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Catherine

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MADERA, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (384)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "The Hypnotist"
    Overall

    From the book description:Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders, against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered.
    I was reluctant to purchase this after reading several Kindle reviews that described the book as confusing. I have to say that I really enjoyed the Audible version of this book. It had lots of twists and turns and kept me engrossed. The narrator did a superb job of giving a distinct voice to all of the characters. It was a thriller in the true sense of the word.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (445)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "Very good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Tears in the Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great listen, well researched and descriptive.


    What other book might you compare Tears in the Darkness to and why?

    Unbroken. Also well researched and descriptive.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully narrated. I listened to this book about a year ago but could not remember if I had read it or listened to the audiobook. He was that perfect.


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

    This whole story was moving. The suffering of the Americans and Filipinos was just unimaginable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Please Look After Mom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Samantha Quan, Janet Song, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    On a family visit to the city, Mom is right behind her husband when the train pulls out of Seoul Station without her, and she is lost, possibly forever. As her children argue over how to find her, they each recall their lives with her. Have they lived up to her expectations? Was she happy? Through the piercing voices of daughter, son, and husband, and through Mom’s own words in the novel’s shattering conclusion, we learn what happened that day, and explore an even deeper mystery—of motherhood itself.

    Diana - Audible says: "A moving family portrait"
    "Worth the Effort"
    Overall

    I agree with the other reviewers that the narration took a bit to get used to. But I found it worth the wait. It is a poignant story of how a mother loves her children and how, in tragedy, they view their mother in an entirely different light. It reminded me in some ways of "Bridges of Madison County" in that her children were surprised by her "real" life only when she was gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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