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Catherine J. Pondozzi

I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

Laurel, Maryland | Member Since 2012

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  • And Then You Dye: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    At Crewel World - the needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, run by Betsy Devonshire - an array of beautifully hand-dyed yarns are supplied by Hailey Brent, an avid hand-dyer as well as a customer. But shortly after her most recent delivery of yarn, Hailey is found dead in her home, with a gunshot wound to the head. Betsy can't imagine who might have killed Hailey, but she is determined to find out.

    Cheryl says: "And Then You Dye"
    "Light Weight Murder Mystery but Good"
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    What did you like best about And Then You Dye? What did you like least?

    Best - was it reminded me of the "Cat Who" books by Lillian Braun. There was quite a bit if interesting information shared about the art of dying fabrics & yarns & also about plants. Actually I learned a lot. The story took place in a small town where people knew each other for the most part. The lives of the characters were interestingly protrayed & realistic. The twist for me came with an older female retailer becoming the amateur sleuth helping the police with the murder. The plot was kept moving & intersting but would never interest a person looking for a lot of hupla, guns, crime & violence. It was a single quite simple story but still not all that easy to solve in the beginning. The subjects of adultry, romance & gays were lightly & prudently written about. There wasnt really anything i didn't like I accepted the book for what it had & I enjoyed it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Monica Ferris before, how does this one compare?

    No this was the first.


    What three words best describe Susan Boyce’s voice?

    Sincere, talented, believable


    Was And Then You Dye worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Whoa what a good book - couldn't stop listening"
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    Fabulous story line. interesting, exciting. With every turn a new plot, yet all connected in the end. A definate thriller

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (531)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "Holy Moly what a book!"
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    Would you listen to The Killer again? Why?

    I have more than once. I lept loosing my place.


    What other book might you compare The Killer to and why?

    No clue so far...this must be a first


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THe Chalet


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

    Oh yeah


    Any additional comments?

    can't wait til the second book comes out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (622)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Light murder mystery with an education in coffee"
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    If you could sum up On What Grounds in three words, what would they be?

    Full, modern, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all


    What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

    She nailed the part as narrator from beginning to end


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

    The Charity Ball


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (548)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    What did you love best about The Grand Sophy?

    How Sophie was always one step ahead of everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the language & words never heard in todays society. The men actually had something to say.


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

    She brought the character alive in a very neat way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh yea, I laughed everytime Sophie got the upper hand which was always.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1173)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Man, Can it get any better?"
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    What did you love best about Personal?

    Just about everything!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely, especially when you realize even the smallest comment from Reacher has a big meaning.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is a wonderful narrator who makes Reacher the character he is.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Watch your back, then watch it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, except read the book or listin to it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chilled: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    After his brother’s murder, Alex Kinton vows to hunt the killer and administer his own form of vigilante justice. His chance comes when he lies his way onto a search and rescue team and is called to the site of a downed plane in the Cascade Mountains. The team soon discovers that everyone aboard has perished…except for the man Alex is targeting. Alex is determined to do whatever it takes to stalk his prey through the snowy wilderness. Brynn Nealey, the team’s forensic nurse, doesn’t have time for the mysterious outsider. But in the close quarters of the search party, Brynn begins to feel drawn to the hardened and brooding stranger.

    Leigh says: "Returned it!"
    "I liked this book & the way it ended"
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    What did you love best about Chilled?

    How anger, emoitional & mental pain can be healed & love can reenter ones life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Coudn't choose just one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was a good thriller all the way through, & the bad guy gets it in the end


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

    All the parts that described how two very unhappy people could stay the course to happiness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Tryst

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at a family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie...

    Kim says: "Not Your Normal Robyn Carr Book!"
    "Intriguing, Suspenseful, Captivating & Sad"
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    Where does Mind Tryst rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very, very high in writing style, believability & intrigue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Tryst?

    I can't answer that it would give the ending away, I will say this - Wow, this book had everything a great mystery thriller book called for. It was like a cross between Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde & Sherlock Holmes. I liked everything about this book, especially how cleverly the plot kept unravelling & unravelling. From a psychological viewpoint it was mind boggling & I kept finding myself slipping into the place of the main character “Jackie.” Although I do not think I would have been as courageous & determined as she was. What is so sad is there are evil people roaming the earth like that.


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

    I only use aufible books but she was great.


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

    Yepper, but I had to give my mind a break every once in a while as it was overwhelming.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book by this author i have heard, but i think i will be coming back for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marker

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies.

    Martin says: "A bit too predictable"
    "Very interesting story line"
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    What did you love best about Marker?

    The story line was very good. It was a fresh approach to what could be called the evil in this world with a very suprising ending


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't recall, but I did like this one a lot. It also proves how perserverance & dedication plays an important part in life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    Nice Narration too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "Intriguing story line"
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    If you could sum up Tell No Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Weirdos out there


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense & characters were so good & well balanced in a book so suspenseful it was fascinating. I liked the ending too.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything he is the best


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Hide under my bed every once in a while


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "intriguing story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about They're Watching?

    It kept me wanting to keep reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too hard to choose


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

    He is one of my favorite narrators


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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