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Kathleen

Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....

Enid, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "Warts and All"
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    I'm so glad that Ian Rankin brought Rebus back. What's not to love about John Rebus? Yes he's flawed but aren't we all? But he at least tries. Tries to quit smoking, tries to quit drinking and tries to get along with the pencil pushers. I only wish more of his colleagues appreciated his take no prisoners approach to solving crimes. Although, in this case it's an old crime...
    I like a lot of the European authors, if you do, check out Jo Nesbo's "Harry Hole" series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1882)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Truly surprised!"
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    I wasn't sure about this, I chose it solely based on the reviews I saw here and I'm really glad I did. There were times the main character annoyed me, other times I saw him as a victim and yet other times I saw him as a hero. Regardless, I liked the book so much that I promptly got the next 2 and listened to them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5473)
    Performance
    (5087)
    Story
    (5087)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Can't Wait"
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    Can't Wait for the next one! But then I haven't read or listened to anything by Jim Butcher that I didn't love... The "Codex Alera" series is still one of my all time favorites. I only wish Harry could find a good romantic side kick... he really has gotten the short end of the stick in that area. Seelie & Unseelie Queens who eat you alive or Vampire chicks who he can't get intimate with.... ugh!
    I have yet to find a character in this genre that I like as much as Harry Dresden.
    Although Mike Carey has the "Felix Castor" series that kind of grows on you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1543)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Another Hit..."
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    There's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said about Rachel Morgan. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the Demons have worn out their welcome....and why can't her and Trent Kalamack just be honest with each other, they have known each other since they were kids...all these jabs and innuendos gets a bit childish after awhile...

    If you like the Witches, Fairies, Seelie & UnSeelie etc...Check out Seanan McGuires' "October Day" series. It's a refreshing take that realm....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15093)
    Performance
    (12435)
    Story
    (13074)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "What is all the Hullaballoo about!?"
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    There is plenty of Erotica out there that is NOT full of cliches that actually has a story and the characters are likable! I tried to finish the series but just could not listen to one more sentence with "MINE, all mine" or "Oh my!" or "I love him so much" and last but not least his poor, poor "Itchy Palm"
    I'm not offended by the sex, in fact one of my all time favorite series is "Kushiels Dart" and many found it offensive. However, there was at least a point to it and in the context of the story it made sense... but this was just poorly written with unlikable characters and no story line....
    These days there is so much Erotica out there it makes no sense to me why this has gained so much attention... If it's just the erotica, then check out some of Laurell K. Hamiltons books, or Lora Leigh, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Megan Hart and even Anne Rice.
    In regards to the narrator she did a fine job given what she had to work with, my one drawback to her was that she didn't sound a day over 15 and that was just a bit too, too much....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At All Costs: Honor Harrington, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (570)

    What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander."

    Sijia Huang says: "To Avid Harrington Readers..."
    "On & On & On....."
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    Maybe it's because I've listened to these books back to back it's more obvious to me but, in each new book the descriptive narrative gets longer and more filled with wasted words..(One book actually had a whole chapter describing how they number their LACKS)..I've skipped whole chapters and not missed a thing! And these long drawn out battle scenes which bounce between the Manticorans & Havenite perspectives so fast I can't tell who's talking just get repetitive. Either that or they've gotten so boring my attention got lost.

    Honor just seems to be getting a little too larger than life, too perfect and just TOO saintly. It's no wonder she didn't have a romantic or social life whatsoever. Who can live up to that? So now this relationship with Hamish & his wife Emily? It's a bit over the top, it doesn't fit in. However, they're about as Saintly as she has become...

    Come on Mr Weber, give a little more dimension to your characters....People come in all shapes and sizes but nobody is this perfect.

    As far as the narration goes, It's ok....it just seems to me that after 10 bks and everything she's been through she should start sounding like a woman of depth and maturity. Not a 12 yr old girl.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (254)

    Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.

    Paul says: "A Frozen Mystery"
    "Narration hurts a good story"
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    If i'm into the first chapter of a book and the narration is driving me nuts I will simply put it down and move on to something else. I almost did that here. Pauses in the wrong place & inflections at the beginning of a sentence then trailing off at the end. Fortunately I was intrigued by the story and stuck with it...and I'm glad I did.
    I liked the characters, there were enough twists to keep my interest and the ending tied up nicely...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (2470)
    Story
    (2509)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "The Narrator ruined it!!"
    Overall

    I have been trying to get through this book for weeks. I loved "The Saga of Seven Suns" by Kevin Anderson & narrated by David Colacci. So I really expected to like this and I might have....If someone else had narrated it!! I've been listening to audiobooks for a long time and I have found that if I stick with it I can usually get used to narrators who don't "fit" their material but... I just could NOT get used to him...He should narrate text books because he drones on and on and on. A major portion of good audiobooks is putting the right narrators to the right book. Such as "Altered Carbon" & Simon Vance or "The Protectors War" & Todd McLaren....I got through "Pillars of the Earth" because it was such a good book but I will never ever listen to anything narrated by John Lee again.....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26955)
    Performance
    (20804)
    Story
    (21004)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not just for Young Adults!"
    Overall

    I would recommend this book to anyone, male, female, young Adults or old Adults!! This is NOT another slow sequel tying up loose ends.
    It moves fast and never gets boring, which is easy to do with characters like Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch. Katniss tells her story and you feel her inner turmoils, her frustrations with both Governments that sacrifices it's children for their own selfish reasons. I wish I could say that there were many moments of joy but, those are few. In the end Katniss finds a healthy way to exorcize her pain as do other characters in the story.
    In spite of that, their story grabs you and if you are like me, you can't stop until it's over. I listened to the whole book in 1 day and the saddest is that the series is over. I look forward to reading/listening more from Suzanne Collins.
    Now if we could just get Mr. Paolini to finish the "Eragon" series.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26991)
    Performance
    (13621)
    Story
    (13667)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great Characters!"
    Overall

    Whether I'm listening to my I-pod at home or in the store i was guaranteed to get odd looks when i broke out laughing at something said by one of these characters. They were wonderful! The narrators brought these ladies to life and the accents where on the mark. This is one of those that really would make a great movie. Although i won't hold my breath, no sex, murder or aliens. Just a great story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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