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Katherine

TX, USA

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REVIEWS
25
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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  • A Feast of Carrion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Keith McCarthy
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    St Benjamin's Medical School is the greatest of its kind, any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary. Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone. John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.

    A User says: "excellent book"
    "TERRIFIC SUSPENSE!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Well written and superb narrator. Can't wait to read his other books.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    John Lee has been my favorite narrator for many years but Sean Barrett is a close second.


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

    It keep me listening into the wee hours


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit for an excellent writer and narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (1000)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "VERY talented writer...EXCELLENT narrator, but..."
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    Where does Night Film rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quality of writing was terrific, but it would be difficult to grade it among the volume of audiobooks listened to. This is usually not my genre, but so glad I took the chance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marisha Pessl? Why or why not?

    YES. Marisha Pessi is one of the most talented writers enjoyed in a long time, so I will follow her future writing. However, this story was in dire need of a good editor. Easily, this book could have been multiplied into three books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name, but it was the intensity and the insight into the human thought process that stopped me in my tracks. Ms. Pessi has the ability to express in words so accurately what we are thinking as we travel alongside the characters.


    If you could rename Night Film, what would you call it?

    I would never try to rename an author's work.


    Any additional comments?

    This author has such talent that it didn't bother me her book was a bit overwritten. Her prose alone is worth the read. Jake Webber was simply superb in his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Windfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous - except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. Years later, another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

    Peter says: "Jojo hits another home run."
    "I'm backing off from JO JO"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really....this is canned romantic nonsense and not really something I wish to spend time
    investigating


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not much to be said here....dribble, dribble, dribble.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Lukewarm and with little substantive merit...a ya ya story

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease - and the Statin-Free Plan That Will

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen T. Sinatra, Jonny Bowden
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.

    Z. Karpinski says: "Easy to understand, helpful in practice"
    "EXCELLENT EXPLANATION OF CHOLESTEROL"
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    Would you listen to The Great Cholesterol Myth again? Why?

    I will listen to it again because of all the helpful information offered.


    What other book might you compare The Great Cholesterol Myth to and why?

    I don't usually read this type of book, but due to high cholesterol problem, I decided to delve into this one. It was written with down-to-earth explanations which my doctor had neither the time or desire to go over with me. It also gave me other alternatives to statin drugs, which I immediately put to use and seem to be working like a charm.


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Wilson's performance very much as he has a clear and smooth voice. He was an excellent choice for this material.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did....so interesting and easy to understand. I could not put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Very grateful that this book was in the Audible Library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (587)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "I'M HOOKED ON THE SERIES...this guy can write !!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rogue Island to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version and I am not a serial reader...well, I wasn't before this outstanding whodunit. I won't miss the remainder of the series, however.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liam, an upstanding ROGUE with steel nerve and a cotton heart.


    What does Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration by Jeff Woodman, who is a new narrator for me. I will check him out for more books as he captured my admiration for this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I read it in one setting. I could not pull myself away.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertaining, realistic and well-written. I will now download the remainder of the series, which I hope continues for some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2429)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "IGNORE THE TITLE AND BOOK COVER, THIS IS A WINNER!"
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic, compassionate, well-written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, Louisa


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narration by all readers


    Any additional comments?

    I kept passing this book by as I thought it a chic-lit type book....it is anything but, and I think one of the best books of the year. Don't miss it if you like heart-wrenchers.

    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
    (439)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (375)

    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"
    "ANEMIC PLOT...wait for it to go on sale"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A well-rounded plot that wasn't reaching for unconnected story lines. I passed the point of believeability in the first chapter.


    Has And When She Was Good turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her voice simply did not match the subject matter


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from And When She Was Good?

    Heloise visiting Val in prison.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and enjoyed other Laura Lipmann books, but for whatever reason, this one
    gave me a yawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (901)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "LOVED THIS BOOK!!"
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    What did you love best about The Longest Ride?

    The two love stories and how they intertwined at the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The deep love these couples felt for each other.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    I could not choose....they were both excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Nicolas Sparks did it again....made all of us hunger for this brand of lifetime love and respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (284)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Deborah A Reardon says: "Meaningful"
    "Another 'feel good' book by Charles Martin"
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    What did you love best about Chasing Fireflies?

    The sensitive way the author handled the subjects of adoption and fatal disease..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Willie, with the wide-open mind and heart.


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

    Peterson narrates a bit too fast at the beginning, but once he slows down, his narration of all characters, was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin's books takes me away from the disappointments of life....even though a bit unrealistic sometimes, they still spring hope eternal in human nature....and where would we be without that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2346)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN !!"
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    What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

    The brilliant duo of writer and narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Terrific character development...seemed as I knew all the characters personallyand became so engrossed that I simply read the entire book in one day.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    That would be a difficult choice as they all were realistic and noteworthy to the whole story. Caroline Lee is a superb reader and helps bring all characters alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely checkout this author's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Crook
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Meg Mabry has spent her life with her back turned to her legendary family legacy. In the 1890s her great-grandmother Hannah Bass composed starkly revealing diaries of her life on the southwestern frontier, first as a Harvey Girl at the glamorous Montezuma Resort in New Mexico and later as the wife of brilliant, and often-absent, railway engineer Eliott Bass.

    Katherine says: "INTERESTING HISTORICALLY, BUT NEEDS EDITING"
    "INTERESTING HISTORICALLY, BUT NEEDS EDITING"
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    Would you listen to Night Journal again? Why?

    NO, It was rather drawn out and could have been told in half the time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't think there was sufficient character development to love or hate the characters.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice


    Who was the most memorable character of Night Journal and why?

    Hannah...the other characters were frustratingly inept in their development.


    Any additional comments?

    The historical facts surrounding this novel were extremely interesting as well as the description of life as it was in the late 1800's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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