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Karin

Professional artist, painting and listening to audio books at least a few days a week.

Hakalau, Hawaii | Member Since 2012

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  • 28 reviews
  • 132 ratings
  • 335 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (268)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Constant Cliffhanger"
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    I LOVE Harlan Coben's storytelling abilities. LOVE Scott Brick as a reader. The two of these guys combined, makes for page burning story. Not unpredictable, but I still had difficulties putting it down to sleep, eat, etc. Well worth the purchase!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "main character played the "stupid" card too often"
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    I enjoyed the story and the narration, though it bugged me that the main character played "stupid" too often. EXAMPLE: Seriously, who goes for a jog at 3 in the morning, by themselves, down by a lake where there's been a murder? duh

    Looking forward to reading book 2 in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (210)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Totally gross...........bring a barf bag"
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    I am having a love/hate relationship with this book. I hated it's descriptive, disgusting nature but also found it to be a page burner.........so go figure.

    Giving it 4 stars on the notion that the folks that are reading this review ALREADY like really creepy books, and I would definitely recommend it. However, if by chance, you get an upset stomach or a bit queasy when reading bloody and gorey stories, close this book and move on to another, more light hearted story. This one will definitely gross you out. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, up pops the weirdest and nastiest of all body-snatchers and Ziegler has spared nothing with his description.

    The only thing that bothered me with this book was the voice used for Margaret.......bothersome, too fast and it just didn't do the character justice. Hope that changes in future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (331)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Lost my attention several times"
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    I LOVE books that require imagination, AND provide intrigue with twists and turns. I started out loving this book, lost interest at some point, picked it back up and gave it another go, lost interest again because I was having difficulty getting my head around things that were happening, that seemed to drag on and on. Not sure how I feel about it at all. Interesting story line but like I said, I may have to re-read it again in the future just to be a 'fairer' judge.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Enjoyed reading this book"
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    I was a bit dubious about purchasing this book since it sounded like the story line was going to be similar to "Gone Girl". I didn't like "Gone Girl" because of all the nutsy behaviour between the husband and wife and I had a difficult time finishing that book.

    However, a friend had read "He's Gone" and recommended it highly, so I took the chance. Glad I did. A fast read and entertaining. Wonderful narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (448)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Stop Already!"
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    I find myself drawn to Patricia Cornwell's books about Scarpetta because I loved, say, the first ten in the series. But, too late, after starting this one, I remembered why I wasn't going to read them any more. They have become boring and mundane, egos clashing, history repeated, and story line just okay, but somewhat repetitious. Didn't care for the 'choppy" narration either, when depicting Scarpetta.......and I feel at this point that Kay should be a chef and give up the dead. That's it though........no more Scarpetta. Onward and upward.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3865)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Shocker: I LIKED it!"
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    With all the bad reviews this book has getting, I was determined to read it anyway. I really liked it, enjoyed the "noble" ending, even though I already knew what to expect because of all the party poopers telling it in their reviews and how disappointed they were with the author. The book did not disappoint and the ending was a brilliant twist.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (529)

    In RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Temptation Ridge, two lonely hearts are surprised by love while visiting the close-knit mountain community of Virgin River. Shelby, a sheltered and idealistic 25-year-old, doesn’t want to fall for a man like Luke. And 38-year-old Luke, a battle-hardened Blackhawk pilot, fears being hurt by a young lady like Shelby.

    LeftyMom says: "The best!!"
    "Good "break" books"
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    All the books in this series are light, predictable reading. But for me they offer a pleasant break from "heavier" reading and are good listening while I am painting. On to the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5843)
    Performance
    (5288)
    Story
    (5283)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Can Always Count on Grisham"
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    Enjoyed this book, enjoyed the storyline, enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the narration. Nothing more to say........except grisham did NOT let me down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burying Place

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate.

    Loy says: "good book"
    "Scared the hell out of me in first few minutes...."
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    I don't scare easily, I'm not a whimp, but within the first few half hour or so of the book, I was terrified and had to stop listening (in bed, at night, alone) and ended up picking up an action packed Clive Cussler book instead, and putting this one aside 'til daylight........lol. Seriously, don't start reading this at night if you are by yourself.

    Remember telling ghost stories around the fire when you were a kid and then being to scared to go to sleep.......that's what this reminded me of.

    Some very scarey mini plots going on throughout the book, with a few twists and interesting and creepy (I mean really creepy) characters and incidents.

    If you like "weird, psychotic, dysfunctional and needy" characters........you'll love this one. Joe Barrett is a terrific reader too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11530)
    Performance
    (10396)
    Story
    (10460)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Enjoyed it tremendously!"
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    I really enjoyed this book and went on to purchase the second in the series, which I am reading right now. I was a bit blown away with the fact that this was a 'young adult' book listed as 'children's book'............hahahaha.......I am in my 60's and I LIKED it! Unusual story, unusual characters. Sort of reminded me of Hunger Games series, but not really. And I enjoyed the Hunger Games series also.

    And Emma Galvin is a terrific character/reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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