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Spin - A Novel Audiobook

Spin - A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

How far would you go to get what you wanted? That's the question author Catherine McKenzie addresses in Spin - a delectable debut novel that takes listeners into the connected worlds of pop culture, tabloid journalism, and celebrity rehab. The story of a newbie undercover gossip reporter who follows a troubled starlet into a rehab clinic intending to dig up all the dirt she possibly can, Spin is smart, hip, utterly engaging contemporary fiction in the vein of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin.

©2012 Catherine McKenzie (P)2015 Catherine McKenzie

What the Critics Say

"Imagine if Bridget Jones fell into a million little pieces, flew over the cuckoo's nest, and befriended Lindsay Lohan along the way, and you are beginning to grasp the literary roller coaster ride that is Catherine McKenzie's Spin." (Leah McLaren, author of The Continuity Girl)

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    Tammy 12-03-15
    Tammy 12-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"

    It is an ironic love story that I enjoyed it immensely. Characters were likeable and fun. Narration was superb. I will be seeking out this author and narrator to enjoy more of their work. ☺

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 09-23-16
    Michele 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, enjoyable listen!"
    Where does Spin - A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. Not my favorite, but I really enjoyed it and it was much better than some I've listened to so far.


    What about Kristi Burns’s performance did you like?

    Loved her varied voices for different characters. She brought them to life!


    If you could take any character from Spin - A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Henry. I'm intrigued by him!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Q 09-08-16
    Susie Q 09-08-16
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    "Interesting"

    Spin by Catherine McKenzie was an interesting book. She balanced a very serious story line with romance and humor. Sometimes I wasn't sure about what would happen next, so it kept me on my toes. Kristie Burns always does a great job as narrator, making the characters come to life with her voice.
    I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simona 09-08-16
    Simona 09-08-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Good story with obnoxious characters"

    After listening to 'Forgotten' by Catherine McKenzie I was thrilled to start another one of hers. I was truly disappointed. Not in the authors writing style but in how the main character is portrayed. Note, that this is just my personal preference and that many others - probably young or new adults - will enjoy this story.

    Spin is a novel about making a thousand mistakes and going ruthlessly after what you want, no matter the costs. It's also thought-provoking and thrilling.

    The main character Katie is not very likable in my book. She's selfish, immature and obnoxious. Already in the first chapter I rolled my eyes about her immaturity and her even more, very unsupportive, immature friends. If you're a party girl, you'll love this book, because that's what's going on.

    The story is really dragging out sometimes. My thoughts were, that at least 3 hours could be left out of this book.

    The author does have an incredible talent of telling a great story with everything that comes with it. Just because I didn't like the characters in this novel, doesn't mean I won't read this author again. I will! Catherine McKenzie has the abillity to put you into the mind of real people with a tragic life and make it funny at the same time.

    Narrator Kristi Burns does another great job. She really knows how to understand the characters she's portraying and she portrays the main character spot-on when portraying Katie and her immature mind. I'm about to think that Kristi can portray just about anyone. Again, I saw the story in images, like I was watching a movie.

    *This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Read all my reviews at mybookhype dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chasina McGee Olympic Peninsula, WA 08-10-16
    Chasina McGee Olympic Peninsula, WA 08-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "into the mind of a resistant 30 something female.."
    Would you try another book from Catherine McKenzie and/or Kristi Burns?

    I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

    YES! I am a new fan of Kristi Burns, she has a flair for her narrative, clearly understands her characters and the script - she is without flaw:)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine McKenzie? Why or why not?

    Catherine McKenzie has a pretty distinct writing style, she softly touches on real life painful issues while keeping you inside the characters head at all times - the inner dialogue is great and often I find myself chuckling out loud - or grinning at the self ridicule.


    What about Kristi Burns’s performance did you like?

    YES! I am a new fan of Kristi Burns, she has a flair for her narrative, clearly understands her characters and the script - she is without flaw:)


    Did Spin - A Novel inspire you to do anything?

    Truthfully, the story wasn't my favorite...i had a terrible time identifying with this character and spent a good deal of time wondering where the story was going....


    Any additional comments?

    This doesn't mean its a bad book, it just means that I was fairly "meh" over the content, I don't understand drinking beyond one or two - thus the underlying for this character held no appeal - and I felt she was struggling to maintain a youth that she wasnt even sure actually existed...

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    Michelle 08-09-16
    Michelle 08-09-16
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    "CHAOS TO PERFECTION!"

    I finished listening to the audio book Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie (which I just reviewed and loved) and at the end of that audiobook there is a preview of the first chapter of SPIN. Well after that preview I was hooked and had to listen to that complete audio too! I was fortunate enough to already have it in my Library "given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom". I would have happily paid for SPIN if I didn't already have it. It is so entertaining that I couldn't put it down, not even to get sleep! You can help but love the main character Katie with all her flaws. I love the fact that she's older and still trying to find her place in life. After listening to a second book by Catherine McKenzie I really, really enjoy the way she tells a love story by not focusing entirely on the love story. She has this way of taking the reader on the life journey with the main character as they go through struggles in life and it just so happens they find love in the process. When listening to audiobooks the narrator is so important and Kristi Burns was just PERFECT!

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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 08-09-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 08-09-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Spin - A Novel"

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”



    Spin is not just chic lit, it delves into the life of a 30 year old woman with a drinking problem. She goes into rehab to write an article about a celebrity also there. There is a bit of drama, a bit of romance and more. This is the second book I've listened to by this author, but will look for more.



    The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

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    Dee LA 08-08-16
    Dee LA 08-08-16
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love when a story and a narrator can combine to create a great listen. Spin is such a marriage.

    You know from the first chapter that this will be a fun story full of missteps and mistakes. The author and the narrator keep you entertained and the lessons learned along the way are great for the character and not too preachy for the listener.

    There's some introspection all around (I even I found myself thinking back on all the crazy things I did when I was younger) but in the end, I have a new favorite author and a new favorite narrator.

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    sukhanya San Jose, CA, United States 06-27-16
    sukhanya San Jose, CA, United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible narration"

    I returned the book mainly cause of the narrator. The lack of modulations and the lack of differentiations adapting to the story was totally amiss. For a book I would have otherwise finished returning, I couldn't go beyond 2 chapters.

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    Jennifer S. 05-26-16
    Jennifer S. 05-26-16
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    "Story Dragged A bit"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really didn't like when she would have "conversations" with herself. It didn't really help the story along at all and felt really out of place. There were also a lot of details that didn't need to be in there, they were filler in an already long book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine McKenzie again?

    Possibly.


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