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Kathy

Bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • How Fiction Works

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Wood
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    Ranging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings, Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. He sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision, resulting in nothing less than a philosophy of the novel, which has won critical acclaim nationwide, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times Book Review.

    Don says: "Educational!"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I'm not sure what I thought the book was about, but I'm sure I can't understand it.
    It was a little like being taught to diagram a sentence instead of how to write one,,, and doing it with an upper crust British accent ,,,with words and references from another era,,,, wearing ear muffs and a blindfold.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2202)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "It isn't you; it's me"
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    Dear Jack
    We have to talk. This just isn't working between us anymore.
    Be assured that it isn't you; it's me.

    Your super human escapades are fine, I just can suspend belief long enough anymore
    Your emotional immaturity is fine, I just feel I need something a less shallow these days
    Your author's choice of having Tom Thumb , I mean Tom Cruise play you in a movie is fine, even though I am stricken with paralyzing nausea at the very thought

    I'm not worried that you will reply as your author's most favorite phrase for you is "I said nothing." Honestly Jack, if I had a penny for every time I heard that, I could forget trying to win the Power Ball

    I wish you all the best. I know you will find new readers/listeners as I must move on and find other authors/heroes/books .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Clouds Rolling In

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ginny Dye
    • Narrated By Christine Cunningham Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Carrie Cromwellcomes of age as the dark clouds of the Civil War swallow the country. Born with a fiery spirit and a strong mind, she finds herself struggling between the common wisdom of the South and the truth she has discovered.

    Kathy says: "Dreadful"
    "Dreadful"
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    I bought this book because someone said it was similar to the Gabaldon's Outlander series.
    There is NO comparison. I could go on for hours about the differences but I'm so upset by this book I can't organize my thoughts. For me, this book is a Wallbanger -- the kind of book I would throw against the wall for just for existing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1108)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "And Now For Something Completely Different"
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    Since I usually give romance novels close to failing grades (except for Sandra Brown's Rainwater and Linda Winstead Jones' Raintree: Haunted) why would I give this one a 5 Star rating? The same rating as I would give The Beautiful Ruins, the Book Thief, the Book of Unholy Mischief? Well, that would be comparing apples and oranges so it isn't a fair comparison.

    However, as a Romance novel, this one stands out far above all others!

    The key difference is that the protagonist is male and he narrates the story to the reader/listener as if in casual conversation. And the dialogue is definitely male--locker room style, blunt, crude and perfect for the story. It is so on the mark, I have trouble realizing that it is written by a woman.

    All the characters are colorful, entertaining and totally different than those found in ordinary romance stories.
    Great find. I just can't figure out how the author will follow up on this one, much less top it but I'm ready to find out!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "What a Find!"
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    What a find!
    First I was unfamiliar with the author. Second the story was unique and about a time and place I knew little about (Ukraine about 1930). Third the characters seemed to really care about each other. There was genuine affection between family members. None of the drunken beatings common in many stories of that area.
    Smith's writing is delightful. The details are so vivid, it's hard to believe he didn't live the experience.
    Bronson Pinchot's performance is stunning. It just couldn't be better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "Ceepak is BACK!"
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    John Ceepak is BACK! He is one of my many guilty pleasures and I don't mind everyone knowing. Grabenstein's books are fun, clever, and entirely delightful. Consistently a great choice for reading/listening pleasure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Molly Caldwell Crosby
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In the summer of 1913, under the cover of London’s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each other - a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detective - in the greatest jewel heist of the new century. An exquisite strand of pale pink pearls, worth more than the Hope Diamond, has been bought by a Hatton Garden broker. Word of the “Mona Lisa of Pearls” spreads around the world, captivating jewelers as well as thieves.

    Kathy says: "Great find!"
    "Great find!"
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    This one should be a movie! Clever cops, handsome robbers, evolving forensic science, LOTS of money in the mix! A fantastic story delightful told. And it really happened!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Some refer to it as the Colony. To others, it’s a cult. But few locals in the Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay have ever been invited to the inner sanctum of Siren Song. Even the sisters who live here, far from strangers who might recoil at their unnerving psychic abilities, don’t know all the terrors buried within its walls…

    Kathy says: "Ouch!"
    "Ouch!"
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    This book must have been written in all caps with a dozen exclamation marks after each sentence. Why else would the narrator read (scream) it that way? I doubt that Marines in boot camp are yelled at that much.

    The back story was interesting but the main story, about a crazed serial killer, was "eh"

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Stellar!"
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    This story would make a great movie. Terrific storytelling -- colorful characters, quirky situations, all set in a southern Indiana community during the 60's,
    Reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ioan Grillo
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. "Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart?" they wonder.

    Kathy says: "A NOBY Nominee"
    "A NOBY Nominee"
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    Is there an award like the Razzie for worst audio performance? Maybe a Nails-On-Blackboard award? A NOBY? If so I would like to nominate Mr. Paul Thornley’s performance in this book.

    Although he is a professionally trained actor, I can honestly say I’ve heard more vocal variation and feeling from a prerecorded message than he delivers here.
    This book may contain the secrets of the universe but I’ll never know --- it was too painful a listen.

    One thing that puzzles me. From the time the narration is complete to the time the book is purchased, how many people listen to it for quality? Three? One? None? None would be my guess for this book because no hearing person could listen to it and say “Yep, this one is good to go”

    If I were the author and had spent months researching, writing and re-writing a book that actually made it to publishing and THEN had it swept under the rug by dreadful narration, I’d be more than upset.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Set the Night on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Diane Piron-Gelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Someone is trying to kill Lila Hilliard. During the Christmas holidays she returns from running errands to find her family home in flames, her father and brother trapped inside. Later, she is attacked by a mysterious man on a motorcycle ... and the threats don’t end there. As Lila desperately tries to piece together who is after her and why, she uncovers information about her father’s past in Chicago during the volatile days of the late 1960s ... information he never shared with her, but now threatens to destroy her.

    Snoodely says: "Excellent Mystery / Thriller"
    "Great listen!"
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    This book is so much better than this first one I listened to from this author (The Bitter Veil) that it’s hard to believe they were written by the same person. Hellmann's talent has obviously developed to an extraordinary level.

    The story’s structure, character development, dialogue, pacing --- everything – is delightful. The narration is spot on too. And the pacing is FAST --- I mean it really MOVES. I couldn’t find a stopping place until the last sentence.

    The bulk of this story takes place in the ‘60s and details many things I had forgotten but brought back a flood of memories in spectacular color.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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