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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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. ☺

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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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What a girl will do for a dream job

Spin by Catherine McKenzie is a look into the life of a journalist who is desperately seeking a job at a favorite magazine. How far will she go? Well, it seems she, who enjoys alcohol a little too much, might just agree to spy on a celebrity in rehab. Will Katie learn a few things about herself? What kind of spin will she put on an article she has been asked to write? The author gives some insight into what might happen in a rehab center for wealthier clients. Good plug for Alcoholics Anonymous. Add in a little humor, a little romance and the story takes off. Be aware of the language, I'd probably consider it R rated! Wondering what's ahead for the characters. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Kristi Burns. She did a fantastic job giving voice to the various characters, making for an enjoyable listen. I was given a complimentary copy of the book by the author and was not required to give a review and the opinions are my own.

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Loved this!

Catherine McKenzie writes with such fluidity and grace...she has wonderful character development-a story in which I could see every detail in my head. Narration was fantastic! Wasn't difficult to determine what was being spoken out loud by the Katie and what was in her head. This is my fourth Catherine McKenzie audiobook and I am not stopping!!

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the narrator's perky voice distracted me

Would you try another book from Catherine McKenzie and/or Kristi Burns?

I see from other reviewers that many liked the narrator's voice in this, but I found her voice to be so overly perky that I couldn't listen to this very long, so I can't really judge the book as a whole. Her voice didn't seem well-suited to a story in which a main theme is alcohol abuse.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kristi Burns?

Someone with a less chirpy voice.

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Horrible language ruined the book.

This book would have been a great read if it didn't have the word f**k read every 5 minutes. the story was entertaining, but I felt my self cringing with every curse word. Every character with the exception of 1 or 2 seemed to use the word F**k as a noun or adjective. I felt it wasn't necessary. If cursing doesn't bother you then you will enjoy this book, but if your not a fan of f**k, or s**t don't waste your money or time.

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Entertaining from the first page

If you could sum up Spin - A Novel in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, funny, relatable

What was one of the most memorable moments of Spin - A Novel?

I know that girl. I had glimpses of my long ago party girl self in Katy. So I might have enjoyed the book more than most. The description of being sick in a bathroom and placing her face against the cool tile.....

Have you listened to any of Kristi Burns’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is her book for me. But it won't be the last.
I don't understand the description of a piece of music for each chapter. However, it's great music. This would make a great movie.

Who was the most memorable character of Spin - A Novel and why?

Katy of course. She has a running dialog with herself, and her inner woman has a sarcastic sense of humor. She is honest to a fault and leaves nothing to the imagination. How many of us have ever gotten ourselves in a situation that didn't turn out like we hope? And end up hurting the ones we care about in the process.

Any additional comments?

I just enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Looking for another.

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Great Author

Any additional comments?

After listening to Spun and Hidden by Catherine McKenzie, I jumped at the chance to listen to Spin. I loved it and look forward to listening to or reading more by Catherine McKenzie.

This audiobook was given voluntarily at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

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Realistic Characters

3.5 - I really enjoyed the internal dialogue the character had with herself. It was realistic but still entertaining. I think what made this 3.5 instead of 4 for me were the relationships between the characters. That didn't seem as realistic to me. Sometimes I'm ok with that, but because the characters themselves were realistic, it was hard to reconcile that they all would have had these lasting relationships with each other. Overall though, fun and kind of touching story.

The narrator was awesome. The pacing was perfect and seemed perfect for the character.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

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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!