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Kristin

Kalmell

ratings
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REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (302)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "Couldn't stop listening to it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book with great characters and a clever plot. I have a new favorite author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brad Miller is a great hero- honest, principled, and gets into the most amazing predicaments.


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

    I love his voice and the way he interprets the characters voices.


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

    When I finished it, I immediately bought the other 2 in the trilogy. It was very suspenseful and I wanted to know more about Brad and Dana Cutler.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1338)
    Story
    (1348)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "I had been waiting and waiting"
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    What did you love best about To Kill a Mockingbird?

    This is my favorite book and I've read it many times. I had been waiting and waiting for it to come out on audible and I was not disappointed. What I've always loved best about this book is Scout's narration and Sissy Spacek did it justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Atticus is my favorite character. He is strong yet gentle, wise without saying many words. He is everything a person could be as a father and as a man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "You can pet him Mr Arthur". The scene when Scout talks to Boo Radley at the end of the book. It is such a tender moment.


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

    There are so many emotions that run through this book and it makes me cry every time.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, read the book, see the movie and then listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "i want Myron back but Mickey will do"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a big fan of Harlan Coben and loved his Myron Bolitar series. I really miss that series but am settling for his new series. The Mickey Bolitar books are young adult books and this is the second in the series. Mickey is Myron's nephew. I still enjoyed it as an adult and would recommend it to a friend, reminding them it is a young adult book so they won't be looking for something with adult tastes.


    What other book might you compare Seconds Away to and why?

    Seconds Away starts up right where the first one left off and actually continues the story in certain parts. Definitely read the first one first.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job. I liked how he changed voices and made Mickey sound like a teenager.


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

    The story was pretty far fetched and I had no extreme reaction but it did hold my attention and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The end of the book makes it clear there will be another one coming up.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope Harlan Coben will get tired of Mickey and bring Myron back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Certain Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Somewhere in the once-placid streets of San Francisco, a young man is on the run, charged by the media with a crime he didn't commit, hounded by demagogues, hunted by a desperate police department. One cop knows that Kevin Shea is innocent of a brutal racial murder. An ambitious politician will use Shea for her own ends. And a down-and-out lawyer is all that stands between Kevin Shea and an even more atrocious crime. For when there's no law left, justice is the only hope.

    Snoodely says: "Race riots ... in San Francisco?"
    "A big fan of John Lescroart!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Certain Justice to be better than the print version?

    I read the print version a very long time ago so I don't remember. I did enjoy the audio a lot and the narrator did a good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Certain Justice?

    There was a surprising twist which I won't give away, towards the end of the book. I hadn't remembered it from when I read it and it was fun to find out about it. The end was very satisfying.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job with the characters voices and he has a nice voice to listen to.


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

    Can the injustice of a mob be punished ?


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to more books by John Lescroart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21071)
    Performance
    (18895)
    Story
    (18965)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A most original way to tell a story"
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    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    It was so suspenseful and I would constantly be fooled and want to know more about the characters. I don't want to spoil it but I liked the ending the least. I almost felt like I wished I hadn't listened to it because of the ending but that is taking nothing away from the story.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    None. This was such a clever book and the author had a unique way of telling the story.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I liked Nick and the way he came to realize things about himself. I was very sympathetic to his character. On the other hand, the narrator for Amy was excellent and I loved listening to her.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    No, although I could hardly stop listening to the book, which is a sign of a good author and excellent narrators, I felt terrible after I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (889)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Rose says: "Thank you for the free story, however........"
    "Pleasant surprise!"
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    If you could sum up In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Great story tellers


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

    Yes, I was so curious to know how they intertwined.


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

    The narrators made it more realistic and personal.


    If you could take any character from In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I love Jack Reacher. I've listened to or read all of Lee Child's books and find Jack Reacher an amazing character and so unique. He is no ordinary person and I'd love to know more about him.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually read short stories and was pleased at how enjoyable they were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (300)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Jacqueline says: ""We have to talk" - - - -"
    "Okay but not great"
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    What would have made Down River better?

    I would have liked it better if the characters had been more realistic or likable. I never warmed up to the main character.


    Has Down River turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like this genre very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    No, I feel maybe I would have liked the main character more if I had liked his voice.


    What character would you cut from Down River?

    All the characters were important to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I wasn't crazy about the book, I did listen to it all and might read another book by John Hart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    New York Times best-selling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.

    Daniel says: "Good but..."
    "Suspenseful!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book because it had a great storyline and kept you wondering what was going to happen next.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Phillip Margolin? Why or why not?

    This is the 3rd book I've read by Phillip Margolin and they have all been equally as interesting.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Davis is one of my favorite voices. He has a nice voice to listen to and plays the different parts well. I will look for books he reads in the future and am glad he has read the other books in this trilogy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (30)

    Daniel Ames is an associate at Reed, Briggs, Portland's most prestigious law firm, earning more money than he ever imagined possible. When a charismatic civil litigator sues the firm's biggest client for manufacturing a drug that he claims causes unspeakable birth defects, Daniel is certain the claim has no merit. But as he begins to investigate, his world comes tumbling down around him.

    Marian says: "A fast-paced, fun read"
    "Can Daniel Ames clear his name?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really liked this book. It was part mystery and part courtroom drama which in my mind is a great combination.


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

    I liked that there was a story within a story. At first the preface made no sense and I loved finding out how it fit into the story.


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

    This is the first Scott Brick book I've listened to and I thought he did a great job. I will look for his name again.


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

    I listened to this book while I was walking each day and each day I walked longer!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Andy Carpenter- a new hero"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For a person who likes courtroom drama, this is a good find. This is the first book I've read in the Andy Carpenter series and I plan to read them all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open and Shut?


    Telling a memorable moment would give away some of the plot. I was glad I read the suggestion to read the books in order since the characters and their relationships change. The beginning of the second book tells the end of the first.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked Andy's sense of humor throughout the book and the comments he would make to himself. I've now read the first 2 books and both held a sense of tension and mystery while also being entertaining.


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

    I'm not creative with tag lines but I pictured Andy as Brad Pitt and that made me wish a movie would be made of him starring in a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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