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Mary S. Murray

Ruffin, NC USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 28 reviews
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  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7618)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2856)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Delightful and Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I don't hate to admit that I'm over 50 and absolutely loved this book. I didn't want to quit listening, I was saddened to hear it end -- and already started looking for the next part. This was, in my mind, not written for any particular age group - it far transcends that. I've already recommended it to several others and even thinking about listening to it again (and again). I'm sure that the second time around I'll pick up something that I missed or didn't find significant the first time around.
    I've definitely formed my opinions on who I think the traitors might be - I'm on pins and needles until I find out.
    I highly recommend this book to any that enjoy a good book - I don't even think that most would find the characters that unbelievable.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1941)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Getting Jaded"
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    Any additional comments?

    On Target was worth the listening time but I'm not certain the books are getting better. The Pain Killer trip '6' took on morphine was not realistic - while the addiction was. The shoulder wound as described was debilitating but after he got off the submarine it was never mentioned again. I think that was a lapse - the number of days he was out from the requested morphine and aboard the ship would have caused an infection to have killed him if left untreated. And yet, after getting aboard the ship it didn't even get a comment again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1004)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "No way near Dresden"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    It is possible that Brits may find this book enjoyable but I found many times that I shook my head and wondered if I had fallen asleep and missed a page or two. I finished the book ONLY because I just got stubborn and thought it 'had' to get better. Narration was very good but the story was just not fluid. I started the book driving home - 6.5 hr drive - and ended up several times just going to XM radio to prevent boredom.

    I'm glad that I got the book on one of the Daily Deal sales or I'd be more disturbed about the purchase. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Weight: Lizzy Gardner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Twenty-one years ago, Carol Fullerton's car was found abandoned by the side of a California highway. The teenager hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the case has long since gone cold. Now Carol's mother is dying. But before she draws her last breath she wants to know, once and for all, exactly what happened to her daughter... Six months ago, Diane Kramer emptied her savings account and vanished. According to her sister, the only clue is her obsession with a charismatic weight-loss guru.

    Matthew says: "Don't Bother"
    "Good Series - but has a lot of room for improvemen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that I think that could make this series a tad bit better would be for Lizzie to NOT jump out of her car and try to confront anyone she thinks is following her. When she does this I just have to roll my eyes thinking that anyone who had been abducted and would not open her door without her glock in hand would NOT be getting ready to open a stranger's car door just to find out why they were tailing her.While it is a little bit disconcerting to have multiple cases in one book - it is realistic in the one a PI would work. But you can't make any money if the bad guy is always the one hiring you.
    This is a good book and has some very realistic characters in it. Haley and Jessica are very believable in the way they handle trauma - I'm very glad that Haley stopped short in her seeking of revenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (326)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Uninspired"
    Overall
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    This book did not add to the series and could easily have left the family entirely out of the book without missing a thing. Seemed to have been written in a hurry and was not up to par for Ledwidge or Patterson. From what I understand it is easy for a family in hiding to trip up the way the Bennett's did and it would be extremely hard to put a family the size of the Bennetts in witness protection due to their size and oddness. BUT that said, the family did not add to the book. I'm going to be extremely reluctant to buy the next book in the series until it has been out a while and maybe offered in my library as a free audible rental.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1867)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1637)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Round Robin Stories"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the plot in this book. These authors are far better than this. There is a hodge podge of all the characters in the series and you are bounced from one feeble story to another without them meaning anything to the other. Pendergrast is not the strong character that we've grown to know and enjoy - he's turned into a miserable weakling that we are supposed to believe is driven to the brink of suicide by the death of someone that he's not even sure if he loves anymore?? The inclusion of all the characters made me feel like I was watching a ping pong match and wondering if there was ever going to be a tie-in or just a book of 4 or 5 stories taking place. From the very beginning of the book, I was thinking that I'd missed a chapter somewhere that would somehow make it all make more sense. I felt like I just had 5 different books open -- read a chapter in one, pick up another and read a chapter in that and so on - then start over.Best thing in this book was Rene Auberjonois.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stirred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath, Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together—or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die.

