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Kathryn

Baxter, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (958)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
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    Right off, I really didn't care for this book. I read some books a long time ago that involved Rizzoli and Isles, Body Double and The Bone Garden and thought they were good. I spent alot of time on this one saying to myself..Do I really have to listen to the series to understand what is happening now? Too many references to past books and story lines, I think to really like this book you had to have read them all and formed a strong feeling for these 2.
    That aside, this story really was uninteresting and more about the lives of the 2 women and not really a good mystery. Found the main idea, although starting off good, falling flat a couple of chapters later and staying that way. I didn't really care about these kids at all. Think the author didn't either.
    Tanya Eby wasn't all that bad. I have never listened to her before. I don't think she has a lisp like one reviewer said, it just may be the way it gets annunciated and the recording settings. Either way, it wasn't irritating like stated ( really rather hear that than swallowing or every movement of the mouth). I also didn't have a problem with her accents. Sounded like they came from the east USA for the most part not faltering much at all. I didn't like tho, some of the male voices, i.e. Julians. A female doing a mans voice is hard. A female doing a mans voice and trying to make it sound smart is another. Didn't care for that much. She wasn't the most interesting reader but think everyone on audible has their favorites.
    So if you have listened to the whole Rizzoli- Isles series, go for it. You probably will enjoy getting to hear what the ladies have been up to. I personally didn't care, wasn't wanting to form a relationship, I just wanted a good book. I don't think this was it. I am going to try and stop ignoring that little voice.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    Jennifer says: "Wow! Refreshingly Different!"
    "Anyone have a match?"
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    Writing a review on a book, just based solely on 'the book' when it's audio is hard to do. The concept and overall story was different and left us all wishing we had a lawyer like the main character Teddy. It's well developed ,even tho farfetched: there wasn't unanswered questions and had a good ending. On to what makes an audiobook.
    I had never heard of the narrator before. Yep, I listened to the sample. In that 4 minutes I started thinking of detectives of old. Of smoky rooms and crinkled suits, a red flashing ' Rooms Available' sign the only light in the room. That is what Vance's voice made me think. I started the love/hate almost immediately. His deep, drawn out, extremely slow baritone grated on me. Made even worse when he did female voices and worse still, when his deep voice went even deeper because it lowered the IQ of that character. I found myself wondering..can anyone light a fire under this man..just move him a little quicker in the telling? Give one persona a quick wit and sharp tongue and let it come out about 3 paces faster? Everyone sounded dull witted. I won't even touch the 'love scene' because before it even happened, before I even knew it would, I said to myself ' Please don't let this man do a love scene. Please!' And then boom it happened. I fast forwarded.
    At some point, I took a deep breath and tried to focus more on what the author himself was writing and not so much on that very distinct telling. So, I shook myself of the 1946 'The Big Sleep' mode, tried to appreciate what Vance was bringing to the table and that is how I can give it 3 stars. The story was good. But it is Audio and you are rating that also. Would probably be better read on paper.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1232)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Great Narration"
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    This was required reading when you were a young teen. I had never thought of listening to the audio version until I was recalling classic books and it popped up in my memory. Leary, because you never know with audio versions, I bought it. I wasn't disappointed. Perfect narrator for this time honored book, Jeff Woodman made it seem like a new novel to me. Great experience. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petals on the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (239)

    After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

    Alicia says: "So Bad it's Good?"
    "Listen to the first..then continue with this"
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    What did you love best about Petals on the Wind?

    It carried on the same way as The Flowers in the Attic. Floating from one book to the next easily.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it tied up all the threads that may have been hanging since the first. And so well written ending.


    Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have.I this specific series, The Flowers in the Attic ( the book before this one) her narration is priceless. I could not imagine enjoying it more and it was because of her


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

    It did all of those things. Broke my heart, made me elated, made me feel so satisfied that sometimes things do come full circle.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do listen to this series. I am the paperback fan, reading it more than once and I am so happy I chose to listen t it. I am on to the third, with different narrators and hoping they do V.C Andrews just as much justice as Ms. Bresnahan has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "If you read this as a teen.."
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    I did. Read this as a teen, I mean. The paperback that sits on my bookshelves still ,all these years later. The whole series perched lovingly third row down. They are classics to me. Pages worn, corners folded over. Maybe a stain or 2 from as many times as I was lost in V.C Andrew's words. She helped establish my love of books and great writing. So that made me a little concerned to listen to the audio. We all know that even the best of books - can go down with bad narration. I hesitated . Would my classic dark suspense treasure be ruined if read aloud to me?
    My worries went out the door within 5 minutes of Allyssa Bresnahan's well spoken voice and because of her I fell in love with the book again. Even though I knew the story well; there were so many times I felt it the first time hearing it. Every character different, 'The Grandmother' alive. Bravo to your performance Ms. Bresnahan,, I felt every word, saw it all play out before me. I learned to love this book all over again in a completely different way 35 years later. Thanx for that. Put it on your list . It will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Mind: Lizzy Gardner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (96)

