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MARCIA

Lake Forest, CA, United States | Member Since 2000

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    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1231)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    It takes a gifted author to come up with a suspense novel that is both scary and charming, but Dean Koontz has accomplished this and more in this wonderful story of monsters and heros and good people and bad guys and a lovable dog. This is one of those books that you rush to read (or listen to) and then when you've devoured it, you're sorry it's over. And I don't think I'll look at my not-too-smart miniature dachshund, Lena, in the same way ever again.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Burnt Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rivers Siddons
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

    A User says: "Not so great"
    "Say It Isn't So, Anne!!"
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    I enjoy Anne Rivers Siddons and I've often told people that I think she writes women's books for intelligent women. But there wasn't anything intelligent about this book. I don't know who was more confused: Ms. Siddons when she was writing it or me when I was listening to it. I forgive her, though. We all have bad days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4364)
    Performance
    (3172)
    Story
    (3170)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "State of Wonder: Ann Patchett!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In this world of talentless people becoming famous and mediocrity becoming celebrated (Who is John Galt, anyway?), we are blessed with Ann Patchett, who is a talented writer who clearly strives for excellence. This is a good story with interesting characters. This is a book filled with perfectly chosen words, phrases and sentences. It evokes emotion, it envelopes the reader in atmosphere and it does what a good novel is supposed to do: puts you in a state of wonder about what's going to happen next! It also makes you think about current trends in medicine and pharmacology and the moral considerations of both. I really loved this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (351)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Pretentious, Pointless and Plotless"
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    I admire Mr. Martin, I do I do I do! I thought Shopgirl was a well written and enjoyable book, so I added An Object of Beauty to My Next Listen's queue. Bad decision! I groaned and grunted and rolled my eyes through this book. The good news is that I was working on a complex knitting pattern while listening and the book was so mindless, I was easily able to multi-task. I think Mr. Martin tried too hard to be pithy and clever and it fell flat. I think he forgot that a good book contains well-rounded characters that the reader may not like personally, but at least could understand. I think he forgot a good novel is supposed to have a story. I think he forgot a lot. On the good side: well I did learn a bit about art, art professionals and art collectors. And Mr. Scott is an excellent narrator. And best of all, I completed my complex knitting pattern unscathed! So unless you want to listen to a pleasant sounding man with a nice voice read a mindless book to you while you're knitting, I wouldn't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (285)

    In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

    Joanne says: "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"
    "Another Pleasant Few Hours Spent"
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    OK, so nothing much happens in these wonderful books. I got enough going on in my life, so I reallllllllly enjoy spending a few hours visiting these wonderful friends of mine in a place where nothing much happens. I don't have any bush tea, but who needs it when I can feel calm, soothed and refreshed while listening to another installment of this charming series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18461)
    Performance
    (16433)
    Story
    (16391)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Another Great One from Mr. King!"
    Overall
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    There are certain public figures who become part of our own history, don't you think? We mature and if the Fates are kind, grow old with these people. Mr. King is somebody like that for me. He's an old friend who never disappoints and often surprises. I didn't know what to expect other than a book about traveling back in time to prevent President Kennedy's assassination. The idea appealed to me because I was 15 years old when that event took place and I always thought it changed the course of history. Anyway, in my buddy's capable hands, the appealing idea became a great story. I don't know what English and literature teachers are teaching these days but I hope they're teaching Stephen King. He's an American treasure and can't be beat for his ability to create an interesting story with a special twist, to bring to life people who really don't exist except in his imagination and to choose just the right word, just the number of words in a sentence, just the right pacing, just the right everything to create something powerful. Yes, go ahead and listen to the book. An extra bonus is Mr. Wasson's superb reading. I expected to hear each distinct character, but he made me see them too! I suppose this would be a great read, but I do feel sorry for anybody who doesn't take the opportunity to listen to it. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9059)
    Performance
    (3477)
    Story
    (3516)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Wonderful Historical Recreation and a Good Story"
    Overall
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    It took me about as long to decide to tackle this long "Book Without End" as it may have taken Mr. Follett to write it. I was very reluctant to commit to the time it would take to listen. However, I really loved Pillars of the Earth and wanted to see what was coming next. I enjoyed being able to go back to this period of time without having to actually GO BACK for real. What a difficult time to be alive! I enjoyed the story and cared about the characters and I had a good time listening while completing a large knitting project. However, I don't think this was as well written as Pillars of the Earth and I didn't find the characters to be as interesting as that book. If you read and enjoyed Pillars of the Earth you will probably want to listen to this, but if you must choose between the two, I think your better bet is Pillars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4945)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1837)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Gosh, Wow and Golly Gee! A GREAT Listen!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    When a friend called to tell me that she had just completed reading an amazing book that I MUST read NOW, I took her advice and put The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel at the top of my My Next Listen list. I am very happy and grateful I followed her advice. The story is actually two stories told by two compelling characters who reveal the stories of their lives, stories that have been hidden and cause great distress. Ms. Setterfield masterfully used the power of language to evoke an atmosphere and a mood that captivated me. Ms. Amato and Ms. Tanner did justice to the author's talent with talent of their own. The book reminded me of my teen age days with Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and yes, even Charles Dickens. I don't know if this was an intentional tribute to their genius, but I hope my review is a tribute to Ms. Setterfield's genius. I highly recommend this book, but I think we women may enjoy and identify with it more than you men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1451)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A lovely book"
    Overall

    I'm a dog lover so how could I not enjoy this book? It's pure fantasy, but what a wonderful fantasy! I would agree, however, with a previous reviewer, who said that "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is the one that's really special. I gave "A Dog's Purpose" 4 stars, only because I gave "The Art of Racing in the Rain" 5 stars. I would, though, recommend this book to anybody who has loved and been loved by a dog. Read"The Art of Racing in the Rain" too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Mary McGarry Morris
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Aubrey Wallace is the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no one can ignore. One afternoon, they both disappear from the small Vermont town where they live. The next day, 200 miles away, a toddler is snatched from her Massachusetts home. For the next five years, Aubrey, Dotty, and the kidnapped child - bound together by strange love and desperate need - are trapped in a nomadic existence governed by their constant fear of discovery.

    MARCIA says: "Disturbing"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed two other books by Mary McGarry Morris, so I thought I'd give this one a try. This author writes about damaged people and this generally makes for a disturbing read. I was especially disturbed by this group of characters and although I completed the book, I honestly can't tell you if I liked it. I'm not sure! The Good: the characters are well written and Ms. Schraf reads competently. The Bad: I told you already, the book is disturbing! I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to give it a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (217)

    A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

    Renee says: "Pretty bad"
    "Ohhh ... Dean, DEAN! Say it ain't so!"
    Overall

    This is an early Dean Koontz novel. It reads like the early work of a developing author, but I expected more of Dean Koontz, even early in his career. Mr. Koontz writes great stories about people (and sometimes dogs) we care about ... this is not one of them. Is it a romance novel? Is it a thriller? Is it a homage to motherly love? Actually, it's none of the above. To make matters worse, the narrator is one of the worst I've listened to. There are many wonderful Dean Koontz books available at audible.com. I suggest you listen to one of those.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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