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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 2010

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  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2827)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2175)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "I must be the only that didn't laugh"
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    I bought this book based on all the great reviews. I did not think it was all that funny, and the story was very predictable. The writing was just ok, the narration was just ok. There was no depth to the plot, the character development was flat and the interchange between the soon-to-be ex with the "maitresse" was making me feel bad for women. If you can get this book on one of Audible's sales, then get it, otherwise I wouldn't.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    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.

    0 of 1 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
    (459)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (415)

    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"
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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.

    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
    (1387)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1265)

    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.

    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
    (2904)
    Performance
    (2692)
    Story
    (2707)

    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?”

    Lisa says: "If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen."
    "Cute but not hilarious"
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    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
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1511)

    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"
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    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
    (3215)
    Performance
    (3014)
    Story
    (3001)

    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?"
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    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"
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    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
  • Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refused to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
    "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
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    Where does Sir Philip's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    You will finally get to know Sir Folly - not as heartless as he seems to be yet, yet a very very clever, unpredictable man. Wonderful if you can get the book on sale - if not - it is worth a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not read this book as a "stand alone book" as the series almost works a bit like a puzzle piece. Try to read this series in order, and if it a fun read, nothing to deep, yet entertaining and will ease your mind. Book harmonizes well with the other books in the series. Narrator is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (944)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Cute story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Match Me If You Can the most enjoyable?

    The characters are very engaging and the story flowed really well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Overall I enjoyed the book - I enjoyed the bantering between the two main characters.


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    I thought Anna did a good job, however, and I know she is a woman, her male voices were not top notch.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book on sale, so I am glad I did not spent a credit. Did not realize that is part of a series, although I think this book stands well on its own. I did not think it was very realistic that the main character knew all these "important and wealthy people", this did not really add up with her own private and financial life. Good story, but the ending was rather abrupt and not really developed, although not too terribly bad. I would recommend the book if you can get on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3441)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2450)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "You will be hooked!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    If you read my reviews, you will notice that I don't like predictability. Fear not! This book has so many twists and turns and is so rich in historical details, that you will not be bored, not longwinded, but transported to a rough past. This book is absolutely awesome. So well written!!! Worth the credit(s).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The richness and the details of story. History became alive. It felt like a thriller with unpredictable characters, unknown circumstances and never heard of traditions from the 1800's. Awesome descriptions. Excellent peek into human nature. What a mind!! Thanks Mr. Courtenay!
    I loved the story about the "rat races" - I could not have even have come up with a plot or scheme like that!!


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

    Humphrey Bowers is awesome - he added to the richness and the life of this book. Mr. Courtenay was the creator, yet Mr. Bowers breathed life into the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading second book now, and am looking forward to listen to my book every day. You won't regret the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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