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Kathryn

Portland, OR, USA
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  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 10-01-13

A complex and rewarding story

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Laura Kinsale dives deep into stroke recovery, Georgian economics and early Quaker society. This is not your usual romance novel! Nicholas Bolton does a brilliant job depicting the speech patterns of gradual recovery from stroke, which elevates the audio version over the text only version immensely. I think some readers will have a hard time understanding the heroine's attachment to the authority and contradictions of her faith community. As a Quaker myself though, it rings absolutely true, both the strength of conviction to do apparently crazy things and the grief of choices and leadings that differ from your Meeting. The last 20 minutes of the book are the only ones that disappoint, with the ends tied up with a neatness that betrays the mixed motivations of the characters. At some point though, Kinsale does have to honor the happily ever after conventions of the genre, and I found it easy to forgive her the ending. If you are looking for an enthralling listen that will take you into unusual corners of Georgian England, this is the book for you!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Duskfall

  • Chaos Queen, Book 1
  • By: Christopher B. Husberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Stuck with arrows and close to death, a man is pulled from the icy waters of the Gulf of Nahl. Winter, a seemingly quiet young fisherman's daughter, harbors a secret addiction that threatens to destroy her. A young priestess, Cinzia, must face a long journey home to protect her church from rebellion. A rebellion sparked by her sister. Three characters on different paths will be brought together by fate on one thrilling and perilous adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you read fantasy to escape, this may not be the book for you.

  • By Kathryn on 07-09-16

If you read fantasy to escape, this may not be the book for you.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I made it about four hours into Duskfall. It is well-paced, has interesting sociological dichotomies both among magic users and non users, and establishes an amnesiac mystery that drives the plot along nicely. That said, in four hours it also delves into the chilling and horrifying ways an addict's personality, motivations and justifications shift as the addiction takes hold. I found that aspect of the book much too realistic, and had no desire to keep listening as the addict tumbled further toward rock bottom. So I stopped, and felt quite relieved to leave the book unfinished. If addiction is not an issue that is too close to home for you, then I commend this book to you. Otherwise, I suggest you find another listen.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,662

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

  • By Brian Perry on 07-21-15

Enjoyable, with some caveats

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

If you have some kind of advanced science or engineering education (anything beyond college intro) there are parts of this book that will make you twitch unpleasantly. Statisticians and medical professionals in particular might want to keep away.

That said, I found this book enjoyable, and if you're looking for some passable Sci Fi, this fits the bill. I look forward to future installments.

If you find writerly ticks irritating, I recommend that you pair this book with a drinking or snacking game based on the word "proverbial". That way its frequent appearance will be fun instead of grating!

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

one happy insomniac

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-05

I found the unabriged Les Mis an excellent listen. It's interesting enough to keep one from thinking of other things at the end of a long day, but not so interesting it kept me awake. The three volumes have been my bedtime story for the last year. I settle in to bed, set my iPod to turn itself off in thirty minutes, click play, turn the volume down low and let the reader's sexy French accent carry me off to dreamland. Hugo's masterpiece is sublimely suited for this purpose--missing a few minutes here and there doesn't detract from the overall experience of the book. Listeners who are accustomed to the less wordy novels of our time may find Les Miserables frustrating. A contemporary novel is like swimming brisk laps; Hugo's work is like closing your eyes and floating along in the current, trusting to the author's able pen to make the journey pleasant and rewarding. It takes some getting used to, but once you've gotten the knack of relaxing into the pacing, the book's ponderous plot is charming, and its characters richly evoked.

49 of 51 people found this review helpful