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Kathy

I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.

Carlton, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 312 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Guardian: A Gay Romance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Jude Shea's life is turned upside down when he rescues a dog he names Joe. Even though Jude has enough trouble taking care of himself—he doesn't even have a job—he can't resist the animal that needs him. Then one night, a man shows up on his doorstep looking to claim Jude's new companion. As they run from a surprise attack, Jude finds out that "Joe" is not what he seems.

    Sophia says: "Love story for the Ages"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I love Mary Calmes and have all of her books on audio and on eBook. This is a great story and has wonderful characters. Looking forward to seeing 'Trusted Bond' on audio soon, I hope!.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Honored Vow: Change of Heart, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Jin Rayne is still growing into his frightening new powers as a nekhene cat and his place as reah of Logan Church’s tribe when he learns that a sepat, an honor challenge, has been called. Logan, who has never wanted to do anything but lead his small-town tribe, must travel around the world to Mongolia and fight to become the most powerful leader in the werepanther world. Logan won’t be the only one making the journey. As his mate, Jin must fight with him to honor his commitment to Logan, his culture, and his tribe. But the trial is long, involving a prolonged separation between the two men, and Logan’s humanity is at stake.

    Christina Azariadou says: "Better than the Narration of Trusted Bond but not"
    "Honored vows"
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    Would you listen to Honored Vow again? Why?

    Yes! I already have listened and read Honored Vow multiple times because the story is wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always adore Jin and Logan, they are such a great pairing and they are always fun and exciting to read about.

    Domin Thorne is getting better with each story and I hope audible will have the next book 'Crucible..." on audio soon, I have already read the book half a dozen times.

    Crane is such a sweetheart and I love him.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gelder – was your favorite?

    I haven't a favourite performance, Jeff does an excellent job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Logan calls to Crane in Cranes' room, after Jin makes him shift back to human, that scene with Logan and Crane is so touching. The bond between the Semel and his people is shown in such a simple and moving way in this scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Just hope Mary Calmes and Audible continue to work together and create more of the Change of Heart series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trusted Bond: Change of Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he’s supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment’s notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story.

    D says: "Wonderful 2nd book, less than stellar narrator."
    "Trusted Bond"
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    Would you listen to Trusted Bond again? Why?

    Definitely will listen again because it is a beautiful story and the setting is wonderful. I loved the way that the music set off the setting and the premise of the story. Jeff Gelder was a wonderful narrator, though, at first I was biased against him as I loved Sean's narration of the first book. After listening for awhile I began to fall for Jeff's narration and I really enjoyed his reading.


    What other book might you compare Trusted Bond to and why?

    Of course, you compare the book to Change of Heart and the series because this is what the story is apart of.


    What about Jeff Gelder’s performance did you like?

    As I said earlier Jeff's performance is wonderful, after some early reservations I really took to his reading.


    If you could rename Trusted Bond, what would you call it?

    I don't know what I'd name it, I like the title it has.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping that soon I'll see 'Honored Vow' and 'Crucible of Fate' the next 2 books in the 'Change of Heart series' on audible.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor in Death: In Death, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (609)

    No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

    Cherita says: "Rocks!"
    "J D Robb gives us a Gem of a story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Survivor in Death the most enjoyable?

    The Inclusion of a young child as a main character made this really enjoyable. Eve is always so hesitant in her dealings with children, so to have a plot where Eve and Roarke are in such close proximity to this character is brilliant.


    What other book might you compare Survivor in Death to and why?

    I don't like comparing books with others, each is separate from the other.
    To make an attempt at similar types, though, perhaps Tami Hoag books could be of similar type. Readers could also try Kate Kingsbury, Ann Charles, Elizabeth Lowell is another favourite and there are others to be found.

    Also it might be pertinent to write that J D Robb is actually Nora Roberts (for those who don't know) and Nora has written some really good mysteries under her own name, i.e., Angels Fall, Sanctuary, Hot Rocks and others. These are good reading as well. Don't know if they are all available as audio but some are.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Nixie Swisher the little girl who plays such a large part in the novel. I think she was performed really well and drawn as a character really well, too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (581)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "J D Robb does it again."
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    Would you listen to Promises in Death again? Why?

    Yes, of course I'd like to listen agan and have listened again-many times. What I like about this 'in death' book is that we learn more about Dr Morris, his past and see him away from the morgue, where he's usually seen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many characters to choose from, but I always enjoy Peabody, Feeney, Mavis Freestone and Crack.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Dr Morris in this one, mainly because the story is his.


    Any additional comments?

    The 'in death' series is one of my favourites, so I recommend the series to all readers and audio listeners.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Lucas

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Davis
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Lucas Kiefer has lived through hell. Assaulted and nearly murdered by a man obsessed with him, he now lives with horrible scars inside and out. Abandoned by his boyfriend while trying to recover, Lucas withdraws into himself. Building a new life, he focuses only on running his bookstore. But his nightmare returns when ten years later, his attacker is released from jail on a technicality.

