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Catherine J. Pondozzi

I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

Laurel, Maryland | Member Since 2012

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  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (328)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Diane says: "Sweet, benign"
    "I liked this book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Because I always learn something & generally this leads me to other interesting information. For example, the TV show Jane went on to star in "Glee," was one I hadn't chosen to watch. Probably because I started watching it somewhere in the middle of the series & by then it didn’t make much sense to me. It was like watching a movie in the middle of it. Anyway I ordered the pilot of Glee & thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane herself, because I appreciated her honestly & candor & her biography gave me a much deeper understanding of her life & her acting experiences. And it just goes to show people are much more than the covers they wear around themselves like a book. In Janes case her personal life became an acting experience. I began noticing Jane when she played the therapist for 'Charlie,' for the two & a half men series. Being a therapist myself I thought her performance was very beleivable. It wasn't so much what she said but how she said her lines & how she appeared to the audience. She carried herself & her part with a great deal of assured confidence. And dealing with the stars of that show who were (always clowning around) was no easy feat. As an actor watching her act with Charlie Sheen & others was always fun to watch. She seemed to always get behind him & swat him on the back of the head with her lines without him even noticing.
    Her book was enlightening & i am sure helpful to others who may be going through similar challenges.


    What about Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett (foreword) ’s performance did you like?

    I always adored Carol Burnett. As a comedian she is the best & her foreward was a real tribute to Jane.


    Do you think Happy Accidents needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Any book could use a follow up if life continues to be ever changing & interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carol Davis Luce
    • Narrated By Jennette Selig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Roberta Paxton had a pleasant, challenging job, a man who loved her, and a host of good friends, but anxiety gnawed at her, at the back of her mind, at the edge of her vision, something was threatening her... something or someone. She tried to talk about it, but nobody wanted to listen, not even her 13-year-old sister, Tobie. Roberta had had these premonitions before, Tobie reminded her. She was just being paranoid.

    Diana DC says: "I thought it would never end!"
    "What ?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a decent story that made sense from beginning to end. Characters that blended together better than cottage cheese. A begining & end I could understand. Forget the attempt at a love story ending.....life just doens' t happen like that, Even the attempt at psychic involvement was poor, but what topped off all the worse was the monster with rage character. Man....hang it up..


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do not know but it won't be one by this author


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennette Selig?

    Narrator had nothing to do with bad book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt, she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind (and a brother and uncle already on the force) - a strategy meant to isolate Kate and Maggie from the action.

    Cayce says: "She does it again!"
    "Pretty Decent Book"
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    What did you love best about Cop Town?

    It was believable & interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very suspenseful & kept me guessing most of the time


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

    She did a fine job in my opinion


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not my expertise


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spy: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    On assignment for the British Secret Service, a man leads a mysterious expedition into the heart of darkness. Sailing up the furthest reaches of the Amazon River, he is captured by a brutal tribe of indigenous cannibals. Forced into slave labor, he witnesses the unimaginable.

    James says: "As good as the rest of Hawke's adventures"
    "Barf"
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    Would you try another book from Ted Bell and/or John Shea?

    I doubt it


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do not know but it will be one that does not make me sick to my stomach.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Shea?

    I have nothing against the narrator


    What character would you cut from Spy?

    I would cut the story so that there is no book


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, that will do it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Turning Back: Kathleen Turner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    It’s the middle of the night when Kathleen hears fighting coming from her neighbor Sheila’s apartment. As disturbing as that is, it’s the ominous sound of silence afterwards that keeps Kathleen from falling back to sleep. Slipping from bed with the intention of making sure everything is okay, Kathleen knocks on her friend’s door, only to find Sheila murdered, her naked body sprawled on sheets stained crimson with her blood. Shock and horror are followed by gritty determination when it becomes clear that Sheila’s death isn’t random and it isn’t the result of a jealous boyfriend.

    Marianne says: "Disappointing"
    "Dissapointing"
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    What disappointed you about No Turning Back?

