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Kathy

I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.

Wildwood, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 32 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 201 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (685)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Continuing Saga"
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    This is the third in a series by Preston & Child with FBI Special Agent Pendergast and the NY History Museum. It is just as riveting as the first two. This one can be read as a separate book vs the first two (The Relic and Reliquary) need to, or should, be read together. In this one we learn the cool and debonair Pendergast has some very unusual skills past what has ever been known before. He has a fantastic way of remembering everything I think he's ever known. As usual, there is a lot of suspense, murder and deception. These guys have some very vivid imaginations. Over all, everything ends happily...the guy gets the girl, some of the police are shown for their incompetence, the bad guy loses all and NY is safe again. I do like these series of suspense stories and will continue to listen to more. Jonathan Marosz does an excellent job of reading and keeping all the various voices unique.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6415)
    Performance
    (5707)
    Story
    (5702)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "What an imagination!"
    Overall
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    This was a clever story. How she every came up with it is more than amazing but it was fun to listen to. There was a great plot with loads of off shoots to try and keep track of through the entire story. I really enjoyed the characters and "characters" is exactly what they all were. The Night Circus traveled from town to town adding to itself as it goes with the most remarkable tents to visit. Each tent is magnificent and your imagination is called to action as each is described through out the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (422)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Amanda says: "Unbearable"
    "Slightly disappointed"
    Overall
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    I love this series and I know Rhys Bowen is trying to keep it really cozy reading but I'm getting as frustrated as Darcy, who doesn't show it a bit. Actually the love story part of this one was pretty good. At least Georgie and Darcy were together more than usual. There was still a lot of emotional longing, kissing and hand holding. Don't give details if you want to keep it a cozy but please marry them so they're not going to stay celibate the entire time. At least this time we got a glimpse into what Darcy actually does for a living. They could do wonderful detective work together. Remember "Hart to Hart"? Robert Wagner & Stephanie Powers - a detective love story. That could be Georgie and Darcy and I would be very happy. I find myself dwelling on the love more than the detective work anymore. The story itself was good with lots of strange characters adding to the "who did it" question. They traveled from England to Hollywood with something going on the entire way to stir the story. What made me give this story only 4 stars, and I thought about 3, was the fire. It really bothered me. It was way too quick, too much and too destructive. I felt it was used as a climactic way just to end on a disaster, but there was enough of the story left that it was not necessary. Just figuring out the answers, and catching the bad guy would have worked for me. The fire could have just been smaller and it would have worked better. No matter how it's written, Katherine Kellgren is wonderful as usual. I truly do enjoy this series and from what I've already heard about the next book, I think I could be even more disappointed. I hope not. It's difficult to wait another year to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4270)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1561)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Funny"
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    This had me laughing out loud many, many times. The story might not have been the most thought provoking but it kept my interest and I truly enjoyed it. The back and forth between characters was just right. If you need something to make your day enjoyable, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8528)
    Performance
    (6655)
    Story
    (6686)