    Fiona says: "A lot of hype"
    "***Tender, Loving, and Tortured**"
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    If you could sum up Loving Lucas in three words, what would they be?

    See my headline***


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas. He is such a loving human being who is trying to put his life back together and regain his self -confidence, that you can emphasize with this character. He is special and in need of a loving, consoling presence.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Brown – was your favorite?

    Lucas was definitely my favourite character and performed very well.


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

    The revelation of events that occurred in Lucas's past made me cry. For him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a remarkable story, really heart wrenching at times. Lovely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "Change of Heart ***Don't stop, keep going**"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to others who love this kind of story, because it is such a wonderfully romantic and sexy read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Change of Heart?

    The moment when Jin and Logan first meet each other's eyes! Impact! What a memorable moment.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?

    Jin--Sean makes Jin so real, you almost feel like you are in the story with Jin.
    Crane is also another character I love. He's funny and real, too.
    Sean Crisden is now my favourite performer, he's great.


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

    My extreme reaction is that I love it and now have both audiobook and book, I also have the sequels "Trusted Bond" and "Honored Vow". They are both brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Calmes is on my book list for continuing to read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhianne Aile
    • Narrated By Jack Strong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Will Northland's brother, Tristan, went to America to break a centuries-old curse and found love in the most unexpected of places: within the heart of a werewolf. When Will goes to visit, he meets not only Tristan's mate, Benjamin, but their friend Raul, who receives a plea for help from his old werepack: his twin brother, Richard, has gone missing and is possibly under the influence of a witch.

    Kathy says: "Betrayed **Sexy **Magical"
    "Betrayed **Sexy **Magical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Betrayed the most enjoyable?

    It's really other worldly yet sexy. It has these great gothic aura in dreams and fantasy and it's amazingly romantic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will is may favourite character, he is loving and caring but we also know that he has power all of his own.
    I also love Alex the Alpha of Benjamin's pack, I don't think that Rhianne has written Alex's story, although we have glimpses of the events that occured, but I'd love to find a full novel of Alex and Raul.


    Which character – as performed by Jack Strong – was your favorite?

    Jack did so well, I actually enjoyed Will, Raul, Richard, Tristan and Alex. It's hard to choose which character was the better.


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

    Oh yes, you can't stop listening. I listened and then listened again. Terrific.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! I have Cursed now, too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kathy Tyers
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal: total domination.

    Michael says: "Bakura Review"
    "Star Wars continues."
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars the most enjoyable?

    The sounds and thrill of knowing the characters already. Being able to continue the story on and find out the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke Skywalker! He just continues to evolve in the continuing series of books, of which, there are many-so he retains my interest with each story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dev Sibwarra's death, after everything he'd been through and the bond growing between him and Luke, this was such a distressing scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were touching scenes between Luke and Gaerial that moved me, and the final goodbye was touching, yet destined both having other fates to live.


    Any additional comments?

    There are now dozens of further books of Star Wars, which covers the lives of Luke, Leia, Han and their families. Some are wonderful, others are mediocre but if you want to know more of the future of Luke and those close to him, you should read/listen to more of them. I now have 60 or more novels of Star Wars and more are being published it seems every moment.
    I do recommend the Star Wars series to those who are true Star Wars lovers, to those who are mere visitors to the stories I suggest "The Truce at Bakura" is a good place to start, it begins after the destruction of the Death Star on Endor so it has immediacy to the movie/book plotline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Busman's Honeymoon (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Murder is hardly the best way for Lord Peter and his bride, the famous mystery writer Harriet Vane, to start their honeymoon. It all begins when the former owner of their newly acquired estate is found quite nastily dead in the cellar. And what Lord Peter had hoped would be a very private and romantic stay in the country soon turns into a most baffling case, what with the mis-spelled ‘notise’ to the milkman and the intriguing condition of the dead man: there wasn’t any blood on his smashed skull and he had six hundred pounds in his wallet.

    A User says: "A Mystery with Romantic interruptions"
    "Sayers is one of the best!"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Busman's Honeymoon (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, exciting, refreshing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't think the story is a edge of your seat, but you move through the story with Peter, Harriet and Bunter searching with them for the responsible person/s.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Carmichael – was your favorite?

    Other than Sir Peter and Lady Harriet. I liked Ian's rendition of Mrs Ruddle, he does her so well and of course Bunter who is a favourite character of mine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are a couple of sensitive moments that touch you, when Miss Agnes Twitterton reveals to Harriet her love for Frank Crutchley, you feel some sympathy for her at this time and at the end of the story there is a moment with Sir Peter, just after the climax when the responsible person has been removed, Sir Peter has that 'punch in the stomach' moment when he reflects on the horror of the crime, this is a turly wrenching moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Dorothy Sayers books and I have many of them on audiobook, they are well worth the time of reading or listening. I recommend her to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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