You no longer follow Marie

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Marie

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Marie

Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

Arlington, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

38
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 73 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 257 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
2
FOLLOWERS
4

  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5005)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2407)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Cutting for Stone 3/5 credits"
    Overall

    Beautifully written. The story line is different, seducing... yet... I felt that I could NEVER identify with the characters. On one hand the author went deep into their psyche, on the other hand, the reader feels left out. The book is good, but NOT as good as the book "THE HELP", and NOT as insightful for sure. Would I recommend the book. YES , if you don't know what else to read, NO, if you are frugal with your credits. Overall, the book was good, the narration was well done, sometimes I had a hard times understanding the dialect, overall, couldn't identify with all of the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 41: A Portrait of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

    Chase says: "Great Story of a Son's Adoration of his Father."
    "Heartwarming and Honoring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 41 in three words, what would they be?

    Integrity, Leadership, Family


    What other book might you compare 41 to and why?

    Don't know


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not a favorite scene - but an eye opener. It is amazing to discover that the Clintons are actually very good friends with the Bush Family. They don't tear each other apart. They work with each other. Wish we all did the same.


    Any additional comments?

    Heartwarming. The reader will appreciate the love that was put into writing this book. It is full of respect, admiration, and stories that will make you smile. The book's value is increased due to it's characters still being alive and so much part of us. History in the making, but also History that's unique in its father/son relationship.Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

    Katherine Watson says: "Her situation was terrible"
    "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Girl the most enjoyable?

    True story of a young girl sold into slavery, with all it's hidden, dark and dirty aspects. A not too much talked about subject matter, yet, a true story. I was beguiled by the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Cannot and actually refuse to understand parent that sell their children - and in this case - WHY THIS particular one?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shyima is my favorite character, only she can tell it the way she felt it.


    What about Robin Eller’s performance did you like?

    Great narration, warm voice and clearly spoken.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the book, even for young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (636)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Great southern story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Looking for Me the most enjoyable?

    A believable story with charming characters. This is a story about family and friendship, love and loss, hope and dreams. It is also about the choices made during our lifetimes and how we deal with life’s up and downs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddi


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Narration was GREAT.


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

    Yes, the story draws you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the book, it is worth 1 credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border.The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it. Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy.

    Sara says: "A Disturbing Disappointment"
    "Wonderful Book, don't miss out on this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Sapphire Skies in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Educational, and this book is a page turner. Rich in history!


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Caroline Lee's performance is excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit. Don't miss out on this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (481)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Mary says: "One of the most moving books..............."
    "Wanted to read this book non-stop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Seamstress the most enjoyable?

    I love books that are written in first person. Not long after you start listening you feel one with the author. The simplicity and matter of fact analysis of the author's account seem simple at first, yet are very rich and profound, once you think about them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

    There was no particular moment I would pick, but the way Sara handled and acted in different situations was remarkable, somewhat unexpected, witty and shaped and saved some of the lives of those that met her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reunion


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book on sale, but it's worth a credit. Yes, it is a Holocaust story, but what I liked most about it was that Sara did not seem bitter and hateful. She ended up being the master of her destiny - in a worldly sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1379)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "A light read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does My Bluegrass Baby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would give it a B- -- it's a cute story, and a very light read, just wonderful to take your mind off a stressful day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some humor and the assistant of the main character is a hoot.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Mrs. Ronconi did a good job.


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

    Almost, but I did have to sleep some


    Any additional comments?

    Ending is a bit abrupt? and confusing? However if you can get it on sale, like I did, get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3180)
    Performance
    (2953)
    Story
    (2971)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Cute but not hilarious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. Some sections are funny , most is missed comedy. Mindy Kaling although fun on TV, does not come through in her own book. It's all somewhat flat!


    What other book might you compare Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to and why?

    none


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing, someone else should have read the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    would not recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1577)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Standing on giant's shoulders, female perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about SEAL Team Six?

