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Katherine M. Hosch

Covington, LA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Cold Killing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Luke Delaney
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (24)
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    (27)

    Detective Inspector Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. An unthinkable childhood left him with a fierce determination to protect the innocent. But it also marked him with an ability to identify the darkness in others - a darkness he recognizes still exists deep within himself. When a young man is found brutally murdered, Corrigan, responsible for South London's Murder Investigation Team, takes the case.

    Erix says: "Bad Story"
    "ugh - corrupt non-rational police"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
    - policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
    - police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
    - evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent


    Has Cold Killing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.


    Any additional comments?

    If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (468)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "A must-read - deserves a Pulitzer"
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    I am from the New Orleans area and was one of the many thousands who evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. I was also one of the large population of locals who were offended and dismayed when then-Attorney General Charles Foti arrested a doctor and two nurses who had been at the flooded Memorial hospital during the disaster. Public opinion at the time was squarely behind the hospital staff, largely because we thought that the opportunistic former sheriff was blaming the very people, who saved so many lives, of not being even more heroic. This was my opinion, and that of everyone I talked to - until I read the ProPublica article about conditions at Memorial, published in 2009. That article convinced me that perhaps something very unsavory had happened at the hospital during the disaster.

    And so it was with great interest that I read the reporter's more thorough examination of those days in this book. This book deserves a Pulitzer; it is an unbiased, well balanced and extremely thorough examination of the events at Memorial and the consequences of those events. I also have a Ph.D. in philosophy, and so I was hoping to see a studied examination of the ethical issues surrounding the events, and I was not disappointed. Ms. Fink clearly and accurately explained some of the most basic principles of ethics, and how they were (or were not) applied in this case.

    The overall impression that I had of the medical professionals at Memorial was that they were so over-taxed, over-worked and under-prepared that they were not in a position to make truly rational choices about their sickest patients. To prevent this kind of tragedy in the future, our institutions must determine ahead of time how they will react in a disaster, and the people in those institutions need to cling to their moral principles, rather than abandon them in such a moment of crisis. The contrast of Memorial hospital with Charity hospital is most striking in this regard. Both hospitals were stranded in flood waters and lost power. But at Charity they were prepared and had practiced for just such an event. They evacuated the sickest patients first, not last, and they didn't give any patients lethal injections. Three people died at Charity, compared with forty-five deaths at Memorial, many of those in the last few hours, even as helicopters were arriving en masse to evacuate the hospital. Please read this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1245)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "wonderful procedural"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Life to be better than the print version?

    No idea about that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Life?

    The betrayal of Mr. Croft by his son was memorable, and hard to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene describing the characters' first experience of the interior of Jane's house was delightful.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think Chief Inspector Gamache is simply someone who any of us would love to know. I want to spend more time with him and I am thrilled that there are 9 volumes in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2262)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Gads! What a great book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend, and would tell my enemies to avoid it. The story is fascinating and the characters are captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Locke Lamora, my favorite characters were Father Chains and the duke's spider. Listen to the book to see why ...


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Father Chains was too delicious for words.


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

    It made me listen to it when I was NOT in the car. That is a pretty extreme reaction for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry Potter for grown-ups! But definitely NOT for children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (921)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "fascinating and stunning"
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    Would you listen to The Orphan Master's Son again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to the book again. It is extremely rich and all the elements are woven together so skillfully that I think repeated listens will always show something new.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author made the characters very lifelike, which is all the more surprising given the horrific context.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The events in Texas were my favorite, primarily because the characters were not in mortal danger while they were there.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it has stayed with me. It comes back at odd moments. I often think (and grieve) about the people in North Korea when I am doing something normal for us but completely foreign to them - like riding an escalator in Macy's.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deserves all the accolades it is receiving. It is a remarkable achievement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5303)
    Performance
    (4947)
    Story
    (4941)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Self (self (self (self (referential )))"
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    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, amusing, mind-bending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    Meeting Jenkins, aka The Yeti, was a great moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation with the people in the 21st century was my favorite scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just when you think it is safe to be an extra ...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    Back in Pickax, Jim Qwilleran expects to resume a quiet life, but the people and animals of Pickax have other ideas. A noisy cardinal wakes him every morning. Nosy neighbors drop by uninvited, and the Siamese misbehave, even sneezing on guests. As if they weren't bad enough, Qwill's long-time companion acts as though she is in love, with another man. But worst of all, Qwill finds a body in his apple orchard.

    Jean says: "lovely"
    "Charming"
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    What did you love best about The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal?

    The best part of this audiobook is the narration - George Guidall is such a treat!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal?

    The description of the interior of the barn was delightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The denoument was my favorite scene.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    A slight story - not much of a mystery. But a charming tale nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1149)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "The Magnificent Wolf Hall"
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    A delicious confection of a book. How I love it. It takes a special writer to breathe exquisite life into an over-familiar tale. And the prose is in the present tense, which I usually find annoying. But this book just leaves me begging for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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