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Kym Brunner

Read, Write, Pray...Works for Me!

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (7226)
    Performance
    (6050)
    Story
    (6080)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Creepy Tale that Sticks With You"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Story = 4 1/2 stars overall

    Great narration, fabulous writing with all of Flynn's specific and dead-on details, and an interesting tale. Every day I couldn't wait to find out more of what was going on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5280)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2658)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "DNF - too long and difficult to follow as an audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Although I was intrigued, I found myself somewhat lost when I was something like 270 pages in (audiobook pages). While I was able to keep up, some descriptions (although well-written) were long and went on for several minutes. I think this one might have been better as a novel rather than audiobook, but it might just be me. The book spanned many generations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23480)
    Performance
    (19521)
    Story
    (19506)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Drove Farther Just So I Could Keep Listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

    I was obsessed with this story and all the subplots. The lead narrator was amazing in the way she varied her voice, but so were the other narrators as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique, unreliable narrators keep you on your toes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9199)
    Performance
    (8293)
    Story
    (8310)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    DNF - was bored and wasn't up to listening to a whodunit mystery for 10 hours, only to figure out whodunit. Didn't care enough about the characters to want to know.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29069)
    Performance
    (25658)
    Story
    (25731)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "BEST BOOK and AUDIO RECORDING EVER!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing. Writer-licious. Kickass.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - couldn't predict what was going to happen.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They did such an incredible job with changing up voices to "become" the characters and to portray others in the room with them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extremely addicted to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't remember a book I've loved in such a looong time. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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