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
"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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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.
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. ☺
"the narrator's perky voice distracted me"
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.
Someone with a less chirpy voice.
"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.
"Entertaining from the first page"
Entertaining, funny, relatable
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.....
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.
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.
I just enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Looking for another.
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.
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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.
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"Fun, enjoyable listen!"
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.
Loved her varied voices for different characters. She brought them to life!
Henry. I'm intrigued by him!
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.
"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
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