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Kristi Richardson

An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 211 reviews
  • 228 ratings
  • 796 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This classic tale of a handsome, spirited horse, Black Beauty has been a children's favourite for over 100 years. Sewell tells the story of Beauty's life from a young foal through to a working horse.

    qtvxzplr says: "Perfect reading of my favorite book"
    "Childhood favorite!"
    If you could sum up Black Beauty in three words, what would they be?

    Horse survives Humans!

    Would you recommend Black Beauty to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, however I found myself bored a little and remembered how important pictures can be to a children's story. The story is good, but pictures improve it.

    Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is an excellent narrator and this is one of his best! Very much enjoyed his performance.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beauty can do it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roughing It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

    Tad Davis says: "The wild humorist of the West"
    ""Mormon Bible...It is chloroform in print.""

    This was the first time I have read this book by Mark Twain and it certainly captures the spirit of the West in the 1860's. He also makes a side trip to Hawaii which is fun and interesting to know what Honolulu was like when still under a King.

    My favorite parts of the whole book was his take on Mormons and their religion. He writes an anecdote about Brigham Young having over a hundred children and some man gave one of them a whistle. If you are a parent you will thoroughly understand Mr. Young's agony on this event. Now his wives are pestering him so that their children get equal treatment and a whistle of their own. As a mother of six, I understood this as a real problem.

    Mark Twain's wit is sharp and his stories are hilarious in the way they are told. Grover Gardner does a fine narration on this volume.

    As with all of Mr. Twain's books there is some racial bigotry that you need to overlook. I think it's better to get the original view than a politically correct version.

    "All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the “elect” have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so “slow,” so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print."

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  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

    Christopher Anderson says: "Great Learning Experience"
    ""The Universe is in us!""

    This is a short course on the Universe by Neil de Grasse Tyson which I enjoyed but in some ways it wasn't as good as his television show on the same subjects. Listening isn't as fun as seeing and hearing!

    The 6 classes are as follows:
    1.History's Mysteries
    This class talks about some things that were mysteries but can be explained now with our current knowledge. Examples are the course of Mercury and the mysteries "ether" that scientists believed the Universe was made of.

    2.The Spooky Universe
    This class gives you examples of weird things that are ongoing within the Universe. The fact that in 1897 electrons were "discovered" but no one has still ever seen one. We learn about particle physics and thermonuclear fusion.

    3. Inexplicable Life
    This course was one of the best to me. Professor Tyson talks about how life began, and why aren't there different ways life evolved on the earth. Would it be possible life evolved on Mars and then came to Earth? He also talks about how arrogant humans are in searching for intelligent life in the Universe.

    4. Inexplicable Physics
    I never took Physics in High School so a lot of this was all new to me. He talks about string theory and what will happen if you go through a black hole!

    5. Inexplicable Space
    This one focuses on dark matter and dark energy. Strange stuff!

    6. Inexplicable Cosmology
    This class tells of quantum foam, the multiverse, antimatter, and tachyons. He also talks about the possibilities of how the earth and Universe will end. Is there anything else out there?

    This was enjoyable, not as in depth as I would have liked, but it's a great course for piquing your interest in further studies.

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  • Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Sadava

    We use DNA routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. But what, exactly is DNA, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms?

    Chris says: "Very good book on genetics"
    "“ The DNA double helix, discovered in 1953, is..."

    “ The DNA double helix, discovered in 1953, is one of the great icons of science in our society, rivaling the atom in its pervasiveness in our culture. ”

    These 24 half hour lectures given by Professor David E. Sadava retired from Claremont McKenna College and City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California were very engaging and eye opening to me. I never attended college so this year as part of my audible membership I have decided to buy several of the Great Courses programs they offer. This was the first of my new subscription and I can tell I am already getting my credits worth!

    Prof. Sadava explains DNA, genes and chromosomes so a layperson like me can understand them. He also helps us to understand how the knowledge of how they work will enrich life here on planet earth.

