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Katherine

New Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 29 reviews
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  • 983 titles in library
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2775)
    Performance
    (2477)
    Story
    (2463)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "did this guy get paid by the word????"
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    This book was painful. I made myself listen because I had spent the money, but it was a terrible book. Seriously! It didn't help that the narrator made me want to scratch my earbuds out. Over dramatic whether he was talking about eating breakfast or running for his life - there was no difference. In this sense it was nearly comical, except that the book is so long that I nearly stopped listening countless times. REally, apart from the money spent, the only reason I kept with it was to find out what would happen with the witch.
    The writing is just painfully bad. The guy is maddeningly verbose. This book is stuffed full of words that get the story no where, and make me care not ONE BIT about the characters which is one of the main criteria for judging a story - do I CARE about anybody I am hearing about. In this case, although there were plenty of people I could have cared for, by the time McCammon was done with them they were as lifeless and flavorless as yesterday's chewing gum. Dont bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "Wonderful and moving"
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    This book got under my skin and into my dreams. McCullers creates a window into a town full of deeply human - utterly authentic characters we come to care for as if they were our own friends and family. Cherry Jones is a fabulous reader - everything about her performance is pitch perfect. My only complaint was the jarring "This is Audible Kids" announcement before each part. Audible Kids? are you serious? A children's book? Who decided that? I wouldn't have a child read this book until high school at the earliest. It was an absurd intrusion into an otherwise marvelous listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Practice of Deceit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Benedict
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships. Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden - a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past.

    S. Johnston says: "Brilliant! I have to take breaks..."
    "Harrowing and believable"
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    This book is beautifully written. It builds gradually to a nightmare scenario - but never with blunt instruments or gratuitous thrills. The way the story is told in the first person keeps the action very close. I don't think it's easy to tell stories in the first person unless the writer is very skilled and economical in their prose. This book held me rapt for the whole of the telling. Luckily I was on a long car ride for most of it. The narrator is first rate. I remember him from Stegner's Crossing to Safety. His phrasing is terrific, and he inspires real connection with the protagonist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8433)
    Performance
    (6573)
    Story
    (6603)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Truly marvelous"
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    The unrelenting beauty and horror of war and humanity - its all here in this masterpiece of a book. I can't describe the fullness I feel in my heart on finishing this story. I have listened to hundreds of books - and this one is the best of them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "Irresistible and Marvelous Fun"
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    This book is so beautifully plotted and the characters so finely wrought, it was very hard to take the ear buds out over the course of the last three days! The mysteries that draw us in are irresistible, and the truths that lie in wait glisten just out of sight for much of this book. Pure pleasure, truly a great escape. Beautifully read by Kitchen - I could listen to him read the phone book, and will seek both author and narrator out for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "The readers reviews mislead me"
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    This book was awful! I bought it because it had such uniformly glowing reviews. I have to wonder if the poor ones were simply left out of the lineup. The plot was absurd, the writing - pallid. Full of cliches and pointless detail. I continued to listen because it was right on that border line between "so bad, it's good" and a full on stinker. I should have given up after the first chapter because it was a waste of time. To compare this book to Steven King's Carrie is an insult to that author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (1963)
    Story
    (1977)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "interesting concept, but..."
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    I started out really enjoying this book. The first chapters introduce us to some wonderful characters - Odd Thomas's inner circle. koontz does a great job drawing us in to this very quirky group of outsiders. Funny and very sympathetic people who give depth to the strangeness of the premise. The book bogs down in the plot however, and I became less interested as the book progressed, which is always disappointing. I will try another Odd book though. Koontz got me to care alot about the oddballs and misfits in Odd's life and I want to know more about what happens to them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (160)

    In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

    Katherine says: "I like this series but..."
    "I like this series but..."
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    Just finished a four day marathon with the first two books of this new series. Loved the first one, and only liked this one. Narrator is excellent, and I like the co-starring characters that will no doubt populate the rest of these books (5 more? if we're to follow the days of the week concept) My favorite peripheral character is Joseph, the Ukrainian handyman. This book was always going to be tough because the first one was so excellent. it got a little bogged down in trying to perpetuate the main plot from book one, while simultaneously introducing new bad guys who were not nearly so thrillingly bad as the bad guys from Blue Monday. I will buy the subsequent books though, it does pass the "can't wait for the next one" test! Do get Blue Monday first, before you buy this one though. Definitely need the background to enjoy it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (315)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "The most marvelous book"
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    The Angle of Repose is a book I saw my mother read years ago. I was too young then to share it with her but knew it was on my must read list just by quietly watching her experience this remarkable book during one hot summer vacation. This book is a masterpiece - I think it is the best american novel I have yet read. Stegner opens a door to us into a world so different from our own,and yet so familiar and heartrending and human. I can not remember ever being so moved by the characters in a novel. Stegner's prose is gorgeous - there is a rapture that takes over while listening to it. His description of the western landscape inspires true reverence. The empathy and care he takes in creating characters and relationships is awe inspiring. I read the book about a year ago, and decided to buy the audio version because I wanted to experience it again and because I knew Mark Bramhall would do a fine thing with the reading of such a book. I envy those about the listen for the first time!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17005)
    Performance
    (15128)
    Story
    (15170)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Warning: marital bliss can kill you"
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    This book was vicious and smooth - and left me unclear as to who was the bad guy until Flynn decided it was time to change gears. A very well put together psych thriller with plenty to keep me listening long past pulling into the driveway. My only criticism is that it felt a little like Flynn got tired of writing the book a little abruptly and tried to wrap it all up more swiftly that I wanted her to. I would say more about that but I don't want to spoil the plot twists for anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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