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Katherine

Georgetown, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 134 reviews
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  • 500 titles in library
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  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Reliable entertainment"
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    These books have been great escapist fun and I'm going to find it hard to finish the series. There are plenty of murders, but none so real that it is disturbing. It was interesting to see that nasty brother and sister again with the plot of their lives moving forward in a satisfying way. This time, I found I began to care about Hamish's love life, which isn't a wise choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (604)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Overcome with Emotion"
    "Great book. Hope many more read it!"
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    Obviously, this type of book isn't for everyone, because, even if you're generally interested, it can weigh you down a bit. I devoured it in a short time, but even then, took a few breaks just to lighten my mood. That being said, it isn't horrible in terms of violence or extreme scenes, and overall is uplifting. I really would hope it would get more coverage, because the story and the treatment of it both wonderful. The writer (or writers, more precisely) kept just the right emotional tone, where what has to be dealt with, whatever it is in the story, is being dealt with, just as you would experience it firsthand, if it were you. One forgets that at every stage in the increasing horrors that happened under the Nazis, those experiencing them only dealt with what was in front of their eyes at that moment, with no context that we have now in hindsight. More than most books of this genre, this seems to allow you to feel the moment to moment reality yourself in a way that is very engaging and satisfying. That was part of the message of the book, really, that each relationship we have, each person in themselves, is valuable, which is the essential horror of the holocaust that for that time and for those people, they rejected that concept in such a profound way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (58)

    Robert Charles Wilson, says The New York Times, "writes superior science fiction thrillers." His Darwinia won Canada's Aurora Award; his most recent novel, The Chronoliths, won the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Now he tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a mysterious but hopeful universe.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Amazing concept, thrilling story"
    "Mixed"
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    I'm not a big science fiction reader and this one got onto my list through some sale or other. That being said, I loved it at first, but it seemed to fade more near the end. The conclusion was adequate, but something was missing at times. There was very good character development, but things didn't always click together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness of Scones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (193)

    Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.

    Benedict says: "Touching bit of love"
    "The characters are becoming old friends"
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    I'm definitely hooked on this series now, even though very occasionally it drags. The charm, the wisdom and the humour more than makes up for it. The narrator, Robert Ian Mackenzie couldn't be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (154)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Delightful"
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    This is the fourth in the series and I think it was my favourite. I certainly enjoyed it more than number 3, Love Over Scotland, which seemed to drag a bit for me. I prefer if things are a tad farfetched, because I don't actually want to feel sad about Bertie's life or how awful it is if a dog is suffering somewhere and this one seemed to keep reality at just a slight distance. When that is the case, the comedy underneath can really shine. I'm all set to dive into the next one. The narrator was startlingly good, conveying each character, including the dog, perfectly and squeezing every bit of nuance out of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victor Sebestyen
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    For more than 40 years, communism held eight European nations in its iron fist. Yet by the end of 1989, all of these nations had thrown off communism, declared independence, and embarked on the road to democracy.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Unsurpassed"
    "Top notch popular history"
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    If you're interested in this topic in a general way, you can't go wrong with this book. It was very readable, with great characterizations of the principals involved, plus lots of subtle humour. If it ever dragged slightly, it was never for long. By necessity, it had to jump from one country to another to cover them all and their interactions, but the descriptions of each were so vivid, I didn't find it hard to keep track. The fall of the Berlin Wall wasn't as emotional to me in its portrayal as it had been in another book, but that's fine too. The other book, one of fiction, works well as a companion piece to this one. The fiction one that I read first was Ken Follett's final book in the Century Trilogy, called the "Edge of Eternity". They each have their place, but really I'd say this one, 1989, is a stronger book, with no bias to speak of and entertaining enough to hold one's interest. Ken Follett's book covers a broader topic than eastern Europe, of course, with a major focus on the civil rights struggle. They are both great for casual history buffs who aren't really willing to slog through anything too dry in their free time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3040)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I did enjoy this, despite some evidence of bias, as others have said. When I expected the bias ahead of time from the reviews, it didn't bother me as much. For me, I prefer less explicit sex too, but I made it through those fairly brief scenes and I suppose it represents the times! The ending was startling and sad, at Obama's first election, (no spoiler there) in light of what has gone on in recent months related to Ferguson and more. The force impeding progress for blacks is no longer white racists, but race baiters and they can even be in high office (IMHO)! But, all in all, the book was great and it has inspired me to read a non-fiction book on a related theme, which is Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire by Victor Sebastyen, also available here in Audible. I'm half way through and it's fantastic. The two fit very well together and the second is very readable history. If Sebastyen has a bias, I can't really find it. The author himself fled Hungary as a child with his parents in the Soviet crackdown, so there is an additional dimension. There are some individuals and events mentioned in the Revolution book that clearly were the inspiration for some of Follett's characters, which makes the Edge of Eternity that much more plausible. I was not as disappointed as some others were by this book, despite it probably not being his very best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Espresso Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    Between glances in the mirror, vain Bruce contemplates a new career as a wine merchant. His troubled flatmate, Pat, finds himself looking for true love at a nudist picnic. Precocious Bertie, now six years old, prepares for kindergarten despite the horror of being forced to wear pink overalls. Meanwhile, his domineering mother, Irene, and his psychologist, Dr. Fairbarn, struggle with dark secrets as Bertie plots his rebellion against them.

    Dorothea says: "Brilliant, as usual."
    "Super! I'm in for the whole series now"
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    Delightful social commentary with just believable characters that you come to care about. I'm back looking for Number 3 and I just can't picture listening to anything else right now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (223)

    A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

    Kathi says: "Another great Ian Rutledge book!"
    "Not sure"
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    This was my first Inspector Rutledge mystery and I'm still deciding if I would try another. I enjoyed the period, exploring the personal fall-out after World War 1 through a range of different characters. It seemed to move rather slowly for me, plus be busy with creating moods, which weren't necessarily relevant to the plot. Not my favourite, but I definitely wanted to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Hussy: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Shaun Grindell
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    About the best that can be said of wealthy Maggie Baird is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart. So when her car catches fire with Maggie in it, there are five likely suspects right on the premises of her luxurious Highlands cottage. Lochdubh police constable Hamish Macbeth has to question Maggie's timid niece and four former lovers, one of whom Maggie had intended to pick for her husband. All five are equally poor - with ample motive and opportunity to monkey with Maggie's car.

    Katherine says: "Made me appreciate the other narrators"
    "Made me appreciate the other narrators"
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    This book probably completes the series for me. I enjoyed it, but the narrator's attempt at all the voices and accents was very laboured. I found it distracting all through the book. I understand how very difficult it is to 'act' all these different parts and make them believable and hearing someone, who technically is probably getting close to the right accent, yet makes it sound awful, helps you to appreciate the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Colder War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    A top-ranking Iranian military official is blown up while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is arrested and imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. These three incidents, seemingly unrelated, have one crucial link. Each of the three had been recently recruited by Western intelligence, before being removed or killed.

    Linnsey says: "Loved it"
    "Pretty good"
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    As I love the spy genre, I'm always happy to find authors who explore it. I can't say I love the 2 Charles Cumming books I've read, but I am happy they were there and I'll read more. Thinking about A Colder War, there's something missing and I'm not sure what it is, but overall, I wanted to keep listening and some sections were exciting. The characters seem somewhat believable and the less-than-heroic lead character is no more annoying than many others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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