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marilynolsen

OAKHURST, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 22 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 563 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1464)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this romantic tale that takes you back and forth through two distinct times.
    I fell in love with Diane Gabaldon books and while this isn't as detailed in history as her books are this is a nice alternative. I would recommend it to everyone who likes to travel back in time.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Villa

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (490)

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "Revenge can be a killer."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Villa in three words, what would they be?

    Honor, death and love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the family business and the different interactions between family members and the running of the business.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the true killer reveals why he/she did the killing. I don't want to give it away.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful who you hurt, they may be crazy enough to really seek revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of her better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10277)
    Performance
    (9312)
    Story
    (9392)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Great book."
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story line, it had a lot of twists and turns. The ending wasn't predictable which I liked.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wasn't sure who were his allies and who were his enemies. Things kept changing and that kept my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7448)
    Performance
    (6484)
    Story
    (6474)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "One of Roberts best."
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    I loved this book. It has all the elements of a great romance novel. The female character is independent, even though she was forced to be, she is intelligent ,yet socially inept. She is a book smart but not smart in dealing with people. I also loved the patient, caring male. This is a great summer, feel good, read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Dog Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (524)

    For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

    A User says: "The wait is over!"
    "Another good one."
    Overall
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    David Rosenfelt never disappoints with his books about Tara and the rest of the gang. This is another good one. It is such an enjoyable, fun read. The narrator is excellent, the sarcasm is fun. Keep them coming.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1180)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Don't waste your time or credit!"
    Overall

    This book was so bad I couldn't finish it. It dragged on and on. I couldn't find a one thing I liked about it. I am not a prude but really do you need to use the "F" word in every sentence? A real waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27309)
    Performance
    (13919)
    Story
    (13967)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    I was a teenager who lived in California during the 60s'. Prejudice in California was nothing like what it
    was in the South. The author did a great job of bringing to light what is was to be a maid in the South in the 60s. It was hard to stop listening. It showed the good, bad and ugly of humans. It also showed what a few good people can do when they stand together for justice. It also showed what people who are "sheep" look like.
    Marilyn

    1 of 1 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
    (1636)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1142)

    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!"
    "great read"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The male hero was too good to be true but I enjoyed it anyway. What a great story about how we should treat each other. I can't wait to read her next novel.
    Marilyn

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Search for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Arriving at her long-lost relatives' Brittany estate, Serenity Smith was greeted with cold politeness by the Comtesse de Kergallen and her darkly handsome grandson, Christophe. Refusing to believe their scandalous stories about her late parents, Serenity set out to prove they were false...but getting the enigmatic Christophe to change his mind about her would prove an equally worthy challenge.

    A User says: "Great Characters!"
    "different romance"
    Overall

    This wasn't one of her best. I like the time period but I thought the book dragged in parts. She has other books that I much prefer. The characters were okay but not dynamic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (453)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Another great one!"
    Overall

    I love the way this guy writes. He cracks me up with his sarcasm. His girlfriend and dog are funny. I even like the way his friend Pete takes advantage of him by making him always pay for the dinners. Another great read. Never change the narrator either, he is perfect!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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