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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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  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (907)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Warren says: "Great story, great characters, wrong narrator"
    "Incredible Charaters"
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    This story was very engrossing. As you learned more about the "bag lady" who truly was one of the bad guys of the story you can't help but root for her to get revenge against the other baddies of the story.

    The main charaters are stong as well and the story was very engrossing.

    I completely enjoyed it and can't wait of another book in the series.

    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
    (1161)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (429)

    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!

    0 of 0 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
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Not as good as the first, bu still good..."
    "Decent Plot but often cheesy!"
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (771)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (305)

    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"
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    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (133)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    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"
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    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (949)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (819)

    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"
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    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
    (862)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (751)

    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"
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    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (10147)
    Performance
    (9129)
    Story
    (9139)

    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"
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1133)

    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"
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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1788)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Another Solid Baldacci book"
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    The story of King and Maxwell continues with its usual mix of humor and international intrigue. It picks up a few months after the last novel where Michele had been seriously injured. She is mostly back to her usual self as they are driving along one night and nearly hit a young man who is running in the dark with a gun.

    They, of course, chase after him and get drawn into his struggle to find out what happened to his soldier father who was reported dead. The story focuses on all the twists and turns as they seek to learn the truth and wind up nearly getting killed a few times along the way.

    I did find this one to be a bit more convoluted than usual. It was still interesting and we got to learn that Sean has an ex-wife and a bit more about his past.

    I enjoyed it and there is a good twist in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetheart: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Another average mystery from Cain. Meh....."
    "A few good parts, mostly full of plot issues"
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    Oh where to start? Book continues where Heartsick left off. It starts out with the discovery of a body in a park but quickly goes off to focus on the escape of convicted serial killer Gretchen Lowell who had previously kidnapped and tortured lead detective Archie Sheridan.

    Also apparently threatened by her escape are reporter Susan Ward and her mother Bliss. Ward's character is incredibly annoying; I think she is supposed to come across as smart and resourceful but she repeatedly does very stupid things. She acts like a petulant child and frequently causes the situations she is in to get worse.

    The plot is all over the place and has so many just absurd occurrences that it was really hard to finish it. I almost didn't.

    Here is an example of how stupid it was: without creating a spoiler (if that's possible), at one point Archie decides to sneak out of police protection; in the process and he smokes one of Ward's cigarettes and leaves the butt on the ground to be a source of his DNA. Whatever for? He is sneaking out of the hotel where he is under police protection; the room of course contains such other obvious DNA sources as his toothbrush, hair comb etc. Just Stupid! Oh, and they never do anything with it. Ugh. There are a lot of these.

    This doesn't even begin to address the topic of Archie's attraction to the woman who tortured him for 10 days. Just not believable.

    The narrator is terrible too. She tries to "act" the male parts by deepening her voice and then the females are spoken in almost squeaky high pitch. Very irritating. Maybe the story would come across better with a better narrator.

    I will not listen to another in this series. Its just too ridicules.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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