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Karen Rose Smith

novelist

PA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 184 titles in library
  • 60 purchased in 2014
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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (2385)
    Story
    (2398)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Terrific Twists"
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    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    I would listen again to pick up details I missed the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jack. He was a romantic and a "real" guy who knew how to love.


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

    I felt I really heard Jack's voice. I liked his performance.


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

    I laughed several times at the humor Coben included to break the tension. I couldn't stop listening which is the result of great writing. This wasn't just a book with a suspense plot but with emotion, too. That's the type of book I enjoy the most.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1369)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "A terrific political thriller"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Baldacci's characters have realistic relationships that make the plot feasible and believable. I always want to move on in the story to find out what happens to them next.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their performance intensifies the action and the interplay between characters. The experience is like listening to a play.


    Any additional comments?

    Baldacci is one of my favorite authors and King And Maxwell is one of the reasons why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (402)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "Interesting book kept my interest"
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    What did you love best about And When She Was Good?

    I found myself totally involved with the main character.


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

    Equality for women comes in many forms.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked a little more punch at the climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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