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Kathryn

WATERFORD, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Enjoy this classic mystery on its 75th anniversary! The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities.

    Shelley M. Mather says: "Story is classic. Recording? Not so much."
    "The reader ruins it."
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    I love this book but every female voice is made unbearable whiny, even Nora's. Many of the male characters sound cartoonish. I know this is noir and there is meant to be a lot of color but the reader makes it hard to listen to.

    3 of 4 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
    (3133)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2915)

    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.

    Nicole K. says: "Good but flawed."
    "So little magic, so much dull soap opery."
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    What would have made The Book of Life better?

    If the main character did magic more then once every few months the story would have been much better. She is so whiney and weak, I found myself rolling my eyes over and over. I enjoyed the first book, patiently waited out the second but this one…so much minutiae about the different ways different vampires might think about what someone else might do. If you are interested in fantasy stories about magical creatures this isn't a good choice. It's more of a drawn out soap opera that happens to have some magical creatures in it.


    Has The Book of Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I hoped it would be a fantasy book but it isn't.


    Did Jennifer Ikeda do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narrator was good.


    What character would you cut from The Book of Life?

    Honestly, Diana. She spends so much time dreading, thinking, whining, and then more dreading. She is supposed to be this incredibly powerful witch but almost never does magic. Is it so much to ask that we have a story with a strong confident female character who doesn't spend all her time worrying and doubting herself?


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1179)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "This is awful."
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    What would have made Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye better?

    If she had written it with realistic characters, natural dialogue, and without explaining every detail. Her main character is supposed to be a young woman but talks and thinks like a much older person. "Looky-loo"? "Guffaw"?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Victoria Laurie again?

    No, the reader drove me up the wall although she sounded as old as the character seemed.


    Any additional comments?

    As a reader I don't need to be told every detail about how someone gets into a car, or opens a door.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Wait. What?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book was really confusing. I read a lot of sci-fi stories but I could not make heads or tails of this. I think it could be an interesting story, maybe with a reread and making some notes along the way but there were so many intricate ideas that were explained so quickly I couldn't understand why things worked out the way they did.


    What aspect of Ray Porter and Mary Robinette Kowal ’s performance would you have changed?

    They performed the same characters in different ways and sometimes with different accents which made it tricky to figure out who was speaking. Ray has a way of throwing away the ends of his lines, it makes the dialogue sound very casual and Mary doesn't do that so the characters seemed to have different attitudes each time the narration switched.


    Do you think The Incrementalists needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a guide!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (432)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Fun for fall but a bit predictable."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story, it was a fun listen especially heading in to the autumn but either I am an especially cunning listener or the story was a bit obvious. Still just because you figure out the mystery pretty early on it doesn't make it less interesting to listen to. The historical aspect was very interesting and (I have no idea but guessed) was well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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