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Marlina

Neena

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Most Dangerous Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.

    C. Byrnes says: "Good Listen"
    "The Most Dangerous Thing"
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    I have to admit that I am disappointed by this novel. Sometimes, Laura Lippman can be right on, and most of her novels I have listened to on audio book, are great but honestly, this was a let down. I got into the whole thing about it kind of being like "The Big Chill" with friends getting together after the death of a friend in their circle. It could have been a great story line but it was just so boring. The narrator however was very good and the only reason I didn't just delete it from my iPod and move on to something else. It just falls flat there is no suspense and no thrill. If you must pick a book by her, I suggest "What the dead know" that was really good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Unfinished Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Spragg
    • Narrated By Tony Amendola, Judith Marx
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Jean Gilkyson is floundering in a trailer house in Iowa with yet another brutal boyfriend when she realizes this kind of life has got to stop, especially for the sake of her daughter, Griff. But the only place they can run to is Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's loved ones are dead and her father-in-law, the only person who could take them in, wishes that she was, too.

    Marie E Nelson says: "An enjoyable story"
    "Wasn't Sure I Would Like This Novel"
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    Sometimes, I will get an audiobook because I don't have time to read the book. This book has been sitting in my Audible library for a while, without listening to it. For the last few weeks however I have been listening to the novels in my Audible library that I haven't listened to. This is a great listen, it is only about 8 hours long, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The narrators were great for this novel and they made it come to life; I haven't seen the movie made of this novel but I have to say there is no way that it could be better than this Audible reading. This novel is about coming of age, loss and family, the way that it is written is engaging and I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4320)
    Performance
    (3264)
    Story
    (3270)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Alas, Babylon!"
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    When I was in Jr. High School, I had to read Alas, Babylon for my Advanced English class. I don't think anyone else was as interested in it as I was but I found that from the moment I was brought into the kitchen of Florence, the Western Union operator I was hooked. I read it, wrote my paper, got and "A" and moved on.

    Recently, I was having a conversation with my husband, we were talking about the best science fiction we ever read. I remember Alas, Babylon, what stuck in my head was the fact that they were overrun with armadillos because of the lack of traffic and how I could sympathize with Randy being at a loss of what to do to prepare.

    I selected this audio book because Will Patton is one of my favorite book narrators, he is from Charleston and has that pleasant lilt that I always liked when I saw him in movies. His voice is very soothing and at the same time he manages to give different voices to different characters. For example, his depiction on "Preacher" Henry, sounds just like every old school African American Baptist "fire and brimstone"preacher I ever heard, and I have heard more than a few.

    I am so happy to have found that once again this book had me enthralled from the outset because it manages to show a snapshot in time. 1959 in the South, and it manages to tell the story of how people begin to overlook the outward features of someone, namely their race and ban together to make their life as pleasant as possible. And it does this without being too preachy about it. I admit that the points that made me cry in Jr. High School, also found me emotional again as an adult. And I still find Missouri's dance waxing of the floor a humorous moment before disaster strikes.

    I don't want to overwhelm or spoil this novel for you but I will say that it is a great audible purchase, and I will more than likely listen to it again in future. Will Patton is great and his voice adds to the beautifully tragic tale of a small town in Florida and how it copes with events after "The Day".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Revolution: A Music Lover's Delight"
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    I love novels about the French Revolution, it was such a time turmoil and upheaval that it lends itself to great story lines. This is a young adult novel but I think it was probably one of my biggest favorites of this year. It is a book for anyone who has a daughter about fifteen to twenty or for anyone who enjoys the time period and music. The main character is so in love with music, much like myself and music almost becomes another character. It is a book that I have listened to it more than once and I enjoyed it even more every time. Two young women, going through difficult times in different centuries. The one of the most important question this novel asks is "What would we do without "Stairway to Heaven"?" Its read by two narrators and usually I don't get into those novels, but this time it works. If you read/listened to "Madame Tussuad" by Michelle Moran, you will enjoy this novel as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5811)
    Performance
    (3980)
    Story
    (3987)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "I need closure!!!!"
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    Jaime and Claire are possibly two of my favorite fictional characters. Due to this reason, I was excited to find out what was going to happen in this novel but the truth is that this series of novels is starting to meander aimlessly and then you have to wait for another three years so that she can do that again. In a thousand pages, you should be able to bring these characters to an ending that is deserving of them, instead you are subjected to the most mundane details, the most drawn out storyline, it should come to a close, and it should happen soon.
    That being said, a lot of the characters that true Outlander fans have come to love are back to add to the story. It was good for the most part but I want to know what happens, and I would like to know before 2014! I mean I have really enjoyed the majority of the books but this one was just so full of fluff and what is the deal with having to wait three years a book. It’s not Tolstoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1387)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "A good read, scary and thrilling"
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    I thought that I was going to strongly dislike this book, but I remember that I listened to it around Halloween of last year, and it seriously gave me chills. You think that you have heard all the vampire stories but there is nothing out there like this. Del Toro is the king of horror movies, in my humble opinion and in all honesty this book is so visual that when I was listening to parts of it at night, I would actually pull off my sleep mask and look around.

    I am going to try not to be too long winded but Ron Perlman has the perfect voice for this kind of book and I hope that he will be back to read the rest of the trilogy. Another thing that I loved about this book is it had a mid-sentence ending, which is my way of describing when an author writes a book but there is no clear conclusion, something else is about to happen but not yet.

    It left me wanting more, and on a cold snowy Wisconsin night, it gave me a good scare, reminding me of my mom when she talked about listening to Alfred Hitchcock on the radio. Good listen, totally worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Little Liars #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sara Shepard
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

    Marlina says: "You have to kind of get used to it"
    "You have to kind of get used to it"
    Overall

    The woman, or should I say young lady who narrates this book has a slightly annoying voice, nothing too bad but she reminded me a little of Melanie Griffith. Her voice is very high pitched and she sounds like she would have been in school with the girls in the novel. If you haven't guessed by now, I am not a teenager but I love the series on ABC Family and I wanted to read or listen to the books. I will probably get the next in the series just because the books are very good and after awhile, you forget about the voice and get into the book itself. The book is a good one, it may be a little too much for a child under about 14, but I think that they are excellently written and I didn't get bored with them. There is some strong language; I only say that because my friend asked me that question after I finished it, her daughter is fifteen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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