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Kathryn

TAYLORS, SC, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1017)

    A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.

    Kris says: "Really BAD narration"
    "One of my favorites"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Many people love Pride and Prejudice and Emma, but Persuasion seems to be overlooked. I have always loved this one the most. A little slice of perfection!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne is a wonderful character; she is reserved and quiet, but determined not to be pressured into a convenient marriage. She sees people for who they really are.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1787)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Every time I try to turn it off..."
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    Every time I try to turn it off...
    I come back for more! There are certainly problems with the Matthew Corbett series: the title character is a little too lucky, the narrative has a bit too much bloat, coincidences are a little too common, the violence is a little too gratuitous. And yet, I keep listening and keep wondering what will happen next. McCammon has me hooked, and I will read everything in the series.

    “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (9716)
    Performance
    (8627)
    Story
    (8601)

    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.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "A bit predictable, but..."
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    A fun ride! The narrator grated for the first few chapters until I got used to her. This is a light, enjoyable mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3239)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2297)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A DEAD SPIDER THE SIZE OF A SMALL CAT"
    "Not exactly a children's story, but a great listen"
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    If you could sum up Coraline in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, alluring, entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Coraline, of course!


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Gaiman's performance made the book. I would have loved the book anyway, but he reads line and dialogue in a way that never would have occurred to me!


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

    Yep--I think I actually did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43236)
    Performance
    (37569)
    Story
    (37394)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    Katie - Audible says: "Not Necessarily for Knope Fans"
    "Incredibly enjoyable!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was a bit bluer than I would have liked, but if the point of a memoir is to say what's on your mind then I can't really complain.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Amy Poehler is clearly intelligent and a reader. I loved that she talked about books she's enjoyed. The least interesting portion was her discussion of porn.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    No characters, but I loved the Seth Meyers and Mike Shur chapters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd watch pretty much anything with Amy Poehler in it!


    Any additional comments?

    Light, enjoyable, personable. Makes me want to know more about her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken: Broken Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Shirl Rae, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home and no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other. When a tragic accident took Mike away from Layton and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focused all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of.

    Jordy ♡♡♡♡ says: "Kelly Elliot is the diva of mushy heartbreak!!"
    "OMGoodness, this woman's voice is annoying."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not especially--listened while doing housework, so I didn't really waste time.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh--predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shirl Rae and Nelson Hobbs ’s performances?

    Maybe Nelson Hobbs, but NEVER Shirl Rae. Nasal, whiny, super annoying.


    Could you see Broken being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This would make a great Lifetime movie for whatever that's worth...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1335)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan A. Hayes says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "Mediocre"
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    What did you like best about Heat Wave? What did you like least?

    Decent story; very little depth.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johnny Heller?

    Maybe. I was aware the whole time that Heller was reading. With the best narrators, I don't feel like I'm being read to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This might actually make a better movie than book due to the lack of character development.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18803)
    Performance
    (15941)
    Story
    (15984)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Robert says: "Glad I took a chance."
    "Truly Excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book without reservation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Death as the narrator.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Phrasing and German pronunciation.


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

    I laughed and cried. Even when Death tells you chapters ahead that tragedy will strike, Zusak's prose brings you to tears anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely lovely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1802)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    Lia says: "3.5 stars OK For Under $10"
    "Good but forgettable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Interesting; kept me reading; good plot and characters.


    Did Kate Rudd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I didn't love the narration; something a bit childish about her voice that didn't do it for me.


    Do you think Hidden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Several books in the series, but I won't pay for them. I'd get them from the library, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1229)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    Malinda says: "Very good start to the series :)"
    "Slow moving"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot of repetition both in phrasing and plot points. An hour could have been cut easily.


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

    This is a first.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden’s performances?

    This is a first.


    Was Dark Prince worth the listening time?

    Not really, unfortunately. I didn't see enough background for the different immortal beings. Raven was a fairly annoying main character who also didn't have enough background. Wasn't inspired to read others in the series. Forgettable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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