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Katherine

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  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1696)

    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"
    "Not their best work"
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    I love Preston & Child and have read everything they've written as a writing team, especially the Pendergast books. I so looked forward to this one! However, it seems to me that Pendergast is nearly on his last leg as a character. The story was OK but not nearly as engaging as the earlier books. Rene Auberjonois did a fine job as narrator.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1303)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Loved it!"
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    House Rules is the story of a boy with Asberger's Syndrome and the effects it has on everyone in his family. I learned a lot--and the story kept my interest until the end. I kept saying throughout "wait, why don't you just explain..." but the answer was obvious: because he has Asberger's and he wouldn't do that. The missteps he makes as an amateur crimesolver is completely engrossing, and I kept hoping that it would work out to a happy conclusion at the end. It did, of course, but I couldn't help wondering if the legal system would really resolve things so quickly--a point I can't resolve, since I'm not an attorney and won't spend the time finding out. Multiple narrators made the story even more interesting. All in all, I really loved the way the plot came together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Newlyweds

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nell Freudenberger
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by - and woos - George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games.

    Linda says: "You run into yourself in the darndest places"
    "Hard to relate to the story"
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    The Newlyweds is the story of a mail order bride who meets her husband online and ends up in the U.S., where she has a difficult time adjusting to the culture. All in all, it was an OK experience but it was hard to relate to Amina and her decisions at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Words Can Say: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Barclay
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (39)

    Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks - a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's World War II diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected - and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.

    Patti says: "Oh Lordy"
    "Unrealistic at points"
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    Wait a minute. You find your grandmother's diary, and you're so afraid to read what it says that you convince some guy you just met to read it with you? And even when you really want to keep reading, you restrain yourself until he comes over again so you can read the next part? And when you know one of your grandmother's friends owns a restaurant downtown, you just can't go until the guy can come along with you? I just don't think that's what a real person would do. It made Chelsea seem to me pretty spineless and without the curiosity that would drive anyone else to sit down with the diary and read it through the night. All this quivering over what the diary could possibly tell her next just seemed fake and a way to draw out the story more. I really couldn't think of one person I know personally who would react the way Chelsea did to any of the circumstances in the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2088)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1219)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "Really enjoyed this!"
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    I love Nicholas Sparks' books, so I knew I would enjoy this one. Rebecca Lowman does a fantastic job as narrator--just the right tone and pace. At points, the story seemed to get a little bogged down, and I found myself skipping over parts. At the end, though, I had to think--wait, wait, I have to go back. All those parts that seemed so slow and that seemed to have little to do with the love story that was unfolding were clues that I nearly missed--so don't be tempted to skip over anything. The ending really caught me off guard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Seven years ago, Sarah Mason's five-year-old daughter vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could. Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child's terrified voice whispers, "Mommy, help, come and get me . . ." The call is cut off, but not before Sarah's heart goes into overdrive.

    Valerie says: "Great listen"
    "Great read!"
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    The story of a mom who can't give up on her missing daughter was one that caught my attention from the beginning. Narrator Joyce Bean did a good job on this. My only complaint is that the story is resolved too quickly. The whys are answered over lots of pages and all of a sudden, here's the end. It's almost as if an editor decided the book was getting too long and had the conclusion down to a few pages.

    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
    (16519)
    Performance
    (14685)
    Story
    (14727)

    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!"
    "Still not sure how I feel about it"
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    Gone Girl is on the New York Times best sellers list, so I figured I couldn't go wrong in purchasing it. Right off the bat, Kirby Heyborne irritated me as the narrator of the story. His pronunciation of some of the words and even his voice in general did not seem to fit. I eventually got used to him--except when he threw in the occasional pronunciation that made me aware of him again--but I think a different narrator would have done a better job. Julia Whelan was fine in her part of the narration. The story in general starts slow--slow enough that I had to make a decision to keep going, since I did pay for the book. Once the wife goes missing, I was hooked and ended up listening to the whole thing in two days. The ending made for a good plot, I guess, but it wasn't very satisfying. I'll try not to give the whole thing away, but by the end, the reader really doesn't know how much about the story or about the marriage at all, like you thought you did throughout. I was left feeling not sure whether I liked the book or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10780)
    Performance
    (9779)
    Story
    (9799)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A pleasant surprise!"
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    I haven't read anything by Peter Clines, so I was depending on the reviews of this book when I made the purchase. The story started out very tame. A guy needs a cheaper apartment and goes with the recommendation of a stranger to find his next place. The old building is weird--all the floorplans are different, etc. etc.--and he wants to know more about it. And then the story builds to a fever pitch that gripped me until the end. It reminded me very much of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, which begins when the main character finds a shiny piece of metal protruding out of the ground in the woods. She starts digging it up and so launches a series of events that keeps the reader turning pages. I couldn't guess where Clines was going with the plot, so I had to keep reading. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and just the kind of story I love! I'll be looking for more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8753)
    Performance
    (7861)
    Story
    (7993)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "I'm sure it was great"
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    I bought The Hobbit to listen to on a 13-hour flight. However, the British narrator was so difficult to understand over the jet noise that I had to stop shortly after the story began. Not the writer's fault--I've read a lot of Tolkien's work--but it simply took too much effort to sort out what was being said. I haven't gotten back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3279)
    Performance
    (2757)
    Story
    (2775)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "I wanted more!"
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    The story kept me wanting to read more. Just when I thought everything might be resolved, another wrinkle was thrown in. Kevin Collins, the narrator, only added to the experience, and he was completely believable. I bought Beautiful Creatures because I've been watching the previews for the upcoming movie and thought it might be good to listen to on the way to and from work. What happened was that I got so caught up that I kept my bluetooth earpiece in even after I got home. I listened to the whole thing in two days. Well worth the price I paid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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