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Cathy

Arlington, TX, USA

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  • Blind Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (82)

    Award-winning author Nevada Barr fills the pages of Blind Descent with heart-stopping suspense, plots that twist around every corner, and spectacular wilderness settings.

    Cathy says: "Unique setting"
    "Unique setting"
    Overall

    This was my first Anna Pigeon "read" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting for this one--the caverns in Carlsbad--is unique, and you get to learn a bit about rock climbing as well. Good mystery.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Better than Shopaholic"
    Overall

    I thouroughly enjoyed this book, even better than the Shopaholic series. The main character, Emma, is sweet and funny, and actually responsible with her money! She works hard and is trying to get her life together, despite her non supportive family, and then she spills all her secrets to her (unknown to her) boss. The twists the story takes are mostly believeable. It's easy to see how Emma could get the wrong idea, and she is strong and takes a stand for herself. I really enjoyed Emma.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (586)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "So Unbelieveable"
    Overall

    I can enjoy a wild story, but this one was so far out that it was annoying. First, a lot of time is spent with Michelle's break with reality and exploring why she is suffering from depression and has a suicide wish. This has nothing to do with the main story except to bring in a psychologist who plays another role. Second, Sean and Michelle are supposed to be experienced investigators, but are so stupid and gullible. And then there is the ending. I won't give it away, but it is completely implausible. The description of the plot of the book makes it sound much more interesting and intriguing than it really is. I did listen to the entire book, but it certainly won't be one that I listen to again.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • False Impression

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (66)

    When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her English country home on the night before September 11, 2001, it will take all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her death and a priceless Van Gogh, which is stolen that night.

    A says: "Very disappointing"
    "Terrible accents, idiotic dialogue"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's books, until now. The plot in this one is rather thin, the accents are bad, and the FBI agents come across as slow and stupid. The main character is smarter than the FBI agents. I made it through the whole book, but his others are much better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (431)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Skip this one"
    Overall

    I read these books backwards--starting with "shopaholic ties the knot" and proceeded backwards to this one. I thought "ties the knot" was hilarious, but in this first book Becky is little more that a compulsive liar, who only lives to buy stuff she doesn't need and then wonders how she spent so much money. I really just wanted to smack her and make her tell the truth. So annoying. Skip this one and just read "Ties the Knot."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

    Stacey A. says: "No idea there was room for improvement"
    "Too much like Steven King"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of the Anna Pigeon series, but this one just goes too far. The story starts out with potential--missing children in the National Park, but then deteriorates into something like a Steven King novel for about the last 3 hours of the book. I won't give it away, and I was on the edge of my seat, but it was more gruesome that I wanted to hear.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    Hot on the heels of international best sellers Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan comes the third light and funny adventure starring Becky Bloomwood, the stylish Brit with a spending problem. Luke, Becky's knight in shining armor, proposes and the real trouble begins. Becky's mom wants a backyard wedding in England. Luke's high-society mother wants a glamorous ceremony at the Plaza. Becky's facing two weddings, on two continents, on the same day!

    Norma says: "Page Turner"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall

    This is my first "Shopaholic" book, and won't be the last. I found myself laughing outloud while listening because of the crazy way Becky Bloomwood thinks. And her shopping trip right before her best friends gives birth is priceless. I did get rather frustrated with Becky's lack of a spine--not being able to make a decision, or stick with one when she finally made it--but for the most part I found this book a very enjoyable diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (851)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Great writing!"
    Overall

    I discovered DeMille about a year ago and have since listened to everything I could get my hands on. I thoroughly enjoy his writing style, although some might call it slow. The plot of Night Fall can be explained very simply, but in the book DeMille takes us through Corey's thought process and includes great descriptions of everything going on. I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is that I love about his books, but they just suck you in and I can't stop listening. Plus, Corey has a great sense of humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (431)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "So Boring"
    Overall

    I am about 2/3's of the way through this book and am seriously considering not bothering listening to the rest of it--something I have never done. There is way too much dialogue about global warming and this and that data. I totally agree with the other review and this book seems to be just a way to put forth Crichton's peronsal opinion and propaganda. One of the main characters, Evans, is really annoying and comes across as very ignorant (don't think it's meant to look that way.) This will be the last Crichton book I bother to "read".

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Peter Robinson is the critically acclaimed New York Times and London Sunday Times best-selling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series, as well as a winner of the 2001 Anthony and 2001 Ellis Awards. Close to Home traverses the difficult landscapes of a painful past, and an uncertain future for Inspector Banks. Two 15-year-old boys are lost, and the circumstances of their disappearances seem oddly parallel save one detail. The first boy disappeared and was presumed dead 35 years ago.

    Kev says: "Golden Age of Mystery"
    "Too much reminiscing..."
    Overall

    I'm about halfway through this lengthy audio book and only now have become accustomed to the nasal British accent of the reader. His voice is not one I really enjoy listening to--much of the reading sounds very stilted and forced. As for the story, I have found myself daydreaming while listening and when I start to pay attention again have missed little. There is far too much reminiscing about life 30 years ago that has nothing to do with the story. Now, at the halfway point, the pace seems to pick up a bit.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Accomplished storyteller Nevada Barr captivates fans with her tightly-woven plots, vibrant descriptions, and believable characters. In this thrilling mystery, her resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon, travels to northern California where she joins the forces battling an out-of-control forest fire.

    Patti says: "Firestorm (unabridged)"
    "Not her best"
    Overall

    I have heard a number of Anna Pigeon novels, but found it hard to keep track of the characters in this one. You do get caught up in the intensity of the fire and their suffering, but I couldn't keep the people straight as to who did what, etc. The murder mystery part of the plot isn't as interesting as in her others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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