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Cathy

Marietta, NY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (298)

    P. J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they’re called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P. J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into. Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P. J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs.

    Alisa says: "Disappointed by the change of narrator."
    "Narrator and Story are very entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, enjoy this series. Have been waiting a while for this character's story and it is a good one from the start. I am also enjoying this new narrator - he doesn't detract from the story and brings his own brand to it and makes it little different than the previous ones.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them, finally getting a deeper look into Steele's team


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the other reviewers comments on the narrator deter you from this story. While I enjoyed Harry Berkeley for the other ones, he can be a little bit over dramatic. This narrator gives this story a fresh voice and does the storyline proud. There won't be any confusion on who is speaking. Just jump in for a good Maya Banks adventure.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reminiscing About Retail: Confessions of a Cashier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Rich McVicar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Do you remember the dime stores of the 60s? Did you ever shop at G.C. Murphy's, Woolworth's, or Newberry's? Discount department stores became very popular in the 70s and dime stores began to close. Stores like Kmart, Grant City, Murphy's Mart, Hills, and Ames provided a great shopping experience for American families. Most of those chains closed their doors in the 80s and 90s. The glory days of department store shopping have faded away and we now live in a big box world. I always loved shopping in downtown Defiance, Ohio when I was growing up in the 60s.

    Wanda says: "Lol!"
    "Narrator is tops, story has only regional appeal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change adding all the boring details listing stores.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Becky Corwin-Adams? Why or why not?

    Probably not listen to another by author but definitely by narrator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enjoyed the story of the customer who paid with money kept in their sweaty armpit.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was really one for people who lived regionally in Bryan or Defiance Ohio. Or maybe someone who was a die hard Kmart employee. Too much minute boring detail on the actual stores and the history of stores that came and went. Was expecting more of a frolicking bunch of stories of customers and that came way later and not enough. And it always felt like the stories were too short - where were the fun descriptive details. I felt like there were some hidden things or private jokes in some of those stories that weren't to be shared with the listener. I have worked in retail in a small private five and dime and was looking for more. The Narrator made this book a good listen - he was very talented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Interview: Susie Bright Speaks with Jillian Lauren, Author of 'Some Girls: My Life in a Harem'

    • ORIGINAL (10 mins)
    • By Jillian Lauren
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    Susie Bright interviews Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. Lauren talks about her incredible real-life experience “auditioning” for the harem of Prince Jefri of Brunei.

    Louis W. Edwards says: "This is an interview?"
    "Susie hogs the interview"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Jillian Lauren’s story?

    That we didn't get to hear much. Susie did most of the talking and said it all and left Jillian only to agree. I wanted Susie to be quiet so I could actually have Jillian tell in her words.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much talking


    Any additional comments?

    Susie, step aside and let your guests talk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stand-In Groom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    They met in the middle of a Boston street mugging. By the time Johnny Anziano helped rescue the new shop-owner on the block, he'd fallen completely in love. But it seemed like the romance was over before it even started. Because in less than a week, Chelsea Spencer was getting married. But then she asked Johnny for a favor that left the aspiring restaurateur reeling - a "business" proposition a man would be a fool to accept - and a damn fool not to.

    R says: "Better than i expected!!"
    "Readers Voice takes away from sweet story"
    Overall

    Always love Suzanne Brockmann books - this one had a nice story that kept you engaged. However the readers slow voice with a lot of stiltedness (is that a word) made it a little annoying and grating. And her voice is so much older than the female character. I don't know if she was trying to modulate her voice like Bostonians but it was not pleasant. Loved johnny though, as a character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    Nia Simone Bijou is a woman who has it all - and is driven by the desire for more. Born in Trinidad, reared in Los Angeles, living in Atlanta, Nia is a writer, a thinker, and a woman in conflict. She's dealing with two sides of her Gemini self, feeling as if there are two women living inside her, both struggling for domination.

    Victoria says: "Not a Romance Novel"
    "Just shut up already"
    Overall

    Okay, this is more about the author and the book and less about the reader. The author likes to throw in every phrase he possibly can when one will do. It's tiresome and indulgent and screams "see how many words I know, aren't I clever?" He can't just say - "she was nervous", he has to say in 5 more phrases "her pulse raced, her pulse raced like she was running a marathon, like a marathon run by ..., blah blah blah." So when you're listening to an audiobook, it's magnified a hundred times. You want to say, "we get it, move on or shut up". The reader has a good voice that matches the character but the words she has to read are so tedious and tiresome. I'm struggling to get through this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosary Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

    Edward says: "Great Listen!"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I liked the plot and characters of this book. Had some real excitement and unique "murders". Only had two small annoyances, the reader had such a gravelly voice that took some getting used to but never really felt right and the author threw in some "copspeak" lingo that wasn't familiar and felt ostentatious and was unnecessary. Would recommend this to anyone.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Love of My Own

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By E. Lynn Harris
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    As a band of close-knit characters (old and new) navigates life's challenges and tries to find their place in the world, each person goes on a journey of the heart in search of the one thing everyone wants: a love of their own.

    Huttunen Pasi J says: "Solid E. Lynn Harris quality"
    "A feel good story"
    Overall

    I've listened to a lot of E.Lynn Harris' stories and like the characters who show up again and again. In some parts of this book everyone was too nice to believe but overall I could accept them. The readers of all his stories are good and I always find it easy to get into the story. A few times the audio repeated sentences but that was okay. A few more "evil" people or "evil" acts would have added spice but maybe next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (350)

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "Author proves herself again"
    Overall

    I love S.E. Phillips books and audiobooks and loved this one too. The reader did a wonderful job and made all the characters sound authentic. It's a story that draws you and keeps you and you don't want to stop. Love all the southern touches and have listened to it twice already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Death

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The phenomenal New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Lowell brilliantly displays her incomparable talents in a story of treachery, greed, conspiracy, and murder that will hold the reader spellbound until the final word.

    Greg says: "The Story was Better Than Reader"
    "Good story and interesting story setting"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and the added interest of gems and jewelry. The reader was okay but the scratchy voice used could be a little off-putting. It kept my interest and moved at a good pace with some good twists and turns thrown in. Once in a while the plot seemed so obvious to me that you wanted to yell at the characters to think logically, but that means I was involved in the book so that is a good thing. Would read another by this author given the opportunity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (305)

    The rapist left an indelible mark on their lives; now three women must live with the consequences of his violent brutality. But when he's murdered on his way to trial, the police investigation takes a scorching new focus. All three women had a reason to hate him. All three wanted him dead. But which one of them murdered him? Explosively plotted and unnervingly suspenseful, The Survivors Club sizzles from beginning to end.

    Kathleen says: "Wow! Get this one!"
    "Read and Listen to more from this author"
    Overall

    Great book. The reader did the characters very well and enhanced an already great story. Interesting twists and turns to the story and you get drawn in to the story immediately. I will definitely try other books by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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