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Kathy

Kathy

New Mexico | Member Since 2007

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  • 63 reviews
  • 203 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (850)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Complex storyline"
    Overall

    Similar to their other books, but it's more of a supernatural horror mystery than some. I enjoyed the Tibetian and the ocean liner settings because I have little to no experience with either. On top of the settings, you get to renew acquaintances with Pendergast and his ward. The storylines were unusual and I worried that I might not like the outcome so for me the suspense was great! I enjoyed the reader a lot.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flirting with Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    At least that’s what improper Southern belle Maggie Forsythe thinks after being unceremoniously dumped two weeks before getting hitched to a man even her mother approves of. Maggie has never given two figs what anyone thinks, so why is she hiding away from her South Carolina Low Country home? That is until concerned — albeit scheming — friends arrive with three options: One: Sit and mope. Two: Go home to her gallery.

    Mary says: "Wish I had returned it."
    "Upscale Harlequin with a southern narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Flirting with Disaster in three words, what would they be?

    Upscale Southern Harlequin


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie was a rebelious protagonist. Her story tended to be fairly predictable but it was fun to see how it worked out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The command attendance luncheon called by Maggie's Mom with Maggie, Josh, Josh's Mom and the stuffed shirt guy who also ended up at the table.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice book but not one to get at full price. I think I got it as a $4.95 and that was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (579)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Period Victorian"
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    I liked this book. It did have a few anachronisms re forensic science and psychology as one reviewer mentioned. But I like detailed stories. There were numerous plot/subplots to add additional Victorian flavor and the narrator was GREAT! He differentiated between the various characters so that you knew who was whom. Day and Hammersmith were strong characters who were well supported by the large number of other characters spread throughout the novel. I would love to see a series with these two characters as well as their boss at the Yard, 2 other murder squad detectives, the forensic surgeon, his daughter and his new employee, and lastly Day's wife.
    On the con side, the story was pretty long and the multiple murder cases were almost unbelievable. It did have a few grisly descriptions but this is the era of Jack the Ripper after all..
    The Yard is a good read for a long listen and it did provide some historical details that stimulated my interest to find out more about life in Victorian London. It might do the same for you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "Interesting view of the Amish attitiudes"
    Overall
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    I really liked the way the author incorporated cultural bits of Amish beliefs into how the main characters went about solving the crime. The two main characters, "English", were likeable and sympathetic to the Amish points of view. The sherrif was a bit more jaded in his view than they, but he was smart enough to work in the background with his knowledge of crimes and Amish to ensure that the crime was solved. Unfortunately, the plot was not riveting for me. If you want to learn more about Amish life and views, I think you will find this story very interesting, if you are looking for an action type book, it will probably be too slow for you. I definitely liked the book enough to check if there are more to the series because the main characters seem like they be fun to observe as they evolve.
    You should find George Newbern a good narrator. I enjoyed his style and was able to easily distinquish between the characters. If you aren't too picky and like Amish, give P.L. Gaus a chance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Post WWI era Mystery set in FL"
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    This was a great read! It is also my first from Michale Koryta, but not my last. I found the characters believable with their flaws and even Arlen's ability to see death; which definitely underscores Koryta's writing skill. I loved the1930s Florida setting and the way you thought you knew what was going to happen and then realized you were just a bit off. The narrator did a terrific job in differenciating the various characters so you could "see" how they were interacting. If you enjoy mysteries set in the first half of the twentieth century, I believe you will find this author and narrator a wonderful combination. Try it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aphrodite

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Russell Andrews
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    It looked for all the world like a terrible, tragic accident. Susanna Morgan had gotten up in the middle of the night, tripped, fallen, and broken her neck. Yet when detective Justin Westwood inspects the victim's apartment, he can't help noticing that the details don't quite add up. The glass on the bedside table is knocked over but there are no cuts on her body. The scrape on her knee looks suspiciously fresh. And then a terrified witness comes forward, confirming his worst fear.

