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Katherine

Los Altos Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1134)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "Slow"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Mack?

    No. I was going out of town so bought several at a time. Regret it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come Away with Me?

    I'd probably ask the author to add a lot more friction between characters...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Flight: Fighting, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Ryan West, Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (298)

    What happens when in order to win, you're forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti, grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she's content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

    Yvette says: "WOW! THIS AUDIOBOOK WAS A PERFECT KNOCKOUT!"
    "Cliche and Corny, but well written..."
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    Good prose telling a very predictable story. Not something that was gripping, but not all together unpleasant either.

    The premise for the story just wasn't believable, as if the author tried to go dark and deep, with characters that were only two dimensional. The villains were too villainous and the heroes and angles to good.

    Granted it's a romance novel, but given the reviews it received, I expected better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1161)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Highly sophomoric and very fantastical."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Where to start?

    1) Possibly research what it's really like to survive a collapsing government... I'd be surprised if this author has ever visited a third world country where people live at a subsistence level or seen a developed nation where the government has actually fallen (Russia after Perestroika). I seriously doubt the protagonist in this book would survive in either of those real life scenarios, because it requires a lot more than having food stores and a gun...

    2) Maybe take a writing course or two...

    3) Empathy would go a long way in creating multidimensional characters... The protagonist was way too much of a John Wayne -- he was always right, always saving the day, was the only guy who had all the right answers. I felt like I was listening to a little boy telling me his GI Joe fantasy.

    4) Motivation would be another thing I'd add. It's hard to believe a lot of power hungry bureaucrats suddenly felt the need to take over the country. What led to that? A collapsing economy? Drought? Invading Martians? Something, anything to explain the government's / military's motivation... This is probably a book one criticism, but the theme is very strong in this book and just one example of the shallow story line.

    5) An editor. I think this is pretty self explanatory.


    Has Surviving Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because there are some thoughtful stories in this genre (Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank), but I will never buy another book from A. America.

    I wasn't expecting Hemingway after reading his first book, but as eye rolling as that story was, it had some mindless entertainment value. This book was just bad...


    Which character – as performed by Duke Fontaine – was your favorite?

    Thad.


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

    Sadly silly. This book was even more myopic than the first. Disappointed because in my opinion, this isn't a four star product.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unattainable: Undeniable Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell's Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell's Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage.

    Jordy says: "lots of drama, sex, violence, drugs"
    "Sex, drugs and violence... Oh my!"
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    Where does Unattainable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In this genre, among the highest. Again, in this genre... If the reader can listen without moral judgement, this series is a wild ride, one I'm glad I'm experiencing through my iphone and not actually living.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't pin it down to one. What I loved was how the story continues giving the perspective of the characters in the last book, avoiding telling an exclusive tale about one couple. Makes the club feel like a character, affecting the lives of everyone, including the main leads. Also like how flawed the characters are - more human. Violent, selfish, childish, often not even realizing they are and if they do, its done after severe damage has been caused. Each gaff seems to be a learning experience, making the characters grow - like real life.


    Any additional comments?

    Write more!!!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (451)

    Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with the bikers in the club, this is the only lifestyle she knows. Deuce West is the sexy biker bad-ass of the Hell's Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart.

    Jordy says: "Sons of Anarchy on Steroids"
    "Hard Epic Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but not to the faint of heart. Meaty tale that is somewhat realistic in it's harsh reality.


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

    Love her as a narrator, she's great at inserting emotion. Good male voices as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1254)

    Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated followup to international best seller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

    Edyta says: "A really fun style of writing!!"
    "Great Characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to Play the most enjoyable?

    Loved the characters - funny and likable. Able to empathize.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Play?

    Just loved the antics of the male lead - Mal


    What about Andi Arndt’s performance did you like?

    Good pace.


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

    I think it might be cute, if they could find someone to pull off Mal.


    Any additional comments?

    Write and record more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fight With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (861)

    Jules Montgomery is too busy and content with her life to worry about a man, especially one Nate McKenna. If growing up with four brothers has taught her anything, she knows to stay away from sexy men with tattoos and motorcycles. That goes double if he's your boss. During the one incredible night they shared, he violated the no fraternization policy...among other things, and it won't happen again. Jules won't risk her career for mind-blowing sex, no matter how much her body and her damn heart keep arguing with her.

    Katherine says: "Boring..."
    "Boring..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Add a lot more friction between characters, there was NONE, making the entire story boring. The female lead was to perfect as well...


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

    I think she did the best she could with what she had...


    Could you see Fight With Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Motorcycle Man: Dream Man, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (781)

    Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss…

    Jordy says: "Holy Mother of Delicious Hotness!!!"
    "Fun, fast paced listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - funny and fun and oddly insightful - Male role's perspective on life seemed age appropriate and healthy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Different take having a hero literally talk the girl into something she wants (relationship), instead of resisting it till the end. Endeared him to me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked the pace and the sas, BUT..... people in Colorado don't talk like they're from the Jersey shore... That's a little off putting, especially since I'm a westerner. It's why I rated the performance a 3 and not a 4.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm generally am not a fan of romances with kids, cause they always come off as forced additions to the story line, but this author wrote "teen" well - they helped kindle the story.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Property

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (990)

    Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

    Tara says: "Holy Hot Bikers"
    "Great ride!"
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    Where does Reaper's Property rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good for this genre! Fantastic character development and the writer really takes you into the world of the Reapers. She's respectful of the characters, the club, does a great job helping the reader empathize. Hard to do, given some of the seedy stuff that goes on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reaper's Property?

    I loved the first party scene - it's the first time the reader really sees the Reaper World - scary, yet thrilling.


    Which character – as performed by Stella Bloom – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, thought she did a good job getting into her head and reflecting that in her inflections, etc...


    Any additional comments?

    Great writer - keep them coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consumed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Skyla Madi
    • Narrated By Em Eldridge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (399)

    He's infuriating, nauseatingly addictive and she just can't seem to shake him. He's only been in town a short while and his name is already on everyone's lips. He's the kind of guy moms' warn their daughters about - the kind that leaves a trail of shattered hearts behind him and he has Olivia in his sights. Olivia has never met anyone as confusing as Seth and his hot and cold attitude constantly sends her reeling. She's never wanted anyone's touch so badly in her life, but having recently come out of a long term relationship diving into another is something she'd prefer to avoid.

    Jordy says: "Sexy Bad boy MMA fighter meets sweet good girl "
    "Sophmoric"
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    Would you try another book from Skyla Madi and/or Em Eldridge?

    Probably not for a while. This writer seems like she's still getting her footing. Also, the book was supposed to take place in the U.S., yet the vernacular was wrong. We don't have lounge rooms, we have family or living room. We don't park our cars in car parks, but parking lots. What's more, the MMA fighter spoke like he was an English professor - might want to try using a contraction or two... The banter between the two girls was great, but really fell short on the male to female dialogue. My biggest complaint? There was very little character motivation where the fighter was concerned... Why would such a hot, aspiring, going pro fighter be with Olivia? Maybe I missed something.However, there were parts that were beautifully written and tender, which is why I gave her three stars. The story was okay, but could've been great - just missed the mark.


    Would you recommend Consumed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Unfortunately, I enjoyed the conversations between O and her best friend more than her dialogue with the fighter... In fact every time he spoke I cringed. It was just too unrealistic.


    Was Consumed worth the listening time?

    Wouldn't do it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this isn't this writers genre? Again, there were sections that were wonderfully written, but the whole point - the tension, romance and dialogue between the protagonist and the hero fell really short, in my humble opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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