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kim dubray

Sacramento, Ca | Member Since 2011

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  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "A read meant for all those with siblings"
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    Would you listen to Sisterland again? Why?

    Doubtful. The ending was uneventful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosie. She was cute


    What does Rebecca Lowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feeling she really had the feelings about her sister


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

    Every time she realized how brave her sister must have been


    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2184)

    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"
    "Engaging and worthy of the length."
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    What did you love best about Edge of Eternity?

    The book was engaging even though it was long. There were no unclear characters and no boring parts. The clarity of the characters and each of their individual conflicts and journeys was compelling.


    What other book might you compare Edge of Eternity to and why?

    East of Eden. It is a saga that covers a set of characters lifetimes.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A strong sense of the personality of the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Edge of Eternity and why?

    The civil rights activists because the characters and their prejudice dilemmas were relatable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6926)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2237)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Where does The Kite Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates in the top 20


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character


    What does Khaled Hosseini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fantastic understanding of the characters


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

    When the main character realizes what is truly important


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (2019)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Excellent Read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fountainhead the most enjoyable?

    The narration was engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fountainhead?

    The triumphs of the characters


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

    The main character


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

    No. But is was so relate-able to real life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (1015)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Classic classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is a classic for a very good reason


    What other book might you compare Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] to and why?

    Little Women because of the time period and the characters.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The sense that the love was so true


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

    Yes. It was captivating


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For One More Day

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

    Lina RN says: "A beautiful second chance."
    "Intriguiging"
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    What did you love best about For One More Day?

    The sentiment of the main character


    What did you like best about this story?

    Urges you to evaluate your relationships and how life is short


    What does Mitch Albom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was so heartfelt


    If you could rename For One More Day, what would you call it?

    One Last Chance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (321)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Entertaining"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Only if you don't read it first.


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

    Yes. It is one of his best


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

    Yes. Short book but so entertaining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10837)
    Performance
    (9884)
    Story
    (9906)

    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"
    "Engaging"
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Possibly.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Kite runner because both young men experience life in profound ways.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was captivating


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    Hogie because he was like a hippee. Make love not war


    Any additional comments?

    Story was engaging. Wanted to listen for hours on end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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