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Marianne

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Adrian, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand: Kitty Norville, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (447)

    Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping froufrou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live television, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters.

    Ali says: "Renewed my Vows in Vegas Right After Reading this!"
    "Kitty Comes Back Strong"
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    Truth be told, I had given up on Kitty.Spending several hours with her sitting in a cabin in the woods while complaining about writers block and her new late night talk show rival didn't do much for me. But, despite what others have said, I like this book a lot. There is the humor of a Las Vegas wedding and plenty of new mysterious characters. Does that magician really make people disappear in his spooky box? Are those Bengal tigers in the animal show what they seem to be? Who is more scary-- the head vampire of Las Vegas or those people attending the gun show at Kitty's hotel? This book held my interest from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1305)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "A Great Escape"
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    There was one big problem I had listening to this book. Even through the first reading I knew it was going to be a challenge to find another I liked as well. Time travel, romance, humor, and charming narration by Steven Crossley. Listening to this book is like taking a vacation to Victorian England. Go ahead, try it! You won't want to come home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1462)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    'Nathan says: "Phenomenal!"
    "Like a sweet-tart for the mind"
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    Watching young Flavia flying through the English countryside on her bike while plotting revenge on her sisters and clearing up a little murder is just too much fun. I was afraid that Flavia's catastrophic excess of personality might grow wearing, but she really grew on me and it was a fun mystery. Just the thing for a rainy Saturday!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toll-Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

    Yvette says: "Great book - reader only OK"
    "Love among the very tall"
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    The first time I listened to this book, I was a little bewildered. For a romance novel, the romance seemed a bit skimpy. It can be summarized thusly: You're tall?...I'm tall!!! We're both tall. Let's get married. With a second listen I could see that the true romance of this story was the adventure and that it is the secondary characters who bring the story to life. Daniel Hill is memorable as he puts life into each of the different characters so you feel like you know them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (585)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "Worth every penny!"
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    OK. Here's what happened. I noticed that the book was $!.99 if you owned the kindle edition. So I clicked the link and discovered that the kindle book was free! Big spender that I am, I plunged in. This book was much better than I expected. The narrator does an excellent job of bringing the book to life. I am pretty sure that I would not have spent a credit on this book, but when I am worn out and need some fluff to cheer me up I will use a credit to get the next one,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sittaford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot....

    Peter says: "Audio probably made this much better"
    "Double Mystery"
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    This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books. In addition to the question of who did the murder, there is the spunky and attractive fiancee who tells every man in sight: "It's so nice to have someone to depend on..." as she gets them to do her bidding in solving the crime. Will she stay with her somewhat questionable fiancee or move on to a more promising man?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (238)

    Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

    Bill says: "More, please"
    "Well Named"
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    The title says it all for me. Hypothermia. This book simply left me cold. One of the underlying themes is the question of life after death with the main character firmly mired in disbelief. I can respect that. But it does seem that a little more life before death might be indicated! On the plus side, George Guidall does a great job with material that is both slow and melancholy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (737)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Warning! Sexism and Racism ahead"
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    Sigh...I could not even finish this book. I knew I was in trouble when the main character is a man who grows breasts. This renders him not human in the eyes of the culture. This could have functioned as a commentary on our society but it doesn't read that way. As the book slides into racism I gave up on it. There might be some interesting ideas in this book, but I did not feel that it was worth wading through a sewer to find them. Now I know to avoid this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Dials Mystery: A Superintendent Battle Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    When a practical joke involving eight alarm clocks turns into murder, the case is taken up by Bundle Brent and Jimmy Thesiger. With the help of Bill Eversleigh, they discover that the Seven Dials Club is not only a nightclub but also the headquarters of a Secret Society. To track down the murderer, Bundle must first decide just which side the members of the Society are on.

    Marianne says: "Very Funny"
    "Very Funny"
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    Imagine Agatha Christie poking fun at Ian Fleming. The plot of this book is equal to the most absurd of the James Bond antics. As a matter of fact, in this book no one is safe from Christie's witty observation.She pokes fun at young people, rich people, aristocrats and gardeners. If you are ready to let go of the demand for realism and have a good laugh, this is the book for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Gipsy's Acre was a truly beautiful place, with views of the sea, and in Michael Rogers it stirred a childlike fantasy. There, among the dark fir trees, he planned to build a house, find a girl, and live happily ever after. Yet, as he left the village, a shadow of menace hung over the land--for this was the place where accidents happened.

    BK Stubbs says: "mystery 101"
    "Agatha Christie at her Creepy Best"
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    Within the long lexicon of Christie novels there is quite a range: from outright funny to genuinely frightful. This is a dark story. It held my attention and ended with a shock. After I had finished, it stayed with me as I pondered the human heart and how things could have been so different. Though this book is in no way gory, neither is it cozy. It is well worth the listen, but you may want to confine it to the light of day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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