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Margo

Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

Member Since 2002

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  • 185 reviews
  • 361 ratings
  • 657 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Singer, Jim Mason
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Eating is about more than satisfying our hunger. It's also about the environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living. Many Americans already know this. We're eating less red meat and more organically produced foods, and most restaurants offer vegetarian options. But do we really know the truth about mechanized animal farming and slaughterhouses, herbicide and pesticide use, and labels that promise "Certified Humane"?

    James says: "I'm Glad I'm A Vegetarian!"
    "Worthwhile"
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    This kind of book isn't fun, like a work of fiction, but it is necessary to understand just what the book jacket claims...why our food choices matter. While some of it may seem familiar if you have listened to Michael Pollan's books, it still has enough of a different perspective to be worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (504)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "Not Grisham's Best"
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    This book was pretty far out on the plot limb for a Grisham novel. I read the original way back when books were on paper. I'm still a fan of Grisham, I just like some of his other work better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Lowe
    • Narrated By Michael David Axtell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

    shelley says: "Really good story, Super Narator!"
    "You Could Drive A Truck..."
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    through all of the holes and weakness in this plot. Pretty uninspired, not plausible, etc.

    The recording quality was poor if you like to listen through a car system, as the narrator lapsed into low volume when he did a female voice. I got tired to turning the volume up and down to hear a dialog.

    While I did finish the book, I really didn't care about the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (303)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Ok but not great"
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    Guess I was hoping for more given the other reviews, but this was just so-so. We'll read and I got through the story, but it seemed to drag in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1804)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Cute book"
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    This was a fun read. I enjoyed the main character and his many quirks. All of the characters were fun together, well written and well read. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13254)
    Performance
    (5586)
    Story
    (5630)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A Classic"
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    I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking how good it was. I've listened to it now because I want to listen to World Without End and wanted the continuity…and I still think its a really good book.

    There are some really evil people and really good people in this book, and of course they clash. Nothing new in that plot line.

    This book is more like a soap opera, but Follett makes them characters that you care about and want to hear about. The plot moves along at a steady pace and the struggle between good and evil is well crafted.

    Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Majestyk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Vincent Majestyk saw too much death in the jungles of Southeast Asia. All he wants to do now is farm his melons and forget. But peace can be an elusive commodity, even in the Arizona hinterlands - and especially when the local mob is calling all the shots. And one quiet, proud man's refusal to be strong-armed by a powerful hood is about to start a violent chain reaction that will leave Mr. Majestyk ruined, in shackles, and without a friend in the world -- except for one tough and beautiful woman.

    Richard Delman says: "Elmore Leonard and Frank Muller: purrrrfection."
    "A Good Quick Read"
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    This was a good book for a quick read. Not too exciting, but an OK story that didn't bog down anywhere. While it didn't make me want to run out and find another book by this author, I wouldn't turn down one if it was on sale...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched...

    Elizabeth says: "What fun!"
    "One of Grisham's Best"
    Overall
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    My favorite Grisham novels seem to be the ones where his dry sarcasm comes through. There is some of that in this book, so I enjoyed it. And even though Frank Muller isn't one of my favorite readers, his style works to bring across the dry wit and sarcasm.

    This book is typical of Grisham's better novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2714)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Too Far Out There"
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    What I have always liked about this author in the past is that his plot and premiss have always teetered on the edge of plausibility. This book…no way. No one could suspend their disbelief enough to even remotely consider this plot as anything even remotely plausible. Because of this, I found the book tedious. I did finish it, but I'm not sure why I bothered.

    I'll be more careful about my next purchase from his author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1445)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Pretty Decent Read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Lukas Davenport is an interesting character. The bad guy is pretty over the top as bad guys go, which is unfortunate. But the book is well written and kept me interested. I'd probably listen to more Davenport novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (588)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike says: "Excellent Story..."
    "Another Good Grisham Book"
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    Grisham has long been one of my favorites. This book wasn't gripping, but the characters were fun, some of Grisham's dry wit came thru, and the premise was good.

    Good courtroom drama, and well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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