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Kirsta

Windsor, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Guernica: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dave Boling
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.

    Ann Diggins says: "Wonderful and heartbreaking"
    "Fantastic"
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    Multiple times, I've turned on my next listen and heaved a heavy sigh when I sadly realized that I wasn't listening to Guernica. The tragic story, the amazing love, the moving narration, it's all fabulous. I have no clue how I stumbled on this book but I'm so glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11371)
    Performance
    (10435)
    Story
    (10490)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "A good narrator can negatively impact a story"
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    I liked this book and listened to it quickly, understanding the hype but not loving it the way so many others have. My issue was actually with the narrator who I think would have been fabulous reading another book. Being born and raised in the area of Indianapolis where this story takes place, her slight accent and incorrect intonation of places really grated. This is miniscule, I understand, but the familiar setting was one of the things that really worked for me in this one and saying Broad Ripple correctly would have made it even better. It's the little things sometimes.

    1 of 2 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
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1965)

    >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."
    "Good historical fiction"
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    What does Elizabeth McGovern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had a hard time with her Kansas accent, wondering if that was accurate, which made me realize how few people I know from Kansas. But her voice was soothing and added character to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why this is a popular summer read. It's easy to get behind the characters and become wrapped up in their world. It bothers me when modern values are given to characters in historical fiction but Cora's beliefs were based on her life events and it was easy to see how her great secrets would lead to her more progressive beliefs. I actually gasped out loud at one twist. Love that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17973)
    Performance
    (15982)
    Story
    (15941)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Skip the afterword"
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    I loved listening to this and would consider listening again just to hear the narration again. However, if I revisit this book, it will more likely be the print version so I may experience that format as well.


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

    This is a 40 hour narration that I listened to in one week - and I work full time and have two small kids. I would have listened to it in one sitting if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I would have skipped the afterword by the author. I wanted to let the ending resonate and King's thoughts brought my thoughts to a screeching halt. If I could do it again, I wouldn't have listened to that immediately after finishing the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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