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Cathy

Gillette, WY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 185 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2316)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1960)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "It was good, but not great"
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    I enjoyed this book, but perhaps my expectations were a little high based on the reviews. I thought the plot and most especially the ending were somewhat predictable. I enjoyed the listen and thought the narrator did a good job in helping to keep the story engaging. I think I had it in my mind that this was another "Gone Girl" type novel, and it doesn't even begin to compare.

    An easy listen while cleaning, but not one I am going to recommend to others.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2617)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "It was OK"
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    The narrative of the characters in this book really annoyed me. I like a sensitive man, but honestly, what a sap! Some have complained about the narrator, but I think it was what he had to work with that made his performance less than stellar.
    I did finish the book, just really wanted to see how it was going to all come together. However, I would not necessarily encourage others to spend their time listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2764)
    Story
    (2785)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A good (but not great) read"
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    I enjoyed this book and was interested enough to keep wanting to read more. There were a few parts that I thought it started to drag a bit, but those were few and far between. I like the way the author unraveled the story and even though there were several time periods, and several perspectives, it was easy to follow. Sometimes, with audio books, there are so many switches I just wish I could go back a couple of chapters to regroup. This was not the case with "The Secret Keeper".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2030)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "It was O.K."
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    Did not find it nearly as interesting as other reviewers. I thought it was overly detailed about some parts, and under detailed in others. I enjoyed the review of view points and life style of the era, but found the relationships in the book mundane. I did finish the book, but I won't be recommending this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (3115)
    Story
    (3129)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "An Unexpected Surprise"
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    I had downloaded this book with the intent of it being one of my lighter reads. I was pleasantly surprised. This is not your usual light read. It was a very emotional read for me. I found myself laughing and crying as I listened. It is difficult to write much about this book without exposing the story. My recommendation is to listen to it....I think it is a credit and time well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Lucky You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, How Lucky You Are is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their long-standing friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her.

    glamazon says: "This Story Never Gets Old"
    "Standard Chick Lit"
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    This was a good light read...nothing unusual or extraordinary about it. I like to have a variety of books in my library, some lighter than others. If you are looking for an "undemanding" story that delves into friendships, relationships, and is comfortable story, this is a good choice.

    I totally agree that the narration was a distraction. She reads much too quickly, and it took over a third of the book before I could concentrate more on the story and not be bothered by the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3349)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2933)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    I like how Jodi Picoult takes current issues and produces an emotional fictional account. The Storyteller is all that but a little bit more. The different perspectives she includes are so thought provoking that I continue to consider them even after finishing the book. Although I have read Picoult's more recent books, they had lost some of their edge for me. They had become somewhat predictable and familiar. The Storyteller is my new Jodi Picoult favorite. I highly recommend this book and already have to my friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12397)
    Performance
    (11361)
    Story
    (11427)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Time Well Spent"
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    I will not spend a credit on a book that costs less than my purchased credit. So when buying a book in which I pay for it, I am particularly choosy. This was money well spent and time will spent.

    Although I found some of the teen conversations a little too mature for the average teen, there is no doubt that this books deals with a not-so-teen subject matter. The struggles presented in this book are ageless and well written. Do not let the fact that it is YA deter you from listening. I would (and have) recommend this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35617)
    Performance
    (26637)
    Story
    (27015)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Worthy of the hype!"
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    I, for some reason,was not impressed with all the hype around this series, so I am a little late to The Hunger Games. Now I am hooked. If your hesitating, stop! Read now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    With her shopping excesses in check - for now, at least - and her new career as a TV financial adviser blooming, Becky's biggest problem is getting her business-minded boyfriend Luke to take a romantic getaway. But "getaway" takes on a whole new meaning when Luke says he needs to move to New York for business - and he asks Becky to come with him! International best - selling author Sophie Kinsella's sequel to the wildly popular Confessions of a Shopaholic is non-stop fun.

    Julie says: "Delightful!"
    "Same exact story, different setting"
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    I am sad to say that I thoroughly disliked this book. I enjoyed “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. However, this is the same story with a different setting. I smiled my way through Confessions because this silly character seemed to learn from her mistakes. End of story? Nope. We get to read how Rebecca is NOT simply foolish in a charming way; but is just plain stupid (the chapel scene, really?). I enjoy a light, chick lit novel, I do not expect a literary masterpiece, but this book is just plain annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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