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Kathy

Alexandria, KY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Practical Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

    Joy says: "All the characters were present"
    "Witchy Aunties Raise Two Orphaned Sisters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Practical Magic to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I think the audio version is probably equal to the print version. Very enjoyable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a story about four generations of a witch family. I enjoyed how realistic the family dynamics were, even though this is a story about people with magical powers. Witchy aunties are tasked with raising two great-nieces after their parents are killed. The sisters are exposed to matters heretofore unknown to them. It is interesting to watch them grow into adults and see how they handled their lives in general. I loved how the ending of the book wraps up the story nicely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How the younger sisters reacted to one another after one of them escapes a dire situation. Very well done.


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

    Yes. However, the book was slightly too long to be completed in one day. The book was good enough that I was sad to see it end. I need to check and see what other books this author has written. Also, the narrator did a fabulous job and made the experience very pleasant, indeed!


    Any additional comments?

    The use of the "F" word was jarring in this family-type story. While an occasional use of the word could have been handled to great effect, the constant re-use of the word felt very jarring to me. It honestly felt like the author/reader were not used to the word, but it was put in the story for shock-value. I took a star off the rating for this alone. Otherwise, it would have received all five-stars from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spinning in Her Grave: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    It's time for Blue Plum's annual historical festival, and everyone-including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF-is getting in on the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor windows of her store for part of a reenactment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local baker Reva Louise Snapp is shot-with a bullet from a modern-day gun.

    Beatrice says: "Quick cozy mystery"
    "The best yet!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Spinning in Her Grave the most enjoyable?

    after reading books one and two, the reader is comfortable with the cast of characters. Plus the fact that this is probably the best storyline so far and you have a very enjoyable listening experience.


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

    i thought I knew how the book was going to end. However, there were a number of clues given to us that did keep me wondering. I enjoyed this very much.


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

    i love the emotion she brings to the scenes. Whether it is exasperation, frustration, or sarcasm, her reading hits the mark every time and quite often makes me laugh out loud!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the scenes between Kath and Mel were very touching. Mel is probably my second favorite character. She is likable, her personality is perfect. Her situation in this book makes me want to support and comfort her. However, this is something she wouldn't appreciate!


    Any additional comments?

    i recommend this book. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1774)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to my cozy mystery reading friends. It is the best book in the series...each book seems to be getting better.


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

    Actually, it did keep me wondering. This story is about Georgie escaping her rotten sister-in-law's family for Christmas by taking a paid job as a hired hostess/helper over the Christmas holidays at a country estate. The owners are hosting a large Christmas party, scheduled to last many days and Georgie is to help with activities and needs of the guests. It just so happens that someone died in what is thought to be a bizzare accident before she arrived. However, more people meet with "accidents" following her arrival and she can't help but cry MURDER!

    This is the closest so far to an Agatha Christie style mystery in the bunch. That is a high compliment from me. If you are not a fan of Ms. Christie, but you enjoy the Royal Spyness books, I think you'll also adore this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes between Georgie and her beau. Yes, they are together throughout most of the story. I love all the scenes between them.


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

    No tears were shed in listening to this book! There were a number of giggles along the way and a whole lot of satisfied listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a mystery I will pull out each December to get me in the mood for Christmas. You thought I was going to say murder, didn't you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    Where does Last Wool and Testament rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I list my cozy mysteries more by two categories. The first category is: I will read again, the second category is: I won't read again. This book definitely falls into the first category!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kath is my favorite character. She is believable - not perfect, quite clever, yet not a know-it-all. While this story is about the death of Kath's grandmother, this is not a tear jerker. The plot is really filled with many people, I had to stop and rewind a couple of times to catch up with something I missed in the plot, but that has more to do with my attention span than the story. I found this to be fast-paced and fun to listen to. There were a number of times I laughed out loud!


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    she did an excellent job reading this story. I forgot I was listening and became engrossed in the story very quickly. This is a compliment to both the writer and the reader.


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

    i did laugh out loud a few times. Probably more than I usually do and that is a good thing!


