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Kathryn @theBookDate

Paraparaumu, New Zealand | Member Since 2007

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  • 39 reviews
  • 237 ratings
  • 416 titles in library
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  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9486)
    Performance
    (6555)
    Story
    (6538)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "The Best of Listening"
    Overall

    So well written and so well read. It has been a pleasure to come back to these books and having read them a few years back to listen to them. The narrator is just supreme, it's like listening /watching a drama. Even though a little far fetched the number of adventures Jamie and Claire find themselves in, Gabaldon still makes it believable. Loved it. Well done to Audible for making these available.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1812)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Jeri says: "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
    "The narration was fine!"
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    I put off listening to this book for a couple of years because of the poor reviews about the narration. What a load of rubbish in my view. The narration perfectly suited the book and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a fine job. The book is a typical Nora Roberts magical story and really you know what you're going to get. That aside it was a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect: Don Tillman, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    The Rosie Effect is the charming and hilarious sequel to Graeme Simsion's bestselling debut novel The Rosie Project. With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it's not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it's time to embark on a new project . . .As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him into trouble.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Dan O'Grady is perfection"
    "Dan O'Grady is perfection"
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    The Rosie Effect follows on from The Rosie Project, and as I enjoyed the latter very much, I didn't wait too long to listen to the second book. I am still undecided about how much I liked The Rosie Effect. Like the first book I chose to listen to the audio version because Dan O'Grady totally nails the narration. To me he is the voice of Don Tillman! His voice, his phrasing and emphasis on certain words just brings this story so alive.

    Don is totally thrown when he learns that he and Rosie are expecting a baby. He goes into meltdown. And when he has finished with that he turns to the practicalities of preparing a baby. He becomes an expert on the total nine months and all birthing possibilities. You don't want to know his version of a pram and cot. Neither would Rosie. What Don neglects to do is give Rosie the support she needs and fails to be involved in ways that Rosie sees as essential.

    I wasn't that keen on the relationship between Don and Rosie in this book, except perhaps towards the end. The decision that Rosie came to in the course of events was something I felt might be inevitable. Rosie felt like a shadowy character in this book, she was there in the background, but not really fully fleshed.

    Don had a number of other characters to relate to in this book. They are in New York and there is the old rock star upstairs - George, Dave and Sonia - someone Don helps out with his business and then Sonia later helps Don out in a very funny kind of way. Then there is Lydia, he first meets her in a restaurant and then later as his 'social worker'. Gene also turns up on the door, I found I didn't mind him so much in this book.

    Don because of who he is lands himself in all kinds of funny situations that he takes totally seriously. He also shows the kind of person he is as he bends over backwards for his friends - he just forgot to do that for Rosie in a way that she needed!

    I enjoyed the reference to the media and the way some journalists muddle the facts and the poking of fun at the way airports operate these days.

    If you listen to audio, I would most definitely listen to it rather than read it. Dan O'Grady takes the book up some notches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One Plus One

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Wonderful. Excellent Narration"
    "Wonderful. Excellent Narration"
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    This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.

    This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed. After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.

    Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family. Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her. She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.

    I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves. Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters - you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.

    Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream. They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen! Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.

    A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change and small kindnesses stand out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Violets of March

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (144)

    In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

    hampton says: "MUST LISTEN!"
    "Well worth the listen"
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    Loved this story and the narrator did an excellent job. Really liked the way she narrated the elderly people in the book, giving the impression of their fragility. Great debut novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

    Aimee says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Throroughly Enjoyable Listening."
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    This is the second book I have listened to by Liane Moriarty and read by Caroline Lee. The narrator does an excellent job and really enhances the book. Always a plus when that happens. I liked the twists and turns in the plot and imagine if this really did happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Home: Sweet Magnolias Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there’s been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control 16-year-old son, a talkative 14-year-old who’s suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she’s somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

    L'Ara says: "Wood is good, this one was slow to start..."
    "A worthwhile listen"
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    I accidentally read Swan Point, so now I am going back to start at the beginning. Anyone who has rethought life choices in their forties will appreciate this series. Small town community and strong friendships between women. Supportive of each other. Happy to have used a credit. Well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Road Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Her husband’s suicide left Nora MacKenzie alone, and his shady Wall Street dealings left the Manhattan socialite penniless. By a miracle, she’s held on to their mountainside farm - and she’ll keep holding on, no matter what. The property is Nora’s one chance to wring some dignity out of the sham she’s been living. The Vermont locals think she’s a city girl on a nature kick, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Nora’s serious about learning the farming business…if she can figure out where to begin.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Well worth the listen"
    "Well worth the listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book, and will certainly ready more by Mary Alice Monroe. Greed and power versus faith, love and trust. Sandra Burr as usual does an excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times - its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
    "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
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    I have had this audio for awhile and finally got around to listening to it. I really enjoyed it. One of those great family oriented contemporary stories, that I know I just want to keep listening to, to catch up with the family. Loved the plot, the characters and the narrator did a fabulous jobe.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Howard, Linda Jones
    • Narrated By Maggie Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

    Molly says: "ON the RUN~ 5 STAR all the way HOWARD /Jones Gem~~"
    "Why did I put off listening to this book?"
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    I really enjoyed this book and listened to it over a few days once I got going. I purchased this on audible when it was published but never got around to it. I saw a few negative reviews early on, and then sort of lost the drive to listen to it.

    Goes to show I should never take too much notice of what others say. This book was a very pleasant listen, with varying amounts of tension in it to keep me interested.

    I liked the narrator, she enhanced this story, I liked the way she read and phrased the sentences, where she put emphasis. Awesome work and I would listen to another one by her in a heartbeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia - least of all Claire's family - could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together...until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.

    Kimberly says: "Great book!"
    "Heart Wringer!"
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    I really loved this story, the first part while Clare and Roan are children, the second part as adults. It is about family - the joys and failings. Wonderful old people, amazing young members of family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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