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P.J.

katsuey

LANSING, KS, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Woodring
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is discovered dead by the railroad tracks outside of town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Percy, the president of the town’s worldrenowned furniture company, had seemed invincible. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen, and that glimpse tugs at her, urges her to find out more.

    Holly Helscher says: "Agonizing"
    "Too Bad I Have to Give the Story 1 Star"
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    This book is as mindless as listening to a grocery list. There is NO story. Don't hold out waiting for one because the suicide of the town's citizen is the ONLY story. Not why, not his life before, not anything. After the first paragraph, there is NO story.

    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
    (5625)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4974)

    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.

    Sandy C. Jourdain says: "Not interesting"
    "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 0 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
    (25819)
    Performance
    (22908)
    Story
    (22976)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "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
    (442)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    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
    (2304)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2066)

    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
    (497)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    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
    (568)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (514)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
    "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
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1026)

    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
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10153)
    Performance
    (9134)
    Story
    (9144)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham Knows the Deep South"
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    Grisham does his best books with Mississippi as the backdrop. Rich in character development, humorous in many places with a bit of a surprise ending and always a good story. Micheal Beck always reads Grisham books with character voices the lend to the character development and humor.

    In this case, a crotchety old man dying of lung cancer commits a very deliberate suicide indicating in a handwritten will that his black part time housekeeper should be his sole heir. Everyone wants to know why, no one more than a son and daughter left with nothing. Does that handwritten will trump one made by lawyers years previous? Did pain medications make him vulnerable to an unscrupulous housekeeper.

    In a continuation of the Street Lawyer, Jake, who has never met the dead man, receives a letter from him asking him to defend his intentions with every fiber of his being. With millions at stake there is a contingent of lawyers out to fight both Jake and the handwritten will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally on Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. D. Davis
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    When Emmy sleeps with Kyle after a night of drinking, she quickly tries to put the mistake behind her. When the duo is snowed in together over a long weekend, Emmy begins to discover there is more to Kyle than his mean-spirited behavior. Unfortunately, Kyle has a steady girlfriend he is unwilling to break up with. Moving on and putting that long weekend behind her, Emmy starts dating attorney Luke Kessler. Luke treats Emmy with kindness, reverence, and loves her unconditionally. He is everything Emmy should ever want in a man - sexy, intelligent, successful, and funny, with strong family bonds.

    Jordy says: "Another Winner for Me!"
    "Too Many Sex Scenes"
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    We have a great story here with way too many sex scenes that all sound about the same. Next, to really try to bring things together, the author has to introduce a habit of one character in the last couple of chapters that was never mentioned or even alluded to throughout the story - making one feel a bit cheated that the author just suddenly had to find someway to explain the rest of the book.

    There's a story in there and a good message, unfortunately it seems diminished by sex scene after sex scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13995)
    Performance
    (12548)
    Story
    (12655)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Just Read Divergent a Second Time"
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    Divergent moved along nicely and had an interesting concept. Unfortunately Insurgent is simply not that good (and if you read reviews for the last book in the series, you will see it only gets worse). Insurgent is just a cast of characters moving from place to place with the same result - needing to fight their way out of the situation only to move on to other. There's really no story, it's like one of those action movies with a lot of car chases and crashes. I lost interest 2/3rds through and just moved on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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