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Katherine I. Sholty

illinois | Member Since 2014

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  • The Shadow Cabinet: Shades of London, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Maureen Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    At the end of Maureen Johnson's New York Times bestselling novel, The Madness Underneath, Rory, Callum and Boo are reeling from the sudden and tragic death of their friend and squad leader, Stephen. The Shadow Cabinet picks up where listeners left off, and now Rory is convinced there must be a way to bring Stephen back. Meanwhile, new dangers arise: Rory's classmate Charlotte is missing, and Jane and her nefarious organization are clearly planning something big.

    neeva m. says: "LOVE THESE BOOKS"
    "What if death was only the beginning?"
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    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    No spoilers, but STEPHEN.


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

    Conquering death requires a few wayward souls to be sacrificed, consequently letting malevolence take root. Jane's sordid history with the siblings, Sid and Sadie is retold in the gruesome, twisted first chapter. It is with this beginning, that the work Stephen, Callum, and Boo do takes on a new role. They are no longer "ghostbusters". They have a new problem, and it's the living. Ghosts are fighting back. The living are wanting to defeat death. Stephen is gone. Callum is angry. Boo is lost. Rory wants to fix it, but it's hard to undo your biggest mistake... getting sucked into a cult.

    Rory may seem at first like a Mary Jane. Ordinary girl gains gift. Confused. Meets guy. Falls in love with guy. Guy dies. Rory is different though. She's endearing, and her earlier wild anecdotes that at first I found odd fit with what is happening around her. The anecdotes in the Shadow Cabinet work better at foreshadowing the events to come, than in previous installments.

    The Shadow Cabinet goes deeper into Stephen's psyche. Thank you cleverly placed evaluation form on Stephen. His aloofness, knowledge, and recklessness all come down to a piece paper boxed away in his things. It's heartbreaking, and it launches Rory into action.

    This third installment will leave you grasping for the next.


    Any additional comments?

    Frankie. I like her, which probably means she's working for Jane.

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  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8762)
    Performance
    (8082)
    Story
    (8057)

    Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

    Shawna says: "Small doses."
    "Daring"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    There's a unique balance to essays included. Some will have you in tears because you're laughing. (Man on the plane, I'm talking about you and your porn.) Others will have you wanting to give her a hug and wanting to send her a taxidermist Chipmunk named Piper, who is beach ware ready.


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

    Jenny Lawson is brutally honest when talking about her depression and anxieties. Never have I heard it described so perfectly. It takes an extreme amount of effort to shake off the stigma of mental illness and shout it out to the world, to not be ashamed, and to be simply you.


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  • Seven for a Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    From Edgar-nominated author Lyndsay Faye comes the next book in what Gillian Flynn calls, "a brilliant new mystery series." Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city's dark practices - until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the "blackbirders," who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. The abolitionist Timothy is horrified by these traders in human flesh.

    Amy says: "A Solid Sequel to Gods of Gotham"
    "A Wild 14 Hour Journey"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seven for a Secret to be better than the print version?

    Steven Boyer's performance makes you forget that it's a book, it's as if it's come to life and you're on the outskirts watching the events unfold.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1330)

    Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died suddenly. Grief stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter - his legitimate daughter.

    Mary C. says: "Adequate."
    "It's the Post War Generation Drowning Their Demons"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended it to anyone who is breathing.


    What other book might you compare The Other Daughter to and why?

    Movie wise, it's a lot like Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day and My Fair Lady with a splash of The Great Gatsby.


    Any additional comments?

    What starts out as a novel, about a woman going in search of a father whom she believed to be dead, turns into a plot ripened with revenge. Lauren Willig shows how feelings of despair and loneliness can turn towards revenge, and how revenge can unwittingly turns innocents into victims. The Other Daughter is witty, and has the sparring dialogue of Cary Grant Rosalind Russel. Rachel's journey from lowly nanny to socialite will grip you from that very first page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruin and Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1717)

    The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

    NEW NAME says: "10 stars! Best ending ever!"
    "A Thrilling Conclusion"
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    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice oddly reminds me of Mia from the Princess Diaries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Two come to mind, but spoilers and all. You'll you what they are as soon as you get to them. *hands over a box of tissues*


    Any additional comments?

    I apologize for the randomness.

    First off, The Darkling. I kept waiting for him to play a bigger role. I didn't really feel his presence until that showdown between him and Nikolai. The Darkling faded away like smoke. You still heard of battles and skirmishes, but nothing really life altering. I didn't even feel all that bad at the end, which makes me wonder about all this Team Darkling. He could have been so much more. I kept waiting for that redemption moment, and without spoiling, I didn't really feel it there at the end.

    Nikolai. The world needs more Nikolai adventures, I don't care if it's as him as a pirate... I mean privateer, him as the you know what, or as the new king. I refuse to let him go.

    What kept me reading, was the team dynamics. Zoya, Genya, David, Mal, Alina, Misha, Toyla, Bagra, etc was electric, heartbreaking, humorous, and are basically people whom I wouldn't think twice about hanging out with. The characters weren't typed casted into roles, they were alive.

    Oncat. We all need an Oncat in our lives.

    The ending is that warm sweater and cup of hot chocolate on after trudging in three feet of snow to get your mail. It's sweet, simple, and fitting for the main characters.

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  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (791)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Sam - Audible says: "Cannot stop thinking about this book"
    "What do you do while you await execution?"
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    What did you like best about this story?


    Which character – as performed by Morven Christie – was your favorite?

    Morven Christie brought so much emotion into bringing Agnes to life. She made you feel the despair and utter hopeless as the months pass towards Agnes's execution. You became Agnes and you feel the anxiety build as the winter months come.




