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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 2013

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  • In the Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol, Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can’t quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

    Janie O'brien says: "brilliantly performed story"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    in my opinion a total rewrite


    Has In the Blood turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I really am straining to review this book. For one thing the way it is written it forces the reader to pay close attention since it goes from the present to the past & back & forth. The book is in my opinion more depressing than intriguing which of course is only my opinion. It isn't that story does not compete with complicated story lines so that it would sell, but it made me feel depressed through the book because all it did was cover psychopathic behavior in children & adults, made comments about bad parenting, unhappy marriages, adds adultery, lesbianism, gender confusion & ends with murder. Even an unsolved murder. In my opinion too much! And as an educated mental health professional I found times I totally disagreed with the authors viewpoint as writtten.
    When I got done I asked myself what the book gave me & although the story weaved in & out of the main characters life I ended up thinking this book really did not offer answers or solutions to the problems & left me feeling down. That is why I probably would not give this book my highest rating. This is not to say the fans of this author would not enjoy it, but for me it left me feeling the world sucked for the most part & some people just kept on suffering. Not my cup of tea.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gretchen Mol and Candace Thaxon ?

    I thought the narrators did a good job with what they had.


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

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    To me this is a good way to depress the reader.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Bait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kenneth Abel
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    With some of the most spine-chilling scenes in modern suspense fiction, Bait guarantees the listener a roller coaster ride with a hero not afraid to cross the line. Life for narcotics detective Jack Walsh is one continuous drunken binge - until one blurry night when his car veers into an oncoming car, killing the son of Boston’s premier crime boss. Now Jack must decide if he wants to hide from D’Angelo’s vengeful compatriots or reclaim his life.

    Richard Delman says: "A fantastic story, told by the Master."
    "A Little less Bait please"
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    I was rather surprised that this book took the direction that it did. When all is said & done, it was all about bait, bait & bait. A bit over the top for me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (792)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Laurette says: "Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south"
    "Great book, great narration"
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    What an enchanting book. And the young narrator was excellent. it was sad at times, but it carried my focus through thick & thin. And the ending was appreciated too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (644)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    V. Sharol Cutrell says: "Satisfactory final conclusion"
    "Wonderfully Suspenseful!!!"
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    This book held my interest throughout. It cleverly interweaved an interesting plot that was both complicated & hidden. I highly recommend this book to amy mystery buff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working.

    Snoodely says: "Teamwork Exemplified"
    "Compelling story"
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    Thsi is a good book that is not in todays world all that hard to beleive as far as plot is concerned. However, not in a world I care to live in. Excellent reading

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Destroyed: Jonathan Quinn, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (308)

    Mila Voss is dead. That’s what the team hired to terminate her had reported, and that’s how her file had been marked. Dead. Six years now. So why did she suddenly show up on a hotel’s security camera in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania? Those who’d paid for her elimination are more than a little curious. One person should know what happened—Jonathan Quinn, one of the best cleaners in the business, the man who’d been tasked with the disposal of her body. Only Quinn isn’t exactly easy to get ahold of these days.

    AudioAddict says: "Wow!"
    "Keeps you on your toes - anticipating"
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    Great read, another in the fabulous series & I can never get enough of Scott Bricks narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

    Phillip says: "Very good Davenport take."
    "WOW! The suspense never ends!"
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    How smart can a villain be? How devious can a killer get? How mysterious can a story become? Lots, Lots, & Lots. That is the answer to all three questions. This book was well thought out & gave Lucas Davenport a real run for his money. I thorougly enjoyed how the tale unwound in such a stunning style. A reader could not ask for more. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (589)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Queenb says: "Another great read"
    "Good book but with reservations"
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    My review is coming from a personal viewpoint. i really didn't like the story line of violently murdering elderly people. It wasn't clear for most of the book why this happened & I found that quite distracting. Lucas was of course in his usual good form but when the narrator kept moving back & forth using peoples first names,then last names again it got a little confusin who he was referring to. Other than that a good book worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (850)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    mindusq says: "Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes."
    "Man What a book!"
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    This definately is not a book for the faint hearted but I was fascinated non the less with all the mystery that went on non-ending. To me this is a kind of book that has it all. And I was amazed how the writer never ran out of intrguing ideas & kept building the story line until i was ready to scream "I give up." i thoroughly enjoyed this book & intend to read the whole series. Way to go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    Elizabeth Gaines Ellis is an ordinary suburban wife and mother. That's what she tells herself as she flits between her realtor job, yoga class, and caring for her daughter, Chloe. But for months now, Elizabeth has worried that she's far from normal... that she's somehow the cause of a series of brutal, horrible deaths. Her mean-spirited boss. A bullying traffic cop. Her cheating husband. Elizabeth had reason to be angry with them all. She didn't mean for them to die.

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "THE WORST BOOK I EVER READ"
    "THE WORST BOOK I EVER READ"
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    Two authors made this book a complete disaster. I wouldn’t even call it a book since the story line was missing throughoutl. Ridiculous unbelievable story lines running into each other ad nauseam. Too many characters adding nothing but confusion & people getting murdered to for no real reasons. Main character can’t stop self-.It is going back for sure.destructing over & over (tiring & boring ) book too long.. Narration was over the top loud & brash with a sprinkle of pure nasty. I can’t even figure out how this book ever got published. Even the little girl turned out to be a loud mouthy little brat. The villain? Oh don’t even ask! In my opinion this book could never be rewriten even with a gallon of strong glue. I kid you not. And if I could I would not have even given them a one star rating. It will be going back for sure.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (874)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "Very Close to Home"
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    I really enjoyed the memoir of Martin Short. His SNL performances gave my family many fun filled nights & it was interesting to know more about his real life. My 50 year old son goes around imitating him all the time. Thanks much Martin it was a good read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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