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Kathleen

NEWTOWN, CT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open-and-shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.

    Kathleen says: "Good but not my favorite"
    "Good but not my favorite"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Henning Mankell. I liked this story but it was not my favorite of his. The story is a typical Mankell crime story with seeming disparate events that are tied up in the end. The cast of characters continue to be well developed but for some reason I felt like the story was less cohesive than some of his others have been. I will continue to listen to his stories though and would encourage others to give him a try if they haven't already.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9866)
    Performance
    (8509)
    Story
    (8525)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "OMG, the ending is fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    Absolutely, I've been a fan for the entire series and although the narration isn't as good as previously with Roy Dotrice, still the story is outstanding and doesn't disappoint.

    If you were hooked and afraid of the negative reviews, let your passion guide you. OUTSTANDING.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13484)
    Performance
    (7965)
    Story
    (7820)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I know many people LOVE this but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No, I am not interested in listening to the rest of the series although Davina Porter is a good reader and I would not reject a book simply because she was reading it.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon???s story?

    The book, while it had some interesting aspects was just too long and lacked a certain emotional element. I managed to stay very detached from the characters throughout and just wanted it to be over by the time I reached Part 4.

    There were too many (redundant) sex and beating scenes and not enough of the other potentially interesting things a person might think about if they had suddenly found themselves in a different time. For instance, you might spend a little time thinking about how everyone back home was reacting to your disappearance or you might give a fig about how your husband might feel about your absence. You might have to ask a question or two about just how things were done in this new environment and have a few humorous mishaps in trying to figure it all out. You might shed a tear or two for the life you left behind. But, no, Claire, our main character, seemed to have no problem with those trifling details. She happily moved on with her new life through thick and thin with her virile, gorgeous, hunk of a man.

    I didn't expect the book to be plausible, but I would have liked it to be more interesting and logical. I was almost expecting this to end like 'The Wizard of Oz' with Claire coming out of a dream having bumped her head on that rock and finding herself back in the 1940's after a long strange dream. The difference in the two stories being that at least Dorothy missed Kansas even though she made new friends in her strange new world.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter???s voice?

    Well modulated.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    I don't think it is a matter of cutting characters as much as it is cutting of repetitive and silly scenes which contained characters whom I had a hard time differentiating.


    Any additional comments?

    I can understand how it might appeal to some. It was just not the book for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (3841)
    Story
    (3812)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "There are many better books out there."
    Overall

    I had a hard time getting through this. It was predictable, full of stereotypes and contained violent scenes that were excessive and added little, if anything of value, to the story. I don't usually write negative reviews and this was my first Lee Child book so I have no basis for comparison with this author's other books. My favorite mystery/thriller writer is probably Henning Mankell and this is not even close to that quality. Obviously other people liked this book a lot so I am not sure why it didn't work for me but it didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17169)
    Performance
    (7405)
    Story
    (7430)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Just Not as Good"
    Overall

    I loved the first one, liked the second one and this one just didn't do it for me. The relationships that were developed in the first installment made the book so wonderful and from then on it just got more political and dense. Stieg Larsson was a gifted writer but this one just left me cold. Sorry to rain on the parade of good reviews.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1499)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I thought it was a bit long in parts and really, the plot was not believable, but the writing was very beautiful and the narrator was terrific. If you can just go with the story and not get caught pondering the fact that this could in no way really happen then you will enjoy it very much. I am looking forward to the next book and will buy it as soon as it is available.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Of all Charles Dickens' novels, this is perhaps the most revealing, both of Dickens himself and of the society of his time. It is little wonder that Dickens said of it, "of all my books I like this the best; like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

    R. H. Krauch says: "Charming & Delightful"
    "reader is distracting"
    Overall

    The reader took too much liberty in dramatizing the narrative. I found this distracting and annoying, especially when I differed with his interpretation.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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