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Catherine

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  • I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

    Caro says: "Ha ha"
    "Whiney and Irritating"
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    Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ephron's essay writing style, but I found most of these essays too self-involved to be interesting and too scattered or random to function as a memoir. Also a perfect example of why most writers should leave the narration to the professionals. Her voice makes the writing even more irritating, and sometimes she couldn't even read her own prose to give the right rhythm to the sentences so they were difficult to follow.
    The title essay is amusing, but the rest I had to slog through to be able to discuss at book group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1297)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    cmsande says: "3 out of 5 cheesetastic stars, baby"
    "Lots of sex not much story"
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    The characters are impossibly beautiful, rich, lucky, and not much happens in the storyline. Lots of hot sex, if that's what you are looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff Penalty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her.

    Beatrice says: "I love Maddy Winston"
    "Why did she change narrative style?"
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    Beginning a little in the last book and prominently in the one is how she frames the storyline thru trips to the therapist. It changes the tone and style of the novel. Strange choice for a series.
    The narrator finally learned to pronounce carotid, but there are still strange pronunciations present. Also voice and sound quality changes at bizarre points--I suspect that is poor engineering.
    Sometimes the rhythm of the speech isn't well thought out and could be a lot clearer. Also she shouldn't try to do accents. If I usually tragic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows everyone in the charmingly small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin - except the latest body discovered in a desolate field. If a woman this attractive had moved into town, the news would have surely hit the gossip mill in record time. So who was the murdered femme fatale? Whose knife was left planted in her chest? The mystery deepens when detective Steven Hurley takes one look at the body and turns as white as the newly fallen snow...and excuses himself from the case.

    Karen says: "Better Mystery, Romance not as good"
    "Not my favorite of series"
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    Like the series. Didn't really like the part of the book set in Illinois. Also wish narrator would learn to pronounce carotid. And several other words. Drives me nuts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scared Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.…

    Melanie says: "Good Series, Nix the Stupid Sexual References"
    "Funny series with frustrated lust"
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    I really get a kick out of this hysterical series. For me it balances just enough mayhem to keep the mystery going without being dark or violent. I also enjoy the romance, although it I kind of cheesy and I suspect guys might not go for that aspect.
    I wish the narrator checked a pronunciation dictionary as she slips up on several words. She also switches voices at the wrong time on several occasions which makes it a bit confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Grinder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    There's trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming--but Clare's customers are starting to die. Soon after stopping at the coffeehouse, a regular jumps to her death in the subway. Or was she pushed? Detective Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, especially after the "suicide" of another female customer. Unfortunately, his prime suspect is Bruce Bowman--the new man in Clare's life. Bruce is the perfect blend of rugged good looks and potent personality.

    Ronna says: "Who is "The Genius"?"
    "Creepy for a Cozy"
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    The stalker in this book was pretty creepy, which I wasn't expecting. Not full-on thriller level of suspense, but grislier than I expected for a cozy coffee shop mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Hibiscus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

    Msafiri says: "Great Story"
    "Fanatical Catholic father = troubling behavior"
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    While I adore Adichie's prose and am fascinated by the glimpse into Nigerian culture, I found the character of the father so polarized in his public vs. private behavior and his horrific treatment of his family hard to believe and hard to take.
    As to the recording, the narrator's breathing was often so clearly heard as to be distracting. I loved her performance and attribute this to poor production technique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Birds, Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Evie Wyld
    • Narrated By Cat Gould
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something - or someone - picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast.... And there is also Jake's past....

    Sparkly says: "Strange, Delicate, Brutal"
    "Unusual literate storytelling"
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    The characters were intriguing and revealed in flashbacks going in reverse chronological order. The storyline was quite compelling and the prose was beautiful and descriptive. Some details were creepy and disturbing, but/and very effective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Futures and Frosting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they? From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone's extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them.

    Robert Zimmermann says: "Review: Futures and Frosting, by Tara Sivec"
    "Crude and Silly Fun"
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    I enjoyed the outrageous characters, behavior and language of this series. It is light entertainment and only for those who aren't offended by the language. I was frustrated by the reader's inability to differentiate between male and female characters which is particularly problematic as the chapters alternate from the point of view of a male and a female character, and it is impossible to tell who is talking by tone of voice alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By G. M. Malliet
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (348)

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

    Sara says: "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"
    "Brilliant, but not for everybody"
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    I loved Wicked Autumn, but some may find the writing too literary and the British reader too stuffy. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and found the prose brilliant. When I first started listening, I wasn't able to concentrate to follow the rhythm and accent of the reader, and it doesn't help that they start with the list of character descriptions, which I think was a mistake. However, when I restarted I was completely drawn in and loved the intelligent and elegant prose and the uptight British reserve. It is vital to listen to a segment to see if it appeals to you as much as it does to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Yard: Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Dog trainer Raine Stockton has lived all her life in the quiet community of Hansonville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a judge, the niece of a sheriff, and the ex-wife of a deputy. She does not lead the kind of life, generally speaking, in which people get buried in her backyard. But when Cisco, Raine's mischievous golden retriever, digs up human bones beneath the site of what will soon be her new training kennel, mayhem ensues.

    Gang of Four says: "Even if you don't love dogs"
    "Brief Pleasure"
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    I like this series with the dogs and setting, but this one is just too short and simple. I wish she would have fleshed it out more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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