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Mary

Canby, OR, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (376)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "intrigue"
    Overall

    This is the first time I have read a book from this author. I was captivated and found this to be a fine book as an introduction. she has done some very good research into the Plain People dynamics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4519)
    Performance
    (2140)
    Story
    (2190)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Battles"
    Overall

    As much as I enjoyed the first two volumes, this third was mired in battle scenes and lost me. I got confused as to who was fighting who. I know a 4th book is on the way and the interview with the author at the end of this book was helpful. But I am not sure besides the one big AH HA at the end if this volume was necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor. But she is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal and to set right a past injustice in which her own life is bound up. At Evenwood, she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph.

    Laura says: "Satisfying and Engaging"
    "austin mystery"
    Overall

    This long drawn out tale had good bones. But wading through the wordy 1st person thought process was tiresome. Written in 18/19th century fashion this story is well constructed and true to the time. But not a gripping mystery.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kirinyaga: A Fable of Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 22nd-century Kenya, polluted cities flank the once-sacred Mount Kirinyaga, replacing the great animal herds of distant memory. But Koriba, an educated man of Kikuyu ancestry, knows that life was different for his people centuries ago, and he is determined to recreate it - on the planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga.

    James says: "African fables"
    "Creepy"
    Overall

    This felt too real. It gave me the creeps. That means it was written very well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "good insight"
    Overall

    I really like the way this read. . . but I am afraid to watch the movie. Having a daughter that was a nanny in the boston area I can totally relate to the stories and struggles.
    Good read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (404)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "great intrigue"
    Overall

    I didn't think I would like this very masculine subject but I did. It kept me guessing what was coming next. Good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (15848)
    Performance
    (12089)
    Story
    (12118)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "forced march"
    Overall

    Heavy, this tale is heavy with character building dialog and thought processes. I liked the idea of the story but there are too many pieces to keep track of. I did make it to the end and will read the next in the series, but I hope I find some tightening up of the story lines.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Leaving of Liverpool

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Maureen Lee
    • Narrated By Nerys Hughes
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    After the death of their mother, Mollie and Annemarie decide to escape from their tiny Irish village and head to Liverpool to board a ship to New York. But in a cruel twist of fate, the girls are separated when the boat leaves without Mollie.

    Mary says: "simple"
    "simple"
    Overall

    Simply written, this tale of possible irish emmigration was charming. though you could guess the end the characters are what kept you going. I wish I could have sat on the bench next to molly and gazed upon the harbor asking how life has been so far.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Agate Hill: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

    Mary says: "engrossing"
    "engrossing"
    Overall

    I could not put this down, to my husband's regret. Having never read Lee Smith before I went into this with hesitation. Her vehicle of story telling (documents) was ingenious. I found this to be a wonderful story with great character voices reading the material. And the music, all placed in appropriate areas, to be an welcomed and natural addition to the storyline.
    Well Done Ms Smith.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Part 1: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Mary says: "captivating"
    "captivating"
    Overall

    I had never heard of this book or the play. What a surprise it has been. I really enjoyed the angle this was set at. long but good reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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