiction -- if you want to be entertain/transported to another time but like to learn something new about a period in time, this book is for you.


    Any additional comments?

    I like books that you never want to end. This is one of those....enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (895)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "A+++++++++ALL OF WALLY LAMB'S NOVELS ARE AMAZING."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read Wally Lamb's novels, stop whatever you are doing/reading and get one. ALL OF THEM ARE EXCELLENT. He writes long books that you never want to end. I love his books so much I have read a few of them twice. I finish the book. Usually cry. And start on page 1 for a second read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (2027)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Very enjoyable book"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Orange is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate. Original. Page turner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her boyfriend. He must be an amazing man and I could relate to her need for this man in her life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claire Cameron
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her parents as prey. At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.

    Kelly Miller says: "Amazing perspective...."
    "Amazing perspective...."
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Bear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Bear is about an A-....I am very happy I purchased it and listened to it. I highly recommend the book -- it is written from the little girl's perspective. I cried a couple of times and laughed out loud as well. Excellent book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked it because it made me laugh and cry.


    What about Cassandra Morris’s performance did you like?

    Her voice and delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is told from a little girl's perspective. I don't believe I have ever listened to a book told from a 4 year old's viewpoint. Interesting, enlightening and poignant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (211)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "All I can say is WOW...."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a MUST read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A House in the Sky?

    Amanda is tied up in the shape of the letter "U" for days....She finds her house in the sky during this time. It is not the discovery but the emotion I felt listening to her torture. I will never forget this. Nor will I forget when she discovers mold growing on her face.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Lindhout – was your favorite?

    Amanda.


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

    Described above.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book because it was a true story. I learn many things I didn't know before reading her story. I am more aware when I read the news looking for kidnappings overseas. Amanda tells the rape details perfectly. Amanda's capacity for forgiveness is amazing? Inspiring? Unbelievable? Depressing? I can't describe what she went through -- the book must be read. Also watch her on Dateline NBC....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1209)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "It could be a story about Sheldon from Big Bang"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Project to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Made me laugh out loud several times. It was light and fun to listen to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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