    Any additional comments?

    if you like cozy mysteries with a touch of paranormal in the plot, I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1899)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1628)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "A Royal Wedding in Transylvania!"
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    Imagine being sent to Transylvania in the middle of winter to attend a royal wedding. Compound that by the fact that you are traveling with a cockney maid who has never held a position for more than three weeks and knows nothing about her duties. During the festivities preceding the wedding there is a murder and the wedding party is trapped in a gothic mountain castle with a murderer. The inept maid goes missing. Another murder occurs and political rivals try to accuse you of murder. On top of that, you witness things that make you begin to wonder whether or not vampires actually exist! These are all things Georgie faces in this story.

    This is my favorite book in the series to date. Sleeping in this castle of intrigue would be enough to give anyone nightmares and make you fear that you will be attacked by vampires! The reader gives us another outstanding performance and this book moved along very nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4799)
    Performance
    (4120)
    Story
    (4096)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Great Start to a New Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. I found this to be a lighthearted read/listen with murder, mystery, royalty and romance. I also think it is an appropriate book for tweens...although it may be too tame and innocent for some of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book has references to historical happenings and people as seen through the eyes of a fictitious relative. I love the humor and the story hints at some very serious things like war, drugs and murder. But it is basically fast-paced story, with likable characters that you want to see succeed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes that describe the main character's ability to be a klutz.


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

    No tears, but there were a number of giggles throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job portraying the various accents. It aided in visualizing the class system in Britain at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6207)
    Performance
    (4733)
    Story
    (4731)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Best Dresden book yet!"
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    I have had to work hard to like this series. I love Butcher's Alera Codex series, but this series has been slow to grab my interest. However, this book finally has won me over. We learn about Harry's past. We see inside a wizard meeting and learn that they can be good, bad, or very petty. We see Harry's friends supporting him, even when he does his best to push them away. I enjoyed learning more about fairies in Dresden's world. I enjoyed all the creatures and their stories. Marsden does a fabulous job with the voices of Toot Toot and his compatriots. They made me laugh like crazy and I have a strong craving for pizza right now! This is something I could not say about the first three stories. Not much to laugh about in the first three books.

    Most importantly, the growth of the characters in this book have guaranteed that I will be reading the next book in this series by tomorrow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (200)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Gale says: "A Book With No Ending"
    "The incomplete book"
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    The book stops abruptly without completing the story. However, they have time to advertise the authors next book. I would have preferred to read a complete book. Not worth the $4.95 I spent on it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (808)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    LeSLiE says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "Good to the last drop!"
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    You know, I read the first book in this series because it took place in my hometown, Cincinnati. I read the rest of this series because it is so well written. I also have enjoyed listening to Ms. Gavin's wonderful narration throughout the entire series.

    Kim Harrison tied up this series in a very satisfying way. It is hard to believe it is over! I loved the way the story lines came full circle. We now understand why Newt's powers seemed to be so much stronger than her male counterparts. We also understand her insanity throughout the series.

    The visual of Cincinnati burning in the background with Al in the foreground was very striking. However, the most important question to the series still stands...what will happen to Ivy when she dies? I don't want to add a spoiler here. Suffice it to say, I love the way we get to add this answer ourselves.

    This is a book about change and relationships, with a great deal of action. The entire series has been amazing. I was lucky enough to spend midnight Tuesday with Kim, her husband and a large group of fellow readers toasting the assumed success of the book, as well as the hours of pleasure this series has brought all of us. It is with great joy that I can recommend this series to you. At the same time, it was bittersweet to close the book knowing there will not be any more novels about Rachel and her world. However, I can always go back to the beginning and start over!

    Thank you again, Kim, for your generosity of time spent with your Cincinnati fans and for the amazing amount of entertainment, laughter and tears this amazing series has given us. I look forward to your next series!



