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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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  • 669 titles in library
  • 155 purchased in 2014
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  • Storm Front

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    From Tokyo, to London, to Johannesburg, high-level bankers are being gruesomely tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Desperate to figure out who Volkov is working for and why, the CIA calls on the one man who can match Volkov's strength and cunning - Derrick Storm.

    Cris says: "Love the show..The book--Not so much."
    "Glad I read it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    It was my very first time listening to a Castle novel. I was kept interested through out. The book I thought was even more exciting than the show, which I watch faithfully.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the suspense & I thought the plot was very original.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much


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

    Keep your friends close & your enemies closer


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Graves Full

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jamie Mason
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he'd never met. But just as he's learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he's done, police unearth two bodies on his property - neither of which is the one Jason buried. Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime, and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. Pretty good. A little different."
    "Great book for insomniacs"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It certainly kept my interest throughour & was extremely hard to second guess. The narration was great too. If there was a book I really needed when sleep evaded me it was this one. Yes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Corinne says: "GOOD book and good reader"
    "entertaining & intriguing"
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    This book was captivating all the way to the end. In fact it felt like 4 books in one. The subject matter was very interesting & the narrator (Dick Hill) was excellent as usual. All in all I enjoyed it very much & would recommend it to others. It was my kind of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Hunter says: "Best Puller book yet."
    "Another great book by Baldacci.Bravo!"
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    Kept me fascinated from beginning to end. I really hate to see these kinds of books end. Narration great too. Highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (506)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "So good to Get back to Preston & Child"
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    Bith if these writer are very good, but together they SMOKE. It has been a long time when reading a book that i yearned to look up words in the dictionary, which in this book was aplenty. Bne chilling suspense was preasant too & as always subject matter was thoroughly researched. Thanks guys

    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
    (346)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (296)

    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
    (653)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (601)

    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
    (747)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (649)

    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
    (684)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (613)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1356)

    "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
    (225)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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