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darlingkit

darlingkit

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  • A Calculated Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Charnock
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

    Loretta Franklin says: "Very nice book"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to A Calculated Life the most enjoyable?

    This was a good read and was a bit surprising.


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

    The author's knowledge and description of statistical analysis and processes was amazing. I was impressed.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Good reader. Fit the story and characters.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read a sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1371)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Love these books"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet the most enjoyable?

    Charley is just irreverent and funny. Such a sassy Grim Reaper


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet?

    Usually the sex scenes


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Angel and Strawberry (scary kids)


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

    nothing extreme, just light entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    I should be getting bored, but I'm not yet. That is telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beloved Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alana Terry
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor.

    Annie Douglass Lima says: "Deeply Moving"
    "Evangelical"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Alana Terry and/or Kathy Garver?

    I think that if you are looking for a Christian story of challenge and bravery, this might appeal to you. However, it was a superficial telling of a powerful story, with a preachy feeling. The reader was annoying


    Do you think The Beloved Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not one I'd read


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Chrisman
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    On Sarah A. Chrisman's 29th birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset - ever. She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented, and she wanted none of it.

    Sara says: "Exploration of Vanity"
    "A real disappointment"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book sounded condescending to all humanity besides herself and her husband. The entire story Sarah Chrisman's tells is self serving and had such a negative tone about all of the world around her. She was comfortable with labeling others, name calling "Ms Polyester" and "Mr. Tomato Head" and criticizing ffreely most of the people she encountered. The reading contributed to the negative tone. I was so looking forward to something delightful and charming, positive, and liberating.


    What could Sarah A. Chrisman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She tried too hard to convince the world how much of a liberated woman she is and just enjoyed telling her story. Everyone else is portrayed as idiots. She obviously gained self confidence and a greater sense of of self, it is such a shame.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kristin Kalbli’s performances?

    No I would not be willing to listen to her again. I wonder if the reading was what cast such a negative tone to the reading of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Victorian Secrets?

    The migraine, so boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait for the book to end so I could write this review. I listen to so many wonderful books. This is just a great disappointment. I guess with the sales of this book she can have more custom corsets made, get a 1 bedroom apartment, and her own wi-fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8678)
    Performance
    (7961)
    Story
    (7967)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. You can feel the main character's trauma induced anxiety and PTSD. The relationship the trauma has to art and in particular the Goldfinch is mesmerizing. This book pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. Rich characters and situations described with incredible use of prose.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    I loved how he played his Russian friend. His accents were amazing. He is truly an artist!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the hotel room when he reached the point where he could not stand his life any longer and concluded that he must finally act on what he felt so intensely about the Goldfinch being in the hands of the wrong people.


    Any additional comments?

    Great art history written in a loving and passionate way. There was an interesting exposure to a variety of elements in life with which one may not be familiar. Interesting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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