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K. McRitchie

Lifelong Learner

Iowa, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 36 reviews
  • 138 ratings
  • 388 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Some people may wonder what this subject has to do with Dave Barry, since Dave's struggled hard against growing up his entire life-but the result is one of the funniest, warmest, most pitch-perfect books ever on that mystifying territory we call "adulthood".

    Karen says: "Hilarious"
    "It will brighten your day"
    Overall

    A collection of various observances on every day life that will make you smile. It is light, funny, and a great listen when you need something to brighten your day. I would listen for awhile, then put it away for awhile, then listen again, it was great. Dave talks about the every-day things that we don't really think about in a new light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (284)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "I have become friends with the Emersons"
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    I have read the entire series, have one more to go and it has been a joy. These are wonderfully written so the reader becomes part of the Egyptian culture and terrain. The narration is amazing, as Barbara Rosenblat is probably the best narrator of audio books I have heard. She brings the characters to life and once again I am off with the Emersons on one of their Egyptian adventures.

    I think this is a good story, I like where the family is at right now, grown children, grandchildren, Egyptian friends that we have all come to know well. When I read one of these stories, I feel like I am meeting up with old friends. That is what great books bring to the readers--an escape into another world with friends. I feel sad when each story ends, thinking that I won't "see" you for awhile. This story had several plots going and of course, ties them all up at the end. These aren't crime novels as we have come to know, but they are crime novels of that time and place. I read that Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters actually has degrees in archeology and egyptology...that makes the books even better since we actually learn much about the culture of the time.

    Although some of the books can stand alone, it is best read in a series so you can grow up with the Emerson children and participate in the adventures at each archeological dig. These are easy reads, not too sappy, humorous at times, and a great way to visit Egypt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4795)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (3019)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Annoying main character in a decent story"
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    I have always seen people with books from this series since the 80s and decided to try it out. It was an interesting story, but right away Eve, the protagonist, really annoyed me. This is a intelligent woman who acts tough all of the time. The author wants to demonstrate how her past affects her current relationships and not wanting to get close to anyone, blah, blah, blah. The problem is that this "tough-guy" image just doesnt fit, or maybe since she is a cop, it does. Whether it is a man or woman, the "tough-guy" persona is annoying. They don't need help, they don't need people, they don't need friends, they don't need medical care, they can take care of themselves. I can see why an author would want to foreshadow the pain and suffering that will eventually come out in the stories, by making the character act certain ways, but I think she could have done that in other ways.

    There is a line where her lover's butler says something like "he is uncomfortable around people like her." She refers to herself as a mongrel instead of being purebred. It is not about that, however, it is that strong women can be portrayed intelligent, beautiful and strong without being the tough guy, bitch, or the I-don't-need-anyone type. Maybe the whole cop persona is different but I would like the character more if she were independent without being annoying.

    The narration was good. Somewhere during the middle of the book, I accidentally lost about 90 minutes of the story and didn't bother trying to figure out what happened, but found out that I didn't need it...that says alot :) I am glad I listened to the book, but this is a series I will skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (840)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Autism is a gift."
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    People consider autism a disability and yet, it is a gift. People with autism all seem to have different ways of experiencing the world in ways that a non-autistic person is not able. Some feel textures and are able to become the object, some have gifts of musical or artistic ability. This is a Q&A written by a young man with autism in Japan who answers popular questions about being a person with autism. He is remarkable and gives us answers to questions that help others know what it is like to live with autism. It is a fast read, well worth your time. If everyone just took the time to understand autism and other disabilities, what a different world this would be....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (652)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "A bonus story!"
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    I have really enjoyed the John Corey series, especially with Scott Brick as the narrator. His voice just fits the personality of the detective perfectly. This is only a 2 hour story and it is very good. I was hoping a new novel would have come out since the Panther, so I listened to this for a "fix." Even though it is short, it is fun to listen and witness Corey's humor as he solves a crime. It was actually fun listening to a story than I was able to finish quickly instead of listening for 15 hours. If you want a quick treat, it is worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series badly needs to change focus"
    "More of the same..."
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    I like this Patricia Cornwall series and always listen to them. This was a good story, decent narrator, but not as good as previous one. I enjoyed the book. It was just predictable. It may be time to retire Kay Scarpetta as maybe there are no more really good stories for her. I am kind of tired of some of the character's stories and development, but they are still a good read and worth a credit....not full price though :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (453)

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    Yvonne Jocks says: "Another Wonderful Book in the Series"
    "I am hooked on this series!"
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    who knew. It was written in the 1980s and I had never heard of any of the books. This is the 10th book in the series and it is like a visit to old friends each time I read one. There are parts that make me smile and this one even made me cry along with the characters as they said goodbye to a dear friend. Each one is a mix of manners and mystery, with a formidable main character and her family. It this book, Amelia and her daughter are wearing trousers now instead of dresses...finally. I have never been interested in Egyptology before, however, the way the author weaves it into the story is interesting. Rumor is that it is fairly accurate, too.

