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Returning to Castillo's Kate Burkholder series, narrator Kathleen McInerney is unable to overcome the weaknesses of the plot. Her abrupt reading style, combined with Castillo's stiff writing, creates jerkiness in the narration. McInerney also exaggerates the farcical personal drama of Burkholder's character, a seasoned police chief who needs to regularly remind everyone, "I'm a... Read More
Zoe is marking time until she can transfer to a private school. Then Philip Digby shows up. Digby is bent on discovering the truth behind his sister’s kidnapping long ago and its connection to a recent girl’s disappearance. Narrator Kathleen McInerney’s portrayal of Digby makes apparent his charisma, brash disrespect for rules, and acute observations. Listeners will understand... Read More
Obedient fifth-grader Tamaya defends a bullied classmate in the woods and encounters a strange, fuzzy mud that causes inconceivable repercussions. She may have rescued her friend from the bully—but at what cost? Beginning with the lighthearted tone of a happy fifth-grader, Kathleen McInerney’s delivery changes as Tamaya's situation grows desperate. Listeners learn the true... Read More
Ally Nickerson has kept her learning difficulties hidden in seven different schools. But her sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Daniels, recognizes her troubles--and her vivid imagination. This story might be preachy without its quirky characters and Kathleen McInerney's energetic narration. McInerney balances the heartfelt emotions about struggle and friendship with a distinctive... Read More
Kathleen McInerny's contemporary-sounding voice is not quite the right match for this entertaining but unbelievable audio melodrama. In the mid-1960s, Christina "Tiny" Hardcastle is married a rich, ambitious Kennedy-esque politician from Massachusetts--though he has a dark secret and her heart belongs to another. Tiny and her sister, Pepper, are supposed to be blue-blooded and... Read More
Kathleen McInerney's smooth voice hooks the listener from the start. Location manager Greer Hennessy is in Florida, doing her best to get her big break in the movie business. She finds the perfect beach town for the upcoming movie, but Eben Thibadeaux, the mayor, has other ideas about what's best for the town. Soon the two are butting heads. McInerney's sensitive portrayal of... Read More
Narrator Kathleen McInerney creates a vibrant audio version of the interlocked lives, families, and generations in Judy Blume's arresting, sometimes harrowing, new novel. In the early 1950s, Elizabeth, New Jersey, was a cheerful, confident town in the middle of the American Century when a freak series of plane crashes shattered assumptions and lives. Blume recalls the town's... Read More
Kathleen McInerney returns to narrate another installment of the Kate Burkholder mysteries. As chief of police in a small Ohio town that includes a traditional Amish community, Burkholder is once again called upon to solve a murder that overlaps the worlds of the the Amish and the “Englishers.” McInerney deftly portrays the mores of the Amish, showing Burkholder’s respect for... Read More
Narrator Kathleen McInerney's perky voice and sweet tone engage listeners with this light summer read. Beautiful florist Cara Kryzik has had a run of bad luck, but true love and the chance to be the "go-to" florist for the wealthy brides of Savannah are there--just out of reach. McInerney easily transitions between the voices of determined Cara; her brusque father; hunky Jack... Read More
Narrator Kathleen McInerney’s rapid pace and perky tone work well for this romp through the 1960s. Reporter Vivian Schuyler navigates the New York dating and publishing scenes while attempting to solve the mystery surrounding her great-aunt Violet, who disappeared in WWI. McInerney's pacing and use of accents keep the many plot twists and surprises clear while fully... Read More
If you're a teacher, you'd want your students to write about you like this. If you're not, this is the audiobook you wish you'd written about someone who had a profound effect on your life. Jerry Kupchynsky was a public school music teacher who poured his life into teaching, with remarkable and transformative results. The two authors were his students--and one of the two is his... Read More
This is a listen-alicious jackpot for Pinkalicious fans. Each story-- from "Pinkalicious" to "Purplicious," "Goldilicious," "Silverlicious," and "Emeraldalicious"--is here. Narrator Kathleen McInerney maintains a high degree of energy throughout the production. As Pinkalicious, she shifts her vocal range from high-pitched enthusiasm at pink cupcakes to down-and-out despair at... Read More
Kathleen McInerney does a terrific job bringing the characters to life in this witty story. Grace Stanton, a successful lifestyle blogger, must attend court-ordered group therapy, dubbed "divorce camp," when she discovers her husband cheating and drives his expensive sports car into the pool. McInerney transitions between the various "campers," all of whom have demonstrated... Read More
