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Cathleen

Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
    "Totally Retro Read"
    Overall

    Honestly, this is NOT great literature, and the setting is SO burned into the late sixties (pre-women's lib, post sexual revolution, mid-hippies) that I felt like I was in a time machine. But it is entertaining and archetypical private eye mystery material. Spenser is sensitive but macho, sexy but uninvolved, Scotch-drinking but health-conscious -- how can you not love this little bite of a book? Readers under 30 may not know what the heck is going on, but I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sins and Needles: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    When adoptee Lucille Jones comes to town researching her roots, Betsy Devonshire notices that she bears a remarkable resemblance to local Jan Henderson. Betsy introduces the look-alikes and they quickly hit it off. But then Jan's wealthy great-aunt is found dead, helped to her grave by a stiff metal wire --a double-zero knitting needle, in fact. Just like the kind Jan knits with.

    karen says: "Totally addictive series"
    "Wrong Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy this series of mysteries and would recommend this title because the story is one of the better ones.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was engaged in the story from the beginning and really didn't know Who Did It until quite near the end!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Unfortunately, the reader for this particular book had a voice that was VERY hard to listen to -- quite deep with very little contrast in voices with the exception of two characters who shared a deep southern drawl. In fact, one of the deepest character voices was that of the female protagonist which made it very hard to distinguish characters when she was in a dialog with a male character. This is the only book I have listened to by this reader and I will have to think about whether I would download another one.


    Any additional comments?

    Monica Ferris is a delightful writier with an eye to the community in Minnesota where her stories are set and that keeps me returning!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "What a Treat"
    Overall

    A friend recommended the print version of this book but I was starting a project so I downloaded the Audible so I could knit while listening and the book was so good I never finished the project. What an unusually talented author! And the narration was wonderful -- the time line is erratice but the narrator's talent keeps you in the moment. I have recommended this to a number of others. I hope that there are more of Atkinson's titles on Audible.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3438)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1175)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Too many words, too little variation . . ."
    Overall

    I normally enjoy Grisham (although I confess that my favoirite is A Painted House which is NOT about the law) but this volume moved SOOO slowly that I had a hard time remembering what the timeline was. I get that he is anti-death penalty (so am I) but the"bad" guys were SO venal and the "good" guys were SO patently blameless that it lost credibility for this reader. And the narrator really only had two voices -- Texas twang and Missouri flat. Not my favorite by a long shot.

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26624)
    Performance
    (13265)
    Story
    (13308)

    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!"
    "Rivetingly Real Novel and Readers"
    Overall

    I was captured in the first five minutes by this novel, and the readers kept the characters animated and lively. I normally don't prefer books with multiple readers, but in this instance, the three distinct voices of the novel were perfectly captured by the readers.

    I enjoyed the novel very much, and it didn't hurt that I can remember vividly the political and historical events alluded to in the novel. Talking to other readers I am convinced that part of what makes this book really "work" is that there are very few readers over 40 who don't have memories and opinions about this time in our recent past, and this book brings them sharply into focus, no matter where your sympathies lie. And there is enough humor and suspense to make it an entertaining read! I would recommend it whole-heartedly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (295)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! The narrative was vivid and engaging, and I was drawn into the world on Shutter Island completely. I know that this is a popular movie, and normally I would read rather than watch the story but I do want to see what the movie version lools like -- the mood was so much a part of the story. The narration was wonderful -- would recommend to anyone for a great weekend read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Notice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (140)

    Patricia Cornwell delivers a high-stakes Kay Scarpetta novel with an intrigue that will take Kay an ocean's length from home. The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving from Belgium at Richmond's Deep Water Terminal is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway.

    Angel says: "If you like CSI, you'll like this one."
    "My First Brush With Scarpetta"
    Overall

    I have read about this series and enjoyed the book very much as a "quick read" mystery story. Because so many of the characters in the series reappear I was appreciateive of all the little anecdotal glimpses into the backstory, but I couldn't help but think some of them were unnecessary to the storyline of this book. I did enjoy the fast (if somewhat unbelievable) pace and will likely look for another of Cornwell';s books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

    Patricia says: "Laughed out loud..."
    "Everything AND the kitchen sink"
    Overall

    I am a total sucker for Stephanie Plum and this one has it all -- both Morelli and Ranger, real skips, crazy fading entertainer playing off of Lula's desire for fame, and even a chimp. My husband was in the car with me one day while I was listening and HE gt so caught up in fifteen minutes that I had to loan him the recording when I was finished.

    Janet Evanovich has a genuine talent for dialog that shines in this novel. I hope that she keeps writing about Sophie for a long time to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (564)

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "Reliable entertainment"
    Overall

    I have read more recent entries in this series but enjoyed learning some of the "backstories" of the main characters. The story was a bit of a stretch but that was more than offset by the development of Sophie and her family story, understanding Anatole and where he came from, etc. I am sure that I will enjoy future novels more because of this delightful "read".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18137)
    Performance
    (8036)
    Story
    (8064)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Can't Get This Girl Out of My Mind"
    Overall

    Although the unfamiliar names and geography almost undid me in the first novel of the series, the intriguing characters and unpredictable developments in the plot of this second novel have kept me riveted.

    There might be flaws in the unfolding of the plot, but you couldn't prove it by me. I found myself driving around my own neighborhood after work unwilling to switch off the MP3 player in the car and stop listening to the story. The story develops not only the primary characters, but the supporting roles as well. The staff of Millenium was vivid in my minds eye along with the police characters, neighbors, even the nameless faces in the city, on busses, etc. Larsson is really a gifted writer and able to create vivid work pictures with his narrative style.

    The only thing that might be a draw back to this novel is the fact that the reader knows there is a third novel in the series and as one gets closer to the end one knows that it won't tie up all the questions that the characters lives bring up. The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo stood on its own, I felt, better than this book but only because now I can't wait for the final novel to reach this country narrated by Simon Vance.

    This is also a novel that screams out for narration -- the unfamiliar names can be baffling but Vance's narration made each character stand out clearly, and this is one time that I really preferred listening to reading a novel. I found the cross-section of British, Western Europe, upper and lower class accents to work well for me! I can only hope that he is already contracted to narrate The Girl Who Kicked Hornets Nests!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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