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MARYANNE

EDEN, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (1467)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1360)

    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....

    bluebelle says: "LOVER AT LAST!"
    "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
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (255)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "More Time Travel Please!"
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    This books premise was very cool. I love time travel stories and this one was great as far as that went in this book. I was not thrilled about the religious lecturing about Christ throughout the book, however, if you had to pick something that you didn't think happened to travel to in time, the resurrection of Christ is huge. Setting aside all of the religious stuff, the book is solid on time travel principles making it very enjoyable from the standpoint. I gave it a three overall because I found myself zoning out as the characters interacted with Christ...sad but true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (318)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Story is Developing Wonderfully!"
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    As the second book, Wayward Pines picks up seamlessly where Pines leaves off. The main character's angst continues as he tries to figure whose side he's on. The betrayal element is huge in this book and all those that were hinted at in the first book come of age. The big reveal is given to the people in Pines and the ending leaves you holding your breath. I cared about the characters, love the hints of things to come and saw that a major plot line in the third book was developing in stand alone chapters throughout this book just as Crouch did in the first book leading to the second. Great Formula.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (316)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Marci says: "It was good, not great"
    "A Great Zombie Read"
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    This book stands out from all other zombie reads on so many different levels! Adjectives that come to mind are gripping, thrilling, gruesome, creepy along with unique, compelling, heart-wrenching and surprising. The story is well developed along with the characters as the author skillfully leads you to the unexpected conclusion. The pop culture references were wonderful. If you like zombie books, this is a must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (297)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Nice Little Mystery!"
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    This was plain fun! The premise is an old standby but it is wonderfully done. The characters come to life in full color. No lessons to be learned here, no moral to the story really, just a merry band of criminals going about the business of being criminals. Completely enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Sherry says: "Delightful Tale for Charlaine Harris Fans"
    "Delightful!"
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    I like the writing style of this author and the way she weaves her tales within tales. I enjoyed being introduced to a new cast of characters in what is to be a new series for Harris. Almost all the names of this cast are somewhat ridiculous but I love the premise of an almost nothing town full of unusual people with something to hide. The mystery was not a slam dunk to figure out. While this book centered around one characters story, I am anticipating the stories of the other characters as we move along in the series should all be fun! I did not go into this book thinking of the Sookie Stackhouse series and neither should you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (453)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "What a nighmare!"
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    I just finished this book for the second time. This book has the feel of "50 First Dates" without any humor. It is scary, it moves you to tears at times, it is terrifying in its premise and you might think you know what is going on until the proverbial wrench is thrown into your logical conclusions. Because of how it is written I found myself getting somewhat lost in the timeline but it really didn't matter as the author brings you back around to where you need to be. I liked this book and will probably give it a third look on down the line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1414)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Take another look, and another"
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    Loved this book. Never saw the solution coming. Loved the suspense leading up to the solution. Loved the characters. Loved the situation. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (904)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Its about so much more"
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    Wow. Broke my heart, filled my heart. Story of a refuge that takes in elephants labeled rogue. But really, it's about a man, his love for African wildlife and living in the bush. It's about the politics, it's about the economy, it's about love, it's about death...fascinating and riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (720)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Who doesn't like a good zombie story?"
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    This plays out a lot like the movie Traffic, hence the name. A great zombie book. Character development is swift. Its a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1024)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "It is The King after all...."
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    Meh. I expected more considering we are re-visiting these two characters. I found the side stories (soon to be their own novels I think) more interesting. Kind of a let down, and I love this series. It just didn't have any powerful anything about Wrath. I didn't get any big revelation or any "ah ha" moments. Hoping the next book, should there be one, even if it is considered a spin off series, is more than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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