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kathryn

Boulder, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 282 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Double Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a box of photographs he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer. As her fascination begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.

    Billie Lee Orenbuch says: "Excellent Psychological Thriller"
    "katie"
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    I have read two of his other books which were quite dissimilar and very good - Skeletons at the Feast and Midwives. This book was many steps down in every way - plot lines that went nowhere, flimsy charactors. I am not even done quite yet, and I will finish, but I can't even believe it was written by the same guy. His publishers must have been hounding him to finish something. The homeless angle was lame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "This is a very bad book - Harlequin Romance"
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    There is no way to say how bad this book is - just awful! No history and completely anachronistic characters. I was tricked by the good reviews - one has to cross reference the good reviewers to see what other books those people liked. The narration is really bad too - hyper dramatic. Yuck.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4498)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2649)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Outstanding."
    Overall

    I was a child when this book took place and knew nothing about Vietnam. This book taught me a lot of things that all Americans need to understand about Vietnam and the kids who fought there. As a parent now I realize what a sacrifice it is for people who send their children to war - even wars that seem to have an honorable purpose. War, even the "good" ones will always devolve into madness and futility. This is a must read for anyone interested in Vietnam. The narration was one of the best I have heard - multiple characters in recognizable voices.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin Boyle
    • Narrated By Lizan Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925. When his neighbors attempted to drive him out, Sweet defended himself, resulting in the death of a white man and a murder trial for Sweet. There followed one of the most important (and shockingly unknown) cases in Civil Rights history. Also caught up in the intense courtroom drama were legal giant Clarence Darrow and the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

    Anthony Freyberg says: "Defending Your Life"
    "outstanding"
    Overall

    This book amazed me; it read like fiction. An excellent source of information on the start of the NAACP and a riveting personal story. Very well narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

    S. Elder says: "Wish that I had read this one"
    "horrible narration!!!!"
    Overall

    I too wish I had read the reviews but I had so anticipated this book by this author that I foolishly rushed in! The narrator is awful leading me to wonder if she has read Gliead and if she understood the spiritual nature of this book. It must be re-recorded - I will now have to re-read in paper form. The worst recording ever!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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