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Catherine

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 18 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Allison Hoover Bartlett
    • Narrated By Judith Brackley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure.

    Margaret says: "Repetitive"
    "If you want to learn about book collecting..."
    Overall

    I couldn't keep going! I made it about halfway through this story. The ideal listener wants to learn about the world of book collecting. It teaches you all about it! The mystery (?) is secondary and I just couldn't hang in there to find out if there really was a mystery underneath the story line. The reviews I read said it was for people who love books. But this is for the lover of the physical book itself - not the story inside.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4438)
    Performance
    (1902)
    Story
    (1916)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Odd Thomas in three words, what would they be?

    Charming. Suspenseful. Excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been a big Koontz fan but this booked changed all that. Just loved it from beginning to end. I listened while driving cross country and the time just flew. Excellent suspense while also being so endearing because of the charming main character. A fascinating meld of a sensitive character who was SO likable yet dealing with dark characters and themes. So glad to find out it is a series which I did not realize when I bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3579)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1976)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Excellent Story"
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    What did you love best about Faithful Place?

    The author grabs you from the beginning and you don't let go until the very end. Great story that pulls at the heart. Wonderful characters. Great narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1071)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Junkyard Dogs the most enjoyable?

    Another great story with fantastic narration! You'll love it too! There has not yet been a Craig Johnson Longmire story without a good plot. I highly recommend.

    And of course I can listen to George Guidall endlessly! He is SUCH a great voice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4625)
    Performance
    (2682)
    Story
    (2683)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Great Detective Story!"
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    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Tana French and this is a great story - one of the top two in my opinion. I could hardly put it down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1635)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "I love Walt!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I just love the whole series and this one did not disappoint! Get hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (213)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Caught up on a Classic - but Boring"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess not -- this just seemed boring to me. I'm 64 and perhaps I've done a little too much coming of age? I don't know but it just didn't grab me at all. I'm glad to have another classic under my belt so I know what it was about but I had a hard time staying awake.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "So glad I "read" Anna at last!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY enjoyed listening to this book. I listen while walking my dogs and I was riveted throughout. Who knew that old Russia would be so consuming, so easy to listen to and so much fun. I am so glad to finally be familiar with this book and what a wonderful way to discover it. The narration was just PERFECT. Brava! If I recall this version was cheaper than some and I think I chose it due to good reviews. It was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (858)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Strange Story!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found it difficult to get through this whole story and I found it a bit depressing. It is certainly different. I did read the whole thing but I can't say I would recommend it to anyone. Just an odd tale that I found disturbing. I am sure it was supposed to be just that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6606)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2924)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great fun! So much better than the movie!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Lincoln Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

    This was a great story with great characters. Nothing heady - just entertaining and fun. I was eager to read it so I could then watch the movie. I was truly disgusted with what they did in the film - totally ruined the depth of the main character! And destroyed a good ending. I recommend this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (851)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "This Novel is All Sweet; no Bitter!"
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    If you could sum up Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet in three words, what would they be?

    Touching - romantic - beautiful


    What other book might you compare Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet to and why?

    Perhaps Snow Falling on Cedars - a similar mood if I am remembering the film correctly. Cider House Rules - again the mood more than anything.


    What about Feodor Chin’s performance did you like?

    Just absolutely molded the main character at all ages - phenomenal!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It actually took me a bit to get into it into the beginning. Then I just fell into the story and couldn't wait to find out what would happen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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