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MARRILEE

KENNESAW, GA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (2875)
    Story
    (2890)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Disappointed"
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    Not what I have grown to expect from Baldacci. Almost didn't finish it. Only worth it if you get it for free.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Made in Hanford

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Hill Williams
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    At an isolated location along the Columbia River in 1944, the world's first plutonium factory became operational, producing fuel for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. Former Seattle Times science writer Hill Williams traces the amazing, tragic story - from the dawn of nuclear science to Cold War testing in the Marshall Islands.

    Mike Lewis says: "Revealing review of the birth of the Atomic Bomb"
    "Horrible Narration"
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    The writing isn't the best. It jumps around time wise but the narration makes the whole thing worse. It sounds like the longest sentence in history. The whole time I kept wondering why the narrator was so angry. He must have been very angry about the contract he was working under, or at the author, or at his boss, or at his wife, or at something because he murdered this story with his awful narration. I've added him to my Bad Narrators list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Kristen Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1601)

    The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

    Alison says: "Mars Attacks, succeeds!"
    "A Very Nice Surprise"
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    I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting but I seem to be very happily surprised with this story. You think it's about to wrap up then it goes into another episode and then it happens again and again. I really enjoyed the story and Kristen Bell did a very good job with the narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    They were told as little as possible. Their orders were to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and report for work at a classified Manhattan Project site, a location so covert it was known to them only by the mysterious address: 109 East Palace.

    John H. Davis III says: "Great Listen"
    "Some Interesting Information but Not Well Written"
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    This story gives some interesting information about the Manhattan Project and the Los Alamos nuclear bomb development but it isn't very well written. Too much emphasis is given to Oppenheimer's love life and not enough on what it was like to live in this community and what was involved in creating The Gadget. If you a looking for general information about the Manhattan Project, I think you would want to include this in your reading, just be ready to wade through some junk.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (571)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "So Glad I Listened to This Historial Account"
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    Like so many, I heard about Jonestown on the 6 o'clock news. Mainly just the total number dead, that the Senator had been killed, and a few ghastly photographs. That was about all that I heard and the usage of "don't drink the KoolAid" as a warning of not to believe everything you hear.

    So this account provided a lot of needed, wanted, and necessary information to really understand the back-story and everything that lead up to the horrible suicide/murder event.

    The author did a very good job of drawing a clear narrative from the massive amount of available information. And Robin Miles gave a perfect narration.

    1 of 2 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
    (139)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    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.

    7 of 8 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
    (284)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (255)

    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"
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    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 1 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
    (129)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    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 1 people found this review helpful
  • National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    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 2 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
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    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 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
    (841)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (749)

    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 1 people found this review helpful

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