    Joe says: "A good ending to the series"
    "Tortuous"
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    What disappointed you about Stirred?

    unbelievability in a large number of scenes - the violence just for the sake of shock instead of plot - Way OVER THE TOP


    Has Stirred turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO - but it has turned me off from this author. After each book by him, I think "just a little more over the top"


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe and Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    none - but I love the narrators... they did an excellent performance. but GIGO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stirred?

    too many to count - it would have had to be a complete rewrite IMO... and this is a genre that I read all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing straight forward about this book except the Torture, Torture, and more Torture mixed in with hospital visits for the 8.5 month pregnant Jack. This is more than over the top in believability seeing the pregnant woman described in the book running the gauntlet in this 'ghost' town. I liked the Jack Daniels books when I started them, but find I'm getting extremely tired of the serial killers that seem to try to oneup the serial killer from the previous book. Seems to me that each book is a little gorier than the last and each a little less enjoyable as well. This is not a series that I would recommend to any of my friends. Even with the retirement of Jack, I can't even say I'll read the author again because I'm afraid I'll run into the same type of writing - shock tactics designed to horrify instead of writing with a good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Grid: A Monkeewrench Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. J. Tracy
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    On a sailboat 10 miles off the Florida Keys, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a 15-year-old girl is found in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that morning, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution style. The next morning, three more men are found savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the crime scenes, they discover that there have been similar murders in other cities....

    Kathleen says: "The fith and newest P. J. Tracy Monkeywrench Gang"
    "Expanding other characters"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from P. J. Tracy and/or Buck Schirner?

    yes, but not sure I'd buy another MonkeeWrench book because it appears from this book that the characters are played out. The narration is good, the story is just not very strong.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't find a lot really spell binding about this book. To me it really wasn't much of a 'Monkeewrench' book, just had the characters mentioned - they really played no significant role, not even Grace. The plot was only so-so even tho the ending did have a slight twist. The relationship between Grace & John and Grace & Leo is hinted at a lot during the book but pitifully done in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Leo Magozzi & Gino Rolseth who were really the main characters in this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no, but I don't go see many movies nor do I watch much TV. This would be more of a made for TV movie than a theater movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5259)
    Performance
    (4453)
    Story
    (4449)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Dresden IS NOT the same"
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    I have to totally agree with all the other reviews. I've been listening to all the stories in order (again) waiting for the release of this book... I don't 'read' much anymore, (only audio), but I'm going to have to go buy this book to physically read. I had already clicked BUY before I realized that it was a different narrator and I'm so disappointed. I've just listened to the Sample clip and already know I don't like it. I started another series of books with one narrator and there was a switch after the 3rd book to a different narrator - nothing against the narrator as I 'adore' him in other books - but the loss for the characters that you have grown to know and love thru the voice is devastating. I had to TOTALLY quit the series (Sword of Truth) and not go any further because I just don't have time to pick up a book and read anymore - I have to listen to them!

    32 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (411)

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "wonderment"
    Overall

    Rapidly, Koontz has become one of my favorite authors. His way with descriptive words never ceases to amaze me. I have read none of his books so far that I wouldn't recommend highly as a must read.
    From the Corner of His Eye is so descriptive that I've played back sections just to listen to the descriptions and to wonder why the 'normal' person can't delight in the daily wonders that Koontz can so vividly describe. Some people consider this to make some of his books drag and there are times that I find myself thinking the same thing - then I relax and realize that he's making you enjoy the experience instead of letting you rush through it.
    The wonderment of the prodigy and the horrors of the twisted is very evident in this book. The description of Junior and his development puts you right in the mind of the psychopath. Barty is a total delight as a child and gives you hope for mankind.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (15852)
    Performance
    (12092)
    Story
    (12121)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Unmistakenly DEEP"
    Overall

    I've reread this book once already and plan to do so again. I found things that I absolutely did not remember on the second read.

    The narrator is EXCELLENT with the many voices and he brings the characters up out of the book. Martin lives in another world to be able to write these story lines. After reading books like this I find it hard to get involved with movies... nothing on screen can be as realistic to me as the mind's eye listening to these type of books.

    I can't see anyone enjoying the books in the series "Fire & Ice" without starting at the beginning and reading all the books in order. All the books build on themselves so you need to start with "Game of Thrones" to understand all that has/is happening.

    I just hope that Martin lives long enough to get the series completely written...

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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