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Mary

Richboro, PA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Fatal Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Lieutenant Sam Holland has no sooner accepted Senator Nick Cappuano's proposal than she's back on the job. A woman has been found brutally murdered and evidence points to Henry Lightfeather, a senator and close friend of Nick's. While Sam investigates, Nick stands by his friend - complicating his own bid for reelection, and causing tension between the couple.

    Lia says: "Another Great Installment"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The combination of the Washington political scene, hunt for a vicious killer and developing personal relationships provides a multi level story which holds one's interest. It may be helpful to listen to the two preceding books since they provide background which supports this book...or consider just the last one Fatal Justice as a start. Each book adds to the richness and complexity of the main characters ...and each gets better and better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (820)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Great and different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    This was an excellent story, well read. I liked the way the heroine created change. ...no fighting just very smart questions, actions, observations which caused others to rethink positions...see in new ways.

    This was a different approach and story line than most historical novels. .not same old, same old



    It was also funny in places, plus showed true friendship between women

    Simply put...it was delightful!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Player

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him.

    Mary says: "DO NOT ORDER"
    "DO NOT ORDER"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First would need to hear complete book to determine any star ...incomplete it's a zero


    How could the performance have been better?

    A complete book ... though reader could also be improved


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    W/o a complete book, cannot say


    Any additional comments?

    Audible has only supplied 2/3 of the book then suddenly switches to another book. You are left hanging after listening to what might be a good book .... why wasn't this found before listing it...why hasn't it been taken off yet. All purchasers should get money back plus book credits

    it is quite disconcerting as well as a waste of time to listen, get involved then suddenly hear an entirely different story and wonder what happened .... going back and forth trying to find the original book continuation.

    I am extremely disappointed with Audible...very poor quality and customer service!!!!! I called and they were willing to refund purchase but said couldn't do anything else. Don'the t they realize aggravation in listening to part of a book then be left hanging. Finally plus question on how this happened, I was given a small $ credit but IMO anyone who bought this book in good faith and went thru the aggravation plus wasted time searching should get at least a free credit ..actually even two ... Believe me, it was very disturbing listening to a book while sick so as to occupy mind and wham...story disappears and I'm going back and forth trying to find the story with no luck

    Well Audible, are you going to take this book off list and give fairer compensation to customers who were so put out?????


    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights.

    Heather says: "I found this book fun..."
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    Best of the new Quick books IMO. I like Regency though tire of oft repeated plots. This takes a different slant and not always predictable. It's fascinating to hear the developing relationships of all the characters especially the interchanges between the two leads, starting from the introduction of the "tutor" into a madcap household. Both main characters are quite unique and balance each other very well as does the storyline. Definitely fun for summer read ...or anytime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Lamp: Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

    Anne says: "Story is great- narration poor"
    "Good Summer Listen"
    Overall

    Amanda Quick is light listening yet has enough new twists to hold interest. It's certainly different to have a crime lord as the hero. The two key figures are well matched. As to narrator, I guess it's the old analogy of I say toe-may-toe and you say toe-mah-toe. I like Anne Flosnick and she seems suited for this type of story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shameless: Banning Sisters Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the town as a heartbreaking flirt.

    Kim says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    The reading ruins this book. I have tried several times to listen and the break neck fast speed doesn't permit one to "get into" the story. Although the reader has a lovely base voice, she unfortunately moves between monotone and sing song and always as if there is a race against time to get as much said as quickly as possible. I usually like the author but the reading has made this choice a complete waste of a credit.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Good yet disappointing"
    Overall

    3 1/2 star. Usually a writer improves with each novel. Ms. Snyder appears to be doing the opposite. Her first book, the award winning Poison Study is superb and the best of all she's written. The other two Study books are entertaining and tie things together. Now Ms Snyder focuses on a character from the first series. The heroine is called a one trick magician and for now, it seems to be somewhat fitting in comparison to the multi-dimensional skills of her first heroine. There are far too many characters in this new series and is confusing for the thread seems to stop and another starts. It is to be hoped that future books weave threads together and provide a hero as in Poison Study. I had additional difficulty with the narrator. Usually quite good, she does not measure up in this book. I guess I was spoiled by Poison Study ... be sure to ready that series first.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

    Mary says: "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    Overall

    I like Regency type romances but so many are similar plots just different characters. The Proposition turns things around. Granted it's a Pygmalion in reverse ... so much fun as well as a different slant on romance. The male character is delightful. He holds to his own values despite "station"...of course being fantasy, he has remarkable lineage to be uncovered. The narrator does a superb job with the accents. moving from street to polish yet always with humor. The scene in the hero's workman's tavern is hilarious as the heroine "loosens" up. If you want an entertaining story - yes there is some steam too - plus a lot of laughs, give this book a try.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Know That 'I Am'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Describing himself as a midwife, Eckhart assists us in the birthing process of a new state of consciousness. For those new to Eckhart's teachings this series is a perfect introduction. Those who are familiar with his teachings will hear him speak in new terms, deepening their awareness of the Now. Listen as Eckhart gives us a beautiful mantra, a continuous meditation and pointers for weaning from identification with time and thought to a realization of the truth of who you are.

    Nannette says: "Exceptional ideas on how to stay in the Now"
    "save your money for other books"
    Overall

    Suggest listening to The Power of Now - and relisten often, for there are many nuances. Know That I Am is a great title but lacks substance and especially flow. Talk seems disjointed and impacted by what seems like breathing and voice problems. I hope the author is not dealing with health issue, Perhaps his material presented by another reader would have held my attention. There are some good points though difficult to grasp due to presentation and organization difficulties.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (529)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Kathy says: "kept my attention!"
    "Narrator ruins story"
    Overall

    This is the first time I've written a review and I own many audiobooks,

    I have repeatedly tried to "get into" this book but monotone drone with not enough change and richness keeps losing me.

    The story line sounds interesting but I can't evaluate due to reading. This is a sad waste.

    A different narrator might make something of story.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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