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Maribee7

Bee

Earth

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (786)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "I TRIED"
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    I love John Grisham, but I think I am more on the courtroom drama side of the fence. I tried, really tried for 4 days to listen to both books, but they did not catch my interest. Once I find myself fast-forwarding through a book, it's a wrap. I will say Micheal Beck is a really good narrator. Sycamore Row and A TIme to Kill were very well read. ALthough the voice for Ray from The SUmmons was similar to someone's voice in Sycamore Row, so that was jarring for me. But anyway, story was just not interesting to me. Love that you can return books you don't like. Happily Returned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Detection Unlimited: Inspector Hemingway series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Slumped on a seat under an oak tree is old Sampson Warrenby, with a bullet through his head. Everybody in the village is ready to tell Chief Inspector Hemingway who did it. Could the murderer have been the dead man's niece? Or perhaps it was the other town solicitor? The couple at the farm had a guilty secret - what was it? And why is it someone else actually wants to be the prime suspect? Add to this the fact that Warrenby was blackmailing someone, and Hemingway has his work cut out for him.

    Anne says: "Just so-so"
    "I really tried..."
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    I really tried, but I couldn't get past Chapter 3. Once I find myself paying more attention to what I am doing, and then rewinding to get back to prior part or looking for other books while listening to this I know the book isn't for me. I have even tried to listen to another of Georgette Heyer's mysteries narrated by Uli. I even tried to speed up the narration, nothing doing. It just didn't keep my interest. Will maybe try another but I doubt it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia - least of all Claire's family - could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together...until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.

    Kimberly says: "Great book!"
    "This Is A Great Book"
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    You know you have a great story AND a great narrator (after all this is an audiobook), when you are hooked by the first paragraph. This is a book that satisfies on both accounts. Like I daresay Davina Porter (that Goddess of narrators) and Diana Gabaldon (All Hail). For a person who grew up in Southern Louisiana in the country parishes and NOLA knowing backstories or histories about persons or families is a plus. It what we as Southerners do. LOVED IT. I am very picky about my narrators, especially if they are supposed to be a from the South or Louisiana. Also if that narrator actually keeps me interested in the story. This narrator 's accent and performance is wonderful. I buy a lot of audiobooks and return a lot of of books because I don't like either the story or delivery. This is a keeper. I am going to look at her backlist and buy another. I have not not even a finished listening to this book and I am writing this.
    I honestly don't remember where I saw the recommendation from, but I am SO glad I bought this. I have been.looking for Good audiobooks set in the pics South, whether a myster, fiction, urban planning fantasy, or romance and have eitjert read or write listened to more popular ones. You know a book is not funny when you are getting funny looks while running errands because you are launghing. Dirk Devlin LOL!!! I will update when finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristen Painter
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans. For centuries, the fae have protected the city from vampire infestation. But when the bloodsuckers return, the fragile peace in New Orleans begins to crumble.

    Amazon Customer says: "I was on the fence"
    "I tried"
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    Being from New Orléans, I know dumb or crazy accents that are supposed to represent my city or my state (Southern Louisiana). There is a difference between Northern and Southern Louisiana (ask someone born and raised there). This narrator in NO way sounds like he is from Louisiana. Only could get through prologue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
    "Funny Listen"
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    I wasn't to optimistic about the laughing out loud claims made by commenters about funny audiobooks, but I am happy to say that they were right! This book is hilarious. I am not even finished; just had to write this review. You will not regret getting this listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2691)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Narration ruins it"
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    I tried. I love John Grisham's work; and the printed version of this is probably great. The Audible version, not so much. I have skipped 2 chapters, increased speed of story and still this narrator's pace drove me crazy. When I find myself skipping chapters it's sign that the book will not work for me. I love that you can return audiobooks here so easily.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Kim says: "Great start to a new series, but... CRINGE!"
    "Great Suprise"
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    Let me start off by saying I hate the narrator for Olivia/Eden. She sounds like the lady who is the voice of Lisa Simpson. Very, very annoying voice. I like the other narrator's voice for Olivia. But you get used to it Olivia'voice eventually. She does start her chapters with a nasal quality to her voice (Olivia), but didn't stop me from listening. This book will reel you in. It will have you asking yourself "Why? Why is that happening? What did they do that for? What does it mean? Who is that? What is going to happen next?" This series is going to be a nice rollercoaster ride. Can't wait to see what will happen next for Olivia/Eden and Gabriel! Give this story a try, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Bad Apple: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "Historic Homes Can be Murder"
    "Didn't hold my interest"
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    This story had a great start, but plot moves too slow, it kind of plods along. I listened to about half the book (maybe less than half), but I couldn't continue. I may start later in series with another book, but I doubt it. This will be happily returned.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King Hall: Forever Evermore, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Scarlett Dawn
    • Narrated By Chandra Skyye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    King Hall - where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: Survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing - The Mystical Kings.

    john says: "I can't wait for book 2"
    "I wanted to like it but couldn't"
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    I tried. I really did. But when I start stopping a book to listen to another I know it's time to give up the ghost. The plot was boring, very slow paced. And narration could have been better. Her voice was very annoying at times. I finally stopped and returned this after I started skipping chapters. I am so glad Audible lets you return any books you don't like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4932)
    Performance
    (3769)
    Story
    (3782)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "It's OK, but..."
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    Initially this series started out okay. This book was my favorite. Joe Abercrombie does not give any backstory. Which I prefer; but it also amps up the "need to know factor". So I can't stop listening. Some of these characters I could not stand! I wanted to slap Jezal, I started to find myself skipping his chapters, then I would scold myself because what if I missed something!? So I would go back to listen, painfully. I also wanted to slap Bayaz, he was so pompous and callous. My favorite characters were Logan Ninefingers and his boys. I could not finish series, it became too stupid in the end, but all of the books are well written and the Narrator is Great. You can tell who the different characters are. It is an okay read, but if I would have known what I was getting myself into, I would not have started series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3938)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3008)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Wonderful Narrator, but..."
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    I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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