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Kathy

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Goldsboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (686)

    Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

    Deborah says: "YA?"
    "great story,will compel you to read more"
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    Story

    I bought this to read for long road trips and was not disappointed. The characters are developed well enough to lure you into the story, and entice you to buy more. I began the book in mid-January, and one month later, I am on book 7. I have to agree with others who have reviewed the narration; the narrator is particularly good when he narratates the story line and is not trying to read as a character; but his narrations as characters are simply appalling. Sometimes you will hear what purports to be an Irish accent, or a Scandinavian or German accent, occasionally even a Southern accent; but the characters are not from particular countries, so their use is unnecessary. Yes, you could assume that the Skandians (I don't know if the the spelling is correct because I have only listened) could be Scandinavian, but don't assume and try to place them into real countries; it only makes the characters less real. The Southern accent is particularly horrendous, I believe he uses that for Halt. If you can get past this, the books are delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (250)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    PETER WADE says: "BETTER WEAR A SEATBELT FOR THIS ONE - GREAT STORY!"
    "not his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read all of Jo Nesbo's books, and enjoy the continuity of characters. This book is a deviation from his other books. I did finish the book, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as his others. It is written in first person from the main character, who is a "headhunter" in the business world, and a shady character who delves in illegal work to provide additional money for his adored wife. It is a mystery, and developed fairly well, but just not up to his normal standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sunless Sea: William Monk, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman. What sinister secrets made poor Zenia worth killing?

    A User says: "Riveting"
    "Fast-moving story, excellent narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was one of Anne Perry's best; a well-crafted story, with references back to other characters and times, but only just enough for the story at hand. The narrator was excellent; the way he changed characters was good, but the inflections of his voice for the story kept it alive. I am only sorry that I have finished the book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pub Across the Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Carter
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At 30, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten, not just by the town’s beguiling mix of ancient and modern but by the welcome she receives.

    Kathy says: "a romance read, disappointing for me."
    "a romance read, disappointing for me."
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    I loved the story idea behind this book, and basically enjoyed the story itself; but there were too many "romance story" interjections for me, and I couldn't skim over it like I would in a printed version. I enjoy mysteries, thrillers, literature, and historical fiction, but generally don't care for the light romance novels, and this tended toward the latter, in my opinion. There was also a conversation at the pub that disgusted me because I thought it was just thrown in for the language alone, The F word is thrown around quite casually, so if it bothers you, beware. That in itself didn't bother me as much as the unnecessary bar conversation. I did like the turn the story took at the end, so that it did end well. The narrator was excellent for this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (548)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Well-written, whiny narration"
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    I have enjoyed all of Lisa See's books. They are well-researched and beautifully written. The narrator is clear and speaks succinctly, but sounds as if she is just a step away from bursting into tears. With the dramatic content and the whiny narration, I cannot listen for too long because I become depressed. I still have about 5 hours left, and had hoped to finish it today, but I have to stop and give myself a breather. I'm not sure who I would suggest, but I think that I will read the next one on my iPad rather than listen to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Browne
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.

    Kathy says: "Fascinating information, easy to listen"
    "Fascinating information, easy to listen"
    Overall

    I bought this because I graduated from high school in '70 and began college- and couldn't remember a whole lot of details from that year. The author has researched it meticulously, giving quotes from members of the bands and setting political backdrops. The narrator is also very good. I have a very hard time putting it down- it is as if you have someone in your living room with you, telling you about what was going on as if he knew these people well, and remembered it perfectly. I have told several people about this book and may give it as a gift, along with some of the music. I find myself playing the songs he describes-

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Skies of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    Now that Pern can look forward to a future without the threat of Threadfall, the people are free to leave their protective stone holds and spread across more of the planet, as well as improve their lives with the newly discovered ancient technology. Not everyone is happy, though. Some resist the change, and consider anything new to be an "abomination".

    Kathy says: "minor irritants, otherwise loved it"
    "minor irritants, otherwise loved it"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book again (have read it before), but the narration became irritating to me when the narrator tried to pitch his voice higher to read the women's voices- he just couldn't carry it off. It sounds better reading it all straight. Also, I noticed a few mispronunciations- earlier in the book, Menolly was pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable, whereas later in the book, it was emphasized on the first. I have read it with the pronunciation on the first syllable (in MY head). I noticed it with one or two other names, also. It makes me wonder, do the readers find out from the authors how to pronouce certain names, or just wing it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (511)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "well-researched, thought-provoking"
    Overall

    JP did not disappoint with her newest book- it was as well-researched and thought-provoking as the majority of her other books. The homosexual element was presented realistically and as unbiased as anyone possibly could, I think. Picoult presents Zoe as a woman who desperately wants children and cannot carry them to term; when her husband of nine years divorces her, she finds solace in a woman who becomes her best friend. As the friendship grows, Zoe realizes that she is happier with her friend than she has ever been, and the homosexual element begins to come to light. Picoult delves with the material in a realistic and sensitive manner, and the story she weaves presents a number of issues. Because Zoe is a music therapist, Picoult has co-written songs to go with the different chapters of the book, and they are sung at the beginning of the book and each chapter. We are reading this for our book club, and one of my friends told me that she enjoyed the songs. I personally felt that, for me, they were distracting, and after several chapters, began fast-forwarding to the reading. The singer sounds a bit like Carly Simon, and although I like Carly Simon "ok", I felt the voice grated on me after awhile. If you find you do not like the songs, don't let them deter you from the book, just skip over them- the book is definitely worth the read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Robin Pilcher
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Claire Barclay has returned to the home in Scotland where she spent her teenage years. After the sudden death of her mother, Claire is concerned about the welfare of her much-loved and now frail stepfather, Leo. But his own grown children seem more concerned about preserving their financial assets than their father’s health. Claire is desperately trying to avoid Jonas, the love of her life who broke her heart at just 18, but he’s asking her to trust him again, on a matter of all urgency.

    Kathy says: "same book as A Long Way Home"
    "same book as A Long Way Home"
    Overall

    I read A Long way Home, thinking this was the second in the series, but they are the exact same book. (downloaded both, and when I began listening to this one, realized they were the same. Audible graciously credited the second and agreed they were the same book, different publishers) The characters are fairly well-developed and the storyline was good. It was an easy book to listen to, good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin Pilcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    In the vein of Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, and Nicholas Sparks, New York Times best-selling author Robin Pilcher returns with his most enchanting novel yet, filled with captivating twists and turns of heart. When Claire Barclay receives news that her beloved stepfather has had a stroke, she’s more than a little shaken. Leo is her last real relative, and his own children rarely check up on the old man. Claire and her husband, Art, leave New York and fly back to Scotland to care for him during the summer.

    Kathy says: "incorrect Publisher's Summary"
    "incorrect Publisher's Summary"
    Overall

    I read this book, thinking that it was the first, and that A Matter of Trust was the second. I enjoyed the book, but the Publisher's Summary for this books is incorrect- the correct summary is actually the one for A Matter of Trust. After downloading both, reading this one first, and then beginning the second, I realized they were the same book. I contacted Audible, who credited my account for the second and did agree, they are the same book, but different title because of different publishers. I think this should be noted so the same mistake is not made- Don't buy them both!
    As for the book itself, the characters were fairly well-developed, and did indeed remind me of a Rosamund Pilcher book. I generally read thrillers, mysteries, and alternate with science fiction/fantasy and historical novels, but occasionally pick up Maeve Binchy, and have read Rosamunde Pilcher in the past. This was a nice change, certainly worth reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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