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Catherine

Escondido, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 21 reviews
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  • 122 titles in library
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  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (475)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Must listen."
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    I was ready to give up on audiobooks again after purchasing three duds that I just couldn't get through. I had heard about this book and read the reviews carefully prior to purchasing it. It was very entertaining and the narrator did quite a good job. Overall it held my interest and, even though it faltered a bit through the middle and has been criticized for its ending, I have to say this is a good debut novel for Watson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The One I Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind.

    Lesley says: "Suspense that won't quit!"
    "I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would!"
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    While not great literature or anything, this is a good story with interesting characters and quite the mystery! It isn't a typical potboiler, nor is it a formula type mystery, it's just a well paced story that draws you in. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1526)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Don't read your own books"
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    Can't tell you how many audiobooks have been ruined for me because the author read it themselves. At any rate, this story was really hard to follow along with, mostly because I was looking for some writing that I would consider worthy of a Harvard professor. Instead this is just another Christian-religious book without any scientific validity. I was hoping for something that would challenge me. This just bored me.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17022)
    Performance
    (15145)
    Story
    (15187)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Stick with it"
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    Stick with it. This one has plenty of surprises, some pleasant. Drudge through the idiocy of the husband in the first part for some lovely curves in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4895)
    Performance
    (4132)
    Story
    (4146)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Not as good as Fall of Giants but still worth it"
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    Just like Pillars of the Earth, the sequel to World Without End, I found the second installment to Follet's The Century Trilogy, to be lacking. The first book, Fall of the Giants, was so good!!! This one definitely faltered. BUT I love John Lee as narrator, even if his Russian characters all sound like vampires and his American characters sound vaguely like Al Capone. ANYWAY, I will still get the third book when it comes out.
    It's worth it. If you liked the first one I think you should give the second one a try. A lot happens to the families involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8137)
    Performance
    (4845)
    Story
    (4834)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Another fascinating read from Follett"
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    I liked Follett's Pillars of the Earth and I am hopelessly addicted to Downton Abbey. So imagine how happy I was to find the first book of his Century Trilogy series, Fall of Giants. The book is centered around World War I and it was a great listen, I loved it. The characters are varied, from several different countries and walks of life. The book goes on and on and on...but in a really good way, the way these family sagas do, if you know what I mean. Follett obviously knows his military history yet can still weave a very good story that I think will engage listeners of all genres.
    It's one of those books you can bury yourself into, one of those books you can't wait to listen to. My only criticism about the audiobook is that John Lee makes all the Russian characters sound like Transylvanian vampires. That gets distracting and a bit grating considering that nearly a third of all the characters are Russian. Putting that aside it is still an addicting book. It's not great literature, but it's a darned good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (346)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Not as good as usual but worth the credit for fans"
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    I have been a longtime Elizabeth George fan and have read every one of her books. They can sometimes be tough to get through, so I wondered at Davina Porter's narration, but her performance was wonderful. George's characters, always so layered and unique, shine through in this audiobook...but the story! A barely-there excuse for the ever-crush worthy and luscious Lynley to waste his multitude of talents. Is there a crime? Isn't there a crime? (And at some point: Who cares if there's a crime?) I have to admit, I felt a little insulted. It just isn't a very smart plot. Also if you hated Deborah St. James before (really...couldn't George have killed HER off instead of Helen?) you will find her especially grating in this book.
    But, here's the rub, if you are a Lynley fan you are probably going to get this book. I keep giving George just one more chance based on the genius of her earlier books in this series. Her characters really feel like old friends and her descriptions of London and small town England are always spot on. I feel comfortable with her novels. But maybe that's the problem. Her books have become cozy. They used to be intense and intelligent. They challenged me. I used to say I loved reading Elizabeth George because I always felt she was smarter than me. But sadly with this book I am brought one step closer to walking away from her future books and just revert to re-reading her older ones. In fact, if you have never read Elizabeth George, please don't start with this book! Come on, Elizabeth George, it's time to knock another one out of the park in the Lynley mystery series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17928)
    Performance
    (13771)
    Story
    (13716)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Better than I had hoped!"
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    Tina Fey is a very funny woman and a touching writer. Her book is honest and bright and quirky. Since she is an actress, her performance for her own work is outstanding, unlike virtually every other author-read audiobook I have listened to. (Pet peeve: Authors who read their own audiobooks. Sigh.) This was a pleasure to listen to and I had several laugh out loud moments, as well as several "Oh, yeah, I've been there" moments. There were, however, no stifling, OMG, cross-your-legs-while-laughing-in-public type moments that I have had while listening to a Ricky Gervais podcast or a J. Maarten Troost book...but still...very, very funny and worth the money or credit. I didn't give the story five stars just because her section about her life as a writer at SNL kind of dragged on...don't get me wrong, it was interesting and probably the kind of stuff that most people want to listen to, but I didn't like it as much as other parts of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Blizzard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.

    Eileen says: "True Meaning of Life not just Christmas"
    "For Keillor Fans"
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    I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but unfortunately I just can't. Although Garrison Keillor's familiar voice is like listening to an old friend, the book flags in the middle. It is hard for me to finish it. There are some very, very funny parts to it, but I suspect that Garrison Keillor's forte is in telling and writing shorter stories than this. If you're looking for a little something to put you in the holiday spirit and you're a diehard fan, then you might want to drop your credit on listening to this book during your work drive or as you wrap presents. But for me, it just didn't sustain my interest the way the Lake Wobegon stories do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rival to the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Powerful, dramatic, and full of the rich history that has made Carolly Erickson’s novels perennial bestsellers, this is the story of the only woman to ever stand up to the Virgin Queen: her own cousin, Lettie Knollys. Far more attractive than the queen, Lettie soon won the attention of the handsome and ambitious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a man so enamored of the queen and determined to share her throne that it was rumored he had murdered his own wife in order to become her royal consort.

    Rachelle says: "Quite a letdown"
    "Much better than expected."
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    You never know with audiobooks! Sometimes an author can be one of your absolute favorites (and Erickson is one of mine) but poor narration or a slow plot can make listening to a book sheer torture. Thankfully this audiobook was a really pleasant listening experience. Susan Lyons did a very good job and the book held my attention from beginning to end. This book is a little gritty at parts, just a warning to those faint of heart. I'm not squeamish, but in the beginning there were a few parts that described the torture and killing of protestants that I kind of fast forwarded through! Overall an interesting and insightful book. I liked it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drop City

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

    Lynne says: "Dig this..."
    "Really bad narration!"
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    I love, love, love TC Boyle. I find his books captivating and his sense of sly humor brilliant! But this narrator was just awful. I'm sorry, but this guy was baaaaad. His delivery is monotonous and flat, indicating none of the wit and insight that Boyle's book offers....God, I couldn't stand it anymore! I had to stop listening because this guy's voice made me want to scream. I will probably just buy the book and read it. It might be that Boyle is just one of those author's whose books just don't translate well as an audiobook. Whatever. I hope they keep trying to find a narrator to suit this author, though, because Richard Poe is NOT the right guy for the job. This was a waste of money, I'm afraid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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