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Cathryn

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Harvest is waaay better"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about The Bone Garden? What did you like least?

    I liked the history the best - I liked the pseudo feminist tone least


    Would you recommend The Bone Garden to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - it's milk sop and lacks teeth


    How could the performance have been better?

    I the performer were less delicate - she should read classics for women. All the older male voices sound like Judd Hirsch - some Jewish New Yorker not really getting the Boston sound


    Did The Bone Garden inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Harvest is better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "AMAZING Incredible Book"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Shantaram in three words, what would they be?

    Earthy Crime Family


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lin - sympathetic and exciting simultaneously


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Lin - sympathetic and exciting simultaneously


    If you could rename Shantaram, what would you call it?

    Beyond the Walls


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (391)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "I give it a 'meh'"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Simplify the plot. Auntie wouldn't give Sarah the power to raise the dead because it's a curse -so the basic premise makes no sense especially after their closeness is established. Too many plot lines too many characters when what you're going for is a good witchy ghost story. Too many irrelevant details.


    What other book might you compare The Winter People to and why?

    Snowblind - another winter based over thought ghost story.


    What aspect of Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur ’s performance would you have changed?

    Too romantic sounding, something overly pronounced, sentimental


    Was The Winter People worth the listening time?

    not really


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fevre Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Ron Donachie
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Abner Marsh has finally realised his heart's desire, he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship ever to sail the Mississippi river. Marsh hopes to race the boat some day and prove its supremacy, but his partner seems determined to prevent him from fulfilling this ambition. Joshua York funded the creation of the Fevre Dream, but now rumours are spreading about the unusual company he keeps, his odd eating habits and strange waking hours. As the Dream crosses the great river, it leaves in its wake too many sinister stories.

    Cathryn says: "Just another lame vampire story"
    "Just another lame vampire story"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So predictable. So lame.


    Has Fevre Dream turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just too predictable


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

    Great character actor amazing vocal control. Way above this tripe.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fevre Dream?

    I would have rewritten it to be about the gothic of the south and some other layers of mystical perversion. The area is so witchy why not really go into a Fever Dream instead of an Anne Rice rip off.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Elsewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Jackson Bennett
    • Narrated By Graham Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

    Lisa says: "You are entering the twighlight zone"
    "Excellent Mythos Delivers"
    Overall
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    Where does American Elsewhere rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there


    What other book might you compare American Elsewhere to and why?

    At the Mountains of Madness because it engages with similar concepts of beings from another dimension.


    Which character – as performed by Graham Winton – was your favorite?

    Mona


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

    What lives on the other side of the mirror?


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it - best since Lovecraft and Philip K Dick

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7551)
    Performance
    (6575)
    Story
    (6566)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Yawn Fest"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    I would try another book from Ms. Whelan but I will never give Roberts another go.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Temporal Void by Peter F Hamilton


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

    She's a talented actress


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I would describe this book as - Semi autistic trauma survivor does her rendition of 'Are You There God it's Me Margaret'. This book sparked a reaction of annoyance in me that an adult woman would write this for other adults. I am finishing it but I've fast forwarded through large portions of it. Ridiculously cliched. I would have enjoyed it more if it focused more on the action less on the romance.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ash

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    David Ash, detective of the paranormal, is sent to the mysterious Comraich Castle, secluded deep in the Scottish countryside, to investigate a strange, high-profile case. A man has been found crucified in a locked room. The reports suggest that the cliff-top castle is being haunted.... Who or what is the reclusive hooded figure that Ash has seen from the window walking across the courtyard in the dead of night? What are the strange, animal-like sounds that come from the surrounding woods? And why are the castle's inhabitants so reluctant to talk about what they have seen?

    Unzipt says: "What A Mess!"
    "Absurdity Unleashed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Mystery of Edwinn Drood by Charles Dickens


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

    He brings the English


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ash?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    Middle aged sex - no thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

    Jennifer says: "Delightfully Creepy"
    "Great Writing Lame Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Low middle


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the lines between magical realism and the real clearer. Don't apply rational ideas to magical realism and don't lend magic to the moments of reality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding Maia


    If you could take any character from Harbor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andres


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Feeding Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's Blane Gentle-King's lucky day. A drug-dealing prince who rules a London apartment complex, he's languished the last three months in jail, accused of murder. His cellmate has worn his nerves wire-thin. Over the past weeks, fewer and fewer guards have stalked the prison, and the prisoners' meals have dwindled to one a day. At first Blane fears he and everyone else will starve behind bars, until his right-hand man and childhood friend Charlie Nash shows up to spring him....

    Cathryn says: "Just Great"
    "Just Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - fabulous writing and the perfect narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Feeding Ground?

    When Blaine comes into the tunnel on the belly of a squealer


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

    No but I will listen to more


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breeding Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Lyssa Graham
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn’t a baby. It isn’t even human. It’s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food—and as hosts for their young.As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill—and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced to a series of web-shrouded ghost towns, will the survivors find a way to fight back?

    Madeleine says: "Interesting Premise, Not Well Explored"
    "Great Story Mangled by the Wrong Narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breeding Ground to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptive and colloquial language. The character development.


    What didn’t you like about Lyssa Graham’s performance?

    This needed to be read by an Englishman. It's really the producer's fault kind of an expensive and unfortunate mistake on a bit of a no brainer.


    If you could take any character from Breeding Ground out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Chester. I prefer the company of animals to humans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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