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Catherine

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San Diego, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3433)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3114)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Great Story Made Greater by Claire Danes"
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    Although not a sci-fi enthusiast, this book was so well written and performed that I was hooked from the first chapter. And stayed hooked all the way through the epilogue. Entertaining, and not too far fetched. Could this happen to us?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Humanity Project

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jean Thompson
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father, Art, who doesn’t quite understand how he has suddenly become responsible for raising a sullen adolescent girl. Art’s neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Just as mysteriously, no one seems to know where Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, goes after work, but he has become the one person Linnea can confide in,

    Catherine says: "The "Project" was not a success to me"
    "The "Project" was not a success to me"
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    What disappointed you about The Humanity Project?

    Great set ups to tell stories, that never were completed.


    What could Jean Thompson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Complete a story - lots of trails that ended with a thud. For instance, why mention the similar metallic fabric coat more than once and then... nothing.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    Nice variance on the different character voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Humanity Project?

    Its hard to say, because I'm unsure about what the author was trying to convey. So many things seemed like they were going somewhere and were important to lay out the story... but not completion.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why I read any good reviews on this book. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2115)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Come Back, Bernadette!"
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    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Funny; insightful; intelligent


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    I've never read anything like this. Usualy intelligent books are not funny and vice versa. This is the whole package.


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

    I have not heard Kathleen before, but will actively look for her in the future. Her performance was fabulous. (I'd love a recording of "O Holy Night" but that comment is going to be very confusing for someone reading this review!)


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

    Yes and no. It was very enjoyable and I wanted to keep listening, but I really didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more! Maybe this should be a series. I want to know what happens next in all the characters lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Graham
    • Narrated By Lauren Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

    Dina says: "Missing Lorelei"
    "More Please!"
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    A long time fan of Lauren Graham, I was a little nervous that her writing wouldn't live up to my hopes... but the fear was unwarranted. Although there are some portions of the ending that were pretty easy to see coming, the road to them was very entertaining.

    I feel sorry of folks reading this book in print - Lauren's voice is the only voice that should read these words. She is a serious actress who you know doesn't take herself too seriously.

    I hope for more books, either continuing the story of Fannie, or introducing us to new characters. Be prepared while listening with your ear buds firmly in place, if you're in public you may embarrass yourself by laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (492)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "Maeve, I Miss You Already"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Week in Winter the most enjoyable?

    Maeve Binchy's style is a story weaver. There are glimpses of characters from prior books that make you feel you've found an old friend and you're sharing inside jokes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Week in Winter?

    So many sweet moments... but when the two women vying for the highest level in one man's life find themselves in peril and finally get to know each other, it was beautiful. Not over-the-top drama, but real life emotions.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful lilt to her voice - a very pleasant performance.


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

    Too many to count. All the diverse characters experiences an epiphany of some sort... some simple, some life-changing. I wish I could book a week in Winter at this rustic resort on the Irish coastline!


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this book was bittersweet, knowing that it is truly the final work of Ms. Binchy. She was a master story teller, with subtle lessons of tolerance and coping experienced by her characters, but never hitting anyone over the head. I'm already missing her company.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (321)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "Still Going Strong in the Fifth Book"
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    Would you listen to A Fistful of Collars again? Why?

    Yes, because Chet and Bernie are my buddies and I love to revisit old friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet - always Chet. He give me insight into my dogs brain.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Although I adore Chet, its always fun to hear Bernie calling, "Che---et!"


    Any additional comments?

    After 4 wonderful book covers, why is this one boring white with writing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1180)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "Strong and Lovable Characters"
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    Where does A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audible books I've listened to - I was sad for it to end, but it ended well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty of the love between the family - good times and more importantly - bad. It was also a multi-level mystery that was fun to follow.


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

    This is my first Joshilyn Jackson book, but it will not be my last. Her performance voice is as delightful as her writing voice. Joshilyn was able to capture the teenage angst voice as well as the middle aged grandmother voice. Her voice is Southern honey, with just enough sass thrown in to keep it entirely believeable.


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

    No. Although it was compelling, I purposely rationed it. I wanted it to unfold slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already recommended this book to friends. Anyone wanting to hear from 3 generations of strong Southern women who you'd love to include in your real life friends, will enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    News of the sudden death of his childhood friend compels Jono Riley, an aging bartender and part-time actor, to return for a few days to the place where he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. Author McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of some mysterious shootings.

    Suzn F says: "AOK Book"
    "Interesting Characters"
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    What did you love best about Traveler?

    The plot was unique, with views of current and past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a very good story line, but having heard a prior interview with the author/narrator, I enjoyed the times in which he referenced the characters he actually played on Law and Order and Cop Rock. Very fun.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    I loved the ensemble - but had a soft spot for the caring policeman.


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

    many


    Any additional comments?

    I love the writing and narrating style of Ron McLarty. I want MORE! Also enjoyed The Memory of Running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1036)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Great Entertainment"
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    Would you listen to The Memory of Running again? Why?

    Yes, I love the people who are revealed in the sojourn and the narration by the author is a great performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It unfolded in a way that I felt like I was part of the experience


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

    After listening to The Memory of Running, I listened to The Traveler. Also a wonderful read. More plot driven than Running.


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

    Laugh, out loud, should come with a warning. Its very embarrassing with an iPod.


    Any additional comments?

    I have, and continue to, recommend this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11459)
    Performance
    (7444)
    Story
    (7478)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Thoroughly Engaging"
    Overall

    This book sat on my iPod for a couple of weeks before I got up the nerve to listen. I love Hillenbrand's work, but was not sure I was up to a POW story. Once I started, I had several times of listening to the point of the battery going dead. What a fabulous and inspirational story, written beautifully by Hillenbrand and read by Herrmann's very comforting voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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