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Kathy

Biloxi, MS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10642)
    Performance
    (9644)
    Story
    (9718)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Not as good as the first"
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    I was eager to get this after listening to Divergent. Maybe my expectations were too high. I just couldn't get into it as much as the first one. I found my attentions wondering so much I'd have to go back and relisten which rarely happened with the first book. I'm still holding out hope that the 3rd book will tie everything together and bring the whole storyline together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3433)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3114)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Claire Dane's rocks"
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    I had read this book years ago but hardly remembered it. I was hooked again almost instantly. Claire Dane's did a great job with the narration and the story was engrossing. I great way to pass a long drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Plain Sight: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    C. J. Box has won a host of awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry. In Plain Sight sees game warden Joe Pickett's life take a turn for the worse after millionaire Opal Scarlett goes missing. As Pickett discovers more and more disturbing truths, it becomes clear that someone wants the dogged game warden to keep his nose out of the investigation.

    Misty A. says: "Raw & Real"
    "Not my favorite but not bad"
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    This wasn't bad. A little depressing to me. It seemed nothing ever went right for Pickett and his family. This wasn't a favorite, and if it had been the first I read I'm not sure I would have continued the series. But of course, now I have to keep reading to see what happens to Joe next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2678)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2377)

    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!"
    "Not the typical Robert McCammon"
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    I was excited to see this series by Robert McCammon. I was hooked on his previous books. Swan Song and Stinger were well worn paperbacks in my collection. I can't say I felt the same about this one. This story was very long. Longer than it needed to be I think. I would have probably enjoyed an edited version of this much more.

    The narrator could sometimes be distracting as well. Sometimes he seemed to fit in perfectly and at other times the voice seemed to be completely off the mark.

    I haven't completely discounted getting the 2nd book in the series to see if it improves but I can't say for sure I'll keep reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1795)

    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!"
    "Not the best Lisa Gardner but not bad either."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was good enough to keep me engaged on a long trip, which is all I ask from my audio books. The story moved quickly and the plot wasn't so complicated I would get confused if I zoned out while listening (which tends to happen when I'm driving).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine, other than occasionally the male voices seemed a little weird. Too macho sounding.


    Was Touch & Go worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4621)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2678)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "My 2nd Tana French book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably. The story was good, although a little predictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    I've only listened to one other Tana French. The first one took me awhile to get into but enjoyed it once I did.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    I really liked the reader on this one. You were able to distinguish the voices well and he was easy to understand.


    Did In the Woods inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "No plot"
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    What was most disappointing about Barbara Kingsolver’s story?

    If you're looking for a general lesson on ecological systems, then this book might be for you. If you're looking for a story with a plot, then skip this. Oddly enough, although there was no story at all, I ended up listening to the whole thing, (maybe hoping something would happen?)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Kingsolver?

    Two stars may be a little harsh. When I first started listening I really had a problem with the narration, but as it went on, it kind of grew on me. I don't think I'd want to listen to her narrate books other than her own, but at least as the writer she knew what inflections she wanted.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. As a scientist it was nice to see someone extolling the virtues of predator ecology, organic farming, and conserving species, but I would have preferred to have it wrapped in a story that had a point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (949)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Didn't even finish it"
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    What would have made Into the Darkest Corner better?

    I had trouble with the story jumping back and forth in time. I made it hard to follow. I just could never get into the storyline and wasn't really sure what the point was. I got really tired of all the OCD. I understand it, but didn't want to keep listening to it over and over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Haynes again?

    Maybe


    Did David Thorpe and Karen Cass do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was fine. I loved the accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16333)
    Performance
    (14514)
    Story
    (14551)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "The ending ruined the whole book"
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    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    The build up was good, the story was entertaining and kept me guessing the whole way. The ending ruined the whole book. It was like the last few chapters were written by a completely different person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid to Die: A Selena Alvarez & Reagan Pescol Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    The town of Grizzly Falls is on edge in the wake of a serial killer, and Detective Selena Alvarez is no exception. That case was solved, but a new nightmare is about to unfold. There are two victims so far - their bodies were frozen solid and deliberately displayed. Both are women she knew. And each wears a piece of Selena’s jewelry…. Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, and the entire department are on the case, as is P.I. Dylan O’Keefe - a man Selena got too close to once before.

    Sandra R. Marcil says: "Just Okay"
    "Great to see Alvarez and Pescoli again"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good. There were a few unbelievable coincidences but for the most part it was a good storyline.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator needs to work on her male voices. It kind of broke up the flow when she switched to a male because it really sounded like a female trying to sound male. When it was narration or female voices she did fine.


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

    This book definitely kept me hanging on and wanting to drive around to listen. Fortunately I had lots of driving to do for work and could listen to it all in just a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    It's great to be back to the Alvarez and Pescoli storyline. I've really enjoyed this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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