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Kate

I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

Saco, ME, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

    Maxine says: "Great book"
    "Slow Pursuit"
    Overall

    I found the basic plot of this book to be good but it was so slow moving I almost gave up on finishing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25680)
    Performance
    (21343)
    Story
    (21324)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Decent Plot Twists, Drwanout Delivery"
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    Story is about an alcoholic woman, Rachel,who is divorced from her cheating husband. She has lost her job but rides her normal train to "work" each day. She fantasizes about people she sees as she rides the train. There is one particular couple, who live very near her ex-husband and his new wife, that she sees as being in a great relationship until one day she sees the wife, Megan, kissing someone other than her husband.

    Not long after, Megan disappears. Rachel has had a black out the night of the disappearance and wakes up bloodied at home. She has vague memories of that night and knows she has some hidden memory of what happened. She goes to the police and sets many of the stories subplots in motion.

    As the story unfolds, the story is told from the viewpoints of Rachael, Megan and Anne (the new wife). This is where it gets slow. I found it to be overly drawn out and a bit melodramatic. All three women come across as insecure airheads. I didn't really care for any of them.

    The ultimate plot twist at the end is somewhat predictable but does enhance the story. I don't really see why so many people love this one that much. I think it was okay but was glad when it finally ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

    Kate says: "Good Story; annoying narration"
    "Good Story; annoying narration"
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    Performance
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    I enjoy this series but wish the narrator did a better job with the male voices. They all sound like they have a lisp! This story is about a serial killer; Molly gets involved with husband Daniels' case after nearly being killed herself in an accident. Its a pretty good plot and evolves with a few twists. I do find it amusing that Molly is always able to find things the police don't; its odd that the cops are that inept. Still the character of Molly and her various friends do make for an enjoyable story. The series was better before she was married although Daniel was a bit better this time in that he let her help with the case. I hope that trend continues because its very tiresome when he complains about it so much. He is kind of an overbearing bore!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (484)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Still waiting for the plot!"
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    Ok, so I listened for two hours and NOTHING has happened so far. I gave up and stopped listening. Sadly, the description sounds like it will be good but then the part where the three characters supposedly lose their innocence but the event is really a non-event.

    The whole story up to this point is overly drawn out descriptions of mundane activities with no clear point or action. I have now seen in other reviews that one should wait until chapter 10 for the plot to get moving but I am quitting after chapter 5. Its just not worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Motive: A Farrell and Kearn Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sean Lynch
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Deputy District Attorney Paige Callen is being stalked, and the man stalking her is motivated, methodical, and relentless. The police aren’t merely one step behind Paige’s stalker; they’re stumped. So Paige’s father, retired Judge ‘Iron Gene’ Callen, instead hires retired San Francisco P.D. Inspector turned private investigator Bob Farrell, to the dismay of the local police. The cops know all too well Farrell’s reputation as a reckless wild card.

    Ted says: "Terrific But READ "WOUNDED PREY" FIRST!!"
    "Decent Plot but often cheesy!"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was happy to see a second. However, it was a bit disappointing. The main plot involves a stalker going after an assistant DA who is the daughter of a retired judge. The whole reasoning behind his stalking is interesting but the ADA who is being victimized is not very likable and comes across as a complete idiot or a petulant child with her behavior and choices in light of the situation. Much of the conversation with her his just silly, aka cheesy.

    It is made worse by the reader who does a terrible job with women's voices. They all sound like they are either children or really old. It is very annoying.

    The interaction between the ADA and Kearn is difficult to listen too and then turns around in a way that is just not believable

    I will listen to another in this series as I like the two main characters and enjoy the interesting villains but if it turns out to be another one like this one, I will stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (334)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Decent stroy but overly drawn out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book at the time most of the reviews were positive but wish I had waited until more reviews were written. The basic plot is good and I kept listening to find out who was guilty but much of the story line was dragged out to the point I just wanted to groan on several occasions. At almost every point where a couple of characters were having an important conversation, one character had to drag the answers out of the other to the point I just wanted to scream "just answer it already!"

    The main character, "Work" is accused of killing his father; he thinks his sister did it and does a lot of really stupid things that get him in deeper trouble. Near the end of the book he finally just asks her.....dah!