    Tenesha says: "Really Enjoyed this......"
    "Good mystery"
    Overall
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    The story plot was somewhat predictable but it was nice to figure out how it was going to play out. I didn't always spot what was coming, as some reviewers indicated, but the characters were interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Interesting period piece"
    Overall
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    I read many of the reviews of this novel before I decided to purchase it. Many of them gave a mixed opinion. I'd say that is a good description. The American Heiress definitely represented the wealthy, semi-selfish American heiress who had a rough time adjusting to the titled English society. Her husband is at the opposite end of the spectrum being a semi-self-centered penniless English lord. The author contrasted the two cultures well. She developed the characters well enough so that I wanted things to work out but at the end, I was just glad to see it end. The narrator did a clear job of differentiating the various characters which added to the story. This was a good book and justly deserved a good rating but I didn't quite love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (899)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Interesting introspective novel/mystery set in Tx"
    Overall
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    James Lee Burke writes wonderfully lyrical novels. They are perfect for audible books because the words paint clear images. His characters are developed well although towards the end of this novel the characters tended to become less 3 dimentional. I really like the Sheriff and Preacher. They are driven by complex issues. The narrator is terrific and it is easy to keep the characters straight. I'd recommend Feast of Fools just because of how well it sounds as you listen! I have to say that I think I prefer the 1st book about Sheriff Hack but this one was not "bad". You won't be disappointed if you like JL Burke's writing style because he can definitely keep your interest.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1886)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Fun Listen! Light Hearted and Entertaining"
    Overall
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    This is the second book in the series about a impoverished noble lady--only 32 or 34 persons removed from the throne! She has quite a time fullfilling the Queen's plans on a shoestring budget but you don't refuse the Queen. This time our lady has her hands full dealing with the gangster-crazy Princess of Bavaria that the Queen requests that she entertain. Have a good time and chuckle over her antics!

    Katherine Kellgren does a delightful job of narrating this mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (815)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Great Mind Thriller, Loved the Characters!"
    Overall
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    First let me say the Narrator Jonathan Keeble was terrific! I didn't have any difficulty identifying each character. Set in Great Britain, Jonathan has a wonderful set of accents which really adds to the atmosphere.

    This is a unusual novel with a mystery in it. A brief summary would be: A likeable, flawed poor man who makes it good, gets what he wants in his life, gets it taken away from him and copes with his loss. The novel has numerous "clues" scattered throughout it which make you expect one thing, and then off you go in a different direction. Except for the prologues, you basically start at when Wolf Haddu loses everything. I've tried to not give anything away but the novel has mystery, some amount of thriller, smaller amounts of love stories and plenty of personal values by both the "good" and "bad" characters.

    The story takes place a few years (2 -6yrs) in the future which was odd. Not sure if it added or detracted from the story. It basically just exists, but perhaps it allows for an agency to be present that isn't in todays world.

    There are a lot of great reviews available, especially some of the longer ones. I found them useful afterwards to help re-think various scenes and actions. It was a wonderful book if you enjoy a slower paced action book with lots of character development and plenty of opportunities to consider why people do the things they do.

    It was one of those books that once I got going, I'd walk in from work and keep listening except for a few brief comments and a kiss to my patient husband. I'd finally shut it down when I reached a good stopping point (or my guilt made to stop) : )

    I'd highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Edward M. Hallowell
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Procrastination. Disorganization. Distractibility. Millions of adults have long considered these the hallmarks of a lack of self-discipline. But for many, these and other problems in school, at work and in social relationships are actually symptoms of an inborn neurological problem: ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder.

    Kathy says: "From 1 ADDer to another"
    "From 1 ADDer to another"
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    This is an excellent book. It listens beautifully and is quite short. The narrators were fine and added a lot of structure to the information. There were a lot of common sense suggestions and examples of how to deal with ADD as an adult. I was left with an upbeat feeling that life is doable. IMO, this is a great outcome because it has been difficult for me. The psychiatrist I see doesn't believe ADD can be diagnosed as an adult. Frankly, at 58 years of age, I seriously doubt anyone was regularly diagnosing ADD or ADHD when I was a young child. Just a suggestion, if you find yourself in a similar situation change providers. So, ADDers and ADHDers, listen to this and you should be satisfied, esp if you are recently diagnosed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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