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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
    (362)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    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
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Hill says: "Lesser Plea"
    "This Blew My Socks Off"
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    I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often while listening to a book that is a mystery/thriller. And then, to be brought to tears.

    Such extreme emotions and it's all part of a terrific legal thriller.

    5-stars all the way. Now, I'm going to look for more books by the author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Blanding
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (172)

    Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers - both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

    Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

    Andy says: "with a little charm, you can rob almost anyone"
    "Not Going to be a Blockbuster Movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unless Hollywood does some major rewriting it won't make it to the big screen. I've enjoyed maps as a casual observer: old ones, new ones, water, topographical... In fact, I at one time I considered getting into cartography as a profession. So I found the story interesting but not breath stopping.

    It did upset me to think of the permanent, irreparable damage done to all the books and atlas' by map thieves. The courts and laws are not strong enough when someone has been convicted of these crimes.

    I believe Mr. Runnette needs a visit to his dentist. There's some whistling there that is distracting from the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cut, Paste, Kill: A Lomax and Biggs Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    A former TV writer, Marshall Karp is the author of three previous Lomax and Biggs mysteries, including the uproarious series debut, The Rabbit Factory. In Cut, Paste, Kill, Lomax and Biggs investigate a disturbing series of murders—with the only clues being scrapbooks left at the scene of each crime.

    Kathy says: "Hilarious!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    Loved the characters & humor. Excellent narration by Tom Stechschulte. Will look for other books by this author - hopefully, there will be another in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic. They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "It's Not Nice to Tease the Customer"
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    There's an old commercial that said, "It's not nice to fool mother nature". I want to modify it to say, "It's not nice to tick off the customers" and direct it to the author and publisher.

    The ending is the pits. Totally unacceptable. And, because the publisher (probably) decided that the book should be ended that way, here's my response.

    . . . . I will not buy any more books by this author or publisher. . . .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exit Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    New York Times best-selling author Larry Bond’s Dangerous Ground, starring Navy lieutenant commander Jerry Mitchell, was hailed as a “hugely entertaining adventure” by Library Journal. In Exit Plan, Mitchell’s crew is ordered to the Iranian coast for a mission to retrieve intelligence on Iran’s nuclear weapons. But while en route, their mini-sub catches fire, forcing Mitchell and four SEALs to swim to shore - and into enemy territory.

    Amazon Customer says: "Larry Bond is Back!"
    "I'm Exhausted"
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    What a wild ride and a fantastic book for the eve of Veterans Day. With the story line, you keep saying this could happen -- now. And with the action, you run out of finger nails to chew.

    It is also a prefect story to remind everyone just how much we owe to our veterans. Blessings and peace to each and every one who has SERVED. Thank you.

    0 of 0 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
    (740)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (657)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (156)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    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"
    Overall
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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.

    1 of 1 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
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1012)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (159)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (146)

    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.

    Hoxiesgirl says: "Hawaii, Sex Club, Murder served with pasta"
    "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 1 people found this review helpful

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