    Without giving it away, once he knows the answer it changes things. I did like the ending and the performance was not bad. I would not want to listen a second time so my basic rating is just a three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Try to Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Holly Brown
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

    Kate says: "Tedious Melodrama"
    "Tedious Melodrama"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is about Marley, a 14 year old girl who runs away from home to join her boyfriend who she met online. That's an interesting plotline and it could have been good except its way too drawn out and focuses more on the mother's thoughts and feelings than on Marley's. That also could have been good if it were not done is such a tedious manner. Every little thought and doubt is expressed repeatedly to the point you just want to gag.

    The book is promoted as revealing all the families deep dark secrets as their ordeal unfolds; however, their secrets are really pretty minor and are typical of most families. Also, Marley's reason for running away is not much of an issue.

    I know many teenagers are gullible, but its really hard to be believe someone is that stupid as her thought process unfolds.

    I barely got through listening to this one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (892)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Interesting Scenario; Tedius use of DD Warren"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The two daughters of notorious serial killer Harry Day live very different lives; one, Shanna, follows in his footsteps and has spent much of her life in prison. The other, Adeline, who has a rare condition where she cannot feel pain, becomes a pain management specialist all while maintaining a dark secret of her own.

    DD Warren meets Adeline as part of her therapy after very stupidly being injured at a crime scene. DD is struggling to get past the pain of a bad arm break; that whole part is quite tedious and is done so poorly that its just irritating. I can't imagine any therapist being successful with such a cold approach.

    Anyway, the crime scene where DD is injured is linked to the sisters. Then, a second similar crime happens that leads DD to get very involved in the investigation even though she is out on sick leave. DD winds up working with Adeline as much of the MO is similar to what her father had done.

    They also need to interact with sister Shanna as she is older and has more memories of their father.

    The relationship between Shanna and Adeline, and much of their history is quite engrossing, the parts involving DD are rather dull considering she is hampered with her injury, not to mention there is no way she would be allowed to work a crime scene in her condition.

    The performance was ok but the readers attempts to use a Boston accent for certain characters was grating, not to mention that it was used inconsistently for the same characters.

    Finally, it was really easy to figure out who was committing the crimes.

    It was overall ok, but rather disappointing after some of Lisa Gardner's much stronger books such as "Love You More". Maybe its time to retire the DD Warren series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (829)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Engrossing and Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is a lot of fun as we follow Molly's "escape" from Ireland after being forced to kill a man in self defense.

    Right from the beginning you really feel for her as she struggles to find her way on her own in the early 1900s. She has an amazing ability to get in and out of trouble with her quick wit and often risk taking ways.

    Once she arrives in the US at Ellis Island after sailing from Ireland, a man who she had an altercation with on the ship is murdered. She and a man she befriended on the voyage are the prime suspects. He winds up in jail and she decides to investigate the murder to find the real killer.

    Throughout the whole story you really feel like you are there living in the time period. The author, and narrator, did a great job of bringing the era to life. Its amazing to think back to how life was during those times, especially for a women "on her own".

    I only give a book five stars if it completely keeps my attention; I listen on my commute and I found myself looking forward to the drive just to see what Molly gets in to next.

    I have already downloaded the next installment in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10817)
    Performance
    (9708)
    Story
    (9712)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A little slow, but great ending"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Story focuses on a hand written will prepared by a wealthy man the day before he commits suicide. It is sent to lawyer Jake Brigance with instructions that it replaces his formal will done over a year ago with a large law firm. The new will cuts out his children and grandchildren and leaves much of his estate to his black housekeeper, Lettie Lang.

    Of course the relatives contest the will and much of the story deals with the legal activities, and wrangling, leading up to the trial, the feuds amount the various family members and the struggles faced by Lang and her impending wealth. Much of the middle of the book is rather slow paced. Its enjoyable enough, but without the kind of intensity that leaves you wanting to keep listening when its time to go do something else.

    If you love the legal genre you will most likely enjoy it more than someone like me who prefers more of a thriller. I will say, the last hour and a half or so is worth the wait.

    It was very well performed by Michael Beck. He performs the various characters in such a way that they come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1253)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Highly Engrossing"
    Overall
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    Story

    The two main characters killed a child when they were 11 years old and have not seen each other since being convicted and put in the juvenile system. They are reunited many years later in the course of a series of murders taking place where one work and the other comes to as a reporter.

    Throughout the story you learn a lot about both women, and despite their terrible, although truly accidental act, as children you really find yourself pulling for them.

    I liked the way the story is told both in the present and via memories. I really wanted things to turn out well for both of them. I admit, I was not sure how the author was going to pull the story together and end it, but it was done well.

    I would recommend this story to other readers.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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