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Katie

I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "An Excellent Performance of a Classic"
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    'Flowers in the Attic' is timeless. Skilled writing manages to make morbid content eerily fascinating. I was engrossed listening to this book. It is dark and at times thoroughly disturbing, but not without hope. Everyone moment, Andrews draws you further in, making you even more attached to each child. Your emotions will be raked and clawed at, and then your heart suddenly warmed.

    Be ready for roller coaster of chilling excitement.

    This entire series is a 'MUST exerpience' whether you pick up a hard copy or listen to this audio book.

    Bresnahan is an EXCELLENT READER, one of my favorites on audible. She gives each character a unique voice and reads with personality. She commands your attention and draws you into the novel's world. She becomes Cathy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13213)
    Performance
    (10814)
    Story
    (10937)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Patrick Rothfuss is Doing it Right"
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    Would you listen to The Name of the Wind again? Why?

    Absolutely. Patrick Rothfuss has breathed life back into the fantasy genre. His world is rich and detailed. I normally dislike the first person narrative, but Kvothe is saucy and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main character, Kvothe. He was such an intense and wonderfully multifaceted character, but I also loved the world in which he lived. I especially loved the scenes that took place within the Eolian, which happened to be a tavern of sorts with a heavy focus on music. I loved the entire plot arch with Kvothe and the 'talent pipes'.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. He is a wonderful reader. He puts so much personality into the narrative.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments, but if I were to list them all here it would take away from the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book well worth your monthly credits. If you haven't tried it out yet, you absolutely need to.

    BARE IN MIND, the pacing is a bit slow in the beginning, but it is necessary background. If you feel a bit bored or restless in the early chapters, trust me when I say- just hang on until you reach the university. From there, everything picks up. The rest of the story is well worth your patience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Lesbian Romance 2011

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Radclyffe (editor)
    • Narrated By Kaylee West
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Best Lesbian Romance 2011 captures the lyricism of love from the first blush of recognition to the forever embrace of shared hearts. Radclyffe has gathered a collection as varied as our unique and irreproducible experiences of falling in love. A practiced cynic learned the power of "Hearts and Flowers" in Theda Hudson's tale of a first anniversary. Sexy Shakespeareans discover that the real romance takes place offstage in Catherine Lundoff's "Twelfth Night".

    Katie says: "Cute but no Depth"
    "Cute but no Depth"
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    The stories are cute, but I found that as soon as the characters would draw me in their stories would suddenly be over. I would be given just enough time to invest in their stories and then poof, already done.

    They are GREAT little stories, but short stories, I suppose, simply aren't my thing.

    I purchased this title because there is such a sad lack of lesbian romance vs the large collection of male male on audible.

    I do have one VERY positive thing to say. These girls are real and their love stories are genuine. This was written with women in mind and not with entertaining men, unlike a lot of the pulp fiction genre you find on audible. That part was refreshing.

    The reader wasn't my favorite, but she managed well enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1144)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "It's Just Another Paranormal Romance"
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    One of Audibles best female readers gives personality to a story I might not otherwise find appealing.

    This book came highly recommended to me by a close friend.

    It's a fun series with a strong female lead. I enjoy that the gender roles typical in most romance novels have been reversed here. Instead of your cliche simpering maiden pining after the dark and sexy male love interest, here we have a dark and sexy female earning the love of a shy and at times, even simpering, man. The love interest manages to make this behavior adorable as opposed to cliche and obnoxious, and it's nice to see a romance novel with a female in the dominant role.

    I personally find the urban-supernatural feel to be a bit overused and repetative. Most of these paranormal romances that have come out over the last 10 years all feel the same to me. The names change and the monsters change from vampires to demons to witches, but they are all the same.

    If it's your flavor, this is a great book for you. However, if you want something with a bit more substance, you may want to look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus on Top: Georgina Kincaid, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (761)

    Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy, incredibly gifted Seattle writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus - a demon who draws her power from other men's pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago.

    Shelley says: "Loved this book!"
    "Great Reader Okay Story"
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    One of Audibles best female readers gives personality to a story I might not otherwise find appealing.

    This book came highly recommended to me by a close friend.

    It's a fun series with a strong female lead. I enjoy that the gender roles typical in most romance novels have been reversed here. Instead of your cliche simpering maiden pining after the dark and sexy male love interest, here we have a dark and sexy female earning the love of a shy and at times, even simpering, man. The love interest manages to make this behavior adorable as opposed to cliche and obnoxious, and it's nice to see a romance novel with a female in the dominant role.

    I personally find the urban-supernatural feel to be a bit overused and repetative. Most of these paranormal romances that have come out over the last 10 years all feel the same to me. The names change and the monsters change from vampires to demons to witches, but they are all the same.

    If it's your flavor, this is a great book for you. However, if you want something with a bit more substance, you may want to look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9812)
    Performance
    (8810)
    Story
    (8972)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Better on Paperback"
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    The Hobbit is a classic. If you are a lover of epic fantasy or a fan of Tolkien, this audio book is well worth your purchase. Tolkien's style can be a bit dry for some, or tedious: with his love of poetry and tendency to over describe landscapes.

    I personally find the style endearing and warmly familiar, but it isn't for everyone and even for me I have to be in a Tolkien mood.

    For those who might find the style to be difficult reading, an audio book is an ideal option.

    However, if you're a fan of epic fantasy, unless you (like me) listen to audio books as something to distract while seeing to other tasks (jogging, household chores, etc) then I would recommend sticking to your hard copies!

    The reader isn't bad, but I personally find his tones to be a bit dull and the rhythm of his voice makes me sleepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5258)
    Performance
    (4741)
    Story
    (4830)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Tolkien is Tolkien"
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    You either love Tolkien or you hate Tolkien. There isn't much in between. His style reads like an epic, which is to be expected considering his areas of study and his personal motivations for writing the series. Tolkien created Middle Earth intending to give England its own unique mythos.

    The reader is good, but like the books, his tones are a bit dry. It wasn't a bad performance, but it did leave me wanting. Often I would find myself very sleepy while listening to rhythms of Inglis' voice.

    If you enjoy Tolkien's works, and find yourself in need of distraction or entertainment while tackling other tasks, ie: driving, housework, nursing a child, etc- then this would be an excellent purchase for you.

    However, if you simply wish to experience Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, I highly recommend picking up a hard copy and reading it for yourself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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