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Marie

Arlington, TN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 126 reviews
  • 136 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2018
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  • The Secrets She Keeps: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    Overall
    (13529)
    Performance
    (12310)
    Story
    (12244)

    Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

    Taryn says: "MUST LISTEN!!"
    "Secrets - but Nothing New here"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would, but hindsight I would get it on sale :). It was not a horrible book, but the story has been done, and the writing was ok. It was somewhat intense, but overall predictable. Strong language and somewhat sensitive material if you are tenderhearted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did love the ending and the moral of the story, so to say. There was much sadness in the story, but the ending was worth it all. Good character development, good insights of psychological moments.


    What does Lucy Price-Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did an excellent job!


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

    Although I guessed most of it, I did listen to it as soon as I got in my car. I wanted to see if I was right.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into this genre of books it would be a good "commuter" book. You won't learn anything per se, but it's worth a listen. You can't listen again to it, cause you know the ending.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Doll

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charlie N. Holmberg
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (676)

    Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life. Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager.

    B.A. Wilson says: "Unique and Unexpected"
    "Interesting concept"
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    Performance
    Story

    I read the whole book. Always a good sign. This is indeed a unique story and it is interesting, very creative and your imagination wants it to go on. I feel that the author did not think all the aspects of her story and characters through, as the middle drags a bit, and the whole plot is based on the main character and main antagonist not even trying to understand or really speak to each other. The magic, the how to - you will see what I mean - are not explained and therefore the story feels lacking of reason and meaning. The ending is frantic and does not seamlessly close the story, but there is an ending. Would I recommend the book: YES, but only at $2.95 price. The narrator was ok, the male voices were so forced and the whole "yelling" in the book made my blood pressure go up, it did, I promise.
    If you liked my review, please vote. thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1524)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "Remember when the Waltons made you feel good?"
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    No, this is not like the Waltons! If you ever watched the Waltons, or the Little Farm on the Prairie, you know what feeling and genre I am going for! All was good with the world because there were good morals. This book will show what was right in those times, but also what was wrong in those times. It is such a feel-good book. The character development is even, but the story despite sometimes being too wholesome, becomes all of a sudden this dangerous maze, where only the good can and will prevail on the bad. You will experience great writing, a murder mystery, good people that come together when the going gets tough, and just young boys that will steal your heart. This is such a different book. If you are looking for something refreshingly new, please get this book. I had such fun listening to it, and my favorite part was when the boys went to the movies to see a movie about aliens. The book talks about majestic, and yes, there is magic in this book. Oh, and don't miss the Wasps!! Hilarious. The narrator was great. Worth a credit, worth reading during your commute or just listening. Great Book.
    If you liked my review, please vote!
    thank you,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Key

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. M. Pulley
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7115)
    Performance
    (6377)
    Story
    (6373)

    It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

    C. Telfair says: "Underestimating the Secretary Pool"
    "Good debut "
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    Story

    I enjoyed the book. The story plays in two different time areas. I liked the 1950's story and heroine better than the 1970's story and not so much of a heroine. However, the story lacks details and clarity in many areas. The ending is a bit cryptic, you have to pay attention as you come to the last 4 chapters of the audio book. I liked the originality of the story and could have done without the horrible cussing. I would recommend the book. Narration was spot on.
    If you like my review, please vote. Thank you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Target

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1429)

    When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, he knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or could it be Jordan?

    S. Vanalstine says: "Suspense and good characters"
    "Looking forward to get part 2 on sale"
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    The headline says it.... I enjoyed the book, although you have to truly remember or have a neck for all the foreign names and characters that show up in the book. It is somewhat action driven with a hint of a love story in the background. Part 2 should be good. It is ear-candy if you like this genre of book, not predictable (which is always good) and sadly, somewhat believable. Narration was good, I just had to get used to his voice. Get the book, worth a credit, but better to get it on sale. If you liked my review, please vote for it. Thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Address: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fiona Davis
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1097)

    After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.

