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Martie

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2006

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  • 15 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 226 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2018
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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Rachel says: "Best use of a credit"
    "Fascinating!"
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    Bryson has a way of telling his story like you're chatting over a glass of red wine. All the facts are really interesting and you get a great variety of different pieces of history in one book.

    It's not often that you get a writer that can actually read too, so I have to say; well done!
    I'm off to find another Bryson book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149455)
    Performance
    (137914)
    Story
    (137780)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "Amazing"
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    At first I was a little apprehensive about a whole book on a guy trying to survive on Mars. I mean, what could he do that would be so interesting?

    I was totally bowled over. This must be the best book that I've "read" this year. It was superbly written, with a nice touch of humour and I actually had goosebumps at the end.

    The narrater did a great job, too. I will definitely look out for more books read by him. I'm sure he will make even a mediocre book shine.

    If you're undecided - don't be! Spend that credit on this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1263)

    Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

    Claudia says: "Fantastic"
    "Starts off slow, then doesn't let go."
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    Started off very slow, but I just had to hear the end.
    Interesting batch of women!
    Very slow at times, but all in all a very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Rob Wright
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (191)

    When washed-up priest Angela Murs and skittish ghost hunter Tim Golding are summoned to a vast country manor to help a sick little boy, they have no idea what to expect. While it's clear that young Sammie is a very disturbed child, there's surely no way he could have been behind the recent spate of accidents or the death of his father. The child is dirty, malnourished, and perhaps the victim of a negligent mother, but as Angela and Tim's investigations take them deeper into the mystery, they realize there is much more going on than they ever could have imagined.

    zoe says: "SAM"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    This book managed to keep my attention (and that says a lot). It was not just the story that was artfully written, but also the presentation of it that was top class.
    With a thrilling twist in the tail....
    Definately worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Mercedes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

    helen says: "LOVED IT"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr Mercedes the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is a great writer and understands all the ways to keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, Will Paton is a great storyteller. This is win-win combination.


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

    Absolutely. I think it's just the way the story was written and read. The pace is just right and it never lets up. My mind usually wanders when listening to books or I can't wait for the book to end so that I can listen to a new one, but this never happened while listening to Mr Mercedes and it's quite a long book.


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

    No, but I'll definately look out for other books written by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The chase is on!


    Any additional comments?

    Credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1643)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Save your credit"
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    Why the writer was allowed to read his own book is beyond me. He rambles on about what - I'm not sure. Maybe if a professional read it, it would have made sense or sounded interesting.

    This is the second book I couldn't finish and have now deleted it. Wish I could get my credit back.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (685)

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    Madeleine says: "Mixed feelings."
    "Entertaining"
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    I've been a big fan of Kellerman's for a while and have read all of his books except this one, which is the first in the series about Alex and Milo. This is not his best work, but very entertaining - once you get over the idea that an ordinary psychologist can suddenly turn into a ruthless and tough PI (with more luck than anyone could hope for). Although the story deals with gruesome subject matter, I really enjoyed the story.

    The narrator must be one of the best I’ve heard thus far and does an excellent job.

    Definitely worth a credit if you are not too sensitive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Make Your Brain Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Amy Brann
    • Narrated By Merilyn Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Everyone wants to be more effective at work and to get maximum impact from minimum effort. Make Your Brain Work shows you how to do this, using the latest insights from neuroscience about how our mind works and what really makes us tick. Author Amy Brann is an expert in brain science, but you don't have to be: she has distilled the key findings you need into non-technical, practical guidance.

    Martie says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
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    I thought this would be a very interesting book. I am now halfway with the book, but if you should ask me what I've learnt thus far (or even heard thus far), I have no idea. It could be because of the narrator which is COMPLETELY wrong for the book and the subject matter.

    Merilyn Harris would be great for a mystery novel a la Ruth Rendell or something like Murder She Wrote, but NOT for this. She reads it like it's a mystery and I just can't take her seriously. I have a good mind and go onto my next book - and I don't think I'd even wonder what the rest of the book is about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34803)
    Performance
    (32216)
    Story
    (32229)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't Get Killed By This Place"
    "Brilliant"
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    Wow! Why haven't I heard about Peter Clines before? This book is brilliantly written. The suspense never lets up, the story is fast-paced and talk about twists!

    As for the narrator... I so wish he could read all the books on Audible. I have stopped listening to books before because of the narrator, but Ray Porter reads like it’s his story that he’s telling and he’s very passionate about it. Without a doubt the best narrator I have heard in the seven years I have been with Audible.

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1746)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Highly recommended"
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    The build-up of the story is great, but the end is rather disappointing. I was waiting for a twist in the tale, which never came, and it ended rather abruptly.

    Having said that - I was glued to my iPod throughout the story. Bernadette Dunne's narration is wonderful. She does not allow your attention to wander. She has different voices for all the characters and she doesn't lose them. Even the men sound like men.

    Well, worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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