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Kirsten

RIDGECREST, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
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  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (162)

    A new Jeeves audiobook is cause for celebration, especially when the stories are not available in print. This hilarious installment of the inimitable manservant Jeeves and his twit of an employer, Bertie Wooster, includes the earliest stories written by the master of the pen, prank, and pun. The stories are woven together with original material performed by Martin Jarvis.

    Tad Davis says: "Martin Jarvis is perfect"
    "I liked it better 40 years ago"
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    I remember laughing when i borrowed this book from Dad in high school. I think my sense of humor has changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra. Accompanied by a disparate crew of untested young keepers, the dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.

    Tyler says: "Story was incomplete and felt rushed"
    "I hope you have some time off!"
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    A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
    As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
    There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
    Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Haven: Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed. With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, Bingtown dandy Sedric.

    Joe says: "A very LITTLE better than the first book"
    "I hope you have some time off!"
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    A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
    As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
    There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
    Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (322)

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    Deborah says: "Read Live Ships first!"
    "I hope you have some time off!"
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    A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
    As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
    There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
    Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (454)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Didn't work for me"
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    I'm not sure what i was hoping for here. The book chronicles, in an honest and forthright way, the author's bereavement at the death of her husband. It is well written and well read. I just couldn't get through it. Too bleak. Perhaps there is sunshine at the end, but i couldn't hang in there to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Bloody Jack #8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (307)

    Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales.

    Eileen says: "I decided to write one review...."
    "A little disappointing"
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    Jackie is irrepressable and unstoppable, as usual, but the tension of her and Jamie's unconsumated love is getting old. I found myself questioning the plot more than i did with the earlier books. Katherine Kellgren's performance remains stellar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (427)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "Jolly Swashbuckling adventure"
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    Our girl Jackie is up to her usual hijinks, getting into deeper and deeper trouble at every turn and then getting out of it better than you had even hoped. Sexual themes are getting more developed--growing up with Jackie, i guess. Not for children under 13 and then, it might be best to read it yourself before passing the book on to a young teen. But the adventure is a wonderful wild ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27497)
    Performance
    (14099)
    Story
    (14148)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    What a great experience all around--wonderful story, incredible, theater quality narration. I was sorry reach the end, and happy at the same time because now i can get some sleep!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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