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Rivkah Kay

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Macclenny, FL United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (297)

    It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

    Rivkah Kay says: "Diving into the Lost World"
    "Diving into the Lost World"
    Overall

    I am finding this audio book to be intriguing. I have seen some mediocre reviews of Michael Crichton's work, but I definitely do not agree. If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, jump on in as I did. Even though the book was published in 1996 it has not become outdated and I have found it to be far better than the Jurassic Park movies.

    I listen to this while I am driving. The narrator reads clearly and smoothly. His voice is easy to listen to, and his tone is excellent.

    Definitely a great listen!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9551)
    Performance
    (6177)
    Story
    (6199)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Jamie and Claire-a passionate romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonfly in Amber to be better than the print version?

    I have been reading the print version on my Kindle and listening in between to the audio. I love the audio for its drama. My only criticism is that the Scottish accent is sometimes difficult for me to understand, making the print version easier to follow.


    What other book might you compare Dragonfly in Amber to and why?

    Of course I would compare the book to Outlanders, the first book in the series. Gabaldon is an excellent writer with a wonderful command of the English language. Dragonfly is just as good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am not finished reading it, but so far my favorite scene has been about Claire and her meeting with King Louis. Spoiler: The bad guy got what he deserved.


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

    This book is very long, about 24 hours. I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    I am generally more a fan of contemporary mysteries, but this story line really has me captivated. I highly reccomend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7092)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3549)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Depressingly bad for Stephen King"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read/listened to some bad books but this one takes the cake. A lot of it makes no sense. It is as if he jumped in to the middle of the story and never explained how, why and what, until almost the very end. I read other reviews that make similar comments, but unlike those reviewers, I will NOT go on to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1227)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "What a listen!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    James Dickey has a powerful grip on the English language. His ability to describe what is happening to the main character of the book, Ed, is in no way superficial. Dickey has captured the power of the river and how it changed Ed forever. The narrator of this novel was outstanding. I had seen the movie many years ago, but reading, as it usually does, brought "Deliverence" up to a high level that can only be accurately understood by those who have read the book. POWERFUL!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (421)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "If you love dogs you will like this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    David Rosenfelt is a good writer, and his stories are just perfectly balanced between intense drama and light comedy. His knowledge of dogs is obvious as seen in his writing. I enjoyed listening to the narrator of "New Tricks". His voice is perfect for emulating the persona of a middle-aged man from New Jersey. I found "New Tricks" to be good entertainment for driving around and doing my errands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (212)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "Typical Grisham"
    Overall
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    Generally speaking I like John Grisham's books, but it seems that they follow a pattern, especially in the way he does his endings. I know he has come out with some new novels recently, and I hope he has been able to change that.

    However, I like his writing enough that I have been reading everything he wrote, despite the endings. The story lines themselves have explained a lot to me about the legal profession.

    In the King of Torts, the main character makes millions by filing class action lawsuits against drug companies who manufacture drugs with bad side effects and then he loses it all. Find out how, the John Grisham way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "I don't speak French"
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    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

    I might try another one, but it would have to be one without any French. Maybe it was the narrator, but she made it hard to understand when she was speaking French. It would probably be easier to follow in book format.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story was the involvement of forensic anthropology. However, some of that could have been explained more clearly as well. Again, it would probably be easier to follow in book format.


    Did Linda Emond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did, except for the French speakers.


    Could you see 206 Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bones is already a TV series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names: Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm.

    Melody says: "Not What I Expected, Much Better"
    "Fantastic Book!"
    Overall

    "The Lost Quilter", one of the Elm Creek series, was riveting. I just wish the author had not stopped at Joanna's freedom. I credit the narrator with part of the kudos I give this book because of her ability to change her voice and make the characters come to life. Not only is Chiaverini a great storyteller, but her knowledge of quilting history has provided quite an education for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "I love James Herriot"
    Overall

    Having been a lover of animal stories for several years, I picked up a copy of one of Herriot's books at a thrift shop. Since then I have been hooked. Herriot's writing is terrific and his sense of humor is ageless. He has great insight into human nature and his ability to put that into words makes him a writer worth reading and/or listening to.

    "All Things Bright and Beautiful" is definitely worth the listening time. I have been taking Mr. Herriot with me in the car when I am out driving. His stories are perfect for that. They are not so complicated that I can drive and easily listen, and also light-hearted, sometimes sad, and really entertaining.

    The narrator of his books, Christopher Timothy, is also excellent. He has the ability to give Herriot, his friends and the local people of Daroby (sp?) perfect voices. I have in the past had trouble understanding British accents, but Timothy makes it easy.

    I plan on listening to the entire series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Sin Eater

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Anita Lustrea
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    All that matters for Cadi Forbes is finding the one man who can set her free from the sin that plagues her - the sin that has stolen her mother's love from her and made her wish she could flee life and its terrible injustice. But Cadi doesn't know that the "sin eater" is seeking as well. Before their journeys are over, Cadi and the sin eater must face themselves, each other, and the One who will demand everything from them in exchange for the answers they seek.

    ruth says: "THE LAST SIN EATER"
    "The Last Sin Eater"
    Overall

    Francine River's "The Last Sin Eater" is a beautiful story that of love, forgiveness and Christ's redemption. The quality of the narration is excellent. I highly recommend this audiobook for easy listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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