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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
    (321)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    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
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (409)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "Too Far-fetched for My Taste"
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    Really, this belongs in the sci-fi section. Just because there weren't any vampires or walking dead doesn't mean that it shouldn't have been tagged "science fiction".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Very Good Suspense with a Couple of Big Twists"
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    Interesting characters, solid writing, good tension, surprising twist, and excellent narration. Nicci French is a very good writing team. I'm looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    richard says: "A thrilling new voice in thrillers"
    "A 2012 Version of Bonnie & Clyde"
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    Very depressing. Did not like this at all. Wish I hadn't wasted my time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colonel's Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Mayland
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    In Baku, Azerbaijan, CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham is arrested for a heinous crime. Her former boss, retired CIA station chief Mark Sava, is sure she’s innocent and tries to help her out - landing him in the middle of the new Great Game, an espionage war over oil that has China, Iran, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Back in Washington, DC, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation.

    MARRILEE says: "Just Wasn't A Good Audiobook"
    "Just Wasn't A Good Audiobook"
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    I couldn't get into this audiobook and it took me a while to figure out why.

    Primarily I think it was the narration what was the most troubling. I didn't care for the timber, sound, or quality of the voice. And, felt think the entire book was read like a breaking news bulletin.

    Plus, the story just plotted along too much. It wasn't all that interesting. More of the same about the middle east.

    I was disappointed in the story and narration. [sigh] On to something better...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2031)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Terrific Story Told in 30+ Hours"
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    I don't usually like what I call plodding stories. I am talking about ones where a whole chapter is used to describe a walk to the grocery store. In Speaks the Nightbird, the entire story covers maybe only a two week time frame and it is over 30 hours long but it works. There is suspense and tension and surprises and heroes and villains.

    And it is set in 1699 on the North Carolina coast. So you get a good history lesson plus great insight into early American settlement life.

    Well worth the time and expense. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (477)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "Should Be Required Reading for..."
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    This book should be on the required reading list for all teenagers and their parents. And, anybody that loves a great mystery-thriller should read it too. WOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Reminder Why I Stopped Reading Grisham 10 Yrs Ago"
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    Good suspense but it goes on for chapters upon chapter without anything happening. Just like John Grisham. Extensive character development down to what they eat for breakfast. The real action occurs in 1 chapter then there's all of the angst of all the characters to wrap it up. Sorry but I can't recommend this but and won't be looking for any others by Susan Hill. This is what I'm coming to call a typical British suspense. Steven Pacey did a good job narrating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (627)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "The James Dean of Safecrackers"
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    Interesting story. Shows how teens and young adult brains are still mush and it's way too easy for them to screw their lives up with just a few bad choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body — a promising starlet — has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards. One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous...and unexplainable.

    Lyn says: "Enjoyable"
    "Would Have Been Good Except for All of the"
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    The mystery portion of the book was OK but there was this very sophomoric romance that was a total distraction. Graham needs to decide ahead of time if she's writing a romance or a mystery -- then stick to the plan.

    Luke Daniels did a good job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Past Reason Hated: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel. But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday. Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal---and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley's life...and death. She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas.

    Patrick says: "great read and reader"
    "Very Good British Mystery"
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    Solid story, interesting characters, nice tension, not too much violence -- a good purchase. For my taste there's too much character development of the coppers but this seems to be a very British trait in murder mysteries -- at least in those I've read in the last 5 years.

    Excellent performance by James Langton -- did not detract or intrude on the story but helped to showcase the story and characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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