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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 2013

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  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2405)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Love the easy listening, british humor genre"
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    If you love british humor, love mysteries and love to make some fun of the "stiff british upper lift" than these series are for you. They are easy listening and delightful. I'd say if on sale, get two, regular priced, wait til you have listen to number one, and if you enjoy it, go for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karen Le Billon
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When she moved her young family to her husband's hometown in northern France, Karen Le Billon expected some cultural adjustment. But she didn't expect to be lectured for slipping her fussing toddler a snack, or to be forbidden from packing her older daughter a school lunch. Karen is intrigued by the fact that French children happily eat everything-from beets to broccoli, from salad to spinach - while French obesity rates are a fraction of what they are in North America.

    Toby says: "A must read for those who care about food"
    "Can I have a snack? main non, bien sur - NO!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was overall well written, and is true to some degree. Europeans (I know that I am one of them) take great care what to cook, how to prepare it and gladly spend more time in the kitchen, then doing other things. I cook everything from scratch and we eat pretty healthy, much cheaper then if we were to eat processed foods. I have to agree that in the States,children snack too much, drink too early juices (full of sugar) and are eating quite a bit of their meals in the car, rather than at the table. This book is definitely a valuable tool, if you are willing to try this approach in order to cure your picky eater into an eater. So, overall her story has good value, but it could have been written in two chapters!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Karen Le Billon writes adequately, nothing impressive, somewhat unimaginative. She is very repetitive and sometimes when you are listening to the book you think, wait did I go backwards in the story? That's how repetitive her story is. Also, not everyone in France eats that way, although true, the average French person eats more nutritious food, then some of my friends here in the US. I think her husband Philip sums it up nicely in the book when he says that both sides - American and European - well French, have both good points and bad points about their view of food and nourishment. What I did not appreciate in this cultural dilemma, but pointed out very clearly by the author is that French give a great deal of thought to their food. If you (doesn't matter who you are) don't accept that, you are or will not be accepted. And even if you are "accepted" - they (the French) never really make friends with you, because they just don't do THAT easily? Hm, sounds to me a bit as hypocrisy - Yes, we shouldn't overdo, over-fuzz or mindlessly eat - healthy food is hard to come by and we should respect the product. However, are we humans, friendships and future relationships not much more important than how we view food, even if we are :bien éduqués" meaning "well taught"? I rather pass on a wonderful french dinner and spend time with a friend or a new friend to make, than snob them because they don't appreciate their food the french way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cris Dukehart’s performances?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HORRIBLE narration. I almost cried when I heard her French, it's terrible, ruins the whole book. She is an ok reader for English, but her French which obviously was not "edited" or "rehearsed" really takes the fun out of the book. Therefore I would NOT recommend this book as an audible book. I really think that Audible should screen their readers when they read in different languages!


    Do you think French Kids Eat Everything needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, we get it.


    Any additional comments?

    Due to the narration I would NOT recommend this book. Read it in print! Some valuable advise in the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25227)
    Performance
    (20967)
    Story
    (20952)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Good Beginner's Mystery Thriller"
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    Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

    No, because the suspense is gone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were really no favorite characters as they were all pretty pathetic. However, I must say that Ms. Hawkins (the author) has an eye for detail and weaves beautifully the feelings, the disgust, the thoughts, the mind set, the life experiences of her characters into one comprehensible, factual person in the story. Therefore the characters become quite believable. Even if you can't relate (thank the Lord) you know that a person can go through this kind of stuff. That part was sublime. I did NOT like the nasty language (Profanity alert) and one of the characters got very repetitive. Also - this book is NOT uplifting, it's quite "sobering" - but well done.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The male voices were not very well done, however the female voices and the feeling, the angst and the overall sentiments were very well captured. Job well done.


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

    Not moved, but I got tired of the "black -outs" and the repetitions.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia, Lucia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Lucia Sartori is the beautiful 25-year-old daughter of a traditional Italian immigrant family in 1950s Greenwich Village. She boldly becomes an apprentice for a ready-to-wear clothing designer at B. Altman's famous department store. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, she works hard and remains as devoted to her career as to her family.

    Joseph Mieczkowski Jr. says: "What a wonderful book!"
    "Brilliant writing - Lucia beautiful inside and out"
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    Would you listen to Lucia, Lucia again? Why?

    The character of Lucia was well developed,as were those of her family and friends, especially her boss Delmarr, who I particularly liked. Lucia, although very Italian was trying to cut off her "old world ties" and live in this wonderful New World she had been placed in. She is very talented and wants to take her life into her own hands, but.... The story keeps flowing and has some twists and unexpected happenings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt that Lucia was a very real heroine. Her poise, loyalty and grace made her decisions understandable and it is so hard to understand her if one is self-centered. I felt I learned a heart warming lesson through Lucia. You will love the story.


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

    No, I haven't, but her performance was good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1052)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Worth a credit - educational, suspense and compell"
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    If you could sum up The Tehran Initiative in three words, what would they be?

    Joel Rosenberg skillfully weaves the feelings, complexities and insights of Christianity and Muslims into an exciting, cutting-edge political thriller. The characters are believable and the story has a interesting underlying love story. I recommend this book if you want to learn a bit more about the Middle East and what "could" be going on.


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

    Yes, it was energizing.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Well narrated, he added depth to the story.


    0 of 0 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
    (521)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (467)

    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.

    Justin Gardner says: "Simple but perfect"
    "Heartwarming and Honoring"
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    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (230)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (209)

    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.

    Marie says: "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
    "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (720)

    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"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    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"
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    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.

    2 of 4 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
    (713)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (646)

    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.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Overcome with Emotion"
    "Wanted to read this book non-stop"
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    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.

    2 of 3 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
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1603)

    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"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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