    Any additional comments?

    Hannah Kent's research into Icelandic culture, is tangible in the words she has written; from the superstitions, prison life, community life, to abandoned orphans, and to the dynamics in which servants of that time period lived, will make the outcome of the novel even more poignant.

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  • Siege and Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1773)

    Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

    Joki says: "Kinda of Falls For the Sophomore Curse"
    "Fun Summer Read"
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    What did you like best about Siege and Storm? What did you like least?

    Siege and Storm begins with Mal and Alina on the run. Bardugo slips you into the characters, you feel as if you too are being hunted by the Darkling. The middle flounders and you find yourself lost in the drama between Mal and Alina, and the focus on the war is set to the side. Yet, the addition of Tolya, Tamar, and Sturmhond bring Alina a support system she was lacking in the first installment. The zealots help tie the series into our own world, and what we've seen in our own pasts (especially during medieval times), and even to cult followers. This installment is darker than the first, it hovers on the edges of the plot when Alina isn't facing the Darkling.

    Side Notes:
    STURMHOND. WE NEED MORE.
    I was saddened by the lack of the Darkling.
    Genya... tears.
    David... OhtotheMGEE... I won't spoil anything but that ending.


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  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "the path to hell is paved in good intentions"
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    Would you listen to This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein again? Why?

    This Dark Endeavor captures the bond between siblings with depth and accuracy; between the rivalry, the love, the adventures they embark upon, and the need to just stab your sibling with a foil, kept me listening. Even when the pendulum swings downward in Victor and Konrad's relationship, their loyalty to each other never falters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth is a wonderful balance of femininity and just being one of the boys. She can be wild as any wolf, yet remain a believable character. She has weakness and isn't afraid to show it. But seriously, she fended off a vulture with her teeth. Do not mess with her.


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

    His performance as Victor and Konrad during their arguments is lively and engaging. It is something you'd miss by reading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2900)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Barry P. Press says: "Enjoyable Fantasy with an Excellent Narrator"
    "Russian X-Men"
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    What did you like best about Shadow and Bone? What did you like least?

    Who can you trust? The Darkling? Baghra? Genya? Mal? I loved this uncertainty, and it's what kept me hooked.

    One minor annoyance: Alina is thrust into a world of power, with very little information on how to navigate it. She goes where she is told and believes what she is told, yet during a pivotal moment with Baghra she is easily won over by the woman. This bothered me. Alina to this point, trusted the Darkling, and now she aligns herself with Baghra. Baghra's argument didn't sway me, even though I had suspected as much from the Darkling, whereas Alina did not.

    Why do I want to read the next? Because Alina does what any sane person would do in her circumstances, she runs. I want to see how she comes to terms with this, and fights back. Because we all know she is going to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Leigh Bardugo? Why or why not?

    I'm curious to see where the next book leads. I may however just pick it up from the library.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The incorporation of Russian elements into the story was a bit off kilter with the narration. Some characters had a Russian accent while others sounded American. Slightly confused.


    Did Shadow and Bone inspire you to do anything?

    To kill all love triangles. Mostly.


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  • Black Dove, White Raven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Maanuv Thiara, Lauren Saunders
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Emilia and Teo's lives change in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brings down the plane their stunt pilot mothers are flying. Teo's mother dies immediately, but Em's survives and is determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes - in a place where he won't be discriminated against because of the colour of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

    Gloria B. Winters says: "Slow"
    "Grueling"
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    What disappointed you about Black Dove, White Raven?

    I haven't come across a lot of historical fiction about Africa between the Great War and the Second World War, and that is what initially drew me to Black Dove and White Raven. The flight logs, the invented stories by Em and Teo, and journals just couldn't hold my attention. It felt too jolty. The adventures of Black Dove/White Raven would make an excellent novella for kids. The flight logs and journals showed the Ethiopian and Italian conflict through the eyes of children, and the heartbreak at innocence shattered in the time of war. Ethiopia comes to life through Em and Teo's description and vivid imagination. Yet, the side adventures leading up to the climax felt drawn out and dull a majority of the time. There were a couple of info dumps, with the adults explaining the current strife between Ethiopia and Italy, that I had to backtrack and relisten to.

    Teo and his mysterious cargo he had to fly was a bit farfetched for me, along with his and Em's fate at the end.

    It bothers me that in the time that Rhoda and her husband never tried to learn each other's native language. Their relationship was pretty nonexistent and I don't understand why they are still married.


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  • In Dublin's Fair City: Molly Murphy Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (653)

    Molly Murphy's beau Captain Daniel Sullivan may be out of jail on bail, but he's still a ways from clearing his name, and his foul mood has Molly in search of a little breathing room when providence steps in in the form of a proposition from New York City's renowned theatrical impresario Tommy Burke. America has been very good to Tommy, and now that he's getting on in years, he'd like to pass some of that good fortune on to his family back in Ireland.

    Simone says: "Such a Fun Series!"
    "Dublin is dreary"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The 6th installment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries floundered. There was almost too much going on in the plot: Oona Sheehan's mysterious disappearance, the murder of Oona's young maid, finding Tommy Burke's lost sister, anarchists, and the random popping up James Joyce (yes, the writer). Joyce didn't add anything to the story line. What bothered me more, was Molly's serendipitous meeting with her younger brothers who just happened to be in Dublin. It fell into place all too nicely. I sorely missed Gus and Sid's presence. The ending however, helped bumped it from a one star to a two star rating. I wish the entire novel, had run like that


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