    Ellen Zelda says: "Excellent entertainment."
    "Not your Count of Monte Cristo story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is really well written and has 2 main characters and two different time periods- and of course parallels. I did not read the book in one sitting, but loved to get back to it whenever I could. There are no twists, but there is a happy ending in the story. Character development is steady and nothing surprising jumps at you. It's a even story with like-able and despicable characters, and it's worth a listen, albeit, better to get it on sale. Narration was great and matched the characters. I would not read it again as I know the ending, but would recommend the book as a beach read or commuter book. If you liked my review, please vote for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3898)
    Performance
    (3093)
    Story
    (3083)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    FAC says: "Captivating"
    "Can't get into it, repetitive and no focus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book starts great, and then it just becomes more and more confusing and reminds me of National Treasure and DaVinci Code. Characters are unbelievable and it is hard to stick with it. The writing is ok, but the story is stagnant and does not move along. Narrator is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alice Network: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Quinn
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11623)
    Performance
    (10770)
    Story
    (10718)

    In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

    Joseph says: "Jane Austin meets Jason Bourne"
    "We are standing on the shoulders of giants..."
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    I would give this book 10 stars. The performance is EXTRAORDINARY, EXCELLENT and just wow. This book is well written, the character are so real, you feel everything and it is full of interesting historical tidbits from Word War I and World War II, but most of all it has excellent character development and you will not want to put this book down. I can only recommend this book. The women are so brave, determined and yet so down to earth. What a story. Get the book!
    If you liked my review, please vote.
    thanks,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jenny Colgan
    • Narrated By Beverley A. Crick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    It's true that Anna Trent is a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. And when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

    Marie says: "5 STARS - SWEETEST STORY"
    "5 STARS - SWEETEST STORY"
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    You need to read this book. I had just finished a real deep book and wanted something a bit more easy going. Only 25 reviews, but I thought what the heck, I will get it. What a gem!!!
    You will love Anna and Claire and all the characters. You will laugh and you will get sad, but such a different, fun and diverse story. It is an easy read, it will make you want to listen to all of it at the time (which I did) excellent commuter book! The narration is hilarious and spot on. Please get it if you are in the mood for something a bit more light and different. You love chocolate, don't you?
    You will love this book!
    If you like my review, please vote.
    thanks,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gail Honeyman
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13108)
    Performance
    (12245)
    Story
    (12200)

    Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

    Janna says: "Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME"
    "Sweet story"
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    I got the book because of the great reviews. Somehow Eleanor reminded me a bit of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, but then it all summed up to the reason most of us act differently, we all want to be loved. The story is well written and the ending is sweet. A good commuter book.
    Narration was ok.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Liv Constantine
    • Narrated By Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (3448)
    Story
    (3437)

    Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

    CMiles1985 says: "The house of lies!"
    "I had to think about my review"
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    I finished the whole book, as Audible is getting a bit frustrated at me for returning my books too often, so this is always good. The story itself sounds promising. I found myself getting frustrated with Daphne. OK, so if one of my girl friends were over at our house all the time and my husband were like the one in the book, I would not be able to get away with that. Even if my husband who is not like that, it would be too much of having a "third" person there all the time.

    Who has their girlfriends over at major family functions or vacations all the time? Right? Not that many people, so that got on my nerves.

    In the middle of the book, Daphne tells her side of the story, but again, it was not fully developed by the author. The "bad" girl Amber, has just fallen victim to "DO NOT COVET"rule and is unrealistically burdened and hateful. The author never really explains why Amber chooses Daphne and Jackson. So that bugged me as well. Then the ending... well that was a fast wrap-up with no crescendo built-up. This book could have been written with much more agony and exiting development. The sex - gosh... well it was just disturbing. Would I recommend the book - maybe if you are not mad at me after you read it, and get if for free at the library. Narration was ok.
    Thank you for reading my review, if you liked, please vote for it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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