LISTENER

Kate King

  • 10
  • reviews
  • 6
  • helpful votes
  • 85
  • ratings
  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

Another all-time favorite!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

A great story about a woman, a certain age, dealing with every day family life ,with her children and their lives. Everyone
I’ve recommended this book to, loved it as well. I highly recommend

  • Beauty and the Mustache

  • A Philosophical Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 4
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed, Snorted and Cried

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-15

Probably the worst book I’ve ever listened to

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I couldn’t get past the first chapter. This book starts off with a course speaking main character and three greasy redneck brothers-she finds masturbating in the bathroom and have a schedule for that time.

I tried to hang in there with hopes that it would get better. But when everything you read is in the low class sexual nature and dealing with family, too much for me to stomach

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Solstice

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Lisa Burgett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric winter tale

  • By Sara on 01-04-14

An all time favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This is one of those wonderful books that makes you feel warm and comfy. A book about a woman of a certain age, Setting out on an adventure with her special friend, doing something spontaneous ,that most of us would not do.

This is definitely a great read, with a feel good and happy ending

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,949

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Interesting start... but breathy narrator and constant foul language took away from the story so much, I could not finish

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Interesting start... but breathy narrator and constant foul language took away from the story so much, I could not finish the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting for Spring

  • By: R. J. Keller
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Tess Dyer’s husband, Jason, promised to love her forever. That was eleven years ago, before the fights, before the pain, before the bitter divorce. Now he is just another in a long line of people who rejected Tess, from her coldly distant mother to the seemingly endless string of one-night stands from her youth whose names she can’t remember. Desperate to escape the pain of the past, Tess flees her small Maine hometown of Brookfield for the even smaller New Mills. There, she hopes to start over and forget what she left behind…with the help, perhaps, of her handsome new neighbor, Brian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Nancy Devault on 04-04-13

Maybe... not. This one might be one to miss

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Would you try another book from R. J. Keller and/or Caroline Shaffer?

The "blurb" sounds inviting, but I've not been able to make it to the 6th chapter. The "F#$@word is just constant - writer must be at a loss for creative words. The narrator switches accents mid way sometimes and I get caught up in thinking about that and can't stay tuned in.

What could R. J. Keller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut out a bit of the bad language.

  • The Book That Matters Most

  • By: Ann Hood
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

Ava's 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood - one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read

  • By Kate King on 01-25-17

A MUST read

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

If you could sum up The Book That Matters Most in three words, what would they be?

This is just a great feel book. I love the cast of characters. I love the twists and turns and surprises. But what i liked most was, it was real life. unpredictable and this is how we deal with life.

If you could rename The Book That Matters Most, what would you call it?

Perfect title

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • These High, Green Hills

  • The Mitford Years, Book 3
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 795

At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another pleasant read

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

This is a sweet feel good book.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. Calm and a sweet take on married life after 60...

Would you listen to another book narrated by John McDonough?

Yes. He's got a calmness about him that I used to enjoy in the Cat Who book with George Guidall narrating. So relaxing.

Was These High, Green Hills worth the listening time?

Yes. I listened each night before sleep and found it very calming

Any additional comments?

I look forward to the next episode of life in Mitford.

  • The Matchmaker

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual, for sure!

  • By Kate King on 09-20-15

Unusual, for sure!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

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

Yes and so far I like this one the best... by far.

Any additional comments?

I think we all expect an interesting story, with a few twists and turns... but this book had so many possible real life situations. Choices in life are not always easy and coincidences dealt with differently.
THIS book just hit life straight on. I really loved that. I wish more of her books were less predictable and more thought provoking.

I've only listened to a couple, but now going back to try and find one I enjoy as much as this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairy Tale Weddings

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Thorndike Prince - handsome, levelheaded, successful - is a high-ranking New York City executive. Cindy Territo is the janitor who cleans his office after hours. There's no reason they'd ever meet, no reason he'd even notice her - until, on a whim and a dare, Cindy crashes his company's Christmas ball. She dances with her Prince and then, like a proper Cinderella, flees at midnight, leaving her heart behind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is.... blah!

  • By Megan on 02-28-10

Not in keeping with my DM reading experiences

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

Would you try another book from Debbie Macomber and/or Teri Clark Linden?

I will always keep trying another Debbie Macomber book. I've had a few disappointment... but overall, she transports me o a gentler place with good friends... much needed in my sometimes stressful life. Teri Clark Linden as a narrator, on the other hand is probably not something I would do again. She kept me from getting into an already hard to enjoy book. Her male voices sounded like they had horrid accents and snot filled noses.

What was most disappointing about Debbie Macomber’s story?

Both stories were so totally unbelievable. I have to "bite" to get into a book. Who falls in love and plans forever just like that? I need to be able to see myself or my friends in the books. I had hoped after hanging in with the first story, the 2nd one might be the saving grace. Not even close. Even worse. BUT, this being said, I have listened to so many DM books and have loved all but two. Those are pretty good odds. I will keep working my way down he list.

What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

She does not change characters very well. It was like stopped up munchkins speaking much of the time. No quality expression in her voice.

Any additional comments?

I know I have read a couple of disappointing books by DM recently, but have listened to so many feel good, sweet ones... I'm sure the next one will be a pleasure.

  • Summer on Blossom Street

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Delilah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Knitting and life. They're both about beginnings - and endings. That's why it makes sense for Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn on Seattle's Blossom Street, to offer a class called Knit to Quit. It's for people who want to quit something - or someone! - and start a new phase of their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, AWFUL NARRATOR!!

  • By Pamela Pashley on 12-02-10

Delilah should not record books

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

What disappointed you about Summer on Blossom Street?

I have enjoyed Delilah on the radio, but I have to say she was not just bad, she was horrible narrating this book. I had to go back 3 times and try to listen to it. I love the author, but I recommend you read and not listen to this book

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story was fine.. i

What didn’t you like about Delilah’s performance?

She read fast, ran sentences on and it was like she could not take a breath. When the character was talking... and it changed to the narrator, there was no change in voice inflection. You have to pay close attention and it just was not enjoyable. I wanted to hear the story, but she stressed me out to the MAX. I listen to Debbie's books because they are calming, feel good books. This was the first that was not.