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Kathryn

mendon, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1403)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Benoibe says: "I'm so in love and I'm SO moving to Scotland!"
    "Don't bother."
    Overall

    The male narrator trying to do female voices was distracting it was so bad. The story is terrible and the use of 20th century english mixed in with 1600's english regardless of the speaker make the whole thing border on stupid. Really low quality for something from Audible. Very disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ocean Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They've been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

    Leah says: "Super Magnificent Read"
    "Hard to listen to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration. It took the narrator more than 1/2 of the book to change her inflection.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wendy Wax? Why or why not?

    Not so sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Rubinate?

    Anyone.


    Do you think Ocean Beach needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (736)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Good teen book. Enjoyed it for the most part."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only for teens, it doesn't have the depth for most adult readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the emotion that was so easy to feel in the characters.


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

    Kate, like all other narrators, brings audible personality to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few too many abuse segments (drags on a bit) and then the end just hits the listener in the face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Along the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati's best-selling saga of an Early American family's struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

    sandy says: "Great Series"
    "Unparalleled performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Fire Along the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the Diana Gabaldon series.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    I think Kate Reading is one of the most talented audio book performers I have ever listened to. She does voices and accents, male and female. Just amazingly talented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (558)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "Fabulous job by Kate Reading. Great story too."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Wilderness the most enjoyable?

    So easy to listen to and get lost in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the scenes and the strength of the character's emotions are wonderful.


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

    Her ability to do so many haracters including at least accents from three languages is great!


    Any additional comments?

    The story brings in characters from Diana Gabaldon's books. Is there a connection?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherish

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    Race Spencer leads a lonely life out west, until he stumbles upon Rebecca Morgan, the only survivor of a terrifying robbery. Sweeping the helpless beauty into his powerful arms, Race carries her away to safety. Rebecca's life is no longer in danger, but her virtue is decidedly threatened. Race arouses feelings in her she never knew she could experience, especially toward such a hardened man.

    Susan says: "A Good Romance, But:"
    "Disappointed by following other reviewers feedback"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Cherish?

    The story was rather lame.


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Anderson’s story?

    The story has era inconsistencies. It wasn't spread over the time in a realistic manner, for example, Rebecca's ability to come in and out of shock induced catatonic states with little effort or time. Also, she is able to go from Bible thumper to going along with strange men after the trauma of her family's death in a couple of days.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Spacing out the story realistically and making the dialog less juvenile.


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

    Almost immediate disappointment in my purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1591)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "A nice listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Story worth contemplation.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The descriptions of what Eben Alexander felt or experienced were very detailed and left me feeling like I understood what he 'saw'.


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

    Hearing the author's voice telling the story helps bring it to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7534)
    Performance
    (6561)
    Story
    (6551)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Nice depth to the story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    No, but only because I don't like reading or listening to a book twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liz. She was rather complex.


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

    Nice narration and consistence in doing the character voices.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice diversion from the typical Nora Roberts. It had more depth to the story. The end wrapped up too fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Petite Kady Long, a celebrated chef about to be married to a gorgeous man, felt she was the luckiest woman alive. But when she tried on an antique satin wedding dress, she was overcome with dizziness. When she opened her eyes, Kady was in the harsh, sunlit landscape of 1873 Legend, Colorado. There, she meets Cole Jordan, a tall, rangy, and very appealing man.

    CAROLYN says: "CAGA-UK"
    "Not worth the read or the listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jude Deveraux and/or C. J. Critt?

    Not likely


    Has Legend turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Legend?

    Most of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is juvenile, not true to the periods (clash of language and slang). The dialog is just plain stupid. The story drags on and on and really didn't make me want to rush to my car to listen every commute. The performance is weak. The narrator doesn't have a good command of male vs. female voices and Cole sounded like a light footed, limp wristed wimp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whitefire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    She possesses the courage and beauty of her wild Cossack ancestors. Now Katerina is on a vengeance quest against the marauders who destroyed her village and stole her priceless snow-white horses in the name of the mad czar. Nor will she rest until she has killed the man who dared to take her innocence.

    Marcheta says: "Well-told story but not for the faint of heart"
    "Not worth the credit or the money."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story started too slowly and focused too much on the rape scene. It could have been done without a violating crime and really, who falls in love with their rapist?


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

    Disgust, disappointment, boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4372)
    Performance
    (3833)
    Story
    (3813)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Great stories."
    Overall

    I have a long commute and I really enjoy Diana Gabaldon's books. They are long, but the stories are so detailed I get lost in them. Davina Porter is a superb narrator. One forgets it is just one person acting out all of the characters. Very enjoyable!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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