    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"
    "It's worth the tears"
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    A heart wrenching story set in WWII Germany. The love, life and crimes of a group of everyday Germans and their interaction with each other and others. It's an intimate story of a young girl, her family and best friend. It' a history of the war, caring and terrible atrocities that happened in Hitler's Germany with a lot of love thrown in for good measure. You'll cry. I sure did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2810)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2135)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Delightful as ever"
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    I read this so very long ago. It was even more of a pleasure to listen to this time around and remember all of their different adventures. There is so much detail in this story of tragedy and hope. It goes against the assumption that adults are too old to enjoy a story about rabbits. These rabbits live adult lives of adventure and uncertainty. One could almost replace humans for the rabbits and then everyone would think it was all right, but that is not the story. It's not difficult or light. It is a feel good story with mystery, deception, thrills and romance. It's told from a rabbits point of view - if one could imagine their perspective. It's not a book for the vampire or the murder mystery even the romance book lover unless they have a soft side for just heart-warming fun. Good for young and old but I'd say that the adult might like it even more than the teenager. This book is worth listening to because it is very good and it has been around for a long time. One could even call it a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1360)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Good book I wish I had read instead of listened"
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    There was a good story here and I liked Dick Hill's voice for the main character, Terry McCaleb but he wasn't especially good with the females and I think the voice of Graciela turned me off of her character. I didn't particularly like her character's personality anyway but the voice didn't help. I found her kind of sniveling - at least a little whiny at times & clingy. Terry McCaleb, without any badge or license, did a good job of finding the bad guy while staying within the law (mostly) and keeping the LA Detectives Bureau hating him. His exceptional FBI experience helped him and in the end was the entire reason for the murders. There were unusual twists and turns that kept me interested throughout. I learned alot about heart & organ transplants with this story. I enjoyed the book, I just wish I had read it, then maybe I would have a different attitude about the entire story. I'm not good with seeing movies for anything I've read or want to read either. I usually like to create my own characters in my minds eye; how they look and talk. I think I missed that with this reading.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1247)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Great as usual"
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    I love this series. I love the characters. The love story between Darcy & Georgi is both heartwarming and frustrating. I'm waiting and hoping for further development but I'm glad Darcy keeps showing up unexpectedly. The mystery plot in this one was interesting and the ending was not expected. The family is a hoot. What an interesting bunch of characters. I can see this one in the series continuing into the next. They all kind of do but maybe she'll add Jack as a new friend to keep in touch with. You can't go wrong by starting at the very beginning of this series and reading, or listening in this case, to this entire series. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1685)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "It made me very happy - Finally my wish came true!"
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    This series is one of my favorite fun mysteries with a wonderfully, easy romantic side to it. Some people say you can read this alone, but I strongly recommend you start at the beginning. Each episode is it's own "who done it" mystery, but the romantic thread starts with #1 Her Royal Spyness and has basically taken over, at least for me. I know there's going to be a murder & Georgiana is going to help solve it but I never know what's going to happen between she and Darcy which can be as much of a mystery as the murders themselves. As usual this murder(s) is well planned and very clever fitting right in with the Christmas season. Georgie comes close to losing her life in the process of catching the killers and Darcy is there for her in the end. Speaking of the end, I think it will be my favorite of all the series endings ever, at least Chapter 41. Rhys Bowen will have to go some to top this one for me. I sure hope she's not finished with this series yet. One more after this is all I see right now. As much as I love the story line, Katherine Kellgren makes it all the more enjoyable. I don't know how she does it, but she is wonderful as the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1525)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "A delightful series"
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    This series is just fun. An innocent, naive, smart debutante who can get herself into some weird predicaments mostly because of the Queen...who can say no to the Queen? It's a touching series with romance and mystery. It's an enjoyable listen that keeps me driving way out of my way so I don't have to turn it off. In this one, Lady Georgiana finds herself in a Transylvanian castle for the wedding of her good friend, the Princess of Romania (who she almost doesn't remember) from her days at boarding school. Tagging along is her newly hired inept Lady's Maid, Queeny and best friend, Belinda. It just so happens that the handsome and love interest in her life, Darcy O'Mara is at the same wedding. Of course, someone is murdered and she and Darcy try to figure it out without becoming victims themselves either from vampires or human hands. I think Katherine Kellgren does a good job with the voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (364)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "This is a good one!"
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    I enjoyed Elisabeth Rodgers narration once again...she does an excellent job with voices and inflections. I liked the story but would have wished for a more romantic ending. They'd lead up to it but then mess it up. It's good to be a strong woman, but Kendra had almost any sort of issue with compliments thinking everyone wanted to use her. She was mostly always angry. I would have liked for her to be a bit more accepting and not so defensive, maybe even softer. I think they could have had the same plot and outcome even then. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story. Good plot, good surprises, twists and turns with a happy ending. It would be interesting to know if there are people who can do what Kendra could do with her 5 senses. Pretty amazing. I wish there was a sequel to finish or continue with Kendra & Leach's story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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