    Way too much explilcit sexual exlanations as book goes on. Should have been called a romance novel..


    What could Tiffany Snow have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not start out leading sudience to think one way & then switch it around. Most of the main characters fell into this trap. first your a bad guy, then your not. First you are a plain Jane & then your not.


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s voice?

    Up, down & sideways


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disapointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Read Than Dead: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (519)

    Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

    Jill says: "GREAT Series!"
    "Enjoying the Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I find this series entertaining. informative & funny. And I think I can read a lot of myself in Abby Cooper on both the physical & spiritual level.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes & I can say the same for most of all the books I have continued to read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Tarot card reading scene at the wedding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I do not know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Forecast: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    It’s said to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day, but Abby sees something darker than storm clouds on the horizon. She’s just had a disturbing premonition of her fianc’s murder. Her husband-to-be has been assigned to a case involving a series of suicide bombings, and Abby’s spirit guides warn her of imminent danger. FBI agent Dutch Rivers is keeping his cool, but Abby can’t quell her anxiety. After another suicide bombing at a local beauty salon, Abby vows to do everything in her power to keep Dutch safe and get him to the altar.

    Zeny says: "Wonderfully Thrilling"
    "Not too happy"
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    What did you like best about Deadly Forecast? What did you like least?

    I did not like how Abby kept the gloomy forecast going all through the book only to be wrong about it. Frankly it was a drag down for one of her books.


    What was most disappointing about Victoria Laurie’s story?

    THe story line for sure


    What aspect of Elizabeth Michaels’s performance would you have changed?

    maybe getting happier would have helped but all I heard was her falling down, getting her boyfriend upset & her hips colllapsing on her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vision Impossible: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest civilian profiler, is adding "spy" to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura - just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security, as every country's leader can be identified by their aura.... Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

    Sho Sunaga says: "Mission impossible??"
    "Neat & unexexoected ending"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vision Impossible to be better than the print version?

    always


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision Impossible?

    The way the people involved finally started to work together, & i do mean together


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Michaels – was your favorite?

    THe killer villlain at the end


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

    THis book suprised me & educated me at the same time. You never know what some people will do when they are pushed to the brink


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Perception: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    It took a while for Abby Coopers FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby's visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City.

    JEAN says: "go abbey"
    "Best so far in series"
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    What did you love best about Death Perception?

    Mystery, mystery. mystery right up to the end. Can't beat a book like that!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yepper....refer to above


    What about Elizabeth Michaels’s performance did you like?

    She is very good & sometimes she reminds me of me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1425)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"
    "Very Interesting Subject Matter"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, i thought it was interesting to write about North Korea. I know they are anxiously wanting the world to notice them & finding out more about this country is facinating. It certainly gives me a better perspective on their beliefs & values even if they are way off the charts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Target?

    The end where the woman makes a major change to her behavior for the benefit of others & the child.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I think both the lead characters were matched up well. Therefore I could not make such a choice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the young Korean orphan was being cleaned up & tended to after leaving the prison camp.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book very much

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (967)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    GyAzJRD says: "Could have been much better"
    "Outstandingly Good!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Running Blind to be better than the print version?

    Although I have no intention of reading the print version, I would say yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the most mesmerizing mystery book I think I have ever heard. At least once I overlooked the major error it contained.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They were all competing for the honor of my favorite & added to the mysterious plot I didn't even come close to figuring out even right up to the end. The book held my attention through out & I was sitting on the edge of my bed. Actually, I fell off a few times. But I got right back up & on.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to go Childs & McClain. And I promise not to tell anyone the only mistake which was a real blooper was that no one can be hypnotized to do anything they do not want to do. Like taking all their clothes off or blank, blank, blank that would definately & purposely end thier life. So as a certified Hynotherapist, I will over look this mistake just becasue the story line was so great & of course it was fiction. But it sure didn't help hynosis as a therapy tool. Shame on you Child.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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