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Karen

Kinards, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (717)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "Love story with a twist of crime"
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    I absolutely loved this book! I got it because it was on sale, but I'm glad I did. The hero of the book is so believable and the narrator sounds exactly like he should. I don't know anything about safecracking or picking locks, but it sure seems like this author does, from the details of those feats.
    I could not wait to get off work each day and see what Mike was doing (on my way home from work)! The "love story" in the book is so compelling. The book was pretty tense in places and I kept thinking that it could not have a good ending, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (330)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "No mystery involved"
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    This book is a depressing, unrealistic collision of horribly unlikeable characters. It started like a polictical commentary on Safe Haven laws and went downhill from there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Strangers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (231)

    From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters.

    Georgia says: "Eh"
    "Really really bad"
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    In 3 years of loving audible books, this is the first one I literally could not finish. It sounded so creepy and I am a twin, so I thought I would love it. The story got off to a very slow start, the twins are very hard to relate to, and the chapters with the male narrator were told from a wierd perspective ("you realize the plane is out of control"). I thought only the plane crash scene would have this 2nd person voice and that it was a way to distance the character from the events, but when that perspective continued into the present-day narration and the wife and twins continued not to develop, I finally gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21015)
    Performance
    (18846)
    Story
    (18913)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "When bad things happen to bad people"
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    This audiobook was amazing. I found myself talking about it to anyone that would listen.

    It was very true to life and had me asking the same questions I have when real wives "went missing" in the news....what really happened, is she dead, did he kill her, what was going on in their house leading up to this, who is only involved for publicity after the fact?

    I love the way the story unfolded. It starts out with Nick but is narrated in a play-by-play sort of way so that you don't get background or his thoughts or anything. Even though it's first-person perspective, I kept getting surprised by things he failed to "mention" in his story.
    Then you meet Amy, through her diary, and she is truly amazing but not always in a good way.

    I gave it only 4 stars because I thought the very end was less than satisfactory after building up to it all those hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Hosp
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    From the opening chapter of the electrifying Dark Harbor, one thing is clear; this is the clarion call of an exciting new talent. Highly touted debut author David Hosp crafts an engrossing novel in the tradition of John Grisham, John Sandford, and David Baldacci.

    Vincent says: "Can't Put it Down!"
    "I already bought the sequel"
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    The book started with three separate plots and sets of characters, but they soon merged in a very imaginative way. I really liked the plot, didn't guess the ending, and loved every twist all the way to the end of the book.
    Scott Finn is a great new character and I've already downloaded the next audiobook in the series.
    I know George Guidall is a great narrator - I love the way he does the Walt Longmire series, but I didn't think he was perfect for this book. The Boston setting and educated characters would have been better served with a younger, more sophisticated voice. I had to keep reminding myself not to picture them the way he made them sound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2441)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1835)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "Book 2 and I feel like I've known Walt all my life"
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    Sherrif Longmire is so laid-back...good at his job but not obsessed with it. His friendship with Henry is endearing because they've been friends so long and are not mushy about it, but you know they would do anything for each other. There is a bit of romance in this one, mixed in with a very good mystery.

    The narration is perfect for this book. Guidall's voice sounds older and rural and there was no doubt which character was talking.

    I can't wait to "read" the rest of the series. This one's a keeper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6238)
    Performance
    (2395)
    Story
    (2422)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Rambling epic with a kinky twist"
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    This book is not my usual fare, so my rating is probably biased. I bought this one on sale, and it was just OK. The summary is very misleading. The flirtation with the girl at prep school was a very small part of the book. Most of the book described the lineage of the hero/heroine and how the genetic defect developed. It did have interesting parts, and I learned a lot about Greek/Turkish history and the 50's-60's in Detroit. The narrator did a good job capturing the accents and personalities of the characters. If you read the book and wait for a climax, or the breathtaking ending DON'T. The way the book starts is the way it finishes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (1343)
    Story
    (1344)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Another winner!"
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    I absolutely love both of Karin Slaughter's series and this book merges the two! This is the best audiobook I've listened to yet. The story was amazing, and the narration was perfect. The narrator's southern accent is just right, not over the top like some books I've listened to. The subtle differences when she does the older female characters was so dead-on!
    The author is so compassionate with her characters that I am able to relate to every single one. The mystery in this book is not the most plausible one yet, but defintely entertaining, tense, and unpredictable.
    If you haven't read (or listened to) Karen Slaughter before, I would recommend starting from the beginning. This book can stand alone, but it gives away a lot about the previous books and is even better if you already know the characters from her previous work.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (702)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Worst audiobook yet!"
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    This book is terrible. I have liked Sandra Brown in the past, but I will hesitate before wasting a credit on another book by her. The plot involves a book within a book and both of them are shallow, pointless and badly written. The narrator makes it even worse, if it's possible, by doing some very bad accents and making everyone sound really old and dim-witted, even during scenes that are meant to be sexy. I have been listening to audible books for about 3 years and this is the first one bad enough to prompt me to write a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1443)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "wanted to start the series at the beginning"
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    I just finished this one, because I believe it's the first Lucas Davenport book and I wanted to start a new series but not in the middle. I'm not sure it's necessary to read them all but I'm looking forward to reading more. Even though the book was written in 1988 it was "dated" enough to matter and I'm glad I started from the beginning. The narrator is not great, esp. on the female voices, which all sounded really whiny, but he isn't bad enough to ruin the audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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