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Mary-pat Sherman

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california | Member Since 2003

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  • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat: Secrets of Science in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (231)

    Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

    Jerker says: "Funny and interesting, but badly edited"
    "Fun way to receive great information"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Einstein Kept Under His Hat to be better than the print version?

    Although I love to read books too, I think this book is more interesting as an audible. I love to listen and knit at the same time. From time to time I have to listen to a topic a second time because I do get "wrapped up" in my knitting! The narrator/author makes the subjects very interesting. And, as a bonus, the info is a great conversation starter. And, the info is fantastic trivia too! Can't wait to read about Einstein in the Kitchen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Important info in an easy to understand format. I am a nurse and biologist and love how scientific info can be presented so understandably.


    Did Sean Runnette do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not applicable


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

    Not that kind of a book


    Any additional comments?

    Science and Math, etc. can be really fun

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (271)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "Nelson DeMille - again"
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    If you could sum up Spencerville in three words, what would they be?

    SMART - INTRIGUING - THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    I have 'read' almost all of DeMille's books and have enjoyed each and every one. "Spencerville" is another great 'read.' Scott Brick does a wonderful job on the narration, which is so important to the story in audible content. Although it's not international intrigue, because I know so much about his characters, this book just picks up where others have left off (in terms of character studies). DeMille's characters are well-defined and interesting - as I know next to nothing about the world of international intrigue. These books take me away to strange, exciting and scary places!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spencerville?

    OMG - so many memorable moments. For instance, when Keith arrives at the home of Annie's sister and Annie isn't there, the way he handles himself with respect to his emotions in light of so much disappointment is incredible. How he is able to have so much self-awareness as well as ability to 'read' others, instantaneously, is fantastic. He knows exactly how much to let people know about what he's thinking - never says too much - or too little.


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

    His narrative skills MAKE the stories for me.


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

    Nothing - and have 'heard' his reading on other books - he's a terrific narrator.
    Not finished yet - can't wait to find out what happens - and then I also don't want the story to end!


    Any additional comments?

    What knowledge and experience Nelson DeMIlle has - about / in a world so foreign to that in which I live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (763)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "I'm continuing the series in chronilogical order."
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    Would you listen to Shelter Mountain again? Why?

    Shelter Mountain continues the story of a fictitious out of the way town in the giant redwood area of California. I'm enjoying the stories, the continuing characters and even Robyn Carr's making her characters moral examples for us all. Can't wait to start the third book.
    I love to listen to audible books while I am on the treadmill and while I knit / crochet - totally enjoyable and lots of exercise and socks made!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shelter Mountain?

    The integrity of the characters, even including a man who "lives outside the law" but has scruples with regard to others in the stories.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She's an excellent narrator - even using some incorrect grammar that I believe would be used by some of the characters....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1565)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1079)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "I loved this entry into another series"
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    I'm such a fan of Jan Karon and John McDonnough's reading of the Mitford series. I was looking for another interesting series to start listening to and this novel fit the bill. The characters are interesting and the story thought-provoking. The performance by Therese Plummer is excellent - a female John McDonnough! I''ve already bought the second in the series and can't wait to settle down with my knitting and another tale of the fictional location of Virgin River.
    I listened to the entire book of Virgin River in two days!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4190)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3545)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Fun Read"
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    Even makes Queen Elizabeth seem more human. What a fun concept. A Royal spy and mystery solver!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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