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Karen S. Riggins

Versailles, KY United States
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  • Driving with the Top Down

  • By: Beth Harbison
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect. Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband's first choice. When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive. Her one-woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when 16-year-old Tamara becomes her co-pilot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back on track

  • By Terry on 01-28-15

Love is the Theme

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed the three women characters in this book and their interactions with each other, especially that between Colleen and Tamara. Bitty makes for a wonderful counterpoint to the Colleen and Tamara. It's pretty obvious what the ending is going to be but still the writer keeps the reader interested. It's a gentle story of love and forgiveness. I gave it a three because I found the writing somewhat flat at times but the narration was very good and kept me interested.

I do recommend this book.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Wonderful Moving Story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

The characters were so alive that I could really relate to them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

When his wife started cleaning out the closet and she realized how much she loves Harold.

Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

Harold Frye

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

It made me care very much about the characters and their story.

Any additional comments?

Lovely inspiring story about new beginnings.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,652
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,033
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,074

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Could not get through this depressing book

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

I don't know if I'd try another book by J. K. Rowling. I would by Tom Hollander. His reading is fine.

What was most disappointing about J. K. Rowling’s story?

The story is very depressing and mean and doesn't go anywhere. I could not get through it.

What aspect of Tom Hollander’s performance would you have changed?

None, his performance is so good that it really emphasizes the downside of the characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

All of them. I am very disappointed in this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry

  • A Scumble River Mystery
  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Christine Leto
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series

  • By deanna on 08-05-12

Heroine is very immature

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

Would you try another book from Denise Swanson and/or Christine Leto?

CHristine Leto yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Swanson? Why or why not?

I found a heroine who can't take care of feeding herself and figuring out her personal life a bit trying and uninteresting.

Have you listened to any of Christine Leto???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

DOn't know

Do you think Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear in the Attic

  • By: Patrick F. McManus
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The beloved humorist and bestselling author returns with his most riotous collection of essays to date. Starting with his trademark outdoorsman's wit, Patrick F. McManus's newest collection ponders the strange allure of the RV, the existential implications of being lost, the baffling tendency of animals to outsmart those who wish to hunt them, and the singular pleasure of doubling the size of every fish one doesn't actually catch.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the other one

  • By Michael D. Hansen on 12-09-15

Don't Try to Drive While Listening to this Book.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

Would you listen to The Bear in the Attic again? Why?

I will for sure listen to this book again. The stories are fun and very funny for the most part.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bear in the Attic?

One of the Rancid Crabtree stories was so funny, we almost had to stop the car because we were laughing so hard.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Patrick McManus manages to write about life in a way that can be serious but always finds the humorous side.