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Marsha E. Wood

Lansing, MI USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 9 reviews
  • 273 ratings
  • 835 titles in library
  • 49 purchased in 2014
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  • The Night Listener

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    This unprecedented audio project is as thought-provoking as it is mesmeric. The Night Listener is a meditation on the power of voices and the faith we place in them, and an extraordinary audio experience from an American literary icon.

    Naomi says: "Wheels within wheels"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    A wonderful treatise on reality -- as it appears to each one of us. I really enjoyed Tales of the City. This is so much more, so rich, so multilevel. It ranks right up there with the best audiobooks I have heard.

    Maupin's narration, while not delineating or differentiating characters as many readers do, is immediate, engrossing, and real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (880)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Burke and Patton - an unbeatable combination"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Glass Rainbow in three words, what would they be?

    Gut-tightening poetry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Burke's descriptions of Lousiana.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patton's accent for each character is perfect. You can always tell who is talking. Beyond that his reading of descriptions is absolute lyric poetry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beware of those you trust.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
    "Best translation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Iliad the most enjoyable?

    Lombardo's delivery was excellent and his translation reflected well the mood and meaning of the original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hector is probably the most engaging character because of the scene with his wife and child. Hector is three-dimensional: a warrior, husband, and father. No one else in the Iliad is shown like that.


    What does Stanley Lombardo and Susan Sarandon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having Sarandon give an overview of each book is very helpful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My! It is bloody and gory.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been trying for years to read all the way through the Iliad. This is the first translation that has not lost me somewhere around the Catalog of Ships (Book II).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6683)
    Performance
    (5947)
    Story
    (5946)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not listened to such a fascinating book in a long time. The language is rich and vibrant; the narrator, perfect. The Night Circus (Cirque du Reve) is indeed a dream, with illusion and fact intertwined. Certainly not a book for those who live only in the real world.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Garden Mystery: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    In this second installment of Carola Dunn's cozy mystery series set in 1923 England, plucky Daisy Dalrymple embarks on another assignment for Town and Country magazine and discovers that daffodil bulbs aren't all that's buried in a country estate's flower bed.

    Wadie says: "Can't wait for more"
    "Great narrator. So-so book."
    Overall

    Daisy goes on assignment for her magazine and runs into a murder at Occles Hall. She calls in her friend, a chief inspector from Scotland Yard, to investigate when the local police are intimidated by the Hall's titled inhabitants. The characters are stock. The dialogue is filled with cliches and 20's slang. With all that, I had to continue listening because the narrator did such a superb job bringing the characters to life -- at least as much as the writing would allow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

    Marsha E. Wood says: "Enthralling"
    "Enthralling"
    Overall

    I cannot imagine how someone could find the story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt boring. While Weir's book does not have the intimacy of Katherine, by Anya Seton, it is more accurate historically. There have, after all, been another 50 years of scholarship. I found this book as compelling as I did Katherine many years ago. I listened every chance I got.

    This book is for those people with an interest in history, who find in various points of view as absorbing a story as a romance.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Greek: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Andrew Lodge
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Greek and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    Marsha E. Wood says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is one of the best ways to learn a language. I have several other Greek teaching tools, but this is by far the best. The phrasing is short enough to allow you to repeat the phrases. There is plenty of repetition without boredom. The phrases are useful ones, in the order you might use them. The book contains the Greek characters, as well as the phonetic spelling, so you can learn to identify some words as they appear in Greek.

    The use of music to anchor the language learning is superb.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven on Top

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (474)

    Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

    G. Heideman says: "More Plum Fun"
    "A tasty"
    Overall

    Stephanie has decided that being a bondswoman is too dangerous. She is off looking for another job. In the process, she just may find that being Stephanie Plum is dangerous.

    I have read--or listened to--every Stephanie Plum novel Evanovich has written. For pure fluff, the combination of Evanovich and King is unbeatable. Great literature? Probably not. A wonderful bit of entertainment? Absolutely! I won't miss a single one of these. I've even downloaded some Plum that I've already read because I think King does such a great job of creating the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Big Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (498)

    Take an exit off the Jersey Turnpike to the irresistible world of Stephanie Plum, America's favorite bounty hunter, where she gets into more trouble than ever. This time, she faces a notorious gang in Trenton who wants her dead. Morelli warns that she's in too deep, and Stephanie more than agrees.

    John says: "A Fun Story with distinct characters"
    "Excellent narration--and hilarious, to boot."
    Overall

    I was so impressed by the narrator that I rated the entire book with 5 stars. I have enjoyed all the Stephanie Plum series, but I have read most of them. This narration portrayed each of the characters well and made the story vivid in my mind.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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