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MARYANNE

EDEN, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 802 titles in library
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  • Lover at Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1474)

    Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

    C. Mendez says: "When it was good, it was very, very good..."
    "I WRITE REVIEWS NEVER....AMAZING...JUST BREATHE"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The people I know that like paranormal romance, although this is so much more, will love the series and this book. The reason I love this book is watching the relationships develop over many books, not to say that the fast interaction is not awesome. This is about a male/male relationship which may scare some people, but start at the beginning and you are waiting for the wrap up of this relationship. With that said, it was well written and I loved their love. Amazing. I was worried about how this would be handled. I should not have given it a thought.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Blay. Always did. He is gentle but hard. Willing to go with it but hating it....knowing it should be different..giving what he can, taking what he can but honest about it for the most part. Quinn makes you sad at every freaking turn as hard as he tries.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Blay and Quinn are in a bar, the honesty....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did shed tears.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be hard to pick this book up and feel the pain, passion and connection. The series is one that keeps you going. I am so anxious for the main attraction the first time I listen, I sometimes miss the subtle introductions, which are many. This writer keeps you going. Characters are amazing and well developed. When a new book comes out I feel like I am visiting my good friends ;0)...with tons of drama.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7055)
    Performance
    (4979)
    Story
    (4962)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "How much can one person comprehend?"
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    This is the first in the Jack Reacher series and it has to tell you a lot of stuff so the series will unfold properly. This book is full of heart ache, attraction, double back stabbing, general back stabbing and all around shenanigans resulting in a town that has gone far south of legal. Our hero happens into the mayhem and saves the day. Love these books and the not so lovable ex-military hero. Pick these books up as you like. They can stand alone and sometimes do better out of order.

    0 of 0 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
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1340)

    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!"
    "Nice Light Time Waster"
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    I like Molly Harper. I liked this book. Anyone in the Tourism industry will relate to the projects, etc. A romance formula that works. Nothing new or startling, just an enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4457)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2611)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Familiar and Distressing"
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    War stories are so distressing. This one is no different. The Vietnam War is well known and this book is familiar. The main character is ambitious. He thinks he knows what he wants within the confines of the Marine situation he is thrown in to. Through the entire I book I couldn't help wondering what he would have accomplished during this time had he not been a solider. His Company was filled with teenagers. Children following orders from others not much older then themselves in deplorable conditions with no help on the way. Dire circumstances become just a way of life. The author shocks you with bold descriptions and painting some truly gruesome pictures. Following our unlikely hero throughout this book was a pleasure despite the subject matter and by the end of the book I just wanted to give him a huge hug for correcting his course and becoming a better man. Only down side, I felt like this book really didn't end and I wanted resolution for my now affectionately viewed hero. I believe that Bronson Pinchot did an incredible job performing this book. I can see myself trying new authors solely because he would be the Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (740)

    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.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "You say you want conspiracy?"
    Overall
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    Meltzer delivers a great political conspiracy novel here with a little romance, a little back stabbing, a few crazy people and someone has something to hide type characters that come to life. The hero of this book is unlikely, the villain is somewhat predictable but the way the bit players come in and out of the story is great. I didn't really have the solution to this and the twists made the rethinking of the characters actions fun. A solid entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2052)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "I bought it!"
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    I liked this book. I followed along the lines the author wanted me to, well defined and directing. The story is believable and creepy and you can't help but be caught up in it. I had no idea where I was going in the story and was surprised by the conclusion. A solid listen and great effort by this author. I'm expecting to read more by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1672)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Smart..very smart"
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    I did not start this series where I should have and it seemed to me that my favorite FBI agent did not play as big a role as I would hope in this book. On reflection, this has been the way these books develop. Pendegrast slinks into the story and captivates you while he is in the book. The characters are awesome and easy to follow while our FBI lead is a mystery. This book scared the be-Jesus out of me and it will scare you too if you follow through on their thinking.....good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1963)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "No, No, No"
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    I so did not want my "who" to really be the who done it. I wanted this to be a better ending book. Alas, in the steps of Gone Girl, I was to be disappointed. Liked the book. Really liked the book but came away at the end a little deflated. It is not a bad thing for a book to take you on a ride so you actually care. I cared...sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (535)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "So you think your life is out of control...."
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    I think this author is climbing up my "go to" author list. The characters in this book are forced to behave out of their comfort zones to walk the paths that eventually lead to the answers they are seeking and I think they were wishing they had given up their answers long ago. The main character has a secret. By mid book I knew the secret. . Turns out so did the person he had been hiding it from. The clues given absolutely add up to the conclusion but could be seen from a different angle and throw you off track. While I thought I knew the who and why of it, I was not spot on and understood I had matched the clues in such a way as to be right on my analysis. Totally enjoyed this book.

    I gave the performance a three because although the narration did seem to fit our main character, he seemed almost bored in places that could have used a little more emotion. He was not annoying however and his character voices were believable and appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (710)

    Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything - including their women. When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him - and excites him beyond control. Jace isn’t sharing Bethany - with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash.

    Leesa says: "Modern day Cinderella story with a touch of BDSM"
    "Rags to Riches, Again!"
    Overall
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    There is nothing new or spectacular about this story line, the characters, their situations and relationships. It is a solid effort by Maya Banks and what you would expect from this author in writing style, plot line and conclusion. If you like Banks, you'll like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (426)

    Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY"
    "Loved this storyline!"
    Overall
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    This was a great story line. It grabbed me from the first chapter and delivered throughout the book. The characters were a delight. Great fun to learn about this new race, the world they lived in and the rules they lived by which were unique. The love story developed in a believable way with just enough angst so not to be annoying. The interaction between the characters given this new world and its rules were captivating. Although this follows the romance genre formula it was just different enough to make you believe it was not the typical romance genre formula. Despite all of the above, the plot was predictable, but like you would wish for an old friend, I was happy to see things work out as I had hoped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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