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Kathie

BUCKEYE, AZ, United States

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  • Her Dark Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sharon Cullen
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Madelaine Alexander is on a mission. When her boss sends her to the hottest nightclub in town to meet with the owner, she won't be deterred, even if that means standing in line for 58 minutes in torturous heels while she'd rather be home in her pj's with a bowl of popcorn.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Worst audio book ever"
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    Horrible narration - horrible production. Totally improbable storyline. Terrible dialogue. I really don't get all the positive reviews. Just can't finish it - and I really tried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (755)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "O.M.G. - Mostly Good Murder Squad Installment"
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    I was a bit put off by the "Valley Girl" dialogue from (mostly) the "mean girls", and the portrayal of them is fairly one dimensional. However, I loved the back and forth between the past and the present investigation. It has Tana French's touch with building characters, and developing them - even in the length of only one day. It was not as suspenseful as some earlier installments, but the frustration and tension felt by the detectives was palpable. I found myself changing my mind about the culprit's identity several times. Lara Hutchinson was hard to understand but she was adequate. Mr. Hogan did have an odd interpretation of one of the girls; though over all I think he did a very good job.

    Not my favorite in the series (Book Three), but it did not disappoint - neither in the build up nor the end. I am looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Glass: Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    1333 A.D. - The lovely and educated Lady Aubrielle Grace di Witney is what is kindly termed an unmanageable woman. Her uncle, the Earl of Wrexham, has been awarded custody of his niece because her mother can no longer handle the head-strong beauty. Like a coward, the earl abdicates his duties to his most powerful knight, Sir Kenneth St. Hever with the instructions to transform her into a submissive lady. Aubrielle and Kenneth are at odds from the onset; Kenneth expects obedience and Aubrielle is less than compliant.

    Nicole Laverdure says: "Ms. Leveque has done it again!"
    "Child Literature with Mature Scenes"
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    I was able to finish Island of Glass, but at times laughed out loud at the formatted (and a bit modern) dialogue. I finally decided that the story was written with a writers' program, or was actually a children's novel with sex added. The actual story was ok, or I would not have been able to finish it; but the narrative and dialogue was awkward and simplistic. Very unbelievable.

    Hate to judge, as Ms. Le Vegue appears to be a successful writer. But I'll not be tackling the third installment.

    And by the way, forget the epilogue. That actually made me mad enough to bother with a review.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1086)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Again, Mr. Lamb, You Nail It - The Perfect Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I have already done so. The narration is wonderful; the story is powerful.Presenting it as five - six narratives (sometimes of the same event) connects you to the characters and to the story in a way that one perspective could not.


    What other book might you compare We Are Water to and why?

    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen comes to mind in that it covers several years of a relationship with multiple points of view.


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

    I did not read the book, so I can not tell how it would have been different. However, the narrator who performed creepy Kent's character made my skin crawl. The presentation of Orion, Annie and Andrew was very vivid. I don't think reading their narratives would have been the same.


    Who was the most memorable character of We Are Water and why?

    I think perhaps it was Andrew, though I connected the most with Orion. Andrew surprised me - he was a great guy hidden behind the facade of dogmatic religiosity. As your understanding of him evolves, he becomes someone you really like and root for - and remember.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read (listened to) all of Wally Lamb's books and loved them all. This story could have been trite - in that one of the themes is over used in books and movies - but it was not trite. The characters are written with three dimensions - not all good, and not all bad. I will continue to think of them for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firelight: Darkest London, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman. Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime.

    Jennifer says: "What's behind the mask?"
    "Really really great story!"
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    I loved this story! The performance was wonderful! This is a great love story... not the typical romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Another brilliant read from Kinsale and Boulton"
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    As with the other Kinsale books I've enjoyed, the two main characters are interesting and complex. The secondary characters are also well developed. The story is unveiled skillfully and I enjoyed it completely. The story had similar themes as Prince of Midnight and Flowers from the Storm - wherein the main character is in a struggle for recovery or redemption. Ms. Kinsale's characters are not drawn from the model of male or female perfection; they evolve through the course of the story.

    This is a sweet love story that takes place over a number of years; there is a bit of adventure and a nice bit of romance.

    And, as always, Boulton's narration alone is worth the credit.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (221)

    Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Romance, Mystery, and a Duke."
    "Stunningly Awful."
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    Half way through part one it appeared the author decided to "phone it in". Really, really not worth a credit.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1321)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Fun Fun Fun"
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    What did you love best about The Bride?

    The humor - really funny. The characters - Jamie and Alec are really enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Yes, it was predictable and followed a formula. But it was quite enjoyable and not totally unbelievable - not totally. It gives you what you are looking for in a "romance novel" - sex and the fantasy man who wants his woman - a nice surprise


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Probably Jamie


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    A perfectly pleasant way to spend a long drive or do nothing day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Endless Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

    Linda says: "Well Worth The Wait"
    "Really really wonderful!"
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    Where does The Endless Forest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best - top ten


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Endless Forest?

    The story of Daniel and Martha


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

    She is a great reader. Each character is perfectly defined by her accents and inflections. Loved her


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole series in just over a week. It was a wonderful story with great characters and real adventures. This genre was never a choice for me before but I was hooked quickly and hated to see it end. This final book was a good ending - but I did have a few lingering questions - perhaps another hour or so would have been able to tie up Ethan's character, or Lily and Simon's story. Or perhaps another few books.....Otherwise, it didn't seem to rush. After listening to all the stories, you are left missing the characters and their stories when it ends. A truly wonderful saga.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1405)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Really awful"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure it wants to be a 4 or 5 star book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Marie Moning again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond the Highland Mist?

    None - it was completely abridged except for the "romance" parts.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer was recommended by an older woman (like me in her sixties) after I enjoyed Outlander and The Discovery of Witches - a totally different type of literature I'd ever read before. I thought it would be a nice little driving distraction. I found myself laughing at the pretense, the dialogue and the characters. This book is why I don't like romance novels. I will say that if you're looking for a little light porn, it is probably not a bad way to go. Just don't confuse it with a love story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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