    They call him the Lovebird Killer, a merciless fiend unleashing a flood of unspeakable cruelty upon Sacramento’s most loving couples, young and old. This real-life monster’s reign of terror has left the city’s residents paralyzed with fear. All but Lizzy Gardner. Because hiding from monsters isn’t Lizzy’s style, not since she faced the madman who kidnapped and terrorized her as a teenager. So when a routine workers’ compensation case suddenly leads her and her two young assistants onto the killer’s trail, Lizzy revels in the chase. She is determined to bring this psychopath to justice before he has the chance to claim another victim.

    s. walsh says: "Great Book! Did not want to put it down"
    "I agree.."
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    I agree with the other audible reviewer who wrote 'What a mess'..the story was all over the place..where did all the killers come from and what in the world happened to them? The ppl that were tortured/killed. where'd they go? And who the heck were some of the characters, getting dropped of somewhat midway and then poof ..gone again. The only thing I knew for certain was that Lizzy herself would be a victim. I'm wondering if the editor actually read this book or just sent it thru knowing it just might sell because of the Lizzy Gardner aspect. Didn't like it. Wouldn't recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • They Never Die Quietly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D. M. Annechino
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Experience a new kind of terror. Meet Simon. This highly intelligent and deceptively charming physical therapist loves to touch people: "Inflicting pain through aggressive manipulation helped the healing process." Simon has a secret calling. He believes that God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in grisly crucifixions. Driven by twisted religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious mind, Simon abducts "chosen ones" and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await deliverance.

    Kathryn says: "Wish it would've..."
    "Wish it would've..."
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    This is a typical serial killer book. The killer is text book to how you've always heard they should be. All stemming from a terrible mother and upbringing and really..when did I figure the female detective would be a captured victim? Well within the first 15 minutes of course. It's very predictable..very run of the mill. The narrator..well let's say I would suggest she never try a male voice again. Its nails on a chalkboard, making some sound slow witted and I personally found it agitating. Some books never die quietly either...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Not a Mystery"
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    I had never listened to Lisa Scottoline before and in searching for a book under the 'mysteries/thrillers' came across this and thought it interesting. I am not sure why it was sitting in that particular genre, I didn't find it mysterious or thrilling. Think the story is more about this mothers undying devotion/love to her adopted son and the conflict that goes on within her in the should I or shouldn't I premise. It was slow and not in a good way so you could put the pieces together, but slow as in constantly saying the same thing/visiting the same problem over and over again just said in a slightly different way. The ending fell off the roadway for me. I thought.. I've waited 7 hours for this? That being said, if you ignore the fact this isn't an edge of your seat who dun it, you do feel the emotion of the mother at some points even tho the story gets a little old, Lisa Scottoline was able to project that feeling on you. Mary Stuart Masterson did an excellent job narrating. Didn't care for the Brazilian accent but the little boys voice she did pretty good. Didn't find it irritating like another reviewer. Think her narration made me keep listening to this book. Its a roll the dice book, just don't expect a lot from the genre its sitting in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unspeakable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kevin O'Brien
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    A family of four murdered in their hotel room. A single mother and her boyfriend both stabbed to death. A sordid history of violent crimes, repeated over and over - but decades apart. Olivia Barker is a therapist with no connection to the murders. But she has heard things. Stories that keep her up at night. Details that only a killer would know. A killer who could be one of her patients…Olivia has no proof for her suspicions. But as the body count rises, so do her fears. A rock is thrown through her window, her car tires are slashed, a chilling message is scrawled on her bathroom mirror.

    Sandy says: "I loved this book and narrator!"
    "Unbeatable Narration"
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    Unspeakable was an excellent book. The story catches you and keeps you wondering exactly what is going on. Different than the rest. It was well worth the credit. But the thing that makes this book was Todd Haberkorns spot on performance. Everyone was so different and well acted that there was a couple of times I wondered if it was actually him. I hope to hear him again ,he was so entertaining. he kept me enthralled. Great choice for narrator. It made this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (555)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Kathryn says: "Was hoping for better..."
    "Was hoping for better..."
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    I did like this book BUT, the narrator was almost robotic at times, a couple of times sounding like she was reading a Dick and Jane book, so simplistic were the words/sentences. I got past it but it would creep up again in the next chapter so it never completely went away. Sometimes it did feel like you may have missed something and I didn't really find the reasoning of the killer that enthralling. There wasn't much depth there. And everything seemed a little too convienient with certain things. I felt at a point that it started to loose direction and things got a little more convienient and not told real well. I also didn't care too much for the ending. Anti climatic. Overall tho, I didn't shut it off, the story kept my interest, even with all this other stuff I didn't care for. I gave it a borderline 3.

    12 of 12 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
    (226)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    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!"
    "The narration makes this book"
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    I really liked this book. When I read the synopsis it sounded intriguing and the story was very well written and even better told. Jennifer McMahon lets you get to know the players and writes in a way that you can do that without getting bogged down. Julia Whelan does an exceptional job bringing all those characters to life with her fantastic performance, I didn't even cringe that much when she portrayed the male voices. So she made this for me. Think I might have bent the other way if someone else had read it. Its a good listen. Not a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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