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Martie

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2006

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  • 11 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 284 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • When the Bough Breaks: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (267)

    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.

    Leigh says: "Enjoyable...."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Mercedes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who's haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular - the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again.

    Martie says: "Brilliant!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Story
    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 (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (568)

    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.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Save your credit"
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    Performance
    Story

    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 1 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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"
    Overall
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10931)
    Performance
    (9920)
    Story
    (9942)

    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.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Story

    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
    (354)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    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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    Story

    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
  • Holiday in Death: In Death, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (836)

    No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lt. Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.

    Sylvia says: "Awesome!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    JD Robb can write, so I can't understand why she wants to use "gimmicks" (to attract more readers?) The constant sex scenes between Eve and Rourke is totally unmotivated and frankly wastes time we could have heard more about the case - which is why I was listening to the book in the first place.

    Maybe she should write her own Fifty Shades to get it out of her system and I'll be the first to buy that book.

    Also, I'd like to know why Susan Ericksen makes Eve sound so aggressive and constantly irritated? A woman can be strong without being full of issues - which is the way she sounds.

    The story is solid and interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

    Peter says: "i failed.. twas a relief"
    "Pity that Jon Ronson wants to read his own book."
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    The information is interesting, but Jon Ronson should have left the reading to an expert. He makes it very difficult to listen to the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7362)
    Performance
    (6411)
    Story
    (6399)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Excellent read/listen."
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    Kept me glued to my seat. The story moves at a steady pace and never becomes predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Bloom
    • Narrated By Lisa Bloom
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Lisa Bloom fears that women are in danger of spiraling into a nation of dumbed-down, tabloid-media-obsessed, reality TV addicts. Too often, they outsource matters to "experts" and in doing so neglect to truly think for themselves. But she has the solution and it involves one simple word: Think.

    Kerri Hynes says: "Very Informative!!!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
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    Story

    Lisa is passionate about the topic and it shows. It's wonderful to hear an intelligent woman talk about a very important issue. It's sad how the world has been dumbed down and how celeb gossip is the most important issue in most women's lives.

    This is a woman after my own heart. I'm definitely giving this to my teenaged daughter to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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