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Kate Anderson

New Jersey | Member Since 2002

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 519 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

    Sara says: "Good but hardly cozy and gentle!"
    "Slow, slow, slow"
    Overall

    I thought the idea of this book was great. I learned a lot about Algerians who came to France just before and during WWII and their various roles during the war. However, I thought that there was too much extraneous, superficial detail that lent nothing to the mystery. I did not need to know each volley of a tennis match among unnecessary characters. The food of the region was interesting, but I didn't need to listen to each detail of its preparation. By the time the murder was solved, I felt too LITTLE was said about the solution and I was not satisfied with the resolution. I wouldn't read (or listen) to another book in this series.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter in the Mouth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Monique Truong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Growing up in the small town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, in the 70’s and 80’s, Linda believes that she is profoundly different from everyone else, including the members of her own family. “What I know about you, little girl, would break you in two” are the cruel, mysterious last words that Linda’s grandmother ever says to her.

    Kate Anderson says: ""Tasting Words" made this hard to hear!"
    ""Tasting Words" made this hard to hear!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author's heroine "tastes" words; this is called synthesia. This made the book terribly annoying to hear. Sentences were broken up with the "taste" of certain words. This, for example, is an excerpt: "She comesapplebutter over herehardboiledegg everyRitzcracker week, but only for a cupmacaroniandcheese of..." and so on. I found this horribly hard to listen to and I don't think the performer could have done much about that. But I also found the reading flat, as if the performer knew that this device was a contrivance many readers couldn't get past. Like me. I stopped listening to it, but since I wanted to know why the book got so many great reviews for the story, I looked online for a synopsis. I saw that in the text of the book, italics are placed to describe the taste the heroine senses for particular foods. However, the words still run together and I don't think I would have liked to read this book anymore that I wanted to hear it.

    I think the story itself was a good one, but I couldn't get past the "tasting" of the words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1320)
    Story
    (1317)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "Senseless Seventeen"
    Overall

    I love the humor in the Stephanie Plum series. Lula has to be one of the funniest characters Evanovich has written. But this book was definitely a re-hash of the same situations. I do expect Plum to trash cars, get covered in garbage, eat boxes of donuts and cake. But this book felt stale, short and without a significant plot. Even though the story was super short, I felt it dragged on! Like a previous reviewer, I knew the murderer early on as well. The vordo and the sex was funny, but also dragged on. Lorelai King is awesome, but I also felt cheated out of a credit. Will I "read" the next one? Yes. In the hope that Evanovich returns to her early "brilliance."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fragment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Warren Fahy
    • Narrated By Robin Atkin Downes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders, and the ultimate test of survival begins.

    Jennifer says: "Pretty Good but not Stunning"
    "Boring, cliched"
    Overall

    The book itself did not seem to have a lot of original ideas. I found the scientists to be exaggerated stereotypes. The narration made it worse; the accents were terrible, and it was hard to distinguish between characters.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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