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Karen

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1777)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Excellent Listen"
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    What did you love best about The Rook?

    This book had everything. Suspense, originality, And a Dr Who kind of kookiness.


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

    Not sure. It was suggested to me after liking the Hunger Games but there is more humour and supernatural elements. I told my husband it was like a dr who episode told by the shopoholic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly, the first chapter was so well written I've gone back to listen to it again. But all the scenes have such a sense of place and suspense, I have no idea how he kept it up throughout the book.


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

    When we find out how the herine lost her memory. I thought it was going to be just a simple reveal but it was quite heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy. I will definitely listen to this a second time. The only downside is I'll be waiting two years for the next installments.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Evidence: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (391)

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

    Ryan says: "Annoying narrator"
    "I little dated now...and probably not her best."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only to see how times have changed. This is in the paranoid first days of AIDS. And virtually no technology.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unfortunately, I never really care about finding the killer. Curious, yes. But the ending was not satisfying.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I have heard this narrator many times before. Her cadence is the similar to all the other stories [yawn]. The good thing is her character voices are well varied so it's an easy listen.


    Was Body of Evidence worth the listening time?

    Sure...but it will be a while before I bother down loading the next in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1196)

    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....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "One of my favorites"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was very well written and narrated. It would be perfect for that long drive with parents or teenagers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both women were wonderful. And it's the blend of the two that makes the story great.


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think I could have imagined the accents on my own. The cadence brings so much personality to the story.


    If you could rename Code Name Verity, what would you call it?

    Friends in War


    Any additional comments?

    There's history to be learned, the reality of war, friendship, enemies, hardship and bravery under fire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jessica Soffer
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    This is a story about accepting the people we love - the people we have to love and the people we choose to love, the families we’re given and the families we make. It’s the story of two women adrift in New York, a widow and an almost-orphan, each searching for someone she’s lost. It’s the story of how, even in moments of grief and darkness, there are joys waiting nearby. Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school.

    Karen says: "I wonderful read about family, loss and love."
    "I wonderful read about family, loss and love."
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    Where does Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favourites. I have recommended it to all my female friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The daughter


    What does Kathleen Gati and Kate Reinders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I normally do not like separate readers but I really enjoyed the two voices telling the story from two separate point-of-views.


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

    Many...but I do not want to give anything away. Be warned that you will be hungry while reading this book with all the cooking scenes. Luckily the recipes can be found on the author's web-site.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did not know much about the motivations and problems of "cutting" before reading this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2780)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2468)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent read if you are in for the long haul."
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    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Early-American who-dun-it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration fits the writing style perfectly. The way modern issues are interpreted through an older set of scientific principles. I saw much of the set-up a head of time but it was still suspenseful to see how the facts would play out in this older period.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    The variety of voice, perfectly enunciated, especially of the protagonist. I will look for other books read by this actor.


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

    Way too long for one sitting, but I found myself listening to it at all hours cramming into each day as much as I could.


    Any additional comments?

    For a story about witchcraft, this is told from the point-of-view of the men with power. The women get very little play except as cliches; damsel in distress, the jealous house wife, the silent waif etc. I wished they had had as much dimensions as the males.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

    Christopher says: "A good second book in this series"
    "Mystery with a twist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The setting of the mystery in a moon colony is just not for show. It adds to the trouble and the suspense. Very clever.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mariah Stewart
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (102)

    On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors - three boys and a girl - enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the two missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims.

    Demetra says: "Good listen"
    "Okay"
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    What did you like best about Mercy Street? What did you like least?

    The key to a good mystery is having a villian who is a match for the investigator. I didn't have that satisfaction here. Between the smart ex-cop, loyal chief cop, and sexy new cop from the city, there was never any doubt that all would be well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27225)
    Performance
    (21054)
    Story
    (21260)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Excellent final chapter"
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    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    This is not a happy book. It's a war story. The ending is very realistic and ultimately very satisfying. Made me say a prayer for all the families in the war zones. I hope they will also have the chance for peace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29672)
    Performance
    (22809)
    Story
    (22977)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Should really be called PART 1"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is only half the remaining story. It need the final installment to finish the story arc. I listened to all three books one after the other and the constant angst Katniss has over Gayle and Pieta begins to grate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34927)
    Performance
    (25998)
    Story
    (26364)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "All the hype is right"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Well written, well told. It's an excellent read and worth continuing to the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (492)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Lovely Haunting story"
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    Would you listen to Winter's Bone again? Why?

    The consequences young people are forced to deal with when parents abandon them...you are so rooting for the daughter. The vocabulary and customs of the region is quite fascinating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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