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Sharon E. Cathcart

Why, yes, I am an author

San Jose, CA United States

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  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (458)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Entertaining peek at Agent Pendergast's childhood"
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    What does Rene Auberjonois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His vocal characterizations and pace are pleasant, and it's nice to be read to by someone with good tone.


    Any additional comments?

    This Agent Pendergast short, read by actor Rene Auberjonois, was an entertaining (if spooky) look at Aloysius' childhood. In it, he regales his friend Constance with the story of a creepy man in his old New Orleans neighborhood who was reputed to be the tooth fairy. On the night that his younger brother Diogenes goes to leave a tooth, the 9-year-old Pendergast follows him and makes a disturbing discovery.

    Auberjonois' vocal characterizations and delivery are pleasant, and the story kept my attention throughout. Overall, a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2099)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Quick, clever mystery"
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    Very pregnant Boston police Detective D.D. Warren has been put on desk duty and is essentially working as the police department's receptionist when she's given an opportunity to serve as the technical consultant on a thriller. Her boyfriend, Alex, has asked her to move in with him, and she has yet to give him an answer.

    Alex is called into the story pretty early on when his blood spatter expertise is required on the film shoot. A serial killer has been going after widows, using a chunk of tombstone ... which just happens to match up with the plot of the movie in question.

    I am not familiar with the D.D. Warren series or Gardner's work, but this was a great introduction to the character.

    This clever, quick mystery was given as a freebie to Audible.com members. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (768)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Entertaining historical whodunnit"
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    P.D. James' "Death Comes to Pemberley" has something for mystery fans and Austen fans alike.

    At the beginning of the story, the Darcys are preparing for the annual ball held at Pemberley. Lydia is on her way to visit, although her husband (George Wickham) is not received for a variety of reasons well-known to "Pride & Prejudice" fans.

    Well, the drama begins when Captain Wickham is brought out of the woods covered in blood, and possibly injured ... and his colleague, Captain Martin Denny (a minor P&P character) is found dead. Wickham is, of course, arrested and arraigned on charges of murder.

    There are numerous subplots involving servants, a romance for Georgianna Darcy, and even the obsequious Mr. Collins. The author ties them all together for a whodunnit that I truly did not see coming.

    Well-done, all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Hellfire Club

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (239)

    This title also appears as a novella in the collection “Lord John and the Hand of Devils.” New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon, beloved for her immensely popular Outlander series, crafted this fast-paced tale of intrigue when asked to contribute to an anthology honoring the late, great Ellis Peters. Outlander supporting player Lord John Grey investigates the death of a red-haired man only to become mixed up in the affairs of Sir Francis Dashwood and his notorious Hellfire Club. And as Lord John digs further, his life becomes threatened.

    Jimmy says: "A Great Mystery"
    "Interesting piece of historical fiction"
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    I actually listened to this twice before writing my review. I was a little confused the first time through, but must admit that I was also listening while distracted.

    This is a story about Lord John Grey, from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. It was written as a prequel to a series of books specifically about this character. In this tale, Lord John is witness to a murder ... and also invited (somewhat against his will) to join the local Hellfire club. These incidents prove to be related in some rather unexpected ways.

    I thought the narrator's voice was lovely, although his characterizations were not terribly varied.

    I find the idea of creating a series about this particular character intriguing. This audio book felt like a novella, so there was not as much development as one might prefer. Nevertheless, I found it entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1780)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Way too many subplots"
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    I love the Pendergast novels, but for some reason I had trouble following this one. I think it's because I did not read the two that immediately preceded it. As a result, I found myself re-listening to chapters to make sure I had the information I needed.

    The book starts off with the murder of Pendergast's wife, Helen ... who has, unbeknownst to the agent, given birth to his son. There is a subplot involving the daughter of an accused bank robber, and another involving Pendergast's aunt Cornelia and her claims to be more than 140 years old. The son, Tristram, is the source of another plot reminiscent of "The Boys from Brazil."

    All in all, it was a little confusing. However, I enjoyed Rene Auberjonois' narration so much that I gave this audio book four stars regardless of the bizarre plot line(s).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5692)
    Performance
    (4886)
    Story
    (4895)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A treat of a holiday tale"
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    Would you listen to The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle again? Why?

    Absolutely! Allan Cumming's narration is outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    What a splendid rendition of this classic Holmes tale! Theatre veteran Allan Cumming narrators an unbridged version of Doyle's holiday tale of a stolen goose hiding an important secret.

    Cummings' vocal characterizations are pleasant to listen to and easy to follow. His pace is outstanding. I know this story well, and found it a real treat to listen to such a delightful production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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