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Kimberly

Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No

Member Since 2006

ratings
45
REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
27

  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13367)
    Performance
    (5786)
    Story
    (5858)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Good Though Predictable"
    Overall

    This story was very captivating. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the depression era circus, the innocence of the public, and the ability of the characters to manipulate them. The absolute power the depression gave the few over the many was compelling.

    The main character was crusty and confused about the present but clear and passionate about his past; much like I imagine it realy is for any person his age and in his situation. The narration was excellent and brought the characters to life. I was very pleased with the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (5460)
    Performance
    (3783)
    Story
    (3802)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Intervention Is Not Required!!"
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    This book has cured me for any more vampire/supernatural romance books. This one had 4.2 stars overall and thousands of reviews (2,781 not counting this one), which is USUALLY a good indication that it will be good. Most of the reviews were gushing. I VERY MUCH disagree.

    1. This has to be the dumbest book I have ever listened to. The plot is so completely stupid I think I suffered brain damage. Thank goodness temporary (I HOPE).

    2. The characters and character development is inconsistent and unbelievable.

    3. The British accent for the hunk of burning love – right – is so cockney it barely evokes masculine let alone the standard over developed, muscled manliness. He sounds like Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady! He is supposed to be British/Australian - not even CLOSE to Humphrey Bower.

    4. The stunningly beautiful, achingly insecure, and socially inept heroine suddenly becomes a self-confident – all be it still socially inept - hell cat.

    5. The timid neighbor has GOT to be one of the bad guys – he is so achingly, shy and socially inept – though completely capable of making the ‘first move’ – that in this plot he has to be. (If you didn’t get it, I can’t finish – which is a first.)

    6. The mother and grandparents are the only real characters in the whole book – the kind we all know and wish/yearn we DIDN'T. Everyone is has a purpose – even if it is setting a bad/scary example.

    I can’t recommend anything about this story and – as stated – I was afraid I was going to need intervention to step away from these romance/supernatural books. DEED DONE! I’m cured. Thank you Jeaniene Frost.

    8 of 11 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
    (2744)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2310)

    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"
    "4.75 Stars"
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    I’m finding it hard to believe I am the only one that figured out how this book was going to end. It ended just the way I wanted it to! The historical fiction was interesting and I will seek out more of Susanna Kearsley’s work. The narration was excellent. The two plots were well intertwined and the end also leaves the possibilities of another story; if it comes that would be nice, but if it doesn’t that would be ok too. The romance was very well done and not graphic. There were some twists but all in all the bad guys were the bad guys, and the good guys, the good guys. I don’t understand the seemingly explosive genre of Scottish Highland stories but now I do want to visit some day. Is it a new tourist attracting gimmick?

    I would have liked more development of Carrie and Graham’s relationship since it seems to have just begun and developed with little reason. Ok – stunning good looks and a non-abrasive personality would get things started for me too, but I didn’t catch the sudden reason for the love match… Possibly Ms. Kearsley was more concentrated on the history part. I’ll have to listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss an Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    Arranged marriages seldom happen in modern America, so Daisy Devreaux hates her father's ultimatum: marry the humorless man he has picked for her, or go to jail. It's not much of a deal for Alex Markov, the prospective groom, either. He's got no time to indulge an uptown girl. So Alex puts Daisy to work in his traveling circus, expecting the harsh realities will break her. Instead, he finds she's got heart enough for both of them.

    Loy says: "classic Susan Phillips"
    "Water For Elephants Meets SEP"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The marriage is improbable but expedient. The story was cute and kept me interested. Not ‘literature’ but another escape. I liked it enough to finish. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8864)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3333)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Listened Twice"
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    I listened to this over a year ago and once again lately. I really enjoyed the book. It is a bit formula but the characters and story are entirely engaging to allow forgivness. I don't think it was as good as Pillars, but close. Don't miss this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1415)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "4.5 Stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the story very much. It is a debut novel and I generally enjoy them. It is a bit overdone with clever choices of words, but it did not distract from the story. I also enjoyed the narrator; she became Kathryn Kontent. (what a wonderful name) The only disappointment was the end, but will say no more as to not spoil. I could have seen a sequel – different story with some of the same characters.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (931)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Guilty Pleasure"
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    After a concious effort to listen to good literature this was such a light, funny, guilty pleasure. I usually like longer novels, but I am definately going to go to SEP for fun 'lighter' fair!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (967)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Tommo and Hawk"
    Overall

    What a story! Due to the previous reviews and the synopsis I won’t go into what this was about; instead I wanted to add my views of how much I like Bryce Courtney and the narrator Humphrey Bower. What a combination. Mr. Bower is a master of acting – in narration – and if he ever becomes a huge video star his talents would be missed. Mr. Courtney is a master story teller of things I know/knew little of. In his preface he notes that the surroundings and personalities were accurate; with that in mind and having little else to go on, he painted quite an existence. As with most history, women are constantly victims and those who choose not to be, are very interesting people indeed. Get the series – each book could stand on their own but one without the other would miss a lot. I will listen to the series again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2986)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1475)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Act of Treason"
    Overall

    Pure escapism! Definitely not literature, but an excellent read. It would be nice to think there is someone out there like Mitch Rapp - on our side only though...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (682)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Lady Jane Grey"
    Overall

    This book was an excellent listen. The narrators are all my favorites that bring this tragic story to life. I found it amazing that she was such an intellectual at a very young age. The story moves smoothly and is engaging. I highly recommend it. Any historical fiction that inspires one to read more non-fiction about the era is worth my time - this did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18523)
    Performance
    (8405)
    Story
    (8432)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Very Good Sequel"
    Overall

    This was an excellent follow on to "Dragon Tatoo". The end seemed a bit like the author just wanted to finish it possibly because he was not finished with it before he died. The character development added to what I did not know but was hinted at from his first book - it filled in a lot of what may have been a distraction in the first book. There were too many characters with names that sounded a lot alike (being from the USA and not from Sweden) and that got a bit confusing. HINT: Start writing the characters names down the best you can and who they are early in the book, that way you can figure out which bad guy was the really bad guy or the really really bad guy or a victim. Very good except the end could have been more believable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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