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Kevin Crumpton

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  • A Well-Tempered Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father's native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend recently left her, she has suffered a miscarriage, and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted. One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger's voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a book that touches all senses

  • By dogs are us on 04-10-14

Boring. Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I couldn’t wait for this book to be over. Soapy premise and poor explanations of events.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,645

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Good plot but way too long to the reveal

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I got very bored listening to all the back story before the author finally revealed the disaster. I know Moriarty does this often bit this book used it less effectively. I did like many of the characters though and some of the issues were interesting.

  • Life Reimagined

  • The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
  • By: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Narrated by: Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

There's no such thing as an inevitable midlife crisis, Barbara Bradley Hagerty writes in this provocative, hopeful book. It's a myth, an illusion. New scientific research explodes the fable that midlife is a time when things start to go downhill for everybody. In fact, midlife can be a great new adventure, when you can embrace fresh possibilities, purposes, and pleasures. In Life Reimagined, Hagerty explains that midlife is about renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • how to guide for people 50 +

  • By Andy on 04-06-16

Thoroughly researched interesting read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-17

I liked this book very much and found many of her studies very interesting. For me it got too long in regard to her personal journey and the number of studies she explored. I found myself in the middle of another explanation of a study trying hard to retrace why she has included it. It is still worthwhile and I will be very interested to discuss with my book club. I chose this book for our club so I'm hoping to generate some good midlife discussions.

  • Tulip Fever

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Seventeenth-century Amsterdam is a city in the grip of tulip mania, basking in the wealth it has generated. Sophia’s husband Cornelis, an ageing merchant, is among those grown rich from this exotic new flower. To celebrate, he commissions a talented young artist to paint him with his young bride. But as the portrait grows, so does the passion between Sophia and the painter; and as ambitions, desires and dreams breed an intricate deception, their reckless gamble propels their lives towards a thrilling and tragic conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book

  • By Kevin Crumpton on 01-31-17

Very interesting book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

This book was unpredictable in many ways which made it fun to listen to. The reader was excellent as she navigated between half a dozen characters. I listened on a trip to Amsterdam and it was perfect for the history and the setting the time of The Golden Age in Holland.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Monsters: A Love Story

  • By: Liz Kay
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one. Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey's been a certified mess - a poet who can't write anymore, a good mother who feels like she's failing her kids. She's been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries. Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read A-list Hollywood star, Tommy's fallen in love with Stacey's novel-in-verse, a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where are the redeeming qualities?

  • By iamawildbird on 01-23-18

Waste of time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-17

I hated this book and I hated the characters. Long drawn out love? Story with the f word and the word a- hole every other line. Seriously so boring. I'm surprised this even got published. Skip it!

  • Today Will Be Different

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but narration was hit and miss

  • By Laurel Dean on 11-08-16

Really good but lost steam

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I loved the first 60 percent of this book but I thought it lost steam as she plodded toward the end. There are some hilarious parts but I didn't think Joes transformation and the preservation of their marriage was plausible. Still a pretty good read.

  • On the Road

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book

  • By Guillermo on 09-17-09

Disappointing and repetitive

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-16

The writing was not what I expected. More of a chronicle of events than anything interesting or profound. Most of my book club did not choose to finish it.

  • The Renaissance

  • A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

In this masterful work, listeners will encounter: the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance; the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of Milan, Florence, and Venice; the life and accomplishments of Leonardo DaVinci; the Catholic church and the popes of Avignon and Rome; the politicians and philosophers of Italy, including the Borgia family, Julius II, and Machiavelli; the Italian Wars, the conflicts with France, and the country's decline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Panoramic View of the Italian Renaissance

  • By Richard on 04-25-15

Worth every minute

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-16

I bought this book before my 3rd trip to Italy. I honestly thought I'd only listen to some of it. I listened to the entire 35 hours and learned more than I've learned from any book since college. I listened to many chapters twice so I could retain the information or synthesize what I was learning with what I already knew. The reader is excellent and the writing is thoughtful, analytical but also surprisingly entertaining. Anyone who loves history and wants to get a grand overview of this remarkable time in history should read this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,095

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Compelling book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-15

I learned quite a bit from code Verity and enjoyed the well done audio. Heartbreaking story.

  • The Possibilities

  • A Novel
  • By: Kaui Hart Hemmings
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

In the idyllic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her 22-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Sarah is surprised, then, when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not of "The Descendants" caliber

  • By Pamela Harvey on 05-29-14

Didn't do it for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Really didn't like most if the characters even though you are supposed to. I'm also a Colorado native and although some of the writing rang true most of it I didn't care for.