In 1931, Budgie and Lily, students at Smith College, meet Jewish football player Nick Greenwald, from Dartmouth. Although Lily and Nick fall in love, they don't end up together due to family pressure. Narrator Kathleen McInerney gives an emotional reading of this novel. By 1938, just before a devastating hurricane, Budgie is married to Nick and summering in Seaview, Rhode... Read More
Take Paris as the background, add an endearing story of young love, and top it off with superb narration. C’est magnifique! Allyson, who has just graduated from high school, is on a “teen tours” trip through Europe when she meets Willem, a Dutch actor. He convinces her to spend “just one day” in Paris with him before she returns home. That day will affect Allyson’s entire first... Read More
An uber-educated circle of friends convenes for their 20th Harvard University reunion in a novel structured around a clever format. The university's class report, the Red Book, shares alumni autobiographical achievements every five years. But the Ivy League upbeat lives full of wit and irony described in the published pages diverge dramatically from the searing first-person... Read More
Even listeners unfamiliar with the original will get caught up in this sequel to EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE. Narrator Kathleen McInerney gives the residents of Coal Harbor voices as distinct as their personalities, including Primrose’s enigmatic Uncle Jack; her mentor, Kate Bowzer; and Ked, the new kid in town whom Primrose hopes will become the best friend she’s longed for.... Read More
The Amish communities of Ohio may advocate a plain life in which they set themselves apart from “the English," but they can’t isolate from crime. After several Amish teens are reported missing, State Agent Tomasetti requests that Police Chief Kate Burkholder, who was raised Amish, join the investigation team as a bridge between cultures. Kathleen McInerney returns to narrate... Read More
Annajane Hudgens has loved hunky Mason Bayless since she was a kid, even after their ill-fated marriage failed. Mason is a member of the prominent Bayless family, owners of Quixie cherry pop, the biggest business in Passcoe, North Carolina. Kathleen McInerney perfectly presents this cheerful, funny story about second chances and true love. It’s a story full of Southern charm... Read More
This fascinating whodunit, set among the Amish, grabs you from the first page. Ably read by Kathleen McInerney, Castillo’s latest effort, which features Police Chief Kate Burkholder, is filled with well-drawn characters whose personalities are enhanced by McInerney’s ability to give each a unique tone. Especially effective are her portrayals of the Amish, who are reluctant to... Read More
Tara has been banished (her word) to her aunt and uncle’s small town, Willow Falls, for the summer. While her parents are away on a research trip, she’s determined to keep to her loner ways despite the friendliness of the locals. Kathleen McInerney effectively portrays the dynamics of the tween characters who make up this story. Her Australian accent is spot-on, and she... Read More
Finally, Rory is turning 12, and all the things her parents have been telling her she needs to wait until she’s 12 to do are hers to start checking off her list. Kathleen McInerney captures all of Rory’s angst and humor as well as the personalities of her overprotective parents, her 3-year-old brother, and her friends. Rory’s stream-of-consciousness thoughts when she finally... Read More
Fresh-voiced Kathleen McInerney delivers a solid narration of Robbins’s forceful argument against the marginalization of those who choose to buck adolescent group norms. The book’s approach is a close and careful examination, with vignettes of seven real-life examples of “geeks”: the Nerd, the Weird Girl, the Band Geek, and others. Well-known people such as Albert Einstein and... Read More
When Lexie Baill and Mia Farraday become friends on their first day of high school, their lives are forever changed. But the full consequences of their friendship—and the accident that occurs at the end of their senior year—won’t be fully felt until years later. Kathleen McInerney’s narration, which alternates between the viewpoints of Mia’s mother and Lexie, at once captures... Read More
This book is, in part, the backstory of the hit movie THE BLIND SIDE, about the couple who were moved to adopt a homeless African-American boy they encountered on the street. Michael Oher grew into a gifted football player who played for the University of Mississippi and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. The memoir is the Tuohys attempt to show the conviction that was at the... Read More
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