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Marilyn Horan

NYC | Member Since 2003

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  • 8 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 293 titles in library
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  • A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

    Joanne says: "Great character, great narrator"
    "Waterfall of Words, Paucity of Plot"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine who would enjoy this.


    What could Timothy Hallinan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get to the story and stop distracting the reader with verbal gymnastics.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Victor Bevine’s performances?

    Yes. No real problem with him.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel a bit misled by Audible. This book was recommended to me by Audible because I read many (all right, all) of James Lee Burke's books and loved them. This author is nothing like JL Burke. I think I am going to "return" the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Graves: An Inspector Banks Novel #8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    The worst that can possibly happen... has. A beautiful child is dead - defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred.

    Snoodely says: "Falsely Accused!"
    "Disappointed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has lots of time on her hands and who likes slow unexciting mysteries.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Waiting for the next Lee Child or James Lee Burke book. Maybe I'll try Silva? De Silva? I am looking for an intelligent writer with strong characters and challenging story lines.


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

    Never heard him before, but his performance was great.


    What character would you cut from Innocent Graves?

    None or all. All bland people.


    Any additional comments?

    Inspector Banks was not a colorful character with none of the expected characteristics of the lead investigator. Maybe that's why readers like him--low key and not a big heroic type. The book was boring. The only reason I finished it was that I was on a 1200 mile drive from Florida to NY, but I often lost track of who was saying what or where the story was going. Also the young girl murdered did not engender sympathy in me. She, too, was colorless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1710)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1502)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Violence Porn"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, with reservations. I did like the character of Lucas Davenport (although he is neither Jack Reacher nor Dave Robicheau). This is the first time I have read a book by the Sandford. I am looking for a new author to follow because I have read all of Lee Child and James Lee Burke. I will give Sandford another try, and hope the next book won't be as violent as this one was.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The least interesting aspect was the author's tellling the story of Del in Texas. Truthfully, it was like an unformed twin growing on its brother's body. What the heck was the point of that?


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

    He is a great narrator.


    Did Field of Prey inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Watch out for psychos.


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions of a certain woman being beaten was really unbearable. I had to fast forward through the gruesome and oft repeated descriptions of this woman being beaten and raped--her teeth, nose, and bones broken--made me sick. I seriously felt nauseated. It was like violence porn. I'll give another of his books a try, but if it details such abuse of women I won't be able to finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

    DAS says: "Great Story - WRONG Narrator"
    "Not a narrator, but a reader."
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Nick Sullivan?

    James Lee Burke definitely. Nick Sullivan---NEVER. Sorry Nick Sullivan, but you're up against Will Patton who OWNS the Dave Robicheaux narration franchise.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Will Patton had done it.


    Did Purple Cane Road inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, never read another Dave R book narrated by Nick Sullivan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5121)
    Performance
    (4720)
    Story
    (4729)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Good story goes bad"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like fantasy and who can put up with time travel and such nonsense. People who liked "The Time Traveler's Wife" would like it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the same as the author and it seemed prideful of him to do his own narration. An outside narrator could have found more nuance in the reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

    The part in which we hear that the protagonist has already returned to the house several times. Huh? Also, the lady in the sky coming to take him. Also, the circle, etc. Silly.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't distinguish among the grandmother, mother, and daughter. The author not only wrote the book and narrated it, but then told us how so many of his friends made suggestions. I wish they had suggested a coherent story.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (975)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "21 hours?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fewer words. Seriously wordy and deliberately obfuscating.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

    I couldn't follow who was who. Too many settings. Too much beating around the bush.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole


    What character would you cut from The Leopard?

    Bellman, unless he's the murderer. I don't think I'll ever find out because getting back into this book is like swimming in alphabet soup. Words, words everywhere, but not a drop to really drink.


    Any additional comments?

    Can somebody explain who the murderer was and what his/her motivation was?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (943)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Story+Performance=Great Book"
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    Would you listen to The Round House again? Why?

    I was transported to the Rez, to the inner circle of the four teenage boys. I could smell the grass and feel the rain and taste the Rez steak sandwiches. This book surprised me time and again. It is basically a serious story, but just when you think it's bleak, Joe and his friends, speaking colloquially, make you laugh with their expressions, their sense of wonder at the world of drinking, sex, religion, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe. This kid is great. He is a well-rounded character--is intelligent, ok looking, somewhat athletic, loyal to his friends and his parents.


    Which character – as performed by Gary Farmer – was your favorite?

    All of them. Gary Farmer was my personal Indian guide into this world. His cadence was weird, just weird enough to sound somewhat foreign, but not "Me no speakum English" kind of nonsense.


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

    When the neighbor woman came to visit Joe's mother. I was so hoping that she would regain her strength.

    The scene of the priest chasing Cappy was hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not expect to enjoy this book but chose it because it had recently been mentioned. I am glad I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5197)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3156)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Harry Bosch is no Jack Reacher"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe the abridged version


    Has The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, only from this author. I had high hopes for it.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is great. He did his best to make this tedious book, with a weak plot and colorless characters, good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    All of the names of the highways, streets, intersections. God Almighty! Why do I need to know the car was stopped at Wilshire, made a turn on CIenga......It sounds like the Californians on Saturday Night Live who keep telling everyone the name of every street they took to get anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I need to know if the books get better before I buy the latest one by Michael Connelly because if it's as boring as this one I won't go near it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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