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Marianne

VA, VA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Black Notice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Patricia Cornwell delivers a high-stakes Kay Scarpetta novel with an intrigue that will take Kay an ocean's length from home. The nightmare begins when a cargo ship arriving from Belgium at Richmond's Deep Water Terminal is discovered to be transporting a locked, sealed container holding the decomposed remains of a stowaway.

    Angel says: "If you like CSI, you'll like this one."
    "Black Notice for this Book"
    Overall

    I have read many of Patricia Corwell's books and have enjoyed them. This is my first audio version and it is a disappointment on many levels. First, the reader's voice is overly crisp and precise. The way she pronouced Kay's lover's name as, "Ben-Ton" imparted a less than affectionate tonality to her lover's name that was not only annoying but served to undermine the believability and the listening experience. (I will not be buying any more books by this reader) Further, the auditory experience of listening to people jump down each other's throats at a moment's notice was unpleasant and certainly not the escape I was looking for. If I want to listen to people argue, I can do that for free. Finally, I found the idea of the "werewolf" a real stretch and the outcome very predictable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Talked Turkey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. Not only is the gala groundbreaking for the new Pickax bookstore about to take place, but the town of Brrr is preparing to celebrate its bicentennial, and columnist James Qwilleran has been roped in to help with the festivities.

    Julia L. Scott says: "A Pleasant Listen"
    "Cute"
    Overall

    Love the reader. He does a great job of portraying the various characters. The story is typical of this series which is why we like them!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole World Over

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart.

    don kirkland says: "Loved the characters"
    "Delightful Story"
    Overall

    I throughly enjoyed this book. This is really 3 stories interwoven into one and all the characters were well protrayed by Dennis OHare, the reader. I do believe this is the best audiobook I have listened to yet. My only regret is I unknowingly downloaded the abriged version, I may still go back and buy the full version even though I know know the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    While the town of Pickax is swept up in its sesquicentennial celebrations, Koko has developed a strange new hobby: He drops himself from balconies, occasionally landing in the oddest of places. When a young man comes to visit his wealthy relatives, Koko plummets straight onto his head!

    Mystery Beading Cat says: "Disappointing"
    "Love those cats!"
    Overall

    If you love these books, you will love this audio version. Well read and a great story. I have read many of these books and I enjoyed hearing this one. Well Done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil Getting Real: Lessons in Life, Marriage, and Family

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In his trademark "tell-it-like-it-is" style, Dr. Phil McGraw presents an enlightening and entertaining workshop on how to "get real" in relationships and in life. He explains how to live by design, as opposed to living reactively, and urges you to "step out of the comfort zone" by evaluating everything in your life based on whether it's working or not.

    Jeannie says: "Dr. Phill Getting Real"
    "Another self-help seminar"
    Overall

    This is a recording of a live self-help seminar that Dr. Phil did somewhere. It does not translate well into the audio format and I did not finish it. I found the advice to be old and thoroughly trite. He is much better on TV. Do not waste your money on this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6960)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1752)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Why all the fuss?"
    Overall

    I guess I am missing something but I don't see what all the fuss is about regarding this book. It did not do a great job of holding my attention and parts were boring. I suppose all the action-chase scenes will translate well into a movie, but I doubt I will go see it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew and How Far She'll Go to Become President

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Edward Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is almost assuredly going to run for president in 2008. It doesn't matter that her negative poll numbers are high or that her past 15 years in the public eye have been anything but smooth. Since she was a little girl she has dreamed about becoming the first female president, and now that dream is well within reach.

    John says: "Right down party lines"
    "Everything you already knew but..."
    Overall

    This book confirms everything my intuition was already telling me about Hillary Clinton. My first "feeling" came after Bill was elected and then suddenly "Hillary Clinton" was now "Hillary Rodham-Clinton". Next, the health care debacle (did we elect her?), Vince Foster, etc. Living next door to DC, we get a constant stream of the goings on of the Rich and Political. This book explains why I had all those feelings and why all those strange people(like a Fellini film)started showing up in DC. The fatal flaw of the Clintons is that they both continue to underestimate the intelligence of the American People. They both thought that they could do what ever they wanted and we would not notice. I believe this is due to an inherent lack of ethics and morals as this book confirms. The manipulative behavior of Hillary Clinton is clear unveiled by this book. I still cannot understand why the people of New York would elect her to represent them. Hopefully, the rest of America will not make the same mistake. Tell your friends to buy this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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