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MARRILEE

KENNESAW, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Man Who Smiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    Stevon says: "The Mankell Trilogy"
    "Too Much Angst and TMI"
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    I would love to see how this book would read after a top-notch American book editor massaged it. I have thought that British mysteries, as a whole, contain TMI about the main characters but I think the Swedes now have the No. 1 position.

    I lost count of how many times I said "TMI" [too much information] while listening to this book. "He cut his toe nails before going to bed"! Really? REALLY!

    If you got all of the angst that the main character (the #1 Swedish detective) has because he shot & killed a bad guy last year out of the way then there is a pretty good mystery in "The Man Who Smiled" but it is more of a character study than a mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (607)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "Aye Laddie, A Most Enjoyable Reader"
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    Excellent story, with wonderful characters and witty dialogue.

    However, if I was the editor, I would cut back on all the references to music (a little bit is good but this is too much) and I would change the very end slightly.

    See what you think. It is well worth the price of admission. I'm going to buy more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol, Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can’t quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match. Or has Lana met hers?

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Wow Wow Wow"
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    What a delicious treat! A truly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat, nail biter. And, it's not a revamp of a story that someone else told previously. Well worth the price. Definitely a 5-star winner. Congratulations to Ms. Unger and the narrators. This is my 2014 #1 Audible selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (985)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Burke - America's Best Writer"
    Overall
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    There is no better American writer alive today than James Lee Burke. And Will Patton's narration proves it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: Ben Treven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    Torture. Ghost Detainees. And a massive cover-up that continues even today. Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben's release: find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben's unit who has stolen 92 torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government. But other players are after the tapes, too.

    shelley says: "Excellent Series I hope Book 3 is going to be soon"
    "Very Good, Not Great"
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    Thought that the book needed to be edited tighter than it was edited. Kind of kept pounding the same nail over and over in several spots. Hit it once or maybe twice to really make a point but then you gotta just move on otherwise it starts to drag on too much.

    Eisler is a pretty good narrator also. Not a top-notch professional but ever so much better than some authors that try to read their own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Toby Neal
    • Narrated By Sara Malia Hatfield
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    One betta fish, two dead biologists, three trysts, four suspects, and 35 pairs of shoes add up to complicated days in paradise for Special Agent Marcella Scott. Marcella gets into sand way over her Manolos investigating the death of a prominent scientist who washed up on a Waikiki beach with a bullet hole between the eyes. BioGreen, a genetically-engineered algae that could solve the world fuel crisis, has been stolen from the development lab - a hotbed of intrigue where everyone on the project has something to hide.

    green ice cream garden says: "Too much went wrong"
    "Detective Story Interrupts Bodice Ripper"
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    This probably would have been good porn, oops, I think it's called a "bodice ripper", but there was a fair detective story interrupting all of the hot-n-bothered writing.

    Really, this book belongs in the "adults only" category with an XXX rating.

    Yeah, you're right, I won't be reading any more of the trash written by Toby Neal. And shame on the publisher, Audible, and Amazon for not giving this book a proper description.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    If Ridley Jones had slept 10 minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the beautiful lie she used to call her life. She would still be the privileged daughter of a doting father and a loving mother. Her life would still be perfect, with only the tiny cracks of an angry junkie for a brother and a charming drunk with shady underworld connections for an uncle to mar the otherwise flawless whole.

    Linda Ann Howson says: "Give it a chance"
    "Is She a Dumb Twit That Needs to Be Saved"
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    The author doesn't know if the main character is supposed to be a dumb twit that needs to be saved or is a smart competent woman that can save herself and others.

    Example, at one point Ridley asks, "Is there something like a reverse phone directory?", then later in the book she uses her computer to go to her Lexis-Nexis account to skip trace someone. D'oh. If you've got the intelligence and acumen to have a L-N account you certainly are going to know that there is a reverse phone directory.

    Seems like the author tries very hard to make a damsel-in-distress just so she can have a perfectly buff, gorgeous guy save her while she turns around and saves him. Hum. Why does that story line sound familiar?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2874)
    Performance
    (2567)
    Story
    (2576)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Scary or Terrifying or Sci-Fi, You Decide"
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    I don't know how much of this is real, or possible in 2014. Or, how much is likely in the near or far future. But it is scary, maybe terrifying. Or maybe it's all sci-fi. You decide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Behavior: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Mystery lovers everywhere are addicted to Donna Leon's ever-honorable Commissario Guido Brunetti and her portrayal of Venice's beautiful but sinister byways and canals. In Willful Behavior, Brunetti is approached for a favor by one of his wife's students. Intelligent and serious, Claudia Leonardo asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather.

    Lawrence says: "Leon Audio Fans Beware!!"
    "Another Winner in this Wonderful Series"
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    It was a little slow to start but then it turned into another magnifico story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodstream: A Novel of Medical Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    Tranquility, Maine seems like the perfect place for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son from the distractions of the big city - until a deadly epidemic threatens to destroy everyone she loves.

    kelly says: "strange, but kept me interested"
    "Very Suspenseful!"
    Overall
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    A couple of times I thought this was going to be a Stephen King or Dean Koontz type of book. Luckily it didn't go that far. It's more like an amp'ed up Robin Cook -- a very suspenseful medical mystery. I certainly recommend it to mystery/thriller lovers.

    I can't imagine anyone doing a better job with the narration. Richard Poe nailed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (311)

    In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.

    Henry says: "I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child"
    "Reacher in High School"
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    A short story about Reacher's early years. A little too far-fetched, no high school boy thinks that way. Should be attached to one of the other full-size stories as an "Also included", but for $2...

    Dick Hill is one of the BEST narrators around. He's perfect for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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