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Kathy

Bethesda, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Boring and stupid until it becomes offensive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book seems to spend more time constructing some made-up sense of being Southern -- lots of talk of kudzu and fried food. The plot was slow to the point of being almost nonexistent, and the character development -- well, it's just not there. I was able to manage to keep listening while doing other things that half kept my attention. Then, I hit the part that defended the early years of the Ku Klux Klan. I'm done. Spare me the defense of the South.

    I couldn't even tell you why this book is supposed to be a mystery. Yes, two men disappeared, but the narrator is so obtuse that I just couldn't care.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1130)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "A smart, sexy, funny story with a great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is funny enough. Drew tells his tale of being a jerk when it comes to women with humor and smarts. The point of view is what sets this story apart, and it's worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1349)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "More than just a legal thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mitzner sets the emotional bar high at the start of this story. Daniel has lost his wife and daughter in a drunk driving accident while he's too busy working to join them on vacation. The Daniel we meet as the story opens is a former lawyer, a drunk. It's amazing he even makes it to the party where he meets NIna. But meet Nina he does, and she sets him on a whole new path.

    The issues in the story are real (violence in gangsta rap is just the start of it), and yet the love story piece feels somewhat old-fashioned. The love story is probably the weakest part of the story, but the overall plot and Kevin's Collin's remarkable narration make up for a lot.

    Great summer listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Fire: The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kat Martin
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    You can't fight what you can't see. And Gabriel Raines can't be sure just who's setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it's personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist. The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who's been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the Family Abuse center, just can't believe the kid she's been working with would go back to his delinquent ways. Determined to convince Gabe that she's right, Mattie must get close to him....

    Kathy says: "Wish I hadn't bothered with this one"
    "Wish I hadn't bothered with this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I doubt I'll bother finishing this poorly written and ridiculously poorly read story. The characterization is shallow, the cliched descriptions never stop, and the misogynistic view is annoying at best and offensive at worst. What a waste of time and a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heads You Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz, David Hayward
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (41)

    New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz conspires with - or should we say against? - coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel. Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.

    Dorothy says: "Nothing Funny About This Story"
    "Too much sniping"
    Overall

    The "mystery" part of this book ranges from the absurd to the merely predictable, but what's truly annoying is the sarcastic and mean-spirited tussling between the two authors. I'm not sure why this book saw the light of day, and I trust Lisa and Dave are now done with each other. I know I'm glad to be done with them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Like the best suspense writing"
    Overall

    I'm not sure when I last listened to such a compelling book. Sudhir Venkatesh is honest about his naivete in getting involved with the Black Kings in Chicago's high rise public housing, and his evolution as a scholar is as fascinating as the evolution of the gangs and the economy of Chicago's poor. Very well read as well. Well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (766)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Entertaining listen with possible glitch"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm very much looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. The narrator hits the northern New Jersey accent dead on and carries the humor and drama of the story all the way to the end. The only disappointment is a possible gap in the middle of the story. We are suddenly at trial before a jury with no introduction, but I don't think we missed anything crucial to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "As thrilling as the first book"
    Overall

    As wonderful as Larsson's first book was, the plot and character development in this book are even more compelling. There are key incidents (a death early in the book, for example) that don't fit with the mystery at the center of the novel yet provide insights into key characters. With a lesser author, these scenes would deserve to be slashed by the editor. Here, they work, because we know we still don't completely understand the very complicated people at the heart of this series. Unfortunately, Larsson only wrote three books in this series before he died. Vance's reading is brilliant and adds considerably to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen: Advance First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 EVENT: The next Stephanie Plum novel, in which complications arise, loyalties are tested, cliffhangers are resolved, and donuts are eaten. WHERE: Wherever books are sold across America WHAT TO BRING: Sunglasses, insect repellant, a flotation device, suntan lotion, cheez-doodles, extra-large towel, fire extinguisher, baseball bat, lip balm, monkey leash, sixty three pieces of chewing gum, and one canister of oxygen (don't ask). Hey, it's a Stephanie Plum novel!

    Starlet says: "1st Chapter Review"
    "Same old, same old"
    Overall

    Let me say up front that I'm a big fan of most of the first 12 Plum books. That being said, the series seems to have lost its way. Lula is no longer believable -- even she would run into the office screaming after witnessing a murder. She wouldn't be looking for a doughnut. The only redeeming thing about this first chapter is an appearance by Ranger, but I don't like the way the reader gives him such a distinctive accent so even that that's a wash.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Fire: Troubleshooters, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Meet Vinh Murphy, part African American, part Vietnamese, with just enough Irish thrown in to make things confusing for anyone looking for a guy named Murphy. Since an assignment in which his wife, Angelina, was fatally shot, Murphy has been unemployed, battling booze and blackouts, and bumming it from shelter to shelter. He eventually reaches out to Hannah Whitfield, an old friend and his saving grace.

    Kimberly says: "Into the Fire"
    "Great reading of a pretty good book"
    Overall

    This isn't really all that interesting as a suspense novel, although I suppose it's good as a romance. The writing is good, and much of the character development is above par. The pacing, however, is great, which makes up for an average plot. The ending is far too neat and tidy, and it feels like a set up for her next book.

    What I especially liked was the reading. While the narrators sometimes switch at odd moments, they're both excellent and kept the story interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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