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Mary

"When I finish a good book, I feel like I've lost a friend." -- My Mom

Lakeville, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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329
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
28
FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • EMPEROR: The Field of Swords, Book 3 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Paul Blake
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Julius Caesar has taken his legions north into mighty battles with the Gallic tribes. But as his successes mount, overwhelming ambition and new alliances begin to threaten his friendship with Marcus Brutus, brother-in-arms and fellow warrior. Although the conquest of Gaul has made Caesar a hero all over again, his victories on the battlefield cause still more rivalries at home. And ultimately Caesar and Brutus will have to choose whether to cross the Rubicon - together or singly - and to take the fight to Rome itself.

    Danny says: "How To Ruin a Good Story"
    "Different narrator, but just as good"
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    This was a first listen for us with narrator, Paul Blake. We're enjoying him very much. He's different from Robert Glenister (narrator of the first two books in this series) but just as good. It is rather annoying when changes are made in a middle of a series. But if, as in this case, the story is worthwhile, (and Conn Iggulden is always terrific) than getting to know a new narrator is part of the fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1956)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "We are being ‘played’"
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    We are being totally, knowingly, happily taken for a ride. Anthony Ryan has The Talent. He creates questions, histories, personalities and knows how much to reveal and what to leave unanswered. His characters are likeable, easy to relate to and I worry about them when I’m not listening. The world he has created is similar enough to know but different enough to be interesting. Steven Brand is the perfect voice for this story and these characters.

    We are addicted. We are being played like a fiddle. We are enjoying every minute of it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (3982)
    Story
    (3993)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "More soap opera than history"
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    We gave Fall of Giants very high marks and looked forward to #2. But this one fell flat for us. Too many characters involved in old-fashioned soap opera drama, drama, drama. Gave up on keeping names straight and the historical situations and just got through it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "A historical 'experience'"
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    The combination of story and narration make this more an experience than just listening to a good book. It is so good to learn about Native American culture from a Native American. Mr. Marshall presents the life and times of Crazy Horse in factual detail - the good, bad and ugly. History is what it is. We can only learn from it and this book gives us a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (3674)
    Story
    (3725)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Just what we expected"
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    When my family latches on to a series we all like, it's a very fun time. We spend a lot of time chatting, emailing, texting and when each and every chapter has been thoroughly exhausted, we start predicting what's going to happen in the next book.

    Aragon and Saphira have been part of our family for the last decade. But this last book has left us with very little to talk about. Christopher Paolini seems to have left the excitement and spontaneity behind and chosen a safer, more predictable path.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinosaur Hunter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Homer Hickam
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Life on the ranchlands of Montana comes with more than its share of trouble. The unique people who live and work on this untamed stretch of today's American West expect it---and some of them even enjoy it. One of them is Mike Wire, a former homicide detective who once worked the decadent hills and valleys of Hollywood.

    Cheryl says: "Like Craig Johnson? You'll like this, a good story"
    "A fun ride"
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    "The Dinosaur Hunter" is simply a sit-back-and-entertain-me, awesome story with the perfect narrator for the part. We are big Homer Hickam fans, and this is one of his best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of desire for a child.

    Mary says: "Good idea for a story, but..."
    "Good idea for a story, but..."
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    "The Red Thread" is the next selection for my book club. I can't wait for the discussions! The idea of telling the story of the sad prediciment of people in China who give up their baby girls and the Americans who take the heart-rendering journey to adoption is what attracted me to this book and lead me to recommend it to my book club friends.
    But for all that, I found the plot shallow, the people shallow and way more sex than was necessary.
    The stories of these marriages (the Americans) were depressing and, for the most part, self-inflicted, and I found very few of them ready to be parents.
    It was hours of these horrific situtations and sad tales and then The End. They get their babies and, we must assume, that everyone lives happily ever after. As if a baby is the answer to everyone's bad behavior and problems. What a shallow, sad soap opera!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots - the only British troops between Canada and New York - harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists....

    Clayton says: "I've loved 35 books by Cornwell: this one -- no"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
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    I don't know of any other author that could have done justice to this bit of American history. It has a lot of charaters... and ships... to keep track of and the narrator does a great job helping to keep them sorted out. The story itself is just plain frustrating and leaves the reader wondering how America ever made it past the Revolutionary War. All that said, it was well worth the credit and time. What an interesting and little known part of our history!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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