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Kate

AUCKLAND, New Zealand | Member Since 2009

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  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's 43, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep. And he has a father, a very sick old man who lives alone in the ancestral home in Clanton, Mississippi. He is known to all as Judge Atlee, a beloved and powerful official who has towered over local law and politics for 40 years.

    Kate says: "A great tale"
    "A great tale"
    Overall

    One of my favourite Grisham's. I had read this a few years ago & like the "ethical dilemma" posed - an interesting ponder. Narrated well & an easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Jenny Agutter
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

    S. Brown says: "Amazing"
    "A must read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Up there with Water for Elephants & The Time Travellers Wife. Compelling, I loved it and this is one of the few books I will listen to again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Eat, Pray, Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment, and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression, and heartbreak. It's 3 a.m., and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing....

    Dianne says: "ever get that sinking feeling..."
    "Tedious but had some great moments"
    Overall

    This character is too self-absorbed for me and I found much of this tale tedious & boring. However, there were some great moments as well - some of the narrative really makes you think - YES!! I also laughed out loud many times. If you like self-help books, you'll love it. It would be hard to say this is not worth a listen, but I wish I had waited for the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Robert Slade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When basketball player David Baskin disappears on honeymoon and a mutilated body, assumed to be his, is discovered, his ex-model wife, Laura, is plagued by questions and doubts. Then a total unknown startles the basketball world with a style of play exactly like Baskin's. As Laura begins to uncover a conspiracy, she risks her life and those around her to uncover the truth before it destroys everyone involved.

    Lia says: "A bit long winded"
    "Wait for the abridged version"
    Overall

    I nearly gave up! I am a Coben fan and love his style, however he defintely improved on this earlier work. An OK tale, but I got how much the characters loved each other after 10mins - I didn't need many hours of reiteration. So wait for the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is the pride of her family and about to embark on a promising college education. Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate sting operations. Dan Mercer is a social worker and friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined....

    Lia says: "Don't miss this book"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I am loving this author and this has to one of the best. Great pace, great story & an excellent end. If you're already a Harlan fan, you won't be disappointed, if you're looking for a new author, you've found him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    If you are a Kinsey fan, then you will love this one. True, the subplots are gone into with some detail & a bit more editing could have been done, but I enjoyed the way everything came together & concluded. I wasn't bothered that Kinsey's personal life was light on detail, as we know her so well & other books have focused on this, actually quite a lot of "gaps" are filled in about her past in this one. Narrator's voice didn't fit with how I have imagined Kinsey, but I got used to her.
    If you have never read/listened to these before then you may well be disappointed with U as you do need to really know Kinsey as a character. Start with A and go from there, the abridged versions will be fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2595)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (366)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "One of my favourite all time books"
    Overall

    I read this book a few years ago and only because it was lent too me, it had never appealed each time I considered it off the shelf. I loved it, the characters are very compelling and although the story/plot can be complex (the time darting), you can only admire the clever way the author keeps it all together. The audio was just as good and the narration excellent. A really lovely listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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