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Kathleen

BOISE, ID, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "What a great story!"
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    What did you love best about The Obituary Writer?

    I loved the character development. It was interesting to go from one era to the other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian--she had a life with tragedy and joy.


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1178)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "The futuristic slant to this book is not effective"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that this is a book written by a woman for women. Maybe I am too old to appreciate it. The main character does not ring true to me. She is a beautiful, rich police lieutenant married to a handsome, wealthy man and all she does is complain. Ugh! Not believable.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write her main character more realistically. I can't really see much futuristic about this novel written about the future--they call watches wrist units and computers units--other than that, which just seems annoying, I don't know what is so futuristic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She wasn't my favorite reader, although she did many of the characters very well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Calculated in Death?

    I liked the scenes with Dallas and her husband--if only she didn't always seem so put out.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting, but all of the complaining by Eve Dallas got in the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (317)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Loved This Story!"
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    Would you listen to Rain Gods again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book. This story was gripping. I listen while I walk and I ended up walking a long way just to listen to this story!


    What other book might you compare Rain Gods to and why?

    I really enjoy James Lee Burke. I have read all of the Hackberry Holland books and several other Burke novels.


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

    This is the first one that I have listened to..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It was hard to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    A really great listen/read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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