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Cathryn

Perth, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "So Bad - it's Pretty Good!"
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    When I first started listening I wondered if this was meant to be a comedy? The cliches were so thick and the narrator so straightfaced I kept expecting there to be a punch line. With lines like "Women usually shy away from a gun" and a cardboard cut out hard drinking, tough talking cynical cop and a rich, beautiful, lost woman who inexplicably (NO Really - the attraction never made any sense) falls for him, I found myself laughing out loud at times. Having said that the story behind the Bogart impersonation does grow on you after a while and is pretty entertaining. To my surprise I finished the book having quite enjoyed the ride and would probably buy the next one - but only when I fancy a light read and a chuckle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2817)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "This Guy Could make the TV Guide sound Good!!"
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    This is an incredible series. It's filled with so many distinct and interesting characters, all of whom have real depth. Nine Fingers: Rough Diamond, Nice Guy, and Uncontrollable Psychopath. Inquisitor Gloktor: Once a Charming Handsome Hero who suffered unspeakable torture at the enemy's hands, now a bitter, twisted torturer himself. He is Charming and yet Merciless, Poetic and yet Monstrous. Even as he makes you shudder, you're cheering for him. The book is filled with vivid deep characters and with a mediocre narrator they could all blend in to one. Steven Pacey however is a brilliant narrator. Every character has a distinctive voice and is instantly recognizable. Pacey takes a complex and multi layered story and makes it live. You are totally transported and Pacey makes the book sound like a cast of hundreds. I read this book about a year ago and even now I think I could pick the characters out by the voices Pacey gave them. The book is great but Pacey is brilliant!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1529)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Good and at times Bloody Scary!!"
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    This was the first of the Pendergast series I read (though not the first in the series) and it stood alone without reading the rest. It was in my opinion the best of the series and this narrator really capture the Pendergast character so well it kind of spoiled the other books because I missed him. The story is very involving and at times very scary. At one point I made the mistake of listening to an especially frightening scene while driving and was so involved I nearly rear ended the car in front of me. The book was also filled with interesting and disturbing tidbits of information that stayed with me long after the story was done (Be Warned - You May Never Eat Turkey Again!!) Sadly though I have since read quite a few of the other books I never really felt they lived up to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (227)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "A Real Surprising Rip-Snorter!!"
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    I bought this one on a whim, knowing nothing about the story or the writer and found to my surprise it was a real gem! Filled with intrigue, murder and the supernatural, the story had some really surprisingly touching moments. I was fascinated from the word go and could not put it down. I have just bought the second book in this series based on how much I enjoyed the first one. If you're a bit put off by the concept , give it a go. It's a Wierdy but a Goody!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (460)

    Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

    Darwyn says: "sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy"
    "Fast Paced and Entertaining"
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    Well read and well written, I found this book enjoyable despite not having read the rest of the series. The main character the aptly named "Butcher's Boy" was both scary and at the same time, likeable. It kept me interested right till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orcs

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stan Nicholls
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Combining the acclaimed trilogy of books, Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder, and Warriors of the Tempest, plus a new short story previously only available in a small press anthology, this is the entire story of Struke and his band of Orcs. Fantasy's bad guys finally their own say in this fast moving, action packed, tongue-in-cheek tale of Orc valor and human treachery.

    Cathryn says: "Orcs 1 Humans 0"
    "Orcs 1 Humans 0"
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    This book was great. There was drama, violence, humour and a really different take on the fantasy world. Seen totally from the orcs point of view, it tells the story of how the noble and honorable orcs have been abused and mistreated by the lying, evil weaslely humans throughout history. A small warband of orcs (made up of several memorable and likeable characters) fall foul of their evil mistress and are left with 2 choices (fight for their freedom or die). You'll find yourself embarrassed to be a human and cheering for the green guys by the end of this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jason Moss, Jeffrey Kottler
    • Narrated By Thomas Fawley
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison.... It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....

    Cathryn says: "Young fool goes looking for trouble - and finds it"
    "Young fool goes looking for trouble - and finds it"
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    The writer/main character in this book is an ego centric arrogant jerk who goes down a stupid course of action despite being warned by many many people that this could have terrible consequences. Foolishly, and with little regard for the danger he places himself and other people in, he ignores the warnings and it comes back to bite him. Who could have predicted that laying bait for serial killers with a mixture of lies, false compliments and pretending to be their perfect victim type could backfire??? At times interesting, mostly frustrating , this is an immature and foolish young mans story, in his own self righteous and short sighted words. If you read up about the writer after finishing the book you will find he became Gacys last victim in more ways than one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillipa Bornikova
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires.

    decembergrit says: "Great Story!"
    "Slow starter but it grew on me."
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    I wasn't sure about this one in the beginning. To start off with it was a bit too much of a soap opera and the character was a bit of a whiner. As it progressed the story firmed up and so did the main character and I began to enjoy the story a lot. Quirky and humorous, filled with some interesting observations of everyday life and a new take on vampires, the story really grew on me. To my surprise I finished this one quite keen to buy book 2 which I liked as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1129)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "FABULOUS"
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    Deep, Intense and utterly fascinating.The main character SGT Duffy, a Catholic Policeman in Northern Ireland during The Troubles is likable and flawed, with big mouth, a sensitive side, a talent for getting into trouble and a witty and perceptive view of the world. The author gives an in depth and balanced view of a fascinating time in history and the narrator brings it to life wonderfully. Despite the fact that the period it is set in was bloody and violent this book is an exciting mix - scary, tense and in some places laugh out loud funny funny. I was really drawn in and have listened to both it and its sequel a couple of times in the last three months.

    I enjoyed this so much I bought the second one as soon as I finished it. I can't wait for the third installment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Valentine

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, K.A John
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    This year Valentine’s Day isn’t for romance. It’s for murder.Mega rich restaurant owner Jack Barnes and his second wife Zee are very much in love. However, their plans for Valentine’s Day are about to be torn apart by the most violent murder.Who is the strange figure plotting this sick crime? Who hates Jack that much? There are plenty of suspects living in Jack’s fancy block of flats. Is it them, or could it be the work of an outsider with a twisted mind?

    Juliet says: "Gripping"
    "Where was the rest of it??"
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    I really enjoyed this book when it started (what there was of it). But when it ended after little more than 2 hours in I was really disappointed. The story was just getting going when it suddenly ended with a 10 second wrap up, a rather 2 dimensional explanation and a really obvious culprit.

    Had this been the first quarter of a full length book I would have said it was going quite well. When it abruptly ended it felt as though the writer just got bored or distracted by something else and decided to wrap it up as quickly as possible.

    I usually like Pattersons books, they are not deep, but rather engrossing and exciting pulp, enjoyed and quickly forgotten. Having said that, I have always bought his books confident of an enjoyable read that i don't regret buying. This one was more like a few pages of a trashy magazine - initially interesting, over before you knew it, without really having much too say about anything.

    I really expected better based on previous purchases. I will take a closer look before buying his books from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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