    24 Lectures

    1 Our Inheritance

    2 Mendel and Genes

    3 Genes and Chromosomes

    4 The Search for the Gene—DNA

    5 DNA Structure and Replication

    6 DNA Expression in Proteins

    7 Genes, Enzymes, and Metabolism

    8 From DNA to Protein

    9 Genomes

    10 Manipulating Genes—Recombinant DNA

    11 Isolating Genes and DNA

    12 Biotechnology—Genetic Engineering

    13 Biotechnology and the Environment

    14 Manipulating DNA by PCR and Other Methods

    15 DNA in Identification—Forensics

    16 DNA and Evolution

    17 DNA and Human Evolution

    18 Molecular Medicine—Genetic Screening

    19 Molecular Medicine—The Immune System

    20 Molecular Medicine—Cancer

    21 Molecular Medicine—Gene Therapy

    22 Molecular Medicine—Cloning and Stem Cells

    23 Genetics and Agriculture

    24 Biotechnology and Agriculture

    My favorite lectures were the medical ones where he explained the different ways genetics can help us either control diseases, eliminate diseases and cure disease. He also explained how many diseases are not caused by a single gene but by many so that it isn't as simple as replacing one gene and you are cured.

    The PKU screening test done on all infants is a form of molecular dna testing. If your child tests positive you can keep the harmful effects in check by limiting protein in their food of a certain amino acid that builds up and could cause mental retardation. This test has been going on for at least 50 years.

    Professor Sadava does warn of the careful testing that needs to be done before rushing a product to market. Let's say you create a wheat seed that grows faster and has additional fiber added into it's genetic structure. Sounds good, right? However, what if by doing this it creates an allergy in 50 per cent of the population to wheat? Then it's properties are no longer worthwhile or profitable. He used as an example a case of early gene therapy in a boy with cancer that they tried to change his cancer cells into healthy cells but instead of curing the boy the bodies white blood cells fought back and killed him because they could not recognize the new cells.

    This is a great series of lectures given by an energetic and informative man for anyone interested in science and medicine. I know I learned a lot from it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Thanks Audible for my Christmas present!"

    Hans Christian Andersen was one of my favorite authors growing up. I loved his Ugly Duckling and Little Mermaid stories. The story of the Snow Queen is another top notch tale.

    We all know "Frozen" was based on this story, but only in the fact that there was a Snow Queen in it. This story is more like the old animated tale with Sandra Dee's voice as Gerda searching for her best boy friend Kai who after getting a shard of magic glass in his eye and heart runs off with the Snow Queen. Every day he is with the Queen he becomes deader to reality and the possibility of happiness. Can Gerda save him with her love?

    As Gerda makes her way towards the Snow Queens castle she has many adventures and makes more friends, my favorite is the Little Robber Girl who wants Gerda to live with her and be her friend but finally lets her go on her quest to save Kai.

    This is a lovely story and a wonderful read by Julia Whelan.

    Thanks, Audible!

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  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "“If you can’t come into a room & tell right away.."

    “If you can’t come into a room and tell right away who is for you and who is against you, you have no business in politics.”

    I knew when I undertook this project of reading the four part biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson that I was in for a long haul. What I wasn't sure of? Whether it would be agony or ecstacy! I'm happy to report that it is the latter.

    Mr. Caro does not write a whitewashed version of LBJ's life but it's not a hatchet job either. He puts all the flaws and good that Mr. Johnson did from his birth until FDR's death.

    The good about Mr. Johnson was his identifying with the poor people in the state of Texas. He was born fairly poor and I believe that is why his drive to succeed was so strong. He loved his mother and had a love/hate relationship with his father. He was a workaholic and expected his people to do the same.

    The bad was pretty overwhelming. He was ruthless and would do anything to win, that meant spying on his friends and reporting back to the President. He gained control of all the money for the Democratic Party in one election and used it to help his friends and get rid of his enemies. He was a lousy husband in my opinion.

    I believe the time I took to read this first book is time well spent. I will take a break before reading the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "“People say that where there’s life, there’s hope,"

    “People say that where there’s life, there’s hope, and I have no quarrel with that, but I also believe the reverse.
    There is hope, therefore I live.”

    I loved this book. Stephen King returns to what he does best, scaring you to death, (or in this case away from death as far as you can go!)

    You love the characters in this book and want Jamie to survive but dread what is in store for him. The minister, carney, rev, and special electricity man is likeable at times, but by the end of the book you really just want him dead and gone forever.

    The cures the man does have consequences for those he heals. If you knew then what you know now, would you still want to go through with it? These are quandaries that King makes you think about.

    Organized religion does not do well in this book. It's not attacked directly but subtly by inference that sinks in as you get involved with the storyline. I'm agnostic so it didn't bother me, but it may others that are easily bruised.

    This book reminded me of H.P. Lovecraft and his pervasive sense of dread that oozes out of this novel. The first third of the novel is not scary but the knowing that it's coming is wonderful. The final two chapters made me so happy I finished this book in the light of day, as I think it was the scariest thing I have ever read.

