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katsuey

LANSING, KS, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 16 purchased in 2015
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  • Runaway Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    In this intriguing novel, master quilter Sylvia Compson comes across an heirloom quilt that muddles her heritage. She's always believed her ancestors were active in the Underground Railroad - but perhaps she's been mistaken.

    Glenna says: "HIstorically Enjoyable"
    "The Back Story is Fascinating"
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    One story woven from two. The first is a modern day group that offers quilting camp for quilters. As a non-quilter, that part of the story was pretty slow for me. The second story revolves around some quilts and a journal found from over 100 years ago. This part of the story is fascinating, but questioned by some authentic quilters. Whether true or not, it's certainly a great story and very intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4128)
    Performance
    (3615)
    Story
    (3652)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "For Gamers and Fantasy Buffs"
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    I was SO disappointed in this book. I relish getting into a really long book which usually means getting to really know and understand characters. This book starts out in the real world, but in a rather confusing way. The main character is apparently at a family reunion at which nothing interesting happens and no characters are fleshed out. It then suddenly jumps into the fantasy world of a game in which the main character is involved. After that it's just describing how the gamers fashion their characters and how the program lost control of that. It describes some of the powers of various characters but doesn't bother to tell us how those powers were obtained - longevity, levels played, points earned, etc. One can only speculate. Admittedly, I only got to chapter 8 and then decided that even though I detest paying for something I don't use, I couldn't waste my time on this drivel.

    I suppose those really into playing these types of character games might enjoy it but 36 hours of trying to determine which fantasy character is which (very strange names of course) is more than my brain wants to deal with. I'll head back to writers that actually can tell good stories. Though I'm REALLY ticked that I wasted a credit.

    Yes, I read the reviews and the synopsis so I knew it was about the gaming and programming world, I guess I just expected some real characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress Effect: Brothers Sinister, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (308)

    Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing - and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances...

    SIMARA says: "Great story with an even better narration..."
    "Simplistic Writing At Its Worst"
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    From time to time I enjoy a good romance novel just because of the easy listening and a break from books requiring far more concentration and thought. Unfortunately one can figure out the end to most romance books by the end of chapter 1; however, we all understand that. After all these books are put out by the thousands a vary very little.

    The problem with The Heiress Effect is the absolute simplistic writing that doesn't even make for a good love story. I believe even a 12 year old would be incensed at the lack of a intelligent writing. In fact, I'll venture to guess that even a 12 year old could write the same story much better.

    Really, if you are not dimwitted, do not buy this book - in fact if someone gives it to you, don't waste your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six Palliser novels. Here Trollope examines parliamentary election and marriage, politics and privacy. As he dissects the Victorian upper class, issues and people shed their pretenses under his patient, ironic probe.

    David says: "Very Very Victorian"
    "Paint Drys Just As Fast"
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    I feel so snookered by those that gave this book a high rating. I love classics and I love the wonderful descriptive language used by the writers of old. Unfortunately this book lacks both a compelling story and that gift of descriptive language found in many classics. I listened for about half the book and then decided I had better books which I'd enjoy. I'm sorry, I don't get where the story was going.

    Here's a young lady who drops two different engagements, I guess because she feels something better is out there. But it takes an incredible long time to get to where ever she is going and I didn't have the patience. Then if you aren't totally bored by her vacillation, there's always a dry discussion of the politics of the time. I love a good long story and I'm pretty patient in allowing it to get started, but good stories must keep the readers' interest while it meanders about. Again, something not found in Can You Forgive Her.

    Lastly the recording itself is lacking. Many crackles, pops and slightly offsetting noise. I could get over that if the story had been good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6639)
    Performance
    (5843)
    Story
    (5845)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Find Me The Story"
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    I am inquisitive not about the story but rather the people who rated the book 4 stars. I based my purchase on your review and now I really doubt your taste. Find me the story, I tried and tried again to find anything of redeeming value. Suffice it to say, come chapter 20, I quit. There is not story, it's all chatter amongst 3 women.

    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
    (27757)
    Performance
    (24558)
    Story
    (24623)

    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!"
    "preversely interesting"
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    People had told me this was twisted and therefore I guessed how it could be twisted - I was right. It's interesting to hear both sides of a relationship. Over time you learn that both partners are pretty darn sick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (280)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    bluebelle says: "My Favorite Book!"
    "Paint Drying"
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    If you like to hear paint drying on the wall, this is the perfect book for you! There are parts of the story that try to grab you, but just as you start thinking the story is going somewhere, it goes back to paint drying on the wall. I do not for one minute understand what other reviewers found in this book. I tried and tried and tried again. I'm old so I have better books to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2751)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2437)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Believe the Bad Reviews."
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    I am a total sold out Grisham fan. I've read all his books, but Gray Mountain will go down as the biggest disappointment of all. If you need a book to help you fall asleep, this, with it's monotone moderator is it! The story itself is preachy and over stretches the truth - in other words it's one sided, taking the worst possible look possible on the coal industry and the treatment of poor people.

    I read for entertainment and a historical look at my world. This does not fit either IMHO. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (467)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Save Your Credit"
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    I am in awe of the ratings by others since I have tried now for over 3 hours to get SOMETHING out of this book. It's not there. It's boring. It is an account of Janis Ian who thought she was all that and her struggle in the music industry because her lyrics were "radical". But trust me, there is NO balance. Yes, it was a hard time in the 60's but it was a hard time for a lot of musicians with alternative music. Anyway, it's boring and whiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (536)

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "My ears are bleeding"
    "You Don't Want It To End"
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    I love history, reading about kings and queens and a life I'll never live. The White Princess becomes the wife of Harry Tudor, a very troubled king. We see the story from her (Elizabeth's) point of view.

    There are many ups and downs, births, deaths, and a very angry troubled man who takes the throne by killing the heir of the York family. Unfortunately Harry Tudor becomes very fearful that while he killed one York heir, he may have not killed all York male heirs. His life is ruled by his mother and his fear.

    Elizabeth must marry the very man who killed the man she loved; it is her duty as a princess from the family of York promised to Harry Tudor many years ago. Had her lover lived and taken the throne, she would have been free to marry him.

    Married to the man she despises Elizabeth must perform her duties as the York princess, eventually to be crowned queen after she produces a York heir.

    This was an extremely well written book and very enjoyable. Even after 19 hours, I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1041)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Every Teenage Girl Needs to Read"
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    It's a painful story set in England with a wonderful reader who does English accents well. I rate it only a 3 because the beginning is a bit confused and slow and because the story that unfolds is so painful to us observers. We are yelling at Catherine to run, but she doesn't. Catherine has a boyfriend that all her friends think walks on water and therefore refuse to hear the little Catherine tells them about what goes on behind close doors. We also meet Catherine 4 years later and how she has been affected by previous events.

    Every teenage girl needs to read this so that she begins to understand the warning signs even when everything appears perfect on the outside. The wrong kind of love can hurt and young women need to grow enough confidence that they react to their inner voices instead of the opinions of others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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