    Of course, the narrator is one of the best and anything she reads is like attending a performance. I am sure that makes the audio book much more fun than the printed one. You don't have to start at the beginning of the series to enjoy the books, they each sort of recap in the beginning, but it is fun being a part of this family's story and growing up with the children...as I mentioned, like a visit to old friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (604)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "The word "butt" is mentioned in every chapter..."
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    I was looking for something light and enjoyable to read, this sounded interesting...a mother-in-law ghost series. I got hooked on the Amelia Peabody Archaeologist Series and thought this might be fun. It had decent reviews, people liked it...big mistake. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it...it did have some good scenes, but overall, it was not very good. After a couple of chapters I noticed that the author mentioned people's butts a lot. He had a cute butt, I looked at the firm butt, she had a big butt, etc. I don't know why I noticed this except it was very sophomoric and out of place. There is a whole part about buying a pink thong that is just stupid. This is one of those authors who have a decent story, but then think that they need to throw in sex innuendo and scenes. I love a good sex scene, but sometimes the story works without one.

    The main character also got on my nerves. I hate when educated women are portrayed as whiny and stubborn, rather than confident. She was annoying. There were also many subplots to the story and things kind of drag on in the main plot, then there are all these extra plots we have to wrap up at the end, which I don't get because this is a series...some can continue. It was like a rush to make everything fit together and in doing that, it feels rushed and thrown together.

    Oh well, it was one of those books that I listened to before falling asleep. I set the iTunes timer for 25 minutes and if I drifted off before the end, it didn't matter to miss some of the story. I hate leaving books unfinished, so I listened to the entire book, but I wouldn't recommend it. Its one of those books that is appealing on the website, but just doesn't cut it, which is too bad as the idea of a mother-in-law ghost experience had potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert J. Crane
    • Narrated By Annie Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...

    RedMozi says: "Best story I've listened to/read in a long time!"
    "Dumb."
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    This book had decent reviews and so I tried it. I kept wanting it to get better and kept listening and hoping...but no. It may be a young adult novel, but I need to look into that further...if so, I still wouldn't recommend it. The story is a good idea, superhuman mutant type people and the agency that tries to oversee them. It just never gets going on a good plot. At first the teenager's mother is missing, who is also a super human, then the agency saves her from a wolf creature (which just doesn't fit the story) and most of the story is at their facility. She is a whiny, know it all teenager, which doesnt make us like her, so the book doesn't even have that going for it. At one point the wolf guy alludes to raping her before killing her, which is a plot twist just thrown in for effect and really doesn't make sense at that point. Maybe if you say the word "rape" in a book, it makes it more scary...I don't know. I hate leaving a book unfinished, so i finished it, but only because it was only 5 hours...I would have given up after the first two if it were a long one. I think it is great that Audible will take a book back that you don't like, but I wouldn't do it because it was my fault for poor judgement. BTW, the narrator is not that great either. She sounds like a monotone teenager, which is probably what they are going for, but it is tedious to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2702)
    Story
    (2708)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Not his best work..."
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    As a Grisham fan, I grab every new novel that comes out. I was excited that the protagonist in this one was a woman. Girls can be lawyers too! It was a good story, not great. Big city real estate attorney goes to coal country to do legal aid work...great plot. It drove me nuts, though, she whined about everything. I kept wanting her to leave her city life behind and work for the good of humankind....each time she would have an encounter with one of the people of the community, I kept hoping she would become their superhero as the story unfolded, become a real lawyer and not a paper pusher. Would good triumph over evil? the story is good, coal companies who ruin the land and their workers, then try not to get caught. It was probably realistic, which is sad. The narration was good and I enjoyed the book, but it just wasn't Sycamore Row.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (423)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "Good Story for pre-teen and kids"
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    I purchased this book for a long car trip and it was ok. It was an interesting story, but dragging. Even the kids wanted to forward the audiobook and skip over some of the journey. I love a young person's book that is fun to read for an adult...i think those are the ones with the best writing. This one was ok, but I wouldn't purchase books from this author again.

    We finished the story, just because we wanted to know how it ended, but as I mentioned, forwarded through about 2 hours of the protagonists' journey and didn't miss much. That in itself says a lot. The kids thought it was ok, but were not interested in any further titles of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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