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Catherine

USA

ratings
40
REVIEWS
29
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
8
HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • Pride and Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Sylvia Day’s Pride and Pleasure, a tale of ambition, love and lust. Read by the actress Imogen Church. Pursued by fortune hunters, heiress Eliza Martin is the victim of diabolical scheming to get her to the altar. She won’t be bullied, however, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. She needs a man to infiltrate her suitors and find the villain.

    Lia says: "The heart recognizes what the reason ignores"
    "Sylvia Day never disappoints"
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    Another great book by Sylvia Day. Her stories tranport me completely to that time and place. A wonderful tale (it must have been so hard to be an intelligent, indepedant woman during that time). Rich characters, interesting story, and sizzling romance and lust combined with the most wonderful narrator...Imogen Church is so so clever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before We Were Yours: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26028)
    Performance
    (23743)
    Story
    (23637)

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

    Lin Cloward says: "I was rivetted, finished in three days."
    "Wonderful and heartbreaking "
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    A totally enthralling story about the heartbreak of children stolen, abused and sold.
    Based on real events but the characters are fictional.
    Beautifully written with such rich and well developed characters.
    Brilliant narration - it felt like a different reader for each character.
    I was hooked from the first. Lost sleep as it was too hard to stop listening. To the author and narrator -Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39536)
    Performance
    (35827)
    Story
    (35774)

    Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Sara says: "Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction"
    "Brilliant!!"
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    This is my favourite read/listen of 2017 and possibly my favourite book of all time.
    A truly inspiring story of interesting and flawed but amazing characters. In war torn Nazi occupied France, we can only imagine the horrors the French faced every day for years during WW11.
    This story puts you right there. You feel the fear, the horror, the love, the hate, the desperation. You come to love these characters (Isabelle is based on a real 19 year old girl and real events) and agonise with them over decisions and situations out of their control. Toward the end of the book as the stories begin to conclude, I found myself crying.... ugly crying, in love and empathy for these wonderful characters who would undoubtedly represent so many who suffered such atrocities at the hands of the Nazis.
    What a great book and so very well performed by Polly Stone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Olive Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Lucinda Riley, Harry Whittaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (223)
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    (223)

    It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.

    Karissa says: "Best Lucinda Riley Book - Perfect Summer Read"
    "Brilliant novel"
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    A rich, beautifully written story of real life families and their love, loss, failures and triumphs. I really loved this book and was sad when it ended. My favorite Lucinda Riley book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truly Madly Guilty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8545)
    Performance
    (7895)
    Story
    (7860)

    In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

    David Shear says: "Not quite enough"
    "Another wonderful book from a master storyteller."
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    I totally loved this story. Such humanly flawed characters who, at times, were frighteningly close to home. A great story which develops from a simple backyard barbecue. But there is so much more going on. A tap on the shoulder that life is a gift and should be celebrated. A reminder that it all can change in a matter of moments. I almost cried at the end as I had to leave behind these families. Well done Liane. Please keep writing. I hope this one makes it to screen as well.

    Brilliant narration again Caroline Lee. Thank you both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11603)
    Performance
    (10633)
    Story
    (10600)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    darswords says: "I want to read it again!"
    "Drawn in and spellbound (haha)"
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    I was totally involved in this trilogy. Book 2 was a bit slow but all in all I enjoyed all 3 immensely and I was very sad when I finished. I NEVER thought I would like books about witches and vampires but I loved it. I look forward to the next book!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1580)

    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Amazon Customer says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"
    "Meandering and inconsistant"
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    This story was so slow in places. I persisted because I had paid for it. Glaring inconsistencies in many threads. The story meandered aimlessly at times and almost stood still taking so long to for the story to move on. Repetative at times. Annoying ending. Clearly meant to be a cliff hanger for the sequel which I doubt will ever make it to audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Reality: The Ancient Future, Book 3: The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Traci Harding
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
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    (18)

    The extraordinary and best-selling journeys of one woman throughout time... An enormous vortex spiralled above the Earth, out beyond the orbit of the moon. Its centre was expanding to form a huge glowing corridor through the fabric of space. This brilliant mass shot forth thousands of glowing balls of light that proceeded to descend toward our planet.

    Catherine says: "Confusing and disappointing"
    "Confusing and disappointing"
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    Perhaps this series was meant for teenagers but this was a disappointing end to the trilogy. I enjoyed the first two books quite a lot but this one had far too many characters (there must have been literally hundreds of them). This left the listener reeling from sheer confusion because of the sheer volume of characters. Add to that so many similar and also very unusual names. Cadwallen, Cadwallader, Caradoc (there was one more in this name group)....the list goes on. There were many times when I had no idea which character was speaking simply because of the similar name. I understand these are the names of Welsh kings which perhaps the author felt gave the book some cred, but it was a fantasy story so there was no need to confuse the readers by using almost identical names. And then there was the perfect incarnations as well as the immortal people. Also confusing as it seems even if you die and you're not an immortal you will be back soon. By the end people were zapping in and out of rooms and across the world and the universe with regular monotony. I stuck with it as having already come this far and paid the money I felt I had to. There were so many inconsistencies in the story, the most annoying being Doc seemed to be totally forgiven by Maelgwn, Tory and Rhiannon, after his attempted murder and dreadful treatment of Rhiannon. This is my first bad review after listening to hundreds of books. Excellent reader. You have the most beautiful speaking voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2461)
    Story
    (2467)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    randomactsofpunctuation says: "So much for "if you like Gabaldon""
    "Best thing since Outlander"
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    Finally a book that rivals my beloved Outlander series. A sweeping saga of love, hate, betrayal, endurance, strong women and the men who love them. Set in the late 1700s at a time that did not tolerate a woman with an opinion or people of colour. A rich and beautifully woven story that keeps you immersed in the very colourful characters lives from the very beginning. Well done Sara Donati. Magnificently read by the very talented Kate Reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Cliff

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (746)

    Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

    DHackney says: "Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations"
    "Another wonderful story."
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    Lots of twists and turns, heartache and love. Just a great story. I am hooked on this author. Loved also the readers ability to to do all accents. Very clever.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm Sister: The Seven Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (635)

    A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

    Agatha Istanbul says: "TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE NARRATION! IT RUINS THE STORY"
    "Another intriguing story"
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    I do love these books. While they are a little far fetched the stories reflect the frailties and inner self doubts many us deal with. Great relationships to the past make the tale very rich. I look forward to Stars story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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