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Mari

Farmington, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "Great listen."
    Overall

    This was one of the best books that I have listened to in quite a while. The narrator is extremely good and makes the characters believable. The story had kept you interested and wasn't predictable like so many are.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1173)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Troy says: "So worth the wait!"
    "I hope this isn't the end of the series."
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    Another great book by Deborah Harkness. I have to admit the first in this series I thought was wordy and I didn't care much for the character Diana Bishop, but I kept going. Book 2 I was hooked and now with book 3 I don't want it to end. So many twists with characters who live forever, who knows who, when did they meet, what grudges do they hold. There are some characters that you just want to hear more from, sure there are others that could be killed off and you wouldn't mind but not too many.
    Great job, so worth the wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (128)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "My all time favorite read!!!"
    "Absolutely Loved It"
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    Charles Martin has a way of making you feel like you are there and part of the characters. This book is just as good as Chasing Fire Flies, the characters are believable, the story touches your heart, you ride the emotional roller coaster of the lives of the characters. It brought tears to my eyes several times, I didn't want to stop listening. You can't go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Dawn: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Caroline Fyffe
    • Narrated By Corey M. Snow
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family's cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys.

    Edward Millner says: "Running Away to Somewhere Better"
    "I wanted to like it more than I did"
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    I grew up reading and watching westerns. I was very excited to get into this one but the narrator ruined it for me. Seriously he was the wrong guy for the job. He made the Faith sound whimpy, and I'm sorry folks but cowboys can be friendly but these guys were pathetic and it all came down to performance for me. I will try to find this book and read it, I really think that I will enjoy this book so much more by creating the voices and personalities in my head.
    From what I could stand to listen to the story itself is good, but couldn't stand the voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1159)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "The twist at the end I didn't see coming"
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    Although I prefer Eric Conger as the narrator of John Sanford books, I think that Richard Ferrone does a good job. With that said this book was another in a long line of great stories by John Sanford. The twist at the end I didn't see coming at all. Great listen and well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1582)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "More edgy and not as funny but still really good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If I were guaranteed a sexy werewolf I would move to Alaska. I love the characters and how well she blends all the books in a series. This one had a bit more edge with the psycho ex-husband, but the ending was great. Another great series by Molly Harper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    Jean says: "survival"
    "Classic Anna Pigeon"
    Overall
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    If I had to go into the wilderness I would want to go with Anna Pigeon. She is the ultimate kick butt heroine. She is not afraid to do what needs to be done even if it’s killing. She has the touch of crazy and at the same time you know she is sane enough to get through whatever situation she faces. I love the conversations with the dog. This book not only had Anna as a heroine but all the female characters were tough and gritty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1079)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Good but very different than her other series"
    Overall
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    This was another good listen from Molly Harper, however if you were expecting quirky and laugh out loud funny like the Halfmoon Hallow or Werewolf series this isn't it. Don't get me wrong its good, but make sure you know what to expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Help for the Haunted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Searles
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town.

    Melinda says: "Fuzzy on the Haunted Part"
    "Not as good as I had hoped"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The description sounded much more exciting than the book was. The title led you to believe that it would involve more hauntings, but it didn't. I do have to say that I didn't see the ending coming but was still disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Boring and Farfetched"
    Overall
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    The story line was just too farfetched to believe. To think there could be that many dense people in one area and all in the same book was too much to go with. I had some hope in the middle that it would pick up the pace and get better but it didn't
    I will condense the book for you: Woman with secret in her past marries spineless man who won't stand up to bigot father. Woman sees crime, runs; enter clueless FBI, more boring story line, book ends in less than exciting finish. Reader kicks self for wasting time with such horrible story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Fire: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (597)

    Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart - and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared - and determined to live without love. But now Sam has returned....

    Camden says: "Great Story but Some Character Flaws"
    "The story has come full circle"
    Overall
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    This book was a great way to end the series. The story of three sisters has come full circle and did not disappoint. Great story, great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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