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Mary-Ann

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PUEBLO, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (835)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Harry Bosch + Terry McCaleb = A great story"
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    Michael Connelly is one of our favorite writers, I think he is a master of the detective genre. His characters are great, the twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to your listening device. (For us it's a Kindle Fire docked on a FireStation so we can all listen to the story at the same time) The only drawback to this story was the narration. Richard M Davidson does a good job, but for me he just didn't feel right. I would have given him 3 1/2 stars, but that is not an option, and I couldn't knock him down to 3 stars. Definitely give this one a chance. The story is great, the narration is not a detractor...just not as good as Dick Hill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (1998)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "It will take you to a different world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters come to life in this story. McCammon paints a scene so vividly with his words, that you will shudder in disgust , hold your breath in suspense, and laugh out loud. My husband and I listen to books together, and we sat up late several nights until we couldn't stay awake. Helping the story come to life is the narration. Edoardo Ballerini is spot on here. His voices, his pacing....perfection

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Dancers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    When two lowlifes rob a gas station, murder the attendant, and then incinerate bystanders who are filling up their minivan, the Manceford County, North Carolina, police quickly arrest the killers at a nearby motel.

    Tom Harrison says: "Incredible! One of the best ever!"
    "Suspense!"
    Overall
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    So many books are advertised as being suspenseful, or thrillers, but do not deliver on that promise. This book does. My husband and I listen together, and we sat up late several nights glued to our Kindle waiting to see what would happen. Dick Hill's performance is outstanding. If you enjoy action books, this one is highly recommended

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12667)
    Performance
    (5133)
    Story
    (5193)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Better than the book alone"
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    Almost all books are "better than the movie". It's just the way it is. Invariably one of your favorite parts will be left out, whole characters left out. The Water for Elephants movie was good...very good in fact, but not nearly as good as the book. The magiic I felt when reading the book didn't translate to the big screen. I was disappointed as this is one of my favorite books.

    Then Amazon came out with the "if you own the book get the audio book for a reduced price" deal. I thought, "Why I would want to do that???"...I have read the book three times, and seen the movie several times as well. THEN, I listened to the sample and I was enthralled. Jacob at 90 (or 93) is just perfect. The raspy voice, the crochety attitude, it all works so well. And young Jacob...let me just say he makes the character come to life.

    No matter how many times you have read this book or seen the movie, THIS book was made to be listened to. Treat yourself to this one. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1130)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "You can't go wrong with a Longmire book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With a Longmire book you expect great writing, humor and a good mystery. It's all here, with the addition of the poignancy of Walt's daughter being injured. George Guidall's narration is once again perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4642)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3319)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "Get ready to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up Death Masks in three words, what would they be?

    fabulously fun fantasy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Masks?

    Harry and Susan at the laundromat...I loved Susan tossing the machines around.


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

    James brings depth to each of the characters. He has a voice for each character, and NEVER mixes them up. His reading of this book is not only good, it's great. I would give him 10 stars if I could.


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

    Yes...it's hard to stop, but I always looked forward to getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first of the Dresden Files I have listened to. It was so good I bought all the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2172)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "This one's really worth the 5 star reviews"
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    Story

    I lived through the Vietnam War era...my husband was a helicpoter pilot who did two tours there. This story really brings it all back, and is very true to all the first hand stories I heard from the soldiers when they returned home. Bronson Pinchot does a really great job with the voices...it's hard to believe only one man is reading this.

    This is a long listen, but the story never drags. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and you will be angry at the useless slaughter of so many young marines..marines moved around like.pawns on a chess board by commanders pursuing promotions.

    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo River: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    .A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption 36 years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back. It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents - and some are ending up dead.

    David says: "Wonderful story...great narrator"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    This is my second book in the Elvis Cole-Joe Pike series, and I thoroughly enjoy the characters. Take a little mystery, add some humor, suspense, great characters, and combine with a great narrator. It's a winning recipe. The next book in the series has a different narrator. Hope he does as well as Mel Foster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    New York Times best-selling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep.

    Jan Scarborough says: "The Bone Thief"
    "Definitely not recommended"
    Overall
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    There was nothing about this story that stood out and made me want to continue to listen. Usually I am looking for a little time throughout my day to listen to a chapter of whatever book I am currently listening to. With this book, I had to make myself go back. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just slogged along at a slow, rather boring pace. The mystery here really wasn't, the narrator wasn't good, and throughout I felt like I was being lectured to. While some may enjoy this, when I finally got to the end I was glad it was FINALLY over.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (457)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
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    This book, and Dick Hill's narration, truly deserve the 5 star reviews. We were completely captivated by the story and Dick Hill's voice. While there is some violence in the story, none of it is too graphic, and violence IS part of the story. It's a war story after all.

    Greg Iles develops the characters beautifully...they become real. There are twists and turns to the plot, and throughout you are pulling for the characters to accomplish their mission. We were so wrapped up in the story we sat up into the wee hours of the night listening.

    This is now on my list of books that stand out from a field...a field that incoludes many excellent books.

    If you like this I recommend trying the following books. In a pack of A- books, these stand out as A+.

    The Book Thief
    11-22-63
    Lonesome Dove

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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