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MickeyMarie

I read so I can write

Member Since 2003

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  • Daring the Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    After his brother is executed for treason, Ailig MacLeod returns to Castle Assynt bearing a heavy heart and a grim message: the Scottish king has ordered Ailig’s father to forfeit the clan chiefdom - or face deadly consequences. But before he can reach home, Ailig encounters Morainn MacRailt, a beautiful young widow living a solitary life in the glen. He is taken by her quiet confidence and the powerful connection that sparks between them, but his duty lies at Castle Assynt, where his clan is in turmoil.

    CAROLYN says: "Another entertaining Scottish Saga from Ms Wittig"
    "Nice Scotts Romance"
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    There being a plethora of Scottish historical romances, it is difficult to find something unique, but Ms Wittig has done a good job of it. Some good twists take the story to the expected happy ending. Narration keeps the book from being 5 stars in my opinion, but doesn't ruin it. There are better narrators for the language.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (205)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    Lia says: "I Should Have Listened To The Reviews"
    "Absolute waste of time and money"
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    The narrator is horrid, making the male sound like some kind of gorrilla, and the story is flat and unrealistic. A person with amnesia doesn't remember how they like coffee or their favorite toothpaste.

    I couldn't get past the sixth chapter.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

    ratna says: "A Must Listen"
    "Even Simon Prebble can't save this"
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    I am really disappointed with this offering. This guy should not and cannot write romance, and his effort to write romance into fantasy made this just plain dumb. Don't waste your credits.

    0 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Walking on Air: A Valance Family Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life with his dying breath....

    MickeyMarie says: "THIS IS NOT A HISTORICAL ROMANCE"
    "THIS IS NOT A HISTORICAL ROMANCE"
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    The preview of this book is VERY misleading. This is some kind of a religious preach poorly disguised as a romance. DON"T waste your credits.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of Elliot McBride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (250)

    USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue. Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.

    CAROLYN says: "5 STARS - 5 WORDS LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK"
    "Missing all the components of a good read"
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    This is likely the worst example of historical romance I have ever suffered through, and I couldn't suffer it all the way. After 3 different attempts I left it with 5 hours and 11 minutes to go. If there is a story somewhere there, I would think it should have started somewhere in the first 4 hours, not the last 5. Angela Dawe is a good narrator. I hope she was well paid for having to suffer through reading this.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (655)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "What a team!"
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    The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.

    Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.

    This is a keeper.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (386)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "Pathetic heroin makes it less than a great book"
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    I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
    I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
    I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (334)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "I am so hooked"
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    In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.

    With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.

    Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.

    Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.

    The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (469)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Outstanding story"
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    While the narrator fell a little short, his narration did not detract enough to run the five star rating of this book. Ms. Wells follows the first rule of fantasy and creates a believable world with realistic heroes and enemies.
    The book drags you into the world and makes you want to stay. An outstanding first book for a series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1294)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Don't waste your credit"
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    Poor attempt to tell a backward history. It is poorly written and poorly narrated, and fails to incite any interest.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1155)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Don't Lose this book in your library"
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    Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
    Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
    So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
    Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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