    David Morse did a great job of giving the characters their voice.

    This is one of my favorite Stephen King books!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Amazon's Book of the Year!"

    This is not the kind of book I usually read, but as a member of the Ford Audiobook club I was given a copy.

    The story revolves around a family that tragically fails to express their feelings and beliefs and when a horrible calamity ensues they are all tested beyond all boundaries.

    We have James, the father, a Chinese American who just wants to fit in.

    Marilyn, the mother, a woman who yearns for more than being a mother.

    Nathan, the son, a disappointment to his father because James is reminded of himself.

    Lydia, the cherished daughter, a blue eyed girl that both parent's pin all of their hopes on.

    Hannah, the youngest, hiding in the shadows of a family that doesn't have room for anyone else.

    Jack, the bad boy, neighbor fits into the story as the one that may have all the answers.

    It's a beautifully, haunting story with a definite ending that some newer novels lack. At times, you find little love for these people that are operating at cross purposes, but in the end you come to love them all and mourn their tragedy with them.

    I cried openly in the last two chapters and it was a catharsis cry that brings you to a feeling of promise and hope for a better day.

    Hug your near and dear ones, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Greater igorance, stronger opinions!"

    The final chapter in the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett is what an epic is all about. The most important factor is that you care about the people whose history you are reading. There are five families in this series (American, German, British, Welsh and Russian) and you emphasize with them all. This story details the 50's through the modern day, so it is a time I am familiar with because I lived it also.

    The absolute best part of this book was the Cuban Missile Crisis as told by the Americans, Cubans, and Russians. It was riveting! I knew how it worked out, but never knew all the steps and what the reasoning was on the different sides for their movements.

    The rise of the Berlin Wall and separations of families was an ongoing story that personalized the agony they must have gone through. When Communism falls and the Berlin Wall along with it, you are so happy and drawn in to that era, it's mesmerizing. I cried.

    So much history to remember in this volume, Civil Rights, Assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK, The Beatles, Watergate,Iranian Hostages, and the rise of Jihadists. Things that were barely touched on were the 9/11 attacks, the Space race, Iran-Contra, and the election of Barack Obama. Even so, this is an all encompassing book of the past 65 years of the world.

    This was a wonderful and fitting conclusion to this Trilogy. We cared for these families and the individual people in them and rooted for them to come out okay in the end. I loved this book and can't wait to see what Mr. Follett might serve us next.

    John Lee as always does a great job in his narration. (Think Sean Connery).

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  • The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dean Baker
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford

    In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.

    Vladimir says: "An eye opening book"
    "Tax breaks to businesses or the poor? Which way?"

    The premise of the book is the Conservatives in the United States have been able to frame the discussions on budget by claiming that they want less government, and the Liberals want more. In reality both want as much government, it's just the Conservative's want their government to protect the business interests and the 1% with tax breaks, protectionism and corporate welfare. The Liberals want the government to help the middle class and poor.

    Things that did soak through my addled brain were:
    1. We need to stand up to the Conservatives and re frame the discussion on their "less government" stance.
    2. One of the reasons our healthcare system is in trouble is the salaries paid to doctors are higher than any where else in the world and the fact the government frowns on too many doctors from other countries practicing here. Same for lawyers and CEO's salaries are out the roof.
    3. Mr. Baker wants to do away with patents and install a system of vouchers so entrepreneurs can be paid for their work. (Didn't understand where the money would come from, but understand the idea that people like Bill Gates made an exorbitant profit from his patents.)

    The best part of this book is the new ideas that are coming to change the way we do business. I am not sure if they will all work but I welcome the innovation.

    I enjoyed the narration and liked the way the footnotes were handled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him. White Fang is a companion novel and thematic mirror to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild.

    Linda says: "Another Great Classic!!"
    ""The law is: Eat or be Eaten""

    I have read this book before but never listened to it. This was a great listen while working in the garden and doing my needlework.

    This book is a companion piece to Call of the Wild in the fact that it tells the opposite story. The story of a wolf who survives hardship and misery only to experience love and trust in his later years.

    All is told from the wolf's point of view and except for Black Beauty I have never read a better attempt than this.

    Bob Thomley is a great narrator who reads with great emphasis and empathy.

    White Fang lived such a harsh life and I really was pulling for him to overcome that and find peace.

    I love this book!

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