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K. McRitchie

Iowa, United States
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  • The Year of Magical Thinking

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366

"Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

  • By Michael on 05-08-15

The Writing was Superior--that's about it.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-15

This is one of those titles that sucks you in with positive reviews and a decent story, but then you wish you didn't use a credit to purchase :) The writing and narration of this book is excellent. I just didn't like it. I couldn't relate to all of the name-dropping in the book, I am not of the literary/screenplay writing world, so I did not know anyone mentioned. I had to even google the author and her husband to see why they were famous. They live a rich lifestyle, with a home on each coast, travel around the world, dinner parties every week and I just couldn not seem to connect to the story. I am a middle class professional, highly educated who has only one home and travels once or twice a year. I still have an hour to go, I will finish because I don't like to leave a story untold. I could relate to the parts about grief and her references to research about grief, yet most of it is a memoir of her life which got a bit boring. I used the forward 30 second button throughout this one. The writing and narration are excellent, it just wasn't for me.

  • The Serpent on the Crown

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573

New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid if not terribly memorable entry

  • By Alexandra on 08-23-14

I have become friends with the Emersons

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-15

I have read the entire series, have one more to go and it has been a joy. These are wonderfully written so the reader becomes part of the Egyptian culture and terrain. The narration is amazing, as Barbara Rosenblat is probably the best narrator of audio books I have heard. She brings the characters to life and once again I am off with the Emersons on one of their Egyptian adventures.

I think this is a good story, I like where the family is at right now, grown children, grandchildren, Egyptian friends that we have all come to know well. When I read one of these stories, I feel like I am meeting up with old friends. That is what great books bring to the readers--an escape into another world with friends. I feel sad when each story ends, thinking that I won't "see" you for awhile. This story had several plots going and of course, ties them all up at the end. These aren't crime novels as we have come to know, but they are crime novels of that time and place. I read that Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters actually has degrees in archeology and egyptology...that makes the books even better since we actually learn much about the culture of the time.

Although some of the books can stand alone, it is best read in a series so you can grow up with the Emerson children and participate in the adventures at each archeological dig. These are easy reads, not too sappy, humorous at times, and a great way to visit Egypt.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Naked in Death

  • In Death, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,627

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 03-10-12

Annoying main character in a decent story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-15

I have always seen people with books from this series since the 80s and decided to try it out. It was an interesting story, but right away Eve, the protagonist, really annoyed me. This is a intelligent woman who acts tough all of the time. The author wants to demonstrate how her past affects her current relationships and not wanting to get close to anyone, blah, blah, blah. The problem is that this "tough-guy" image just doesnt fit, or maybe since she is a cop, it does. Whether it is a man or woman, the "tough-guy" persona is annoying. They don't need help, they don't need people, they don't need friends, they don't need medical care, they can take care of themselves. I can see why an author would want to foreshadow the pain and suffering that will eventually come out in the stories, by making the character act certain ways, but I think she could have done that in other ways.

There is a line where her lover's butler says something like "he is uncomfortable around people like her." She refers to herself as a mongrel instead of being purebred. It is not about that, however, it is that strong women can be portrayed intelligent, beautiful and strong without being the tough guy, bitch, or the I-don't-need-anyone type. Maybe the whole cop persona is different but I would like the character more if she were independent without being annoying.

The narration was good. Somewhere during the middle of the book, I accidentally lost about 90 minutes of the story and didn't bother trying to figure out what happened, but found out that I didn't need it...that says alot :) I am glad I listened to the book, but this is a series I will skip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Reason I Jump

  • The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
  • By: Naoki Higashida
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,549

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but left me skeptical

  • By JoAnn on 06-25-14

Autism is a gift.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

People consider autism a disability and yet, it is a gift. People with autism all seem to have different ways of experiencing the world in ways that a non-autistic person is not able. Some feel textures and are able to become the object, some have gifts of musical or artistic ability. This is a Q&A written by a young man with autism in Japan who answers popular questions about being a person with autism. He is remarkable and gives us answers to questions that help others know what it is like to live with autism. It is a fast read, well worth your time. If everyone just took the time to understand autism and other disabilities, what a different world this would be....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Case

  • A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey
  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

"The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They never disappoint

  • By Christina Holloway on 11-12-11

A bonus story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

I have really enjoyed the John Corey series, especially with Scott Brick as the narrator. His voice just fits the personality of the detective perfectly. This is only a 2 hour story and it is very good. I was hoping a new novel would have come out since the Panther, so I listened to this for a "fix." Even though it is short, it is fun to listen and witness Corey's humor as he solves a crime. It was actually fun listening to a story than I was able to finish quickly instead of listening for 15 hours. If you want a quick treat, it is worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flesh and Blood

  • A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,247

It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Series badly needs to change focus

