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Mary Catherine

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  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "Unhappy"
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    I listened to about 75% of this book and then I just stopped. There was no happy in the book, and I didn't care what happened next. The reader was pleasant and did a great job. I don't think it is a bad book, but I found it all depressing with a hopeless feeling. Just not for me.

    50 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (577)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "Not for me"
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    Story

    This is a matter of preference. No matter how good the story, the writing, the narration, I don't like to spend time with unpleasant characters. This is a story about an unpleasant character. Spoiler alert: What I term as a 'dating at the funeral' situation was unpleasant, showing a true sociopath with no empathy resulting in bizarre behavior. I was really looking forward to this book, but was unable to enjoy it. Nothing wrong with the story at all, just too dark. I am looking forward to the next book, but I will try to forget this one. Up to this point I had really enjoyed the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "Female character ruined the story"
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    I liked the first book, and was glad Allegretto was back, but I did not like the female character at all. She started out annoying, and it went downhill from there. By the middle of the book, I really disliked her. If the story had a bright, caring, intelligent female, it would have been five stars. The abuse in the physical encounters was too unpleasant. The story had a male that was controlled and abused his entire life, and to think he had to end up with some sick twist was not satisfying. He didn’t seem to enjoy the behavior, just tolerated it to keep the woman. The meeting in the water was not good, and I wanted to stop the book. Later when she tied up Allegretto and was sitting in a chair, I almost stopped again – long, drawn-out and unexciting – more uncomfortable and irritating. Pinching, gouging, scratching, and biting to cause pain does not excite me in any way – unhealthy female character. This is not some type of love play with velvet ropes and feathers; it was draw blood and leave scars behavior. She went through the first part of the book not having a clue to anything, too stupid to live, but later after reading one book, she was supposed to be all wise and powerful and kind to everyone (but Allegretto). I enjoyed the writer’s style, the reader was excellent, and there was a good cast of characters, but I just could not get past the female lead wrecking a good story with meaningless cruelty. I disliked her too much to enjoy the book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (5874)
    Performance
    (5151)
    Story
    (5197)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Not worth it free"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some reviewers said the story was sweet and they listened with their children. Could they be talking about the part where the woman was burning on the pyre of her husband, or part about the three coffins - maybe I missed the sweet part. It was more of a nightmare than a fairy tale. Cold story - I didn't care about anything. We were going to listen to the book on a trip for Christmas, but stopped it half way through. I would give it no stars - one star is too generous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Every Solution, A Problem

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Trashy-romance writer Gerri has it all - an overbearing family, a dead-end job, and no man but a ton of pressure to get married and have kids. Frustrated and hopeless that things will ever change, she decides it’s time to transition from “tragic loser” to “tragic loss”. Armed with a shoebox full of sleeping pills and a big bottle of vodka, she’s ready to end it all. First, she writes “honest” farewell notes to everyone she knows…

    Tina says: "lOVE...lOVE...lOVE..."
    "Not a funny subject"
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    I just didn't see the humor in the situation. I tried to stay with the book, but didn't finish it. It just didn't fit me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (938)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "Almost really good"
    Overall
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    The story was interesting, the reader well matched and I thought the concept was good. Spoiler alert: When the female character uses another guy, and then throws him over, I don't have any respect for that character. "Don't tell me you love me - here let me kiss all over you". "Please give me time but I'll continue to sleep next to you every night". The poor guy ends up getting hit right between the eyes - down for the count when he is dumped. With the girl throwing herself at him at every chance, how could he ever see it coming. I found that bit distracting - the story could stand without it. At one point, when she was all over the first guy again, I wondered what she was going to do - take him back to the tent to sleep with her and the second guy? I always think both guys should walk away and find someone better. That back and forth is like a character flaw in a book. I did like the main story, but the so called romance was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1286)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Almost really good"
    Overall
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    The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but sometimes I get stuck on the little things. Lessons I learned. Weapons: always leave your weapon behind, or place it in a location that can’t be reached in an emergency. Romance: love the one you're with, or go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth - real love lasts a few weeks, or maybe a month or two. Stealth: In a dangerous situation when your life or freedom are on the line, screech out the name of the other person with you to draw as much attention as possible. That way your location and identity will available to the group trying to capture you. See, it's just the little things that get in my way at times. I did continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1933)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Starlet says: "Delicious Narration"
    "Almost really good"
    Overall
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    Story

    The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but I got lost along the way. I don't know when or how it happened. Maybe it was having someone important tell you the story of their life for the first time, but you weren't really paying attention. Or when you have the most daring, exciting night of your life, you fall asleep. Maybe things felt like they got stalled when everything should have been building. Maybe it was just me. If someone important was sharing the story of their life, I would listen to every word and memorize the way they looked, the sound of their voice, just to keep the memories alive in my heart and mind. At the least, you could pay attention. Well written, and well read - you might want to give it a chance. Just keep in mind, the story is from the viewpoint of a inexperienced 17-year old. As a small annoyance, there were a lot of references to bad smells, and things were compared to teeth one too many times. Almost really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcery Code: Volume 1: A Fantasy Novel of Magic, Romance, Danger, and Intrigue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could've ever imagined - because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

    Ira says: "I'm Looking For Volume 2 Already"
    "Almost really good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did like the characters and the story, but the action left something to be desired. The magic confrontations consisted of placing cards in an object, scribbling on the cards during a fight, trying to destroy the cards of others, and dropping cards accidentally in a battle. I haven't made up my mind about continuing the series. It almost worked, but not exactly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance of Cloaks: Shadowdance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By David Dalglish
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (228)

    Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

    JPaladin says: "OK, but I'd like to take a crack at re-writing it"
    "I could not get past the reader"
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    I didn't like the reader and just couldn't get into the story Maybe he should be reading text books - not books with different characters and accents. Nothing about the reader appealed to me, and I had to stop the book. I didn't like the characters either. Someone said the main character had a heart of gold - is that after he killed his first two victims without emotion? I think I missed something here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (530)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Very pleasant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed going on the journey with Gwyneth and Gideon, but you have to understand this is a 16 year old girl going through this unexpected adventure. This is school, extreme emotions and first experiences in a fantasy setting. I found the book appealing and I liked the characters. I enjoyed the time travel, the romance, the relationships, the family, and the side characters. The reader and the writer were calm and well matched - an overexcited reader grates on my nerves. I downloaded all three books so I didn't have to wait to hear what happened next. I was drawn into the story - a pleasant getaway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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