    I could not put the "book" down - the memoir was well written, felt honest, gripping and made me realize again, that without courageous men like our army, or christian men (and women), or strong women believing in causes, and fighting for them, we all would not be were are now.
    The book leads you in an unseen world and without disclosing everything you feel that you understand the mind and the honor and sense of duty of the sniper.


    What other book might you compare SEAL Team Six to and why?

    I haven't read any other books like this, it's my first one. Got it for husband who is in Afghanistan, and because it was daily deal - would have gladly given a credit for it.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Howard the most - what a tough guy, what perseverance. Mr. Porter did a great job reading the book. Very manly and military like!


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

    Yes, and I almost did...


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit - and thanks to all citizens of the free world that fight for us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3665)
    Story
    (3655)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "AWESOME, WELL DONE, .... BUT WHY?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Written in My Own Heart's Blood in three words, what would they be?

    I have truly enjoyed the Outlander series, and have enjoyed Book 8 very much. Many reviewers have stated that it is repetitive, but I have to say, that it feels like Davina Porter is a friend and she is telling you a story, and when we talk to our friends, don't we retell stories and details to each other? So, that part did not bother me. As to my "WHY?" - I know Mrs. Gabaldon has gotten some heat about profanity used in her books. She explains that they are her characters, and they use the bad language, understood. I have to say, I do understand that soldiers in those days used profanity, especially under the circumstances they lived in, and we today, helas, use it whenever, but this one got a bit too rich in profanity, especially the "cussing trinity" - you know which ones I mean. It grieved me.

    My next point was, that why on earth did nobody give Davina German lessons, at least for the stuff she was trying to say. I don't speak a word of Gaelic, and it's sounds wonderful to me what she says, but I am fluent in German and French, and the German was SCHRECKLICH (that means terrible), her French is quite good.

    The story was a bit slow, and some important key points in the story could have been addressed sooner and in a bit more detail, but Mrs. Gabaldon has promised Book 9, assuring us she wasn't done telling the story... so I will go with it, hopefully I will live long enough to get number 9 - and the gaps will be closed. (there were some big ones)

    Overall, the story is a richly woven, colorful and at times enigmatic tapestry, and stays with you, even when you are done reading or listening. If you are looking or hesitating to start the Outlander series, don't - every book is worth it, you will be enriched. (minus the profanities) and will actually learn quite a bit of history, medical knowledge, herbal knowledge and fall in love with most of the characters.

    Some character development was exquisitely done!


    What other book might you compare Written in My Own Heart's Blood to and why?

    None really, as none of the time travel books out there come close to the Outlander series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to tell, I don't want to spoil the stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made some "European noises" during some of the cussing.


    Any additional comments?

    Davina Porter is fantastic, and I am so glad, Mrs. Gabaldon and her continue to work together. Brings the books to live and I so enjoyed it. Hope my review helps a bit, but I would definitely recommend the series, and congratulate both of them and the director.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ein anständiger Mord (German Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gretelise Holm, Ullstein Verlag (translator), Jörg Schwerzer (translator)
    • Narrated By Marion Reuter
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Lauernde Spannung, die skurrilen Abgründe einer Kleinstadt, versteckter Humor und eine gehörige Portion weiblicher Selbstironie: Ein erfrischender, neuer, gewitzter - und sehr weiblicher - Kriminalroman aus Dänemark, der sich dort auf Anhieb an die Spitze der Bestsellerlisten setzte. Über einen Mordfall zu berichten ist nicht gerade alltäglich für Karin Sommer, die Kriminalreporterin bei der "Sjællandsposten".

    Marie says: "Spannend - Very engaging"
    "Spannend - Very engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Ein anständiger Mord (German Edition)?

    The way the story was introduced, it was "ein anstaendiger Mord", Die Introduktion ist fantastisch un der Mord macht sogar Sinn, es ist eben ein anstaendiger Mord.


    Have you listened to any of Marion Reuter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. But I really enjoyed her performance. Nein, Ich habe noch nie M. Reuter gehoert, aber Sie war sehr gut!


    If you could take any character from Ein anständiger Mord (German Edition) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character, den Hauptcharacter.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.