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Katherine

Severna Park, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Wyndham Legacy: Legacy Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Maggie McClellan
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (52)

    At the age of nine, Josephina Cochrane is mockingly dubbed the "Duchess" by her half-cousin, Marcus Wyndham. Little does Marcus suspect that the Duchess will one day reign sovereign over his own future. For the Earl of Chase, the Duchess's father and Marcus' uncle, leaves a double-edged inheritance, a legacy that will bind their fates.

    Wanda S Sauerland says: "Very entertaining."
    "Starts Legacy Trilogy, a fun story and performance"
    Overall

    A twist on the bastard daughter who learns to be self possessed and creative. She sees her hero for his flaws. A nicely drawn set of characters and with an audio performance that adds the entertainment of the story line. I truly enjoyed this reader's ability.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lynne Olson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (311)

    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
    "Not the history we learn in school - great listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and I appreciate more the internal conflict a journalist can feel in trying to be objective when the passion of the time leaves little doubt as to what the right thing to do is. I appreciated more the British contributions to the war and while I can't ever really admire Eisenhower as the author does, I do understand better how he became president. The live as though you are dying culture, with easy sex amoung those that held fast and made a stand during the hardest of times was a surprise though on reflection it seems a natural socialogical consequence.

    The narration was monotone, a lost opportunity to help the author give voice to the story, the narrator gave a weak performance. I give it only four stars because at times I found the story jumping about and hard in spots to follow a problem exaggerated by poor narration.

    A different view of a war and well worth the download and a little patience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas M. DeFrank
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    In an extraordinary series of private interviews, conducted over 16 years with the stipulation that they not be released until after Gerald Ford's death, the 38th president of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself: funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid, and the stuff of headlines.

    Rupe says: "An easy historical listen..."
    "More than I expected more than I remembered"
    Overall

    I liked Gerald Ford when I was a young girl growing up in California. I too had a 5 minute meeting with the Charles Mason family that creeps me still, the aura of evil that radiated from the group is hard to forget. The attempts on Ford's life in California recounted in this oral history of private thoughts brought back a moment in history where I remembered a comment by the then Governor Jerry Brown, "California has more than its share of everything, including nuts." How I wonder, as apparently did Ford, is a letter from a would be killer worth more than one from Sadat? The world can be a topsy turvy place.


    I truly enjoyed this nostagic account of great leadership and how fortunate we were to have the right man in the right place at the right time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale Legacy: Legacy Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Monica Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    On the eve of her 19th birthday, the vivacious Caroline Derwent-Jones looks forward to being free of her oafish guardian, Mr. Ffalkes. But Mr. Ffalkes has other plans for Caroline and her inheritance, so Caroline must escape. In her flight, Caroline encounters Lord Chilton of Mount Hawke, Frederic North Nightingale, and finds herself tangled in mystery and romance.

    Denise says: "Catherine Coulter is great"
    "In the Legacy Trilogy, my favorite"
    Overall

    In the Legacy series, I like the Nightingale story more than I actually did the first story. The hero and heroine as characters are robustly written as are some of the other supporting characters. The audio reader did a very good job but for the first time in an audible download there was some recording degregation. I heard background noise that was distracting but, the story and the reading were entertaining. So 5 stars for a regency romance and an audio performance, 1 star for the production team and sound editor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Valentine Legacy: Legacy Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Eleanor Swinden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Twenty-year-old Jessie Warfield is branded a disgrace for riding as a jockey on her father's racehorses, wearing men's clothing, exposing her skin to the sun and, in general, not acting like a lady at all.

    Clarice says: "Three Stars"
    "Good story and good audio performance"
    Overall

    This is a good story though not as good as the first two Legacy books in the trilogy. It should be listened to last. The audio performance is good. A nice twist to Blackbeard's loot. Each of the books in the trilogy has a different audio reader but the perforances are well done and the differences are not distracting. The scenes with the former father-in-law and the herione suffering so multiple head injuries a trifle tiring and so 3 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (330)

    With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

    Theresa says: "disappointing"
    "Abridged but okay"
    Overall

    The abridgement for this book is better done than the Fiery Cross abridgement. A reasonable substitute until the unabridged version becomes available. Enough story to allow you to follow the next book, Echo in the Bone though some continunity issues occur. I liked the reader well enough and while I may have been attached to the unabridged books' reader from habit I still think this reader did well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

    Debra says: "Waiting for Davina"
    "really looking forward to the unabridged version"
    Overall

    A poorly abridged version of the original work. In later books in this wonderful series the story will miss continunity. The abridgement is not as well as the Snow and Ashes abridgement. This one is very poorly done, so badly done Audible should provide readers who bought this abridgement some partial credit when the unabridged version becomes available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diary of Cozette

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda McIntyre
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    "While I am indeed of lowly rank, I am also a young woman who allowed herself to sample life's greatest pleasures in the hands of these titled men. My tales overflow in this journal, penning my journey to becoming a woman of power of the most base, yet stimulating, breed."

    Holly says: "Amazing!"
    "Passion for living, a classy & sensual heroine"
    Overall

    This heroine is her own person with an individualistic point of view. Well written steamy material with a plot and sub-plot that fit together well. A stellar female voice performance that suits the story beatuifully. A completely female point of view to her passionate sensuality and love. Easy to like main character with real vulnerabilties and strengths she is the hero in her own life. I will want more from this classy writer and the charming voice of the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Every Christmas, three lovable angels visit Earth. Once a year, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are allowed to intervene (or, more accurately, interfere!) in human affairs. Despite their frequent misadventures and the chaos they often cause, things always seem to turn out right.

    Keith says: "Light and fun"
    "Could not get through the whinning"
    Overall

    Divorced after 30 years, a woman who is upset about her 30 something son was too depressing to stick with. My rating may be unfair since I could not make past the first chapter.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All About Passion: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Gyles Rawlings, the Earl of Chillingsworth, is a man determined to stay in control of his destiny. Even as he vows to wed a dutiful, blue-blooded lady for the purpose of fostering progeny, he deviously plans to fulfill his most sinful pleasures with a brazen strumpet. But standing at the altar on that fateful day, he unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his beautiful bride-to-be.

    Lynda says: "Oh, pluuuuze"
    "Bar Cynster's toughest case"
    Overall

    I liked the story and the performance of Simon Prebble does well with the material.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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