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Margarita

Irving, TX, USA

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  • 15 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 80 titles in library
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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4747)
    Performance
    (3967)
    Story
    (3989)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    It is quite dark - and the narrators really did a good job of getting that across. A lot of twists. But, in the end, as dark as the book may seem, it does give a message of hope and forgiveness. It is a very good book indeed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1636)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Dark but funny"
    Overall

    Very interesting plot - and the author presented it very well. It was very funny, too. I had to look around to make sure that nobody saw me laughing out loud. Truly entertaining. And Mr. Fisher Stevens was excellent in his narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "Can't Wait for #3"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening. And the narrator is excellent!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (363)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Love The Book"
    Overall

    The story is very poignant - but feels very real. I have loved the book even before the film came out - which was unusually true to the book. That was quite surprising. I've always been interested in Mr. McEwan's books as they are a very good study of human behavior in the direst of situations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1116)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Eerily Real"
    Overall

    The story was so close to being real that it was just so unnerving to listen to the book. It's not bad at all! It is actually thought provoking. And Mr. Scott has always been a great narrator and the way he brought this audiobook to life even made listening to it so very eerie.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23688)
    Performance
    (10273)
    Story
    (10355)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Very Well Written"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this book - I had to finish it. It's not edge of your seat kind of thriller - it's more of a suspenseful thinking kind of thriller - if that makes sense at all. It has enough twists to make your head spin and it was kind of confusing at the start since there were so many characters involved, but it was very well written and the characters' lives and the way they cross paths is just very good story telling. The narrator was very good, too.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1751)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    The story itself is good. One has to hash out the theology behind it but this book doesn't claim to be a theological study - just a story. I understand that there are some arguments as to the dogmas, or rather the non-dogmas, that the book emphasizes but as a story of pain and redemption, this book is a good read - or listen, as the case may be.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (541)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall

    I'm not a romance novel person - but, Ms. Quinn has got me downloading her books. Yes, there's the boy meets girl stuff but the circumstances the characters find themselves in - it's just hilarious! I'm glad to find an author that just doesn't delve in such romantic stuff - she just has a way of telling a story that makes it so funny, too. Pecked to death by pigeons - that's a classic. Oh, and the narration is excellent, too!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6730)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3515)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Neil Gaman's Stories are ALWAYS Good!"
    Overall

    Although this is an Audible Kids download, I would think it won't be appropriate for children around 10 and below. Mostly preteens and up, maybe. That said, the story was really good. Mr. Gaman's imagination knows no bounds. And, the narration, as always, is excellent.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    "Funny Book"
    Overall

    I know this is a romance. But this story has so many funny moments, I seem to be laughing my head silly that I think people thought I was losing my head while I was listening to this book. It's a bit drawn out but it's a good listen/read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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