  • By GH on 11-25-14

More of the same...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

I like this Patricia Cornwall series and always listen to them. This was a good story, decent narrator, but not as good as previous one. I enjoyed the book. It was just predictable. It may be time to retire Kay Scarpetta as maybe there are no more really good stories for her. I am kind of tired of some of the character's stories and development, but they are still a good read and worth a credit....not full price though :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Wonderful Book in the Series

  • By Yvonne Jocks on 11-30-05

I am hooked on this series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

who knew. It was written in the 1980s and I had never heard of any of the books. This is the 10th book in the series and it is like a visit to old friends each time I read one. There are parts that make me smile and this one even made me cry along with the characters as they said goodbye to a dear friend. Each one is a mix of manners and mystery, with a formidable main character and her family. It this book, Amelia and her daughter are wearing trousers now instead of dresses...finally. I have never been interested in Egyptology before, however, the way the author weaves it into the story is interesting. Rumor is that it is fairly accurate, too.

Of course, the narrator is one of the best and anything she reads is like attending a performance. I am sure that makes the audio book much more fun than the printed one. You don't have to start at the beginning of the series to enjoy the books, they each sort of recap in the beginning, but it is fun being a part of this family's story and growing up with the children...as I mentioned, like a visit to old friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trouble in Mudbug

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of really good and really bad

  • By M. Clark on 01-08-16

The word "butt" is mentioned in every chapter...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

I was looking for something light and enjoyable to read, this sounded interesting...a mother-in-law ghost series. I got hooked on the Amelia Peabody Archaeologist Series and thought this might be fun. It had decent reviews, people liked it...big mistake. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it...it did have some good scenes, but overall, it was not very good. After a couple of chapters I noticed that the author mentioned people's butts a lot. He had a cute butt, I looked at the firm butt, she had a big butt, etc. I don't know why I noticed this except it was very sophomoric and out of place. There is a whole part about buying a pink thong that is just stupid. This is one of those authors who have a decent story, but then think that they need to throw in sex innuendo and scenes. I love a good sex scene, but sometimes the story works without one.

The main character also got on my nerves. I hate when educated women are portrayed as whiny and stubborn, rather than confident. She was annoying. There were also many subplots to the story and things kind of drag on in the main plot, then there are all these extra plots we have to wrap up at the end, which I don't get because this is a series...some can continue. It was like a rush to make everything fit together and in doing that, it feels rushed and thrown together.

Oh well, it was one of those books that I listened to before falling asleep. I set the iTunes timer for 25 minutes and if I drifted off before the end, it didn't matter to miss some of the story. I hate leaving books unfinished, so I listened to the entire book, but I wouldn't recommend it. Its one of those books that is appealing on the website, but just doesn't cut it, which is too bad as the idea of a mother-in-law ghost experience had potential.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Alone

  • The Girl in the Box, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Crane
  • Narrated by: Annie Sullivan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best story I've listened to/read in a long time!

  • By RedMozi on 07-14-14

Dumb.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-15

This book had decent reviews and so I tried it. I kept wanting it to get better and kept listening and hoping...but no. It may be a young adult novel, but I need to look into that further...if so, I still wouldn't recommend it. The story is a good idea, superhuman mutant type people and the agency that tries to oversee them. It just never gets going on a good plot. At first the teenager's mother is missing, who is also a super human, then the agency saves her from a wolf creature (which just doesn't fit the story) and most of the story is at their facility. She is a whiny, know it all teenager, which doesnt make us like her, so the book doesn't even have that going for it. At one point the wolf guy alludes to raping her before killing her, which is a plot twist just thrown in for effect and really doesn't make sense at that point. Maybe if you say the word "rape" in a book, it makes it more scary...I don't know. I hate leaving a book unfinished, so i finished it, but only because it was only 5 hours...I would have given up after the first two if it were a long one. I think it is great that Audible will take a book back that you don't like, but I wouldn't do it because it was my fault for poor judgement. BTW, the narrator is not that great either. She sounds like a monotone teenager, which is probably what they are going for, but it is tedious to listen.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,449
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,459

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Not his best work...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-14

As a Grisham fan, I grab every new novel that comes out. I was excited that the protagonist in this one was a woman. Girls can be lawyers too! It was a good story, not great. Big city real estate attorney goes to coal country to do legal aid work...great plot. It drove me nuts, though, she whined about everything. I kept wanting her to leave her city life behind and work for the good of humankind....each time she would have an encounter with one of the people of the community, I kept hoping she would become their superhero as the story unfolded, become a real lawyer and not a paper pusher. Would good triumph over evil? the story is good, coal companies who ruin the land and their workers, then try not to get caught. It was probably realistic, which is sad. The narration was good and I enjoyed the book, but it just wasn't Sycamore Row.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful