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Cathy S.

Easily entertained and amused.

LAYTON, UT, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (2291)
    Story
    (2277)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "I don't mind sex but . . ."
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    Though the sexual passages were infrequent for a novel this length, they were still disgustingly graphic. The book would have been an excellent read/listen without them. The reader did a remarkable job but I can't imagine him reading, especially the detailed act of bestiality, without feeling disgusted, abused and his integrity compromised. I had to fast forward. The story was interesting, entertaining and credible. The good guys were likeable and the bad guys appropriately villainous. It was overall somewhat predictable. The author has obvious talent. If I could speak directly to him, I'd beg, "Write more, but with more morality, please."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "This Sequel Did Not Disappoint!"
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    I listened to The Gold Coast first and even though the author recounts details of the first in the sequel, I'd still recommend reading Gold Coast first. They're both good.

    I took off one star for 'Story' for a minor detail (pertaining to Ethel's letter), which I thought lacked credibility and was a little too trite in its last minute rush to save the day and that the villains were just a wee bit too unjustifiably nasty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (439)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "A Modern Gatsby Saga"
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    I read this in paperback nearly 20 years ago and have always remembered it as being really good, but after so long a time had forgotten many details. When I saw there was now a sequel, I purchased this audio along with The Gate House sequel. It was every bit a good as I'd remembered it, made even better with the reader's incredible performance.

    If you liked The Great Gatsby, you'll love The Gold Coast. DeMille gives his Gatsby-ish characters more depth and the story lines more details. There is a comedic element to The Gold Coast that softens the drama that made Fitzgerald's Gatsby a little more refined and classical (no one farts in The Gatsby), but for me, the humor better reflects real life and I love to laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3439)
    Performance
    (1885)
    Story
    (1892)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Time Travelling Nazis?"
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    If you can suspend credibility for awhile (I think that's the whole point of science fiction), you'll enjoy this book. While not one of Koontz's best, it still ranks high with me - but then I'm happy to accept concepts and not dig to deep for realistic and credible explanations of how time travel might affect past and future events.

    Since history has long vilified Nazis, it was a little odd that one of the protagonists was a repentant Nazi acting out of an impetuous infatuation. It would make a little more sense had this character used his abilities to save millions of lives instead of one, but then the romance of this story would have lost it's point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7092)
    Performance
    (6175)
    Story
    (6159)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Typical Romance, No Surprises"
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    Just a good, light, entertaining listen. The characters are well developed, not superficial but typical for a romance novel. The reader did a great job. The good are very good, the bad are very bad. The romance is perfect fairy tale, almost typical harlequin formula. Boy meets girl, instant attraction, misunderstanding occurs, lack of trust ensues, boy and girl thrown together by events beyond their control, bad guys cause trouble, boy and girl resolve misunderstandings and prevail over bad guys, and then happily ever after.

    I listened to this book during a stressful time in my life (elderly parent terminally ill in hospital) where I welcomed the fluffy, feel good, light minded entertainment of a romance novel. This book filled that order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4578)
    Performance
    (4167)
    Story
    (4160)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "History in disguise."
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    Another slave story, but focuses on one particular family which makes it easier to follow the story line and individual characters. It presents both sides of the slavery issue, nicely. It predates the Civil War and for me, having never been a big history reader, it made the cause of the war more personal and understandable.

    What really made this book for me was Sue Monk Kidd's own afterword explaining how the book came about. I hadn't realized the book was based upon mostly true characters and events. I came away with even greater respect and admiration for those who stood for the abolition of slavery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1100)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Fun, Entertaining, Forrest Gump at 100"
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    Like Forrest, outrageous and catastrophic events seem to swirl about Alan Carlson wherever he goes, while he remains practical, steady, true and oblivious to the chaos in his wake. The events are incredulous yet somewhat plausible, the actions of the various characters even make sense with one minor exception being the invention of the atomic bomb, which was just plain silly, however not enough to detract from the story. The reader did an excellent job of defining the characters.

    Warning: If you're like me and listen to audio books on discreet headsets, while at the gym, shopping, and doing various things in public - there are passages where you'll laugh out loud and draw concerned and annoyed stares from people around you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1620)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "My favorite audio book so far!"
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    I loved everything about this book! I listened from start to finish, the entire 6 hours, uninterrupted.

    I know people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The character of Christopher was so much like them that I felt I was actually able to peek in their minds and now everything about them makes sense to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5020)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3057)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Please say it ain't so . . ."
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    Like I need another thing in my life to worry about!

    Don't get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. It's a gripping, well detailed and credible story. The reader is also excellent. It's just the subject matter that's a little distressing; the end of civilization. Still, if the world as we know it has gotta end, I'd much prefer death by deprivation of technology to death by pain, dismemberment, burning or plague.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (486)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Impressive!"
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    It's unimaginable that this brilliant young woman could take a life altering event that would destroy the lives of most and present it in such informative detail. Her book is an incredible inspiration for survival and success in overcoming tragedy. Her actual performance makes this even more amazing. Kudos to Elizabeth! No one could have done this any better.

    The only thing that could add to or compliment this book is the story of Ed and Lois Smart and how they conduced themselves, their family and their lives during and after Elizabeth's ordeal. Perhaps another book? I'd buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (522)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Meh . . ."
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    I almost didn't want to bother with a review on this one. I bought it based on the reviews of other readers and while I don't entirely disagree with the others, I just could not suspend my reality long enough to accept such a preposterous tale.

    Things just didn't click for me in this story. If I and my entire community were snatched up and dropped in another world, I felt that I and the people I know would have had entirely different reactions. And it was difficult to accept without more detailed explanation (that was never sufficiently provided) that modern life could suffer so few technological disruptions. These people still had functional phones and computers?! Did I miss something? I must have. But frankly, the book didn't hold my attention well enough to go back and find out.

    I do recognize ability, skill and effort, hence the 3 stars, but I won't buy the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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