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (750)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    Angela says: "I LOVED IT!!!"
    "Dark, Funny, Hopeful, Exciting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for those who like urban fantasies with a nice dose of romance, this book ranks high on my list of likes. Ilona and Gordon Andrews have turned out another amazing story in which we see all the characters mature to the next level. We finally get to meet the dread Lord Roland. Indications of his power are awesome. We get to see Kate as the killer she was raised to be, but also as the true friend who feels deep distress when her loved ones experience any kind of hurt or are in danger. This book could very well have been the end of the series. I'm very happy to know that the story will continue! I love these characters, with all their flaws and all their good points as well. I still want to learn more about them and what their future will bring.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Breaks?

    When Kate walks into Roland's Swan Tower. It is a very high powered scene.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the scene where Kate let's her inner killer out to wreck havoc and revenge on Aunt Bea's killer. It was quite brutal, detailed, and very satisfying to see this monster get what she deserved. I'm not a violent person, but I enjoyed every moment of this scene. Well done! On the flip side, one of my biggest laughs came when Curran asked Andrea if she was done vomiting yet. Andrea's reaction and the way the scene played out was quite comical. And it was all done in just a few words!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many moments that moved me, but if I have to pick just one, it would be knowing how often Kate visits Aunt Bea's grave. Another would be Kate's time with Ghastek when they are trapped and Ghastek tells her about his past. We learn that Ghastek isn't his real name. He is still creepy, but it was moving to understand what happened to lead him to his desire to be a nagivator and how he received his name.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course, Renee Raudman did a stellar job, as usual. It continues to amaze me how very well she handles not only the voices, but the emotions of these characters. Additionally, Ilona told us on her blog that critics commented on the love scene in this book. The scene is very well written, but more graphic than love scenes in other books in this series. However, the writing most definitely fits into this story perfectly, where all emotions and actions seem to have been raised to a higher level. I was surprised and uncomfortable by the way the authors take characters from the Bible and change the mean and/or reason for the biblical lessons. If I were an author, I wouldn't take such liberties, but you can see from my ratings and comments above that this hasn't stopped me from loving this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Werewolf: Accidentally Friends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (275)

    When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there's more at stake than just her highlights.

    Angela says: "Absolulte!"
    "Interesting plot line - way too much cursing"
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    What would have made The Accidental Werewolf better?

    I think Ms. Cassidy could have deleted two chapters from this book if she had deleted all of the cursing and swearing. I will give her credit for cursing creatively. However, I found it offensive. There is a time and place for cursing, but there was way too much used here that didn't fit the story line. Having said that, I think Ms. Cassidy has the talent and ability to write an interesting and fun book without all the offensive language. She could easily have used pure sarcasm and achieved the same outcome...with less cringing on the part of her readers. I don't think she'll hit the best seller's list as long as she depends on using such language. She is short-changing herself. That is a compliment...this could have gone from an overall rating of 2 to an overall rating of 4 if the language had been less offensive.


    What could Dakota Cassidy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No - this is an urban fantasy/romance story about a woman who is accidentally bitten by a werewolf. She is a successful saleswoman for a door-to-door type of cosmetic company. I have not become interested in selling make-up and I don't believe werewolves exist. So my interest hasn't peaked. However, the cute story line would interest me more if the language wasn't so offensive.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

    Marty, of course. Can you imagine what it must be like to find that you have grown a new piece of anatomy? The mental image of that still makes me laugh.


    What character would you cut from The Accidental Werewolf?

    You know, reading the reviews I see many people complain about the narrator. However, I quite enjoyed her reading of the story and I found nothing wrong with her pacing. I would definitely read another book narrated by her.


    Any additional comments?

    On the positive side, the plot is creative and made me laugh. On the negative side, the swearing was not only offensive but overwhelming and did not add to the story at all. Surprisingly, some of the character elements in this book reminds me very much of Victoria Laurie's main character in her Psychic Eye series. Both books maintain that the main characters are horrible liars. When they are nervous about lying, they "over talk" the situation. The sentence structure and rhythm of the nervous patter is almost identical, even though the words are different. Both authors also curse in a creative way, although Victoria's stories do not have as much cursing as this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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