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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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  • Storm Front

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    From Tokyo, to London, to Johannesburg, high-level bankers are being gruesomely tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Desperate to figure out who Volkov is working for and why, the CIA calls on the one man who can match Volkov's strength and cunning - Derrick Storm.

    Cris says: "Love the show..The book--Not so much."
    "Glad I read it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    It was my very first time listening to a Castle novel. I was kept interested through out. The book I thought was even more exciting than the show, which I watch faithfully.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the suspense & I thought the plot was very original.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much


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

    Keep your friends close & your enemies closer


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chilled: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (136)

    After his brother’s murder, Alex Kinton vows to hunt the killer and administer his own form of vigilante justice. His chance comes when he lies his way onto a search and rescue team and is called to the site of a downed plane in the Cascade Mountains. The team soon discovers that everyone aboard has perished…except for the man Alex is targeting. Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to stalk his prey through the snowy wilderness. Brynn Nealey, the team’s forensic nurse, doesn’t have time for the mysterious outsider. But in the close quarters of the search party, Brynn begins to feel drawn to the hardened and brooding stranger.

    Trina Nycol says: "Underwhelming"
    "I liked this book & the way it ended"
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    What did you love best about Chilled?

    How anger, emoitional & mental pain can be healed & love can reenter ones life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Coudn't choose just one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was a good thriller all the way through, & the bad guy gets it in the end


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

    All the parts that described how two very unhappy people could stay the course to happiness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Tryst

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (203)

    Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at a family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie...

    Kim says: "Not Your Normal Robyn Carr Book!"
    "Intriguing, Suspenseful, Captivating & Sad"
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    Where does Mind Tryst rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very, very high in writing style, believability & intrigue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Tryst?

    I can't answer that it would give the ending away, I will say this - Wow, this book had everything a great mystery thriller book called for. It was like a cross between Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde & Sherlock Holmes. I liked everything about this book, especially how cleverly the plot kept unravelling & unravelling. From a psychological viewpoint it was mind boggling & I kept finding myself slipping into the place of the main character “Jackie.” Although I do not think I would have been as courageous & determined as she was. What is so sad is there are evil people roaming the earth like that.


    What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I only use aufible books but she was great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yepper, but I had to give my mind a break every once in a while as it was overwhelming.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book by this author i have heard, but i think i will be coming back for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marker

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies.

    Martin says: "A bit too predictable"
    "Very interesting story line"
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    What did you love best about Marker?

    The story line was very good. It was a fresh approach to what could be called the evil in this world with a very suprising ending


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

    I can't recall, but I did like this one a lot. It also proves how perserverance & dedication plays an important part in life.


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

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    Nice Narration too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "Intriguing story line"
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    If you could sum up Tell No Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Weirdos out there


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense & characters were so good & well balanced in a book so suspenseful it was fascinating. I liked the ending too.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything he is the best


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

    Hide under my bed every once in a while


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (362)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "intriguing story"
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    What did you love best about They're Watching?

    It kept me wanting to keep reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too hard to choose


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is one of my favorite narrators


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1242)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Not to my Liking"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well, first of all if the story emphasis had not been on bad family realionships, alcholism. poverty, obesity, self pity, teen-age struggles. laziness, illness, self-centeredness, dirty houses, depression, people making poor choices all over the place, insecurities everywhere, broken marriages, poor parenting, who knows it may have flown as a decent book. But wait, maybe if the ending had come together in a way that was pleasing maybe, but the end only imploded in on itself. So no, nothing I can think of could have raised the rating on this book


    What could Liz Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No Clue


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were the only saving grace I even finished listening to it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heft?

    I would suggest they start all over with a story that was entertaining & not so depressing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (480)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Good book, but"
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    Would you listen to The Weight of Silence again? Why?

    No, becasue I rarely listen to books twice


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was easy to guess when given the choice


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was pretty good


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book touched upon subjects that were difficult for people to hear, like domeatic violence, poor parenting, hidden insecurities, murder of children. And for these reasons made it less enjoyable for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trespass: An Archaeological Mystery Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Hunter
    • Narrated By Chris Macdonnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (13)

    First they tried to kill him. Then they took his daughter . . . Anthropologist Simon Dracup knows that his only hope of finding her alive lies within the pages of his grandfather's diary, the record of a near century old expedition to Mount Ararat, legendary resting place of the great Ark of Noah. When the CIA pays him a visit Dracup learns that something was found on the Ark. Something priceless. Now its owners have taken it back, but they want revenge and Dracup is their prime target . . .

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Best Audio Book Ever!"
    "Best Audio Book Ever!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Trespass to be better than the print version?

    Yes, in fact I consider this book the BEST book I have ever listened too. When I read one of the reviews from someone who said they stayed up all night to listen to it I was quite skeptical, but I found I was listening to it late at night AND during the day. This book, in my opinion could have been at least three full books of thrilling mysteries. It was totally fascinating & had me dumbsruck with guessing what would come next which did keep coming like water over a waterfall - non stop. i think Indiana Jones paled in comparison.


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

    I can't just pick one & if I were to list them all I would be giving away the book. And we do not want that now do we? All I can say us if other people want a wonderful, exciting expereince with an audible book....THIS IS IT.


    What does Chris Macdonnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His performance was masterful & indeed flawless. He surely made this audible book a wonderful experience. He went on top of the list of my favorite narrators. Which makes it hard to listen to other narrators who are less enjoyable..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, in fact I almost did. The author has my praise for writing such a magnificent book. It was so mesmerizing it gsve the word a new meaning.


    Any additional comments?

    I jusr can't say enough good about this book. Thank you Scott Hunter!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (378)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "Well Done"
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    Where does Last Man Standing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 100


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intriguing, captinvating, & on & on


    What about Jason Culp’s performance did you like?

    He captured the characters very well


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


    !It made me confident that Baldacci has done it again!


    Any additional comments?

    Way to GO!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel Plated

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Nickel is a survivor. Raised by the state in abusive foster homes, he escapes at the age of ten to live his life the way his father wanted him to: not as a civilian, but as a warrior. Nickel pays his way by blackmailing pedophiles he tracks down online, selling marijuana to high school students, and working as a private investigator in between. Money talks, but for kids, Nickel works for free. This time, it’s Arrow, a beautiful high school girl, who needs help.

    Justin says: "Well worth checking out"
    "Everyone Needs a Hero"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nickel Plated the most enjoyable?

    The fact that a very young man after going through much suffering himself could turn around & be everyone's hero & wiith great business savy too. He used the tools he found to his advantage which I found uniquely interesting. And he wasn't afraid to be alone .


    What other book might you compare Nickel Plated to and why?

    Yes.


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

    Absolutely. Too many times the young people are given passes just becaue they are young & this author gives voice to another great choice;, & one that takes independence & courage. Similar to the Chris Gravenstein books.


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

    Whe it becam apparent that Nickel knew just what he had to do so he could keep on doing good for others which was anonymity. A tough decision to make for any age..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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