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Margaret

Gainesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5067)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2847)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Jean says: "Dead Or Alive"
    "Classic Clancy"
    Overall

    Tom Clancy is at his most excellent - true to form on this book. Same old players chasing new, sneaky bad guys. You get detail without getting gore. The current headlines weave into the story with just enough scare to keep you reading. Ties all the ends together. Just a great book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Buzz: A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier. But her high spirits come crashing down when she discovers the battered body of a hard-working baker's assistant. Police suspect a serial attacker whose escalating crimes have become known as "the Christmas Stalkings". Clare'sboyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, finds reason to believe even more sinister forces are involved.

    Ronna says: "Cookies can be murder"
    "Written for a 10 year old"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Overly simple, and I found the narrator annoying. I couldn't stand it more than a few minutes. Grammar, tone, sentence structure made this a poor listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Joel says: "Haven't We Heard All of This Before?"
    "Not in the same league as Dad is Fat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book misses the punch and pace of "Dad is Fat" - which I loved. It needs to have more zingers, less rambles.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure yet - probably a mystery.


    Did Jim Gaffigan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Jim does his usual job of funny voices and keen observations, but the stories drag.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this was too broad of a topic for a 7+ hour book. I will listen to Jim Gaffigan again, but hope for a better result.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    BG853 says: "A Memoir For Mystery Lovers"
    "Too painful to listen to."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Not My Father's Son: A Memoir again? Why?

    I started this book because I really like Alan Cumming as an actor. I just can't sit through how abusive his father was. Maybe it cuts too close to home. The sections about his current life are interesting and I'm so glad he survived.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2, & 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Wells
    • Narrated By Sue Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

    Parajunkee says: "Great Mystery!"
    "Boring. Too dumb to be mildly believable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mike Wells and/or Sue Sharp?

    No. The story makes this "woman" sound like a 12 year old girl. Ridiculous choices, no adult smarts, much less Secret Service smarts. Narration is totally flat.


    Has Lust, Money & Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will continue reading books in this genre - just avoid Mike Wells.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator kept the same tone regardless of what was happening. Working in the office had the same excitement as being chased by the mob.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My only reaction was to stop listening and find another book. I stuck with it for the first 4 hours, hoping it would improve. It didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (298)

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "Strange wind up for a Goldie book."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Diane Mott Davidson and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I like Barbara Rosenblat, but even in this book there are too many incidental people to keep all the voices distinct. I will probably try the next Diane Mott Davidson novel just to see if it improves.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Instead of wrapping it up, an entire second book gets jammed into the last few minutes. Strange and disappointing. There was lots that would have made a good stand-alone book.


    What aspect of Barbara Rosenblat’s performance would you have changed?

    I had problems distinguishing some of the voices. Too many side characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Not enough action for a movie. There could be more teen issues with Arch, girlfriend action from Julian, wacky and stuff from Marla and detective sleuthing from Tom, but this book is not eventful enough for a movie. Some of the earlier ones could be good.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed with this one, but won't give up on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Fruit: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which, this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel with whom she'd like to spend a lot more time.

    CatBookMom says: "Nicely done; very enjoyable"
    "Great story with a strange holiday twist"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love that the book is set in Australia, so seasons are opposite. And the characters are just quirky enough to be fun, not totally off the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just lots of fun. Some social commentary, but the live and let live attitude carries through. Entertaining. The narrator has the right tone for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Year Switch: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jill Murray is content living a man-free existence. She's got Anastasia, her 10-year-old daughter, and a sweet little bungalow to call home. Life as a cultural coach didn't turn out quite the way she planned, but between answering phones for Great Girlfriend Getaways and teaching Lunch Around the World classes, the dust in Jill's life is starting to settle. Then her ex-husband comes back.

    Melanie says: "Not a Complete Disappointment ...But Unsatisfying!"
    "Childish writing. Too much inconsistency."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Seven Year Switch? What did you like least?

    I liked the travel information and descriptions of places around the world. I didn't like the uneven behavior of the lead character, Jill. For someone who supposedly pulled her life out of the devastation and desertion of her husband, she seems pretty darn neurotic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Claire Cook again?

    Maybe. It was OK - I actually listened through to the end.


    What three words best describe Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    Crisp, clear, personable.


    Did Seven Year Switch inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to look into women's travel clubs.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad story, just not very good. The author stops short of commitment to any one emotion - mad, sobbing, hopeful,neurotic, desperate, happy, professional, scramble headed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (703)

    In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

    Mary A. Wieben says: "Love the series but..."
    "Continues the story, but more graphic than most."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Kindred in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, twisted, sad


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Robb? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'll continue with the series, but this book is too graphic with the torture for me. I didn't like how the "gore" took away from the story.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Susan Ericksen is a great narrator. On target with the voices and the pace.


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

    My only thoughts were that the book highlights the crime in too much detail - it takes away from the characters and the overall story.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite "In Death" book, but I will continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1124)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Sandford doesn't disappoint."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Silken Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Lucas Davenport novel. Great pacing, loved Richard Ferrone (he is the perfect narrator). Lots of twists and turns, but you can still follow the plot. I like how Sandford keeps the same side characters (Dell, Elle, Letty) and has Lucas work with them all.


    What other book might you compare Silken Prey to and why?

    You might also enjoy "The Burglar" books, also narrated by Richard Ferrone. Bernie Rhodenbarr (lead character) is a likable sort - similar to Lucas.


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

    Ferrone brings a warmth to the story. He paces the thoughts and actions appropriately.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, it was a great commuting book. 45 minutes in the morning and at night.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10687)
    Performance
    (9550)
    Story
    (9526)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Dresden light"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    Yes. It was entertaining, with enough of a mix of mystical and action.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?

    Maybe. I liked his voice, but the lack of emotion made the book lose something. Atticus' voice needs more of an attitude and sense of humor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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