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KismetKat11

Evanston, IL USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (418)

    Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.

    TRACY says: "Not as engaging as previous books"
    "Great new talent"
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    Kyra Davis' characters in the Sophie Katz series are hysterical! I liken the series to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum adventures. However, where Evanovich's tales have grown stale, and her characters one dimensional, Kyra Davis' tale seem fresh and funny. I can't wait to see more from her!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Temptation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, he's the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey.

    Jannice says: "The Last Temptation - Wrong voice"
    "Very disappointing!"
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    It's possible I didn't care for this book because it was abridged and skipped too many passages that might have connected the story more smoothly. However, this is about the 4th book I've read - ***Spoiler Here*** where a "look alike" or twin has been inserted into an investigation. It's a plot device that's really wearing thin, never believable and I expect better from Val McDermid. I realize she wants to take her characters outside their comfort zone, but this wasn't very well executed in my opinion. AND, on top of that, the narrator is American and can't figure out what he wants to do with his accents. He's not consistent and it's almost comical. Lastly, it really annoys me when fairly common terms like: "Die Welt" (German newspaper) are mispronounced. In German "Die" is pronounced like "Dee" not "Die". And, "W' is pronounced like a "V".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2774)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Very enlightening, sadly...."
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    I really enjoyed this novel. I was a Biology undergrad and never heard of Henrietta Lacks. What a shame that her family has been treated as they have. It's also shocking to learn that we do not (still do not) own what happens to things removed from our bodies by doctors. Are we supposed to ask for these items to ensure they aren't used for things we wouldn't approve of. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for bettering the common good. But, unfortunately most doctors are no longer in it for the common good. It's all about money. Anyway, it's very educational while still being an interesting read. Kudos!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (385)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    josh says: "Good collection of short stories"
    "I don't get it"
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    I think Junot Diaz is a gifted writer, but I don't feel I was his target audience. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't feel badly when their relationships fell apart. ****SPOILER ALERT**** All of the men were cheaters, all of them. All but maybe one or two of the women were users. If this is Junot Diaz's reality, then I feel really badly for him. I guess it would make anyone cynical. I didn't enjoy it and couldn't recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin.

    Dennis says: "Worth your time"
    "Repetitive"
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    I quit reading the Gabriel Allon series because Daniel Silva's characters are so 2 dimensional. Women are all bitchy, whine-y and needy (Chiara from the Allon series, Elizabeth from this series). Additionally, the sex scenes are pretty laughable. I'm not sure if he's put them in for the male or female readers, but everyone climaxes together and he loves to say "breast" ALOT. Anyway, I though by reading the first book in a different series that I might find some differences, but there are none. The plots are predictable, there's nothing new here. No more Daniel Silva books for me.

    0 of 1 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
    (19827)
    Performance
    (17746)
    Story
    (17807)

    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!"
    "Bewildered"
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    I really enjoyed the book for about the first 2/3. But, (POTENTIAL SPOILER) I feel the author made the relationship between Amy and Nick overly complicated and later downright unbelievable. Maybe I have an overly developed sense of justice or of what a reasonable person might do, but the ending just defied sense. I felt so let down and wished I had my 19 hours back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (342)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Sandy says: "Not bad."
    "Pretty good!"
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    I always like starting a new series and getting to know new characters. I figured out everything pretty much halfway through and then had to listen through the 2nd half to determine I was correct. I was a bit disappointed that it was predictable and some things tied up so neatly. I was also disappointed about ***SPOILER ALERT*** things which happened with Poincare's family. I thought the mystery would have been fine without that distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3688)
    Story
    (3657)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Good premise, poor execution"
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    This book had such great reviews and from so many sources, I thought it was a really great choice. The book is incredibly long, and if good, I would have never wanted it to end. But I found myself wishing the author would hurry up. I like the premise of the book and it had so much potential and true creativity. But it failed to deliver in so many areas. These are just a few of the problems I can think of:


    ***********************SPOILER ALERT*********************

    1. Several events, feelings, etc., were repeated over and over again. It made me wonder if the author was paid by the word. The meeting between Tengo and Aomame for instance.
    2. Too many red herrings that lead no where. One such example is that of the NHK stabbing someone and this story being overshadowed by the Akebono standoff. Why even bring this into the story unless you were going to tie back somehow later on (i.e., with Tengo's father)
    3. Significance of the "little people" -- I realize the book about the Air Chrysalis was contingent upon them, but it never explains how they tie to Sakigake, if they are the origins of the voices that "Leader" hears
    4. Tengo's married lover disappears. Her husband calls and tells Tengo she can't see him anymore. He goes over it and over it and it's never explained what happened. I think that this character was unnecessary except for the gratuitous sex scenes which were laughable
    5. Why two moons?
    6. Tengo and Aomame remembering their one brief hand holding experience all their lives and knowing they are in love with each other. Tengo remembering how she gazed at the moon, wondering what she "gave" the moon or what transaction transpired between them. There was none. Why bring it up?
    7. The young girls "compelled" to have sex with "Leader" but it's not really sex and therefore not really his fault.
    8. Aomame not realizing that to go back to the real 1984 she needed to go back in the way she came out until so much later in the book.
    9. Aomame and Tengo escaping without any hair raising chase by members of Sakigake and seem to ride off into the sunset.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (528)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Familiar Ground"
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    I liked the concept of the book and would have thought it truly original had I not seen "Memento" several years ago. Losing one's memory is an interesting plot device and I thought this one fairly well done. SPOILER ALERT: I thought the ending was too "happily ever after" and did not buy the fact that family and friends weren't more engaged in the protagonist's life or at least status. The first half of the book is fairly slow, but the second half did build momentum and kept me engaged.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    To whom the fat rolls...I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter.

    Sara says: "Hilarious Commentary on Weight Loss!"
    "Always a fun time!"
    Overall

    This is my third Jen Lancaster book and I'm still entertained! I thought it was great to hear about the struggles of weight loss (been there, down 30 pounds and hovering) and it was actually pretty inspiring. The only gripe I have about the narration, is the consistent mispronunciation of words: "Re:" is not pronounced "Ray". "Re:" is "in response to" or "in regard to", so should be pronounced "Ree". Also, she should check her pronunciation of "chorizo". The "i" is pronounced as "ee", not "eye" or "ih". I know this sounds really petty, but it was so odd considering what a perfectionist I thought Jen Lancaster was to have the narrator mispronounce these things.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1441)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Uneven"
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    I was surprised after reading so may positive reviews that I didn't enjoy this book more. I'm not usually hard to please! But, there were plot lines (red herrings) that went off in directions that really were unnecessary. It seemed like the author was trying to make the book deliberately long. Additionally, it jumped from time to time (past / present) without warning and I found it really difficult to follow. The main character was a cliche, a flawed, alcoholic detective with a past: "women love him, men want to be him." I didn't get it. And, I thought that the reasoning behind the killer becoming a killer was really, really far-fetched. I won't say more than that, I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. Bottom line, I just didn't really care for the book and won't be reading any more in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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