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Maryfrances

Hingham, MA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 71 ratings
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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (297)

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "Fun Listen!"
    Overall

    I read this book before I listened to and the audio version gave the book a new demention of how truly uptight the English peerage was during the 19th century. The book is a light mystery with romantic tension that will appeal to most people who like this combination. This the author's first book and you can see that the series will continue to grow over time. I look forward to her 3rd book (already read the sequel and am listening to it.)

    The reader did a very nice job - her accent was just what I expected and she did a nice job with the other character voices - especially the men. My favorite character voice with the sister, Portia!

    Give this book a try,it is a fun, light-hearted listen and you will find yourself smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (896)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "An O.K. start"
    Overall

    This is a hard review to write because I know the series gets better but this first entry was just o.k. The story was, in my opinion, disjointed. We were introduced to Masie, who is a thoroughly lovable character. The middle of the story fills in the details about how Massie came to be an inquiry agent. The end brings back the mystery which was really no mystery at all. A little disjointed but it won't stop me from reading the next installment.

    The reader did a very good job. While she didn't change many voices, the voices that she did were very good and I felt that she captured the essence of Massie.

    I would recommend this audiobook.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    In Dangerous Tides, Dr. Libby Drake uses her incredible healing powers to help mend the emotionally scarred Ty Derrick. But their burgeoning relationship is threatened by a mysterious man who wants to use Libby's talents for his own dark purposes.

    donna says: "Donna"
    "Another nice entry in the Drake Sister series"
    Overall

    'Dangerous Tides' continues the Drake Sister saga and the reader/listener gets exactly what they expect from the author and the series - entertaining women's fiction with a light mystery and erotic romance.

    As a romance reader of long standing, it still is a little disconcerting to hear the loves scenes read aloud. I did hope the person sitting next to me could hear anything from my iPod!

    The reader did a nice job - she differentiated the many female characters and gave the male characters enough strength without going overboard. If you have never listened to the reader, I would definately recommend her as well as the Drake Sister series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (861)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Not as good as a Lucas Davenport story."
    Overall

    This story is told from the perspective of Virgil Flowers, a minor character in the Lucas Davenport series. The book was good, not great and I have to say the same thing about the audio version.

    In my opinion, the reason for this is that Richard Ferrone reads the majority (if not all) of the Lucas Davenport books and doesn't read this new entry - probably since they didn't want to confuse the listener. Richard Ferrone adds depth and vibrance to the other 'Prey' novels and this reader, while fair, adds neither the dry humor of John Sanford nor the understanding of how monotonous good police work can be.

    This is a good listen but you may be disappointed if you have ever listened to the other John Sanford books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rambler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Swain
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Years ago, South Florida cop Jack Carpenter beat up a murder suspect named Simon Skell, a dangerous predator with a penchant for playing the Rolling Stones' "Midnight Rambler" as he tortured young women. When Jack lost his temper, he lost his job and marriage, too; so as Skell's early release from prison draws near, the tarnished hero, now a specialist in missing-child cases, sees an opportunity to make things right.

    Maryfrances says: "Not one of James Swain's best"
    "Not one of James Swain's best"
    Overall

    This book was definately not one of James Swain's better efforts. The plot was light and the narration didn't help. I hadn't heard this narrator before and I don't know if I would listen to him again. The female voices were difficult to understand because the reader made the pitch too high.

    If you want to listen to better books, try Swain's other books about gambling - great detail and full of fun useless information!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Linda Winstead Jones
    • Narrated By Theo McKell, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle.

    Maryfrances says: "Good sequel"
    "Good sequel"
    Overall

    This book is the sequel to "Inferno: Raintree" written by Linda Howard. Plot development and execution in this book was significantly improved from the first book in the series.

    Linda Winstead Jones is a long time writer for serial-type books (i.e. Harlequin) and she does it well. The author is slighly disadvantaged that she is writing the second in a series but she didn't create the plot nor did she write the first book in the series. That being said, she did a nice job progessing the plot as well as developing the characters. The heroine was likable and had characteristics of an average person - nothing that was remotely unusual in her actions.

    The female reader did a very good job and brought the character to life. My compliant with the male reader was that it was the same from the first book in the series but it was a different character! If you haven't listened to the first book, you wouldn't notice or care. However, most people who purchase this audiobook will have listened to "Raintree" first and noticed this. Not a terrible thing but not a great thing for an audiobook. Us listeners tend to notice things like this and it struck me as odd that the production staff would do this.

    I would definately recommend this book and the author. The female reader wasn't familiar to me but I would listen to her again.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people.

    Virginia A. Mickelson says: "A 'no ending' story"
    "Fair at best"
    Overall

    Linda Howard used to be one of the best romance authors in contemporary fiction. However, she had moved into the "chick lit" area and she doesn't do it very well. The premise of this book had potential yet the plot left something to be desired. The heroine was annoying and the hero just didn't ring true.

    The reader did a good job with the material that she/he had but tey didn't have a lot of material to work with. I am not a big fan of books with 2 different readers - man and woman - so I am slightly biased as the this audiobook.

    As a first book in the series (the other 2 book have different authors), it was a fair beginning but not a great beginning. If I didn't want to find out about Gideon or Mercy, I wouldn't have continued on. Hopefully, the sequel is better written than this.

    I don't fault the audio version for inadequate writing but buy this book with a caveat emptor warning.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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