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Kathleen

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Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lee Child (author/editor), Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, and others
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In our dangerous world, offenders cannot always be brought down by the justice system. When a different kind of justice is needed—swift, effective, and personal—a new type of avenger must take action. In Vengeance, best-selling author Lee Child, “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly), presents 21 riveting stories from some of today’s top crime writers.

    Jane says: "Two stories were excellent."
    "Ups and Downs"
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    Any short story collection is bound to have its ups and downs, and that's very much the case here. Some of the stories are utterly compelling and well worth the price of the listen--others fell flat and left me wondering what they had to do with the theme, or how they possibly got selected.

    One that particularly stood out for me as being excellent was "The Last Ballot,"

    Overall, I would say this was worth it, and while I'm not usually interested in introductions, I have to say I enjoyed Lee Child's description of how he selected the authors he was able to invite, as well as the selection process for the remaining 10.

    The narrators do a great job with the material and I'd listen to them read other things as well. Overall, this was worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perseid Collapse: The Perseid Collapse, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    2019. Six years after the Jakarta Pandemic “decimated” the world's population; life is back to normal for the Fletchers and most Americans. The United States stands at the brink of a complete domestic and international resurgence, with stories of confidence and prosperity dominating the headlines. Appearances can be deceiving. An undercurrent of paranoia and fear still runs strong below the surface; the collective angst spawned by 28 million American deaths forever stamped into population's psyche.

    Denise says: "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK YET...Wait for the 2nd part.."
    "First "Book" In a Series - What a Ripoff"
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    First, can't just stop in the middle of a story and call it "Book 1" of a series. Chopping a long book into multiple releases does not a series make. I was quite frustrated to get to the "end" of this.

    I had really enjoyed "The Jakarta Pandemic" and was excited to find this one - I was disappointed that it's significantly more violent, the well-loved characters from the first book are harder and seem...flatter somehow.

    The narration is terrific, as it was in Jakarta Pandemic - John David Farrell does a great job with the characters, especially Alex Fletcher. I'll listen to more of his work, but I'm abandoning this "series."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Ridge: A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Freed
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.

    Kim says: "He Just Isn't Joe Ledger"
    "Disappointing. In a Brutal Way."
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    LOVED the first book - in this one, I feel Freed had gotten into a storyline he felt jeopardized his series, and got out of it brutally and simplistically. Ray Porter's narration is great - otherwise I would have stopped listening. This one's a dud. Save your credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (655)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "WOW."
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    This book absolutely blew me away - completely plausible effects of a devastating pandemic infection. Great story, well-drawn characters - I love the "sub-narration" of Alex's thoughts to himself, and the narrator distinguished these very well. I absolutely could not stop listening. And, it made me want to stock up on disaster-preparedness supplies....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalked

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner, Maggie Bei, is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She's obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. But Maggie isn't the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: "I know who it is."

    Lisa says: "Really enjoyed this book"
    "Great Mystery - LOVED IT!"
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    Great mystery, lots of twists and turns. It's very well-written and the characters are charismatic and interesting. The narrator does a great job differentiating the character voices and bringing each to life. I didn't realize this was part of a series, but it stands well on its own. Will definitely read more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (995)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Ray Porter Brings Joe Ledger to Life!"
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    These books are well written and a lot of action-packed fun, and Ray Porter's narration MAKES the series. He captures the sarcasm, anger, humor, and horror all at the same time.

    This book brings together multiple past events in the series and ties them together in an intriguing way, and also digs into the structure of the DMS. Really liked it.

    Burn to shine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Honest, Eye-Opening, Loving, and Humorous"
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    Kimberly Rae Miller's open, honest, and yet still loving depiction of what it was like to grow up with a compulsive hoarder. Her story is painful but she has a great sense of humor about it and shares it in a way that really pulled me in. She narrates it herself, and she's great at it. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1807)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "More Gross-Out, Less Humor"
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    I loved the first book in this series - it has a great gross-out factor tempered with a lot of humor, and a dead-pan delivery (ha ha) that reminds me of Ray Romano (love him).

    The second book is much darker, dramatically ups the gross-out factor, and has way less humor. Plus, it introduces vampires, which feel very out of place in this story, and I had a hard time reconciling it. I don't think I'll continue with the series; I wish I'd stopped at book 1. (Still read book 1 - it's an awesome ride!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (684)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Such Great Sweet Nerdy Fun!"
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    I absolutely loved this book...there's a mystery at the center of the story that you may figure out relatively quickly, but it's still such a great trip getting there. I got really hooked and found I couldn't put it down. The characters are great - funny, vulnerable, smart, and engaging. When I finished it, I went back to some favorite parts and re-listened. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6301)
    Performance
    (5598)
    Story
    (5594)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Gets Better With Each Listen!"
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    I love, love, love, LOVE this book. I've listened to it multiple times and it gets better with each listen - so much nuance, so many little things to discover. It's an enchanting story (in multiple senses of the word) with absolutely fantastically engaging characters. The narration is great, and the narrator does an excellent job of giving each character such a unique voice that there's never any question of which character is speaking. One of my absolute all time favorites!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2878)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Classic Brought to Life"
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    I had read The Great Gatsby before, but Jake Gyllenhall's narration really brought the book to life for me and showed what a great book it actually is. It's so well-written - little turns of phrase that just capture the imagination and almost put you in the scene. Definitely worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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