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Mara

I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.

EUREKA, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Judgment Call: Joanna Brady Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (141)

    When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

    Jean says: "Joanna Brady is back"
    "Love Having Joanna back."
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    I am just now listening to JUDGMENT CALL. Ms. Jance never writes another Joanna Brady book for me fast enough. I read DESERT HEAT a few years after I became a widow, and I have been following Joanna ever since.

    This book is much better than FIRE and ICE, Yes, it was a Joanna Brady book with J P Beaumont. I didn't think it was up to par to the way I like to think a Joanna Brady book should be. Though life is full of changes, I wish that Frank Montoya was still with Joanna as her second in command. It's like catching up with the family.

    As for the narrator, I personally wouldn't have picked Hillary Huber either. Her voice is a bit grating, but she is better than a few of the narrators I truly dislike and becuse of them, I will not listen to a book by a favorite author because of the narrator. There are many better narrators. Susan Ericksen would be my top pick, but she can't do all of the books we like to listen too.

    Cassandra Campbell, Carrington McDuffie, Katherine Kellergen, Kate Reading, Susie Breck, and Barbara Rosenblatt are few of the narrators that come to my mind. I am sure there are a few others that I can't think of right now.

    The problem is, it's not up to to the author or us who reads the books, it's up to the publishers. The fine ladies I just mentioned, may not be able to do it, or the publisher and recording companies do not want to put out the big bucks.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Low Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, best-selling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact....

    Eclectic Reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Hadn't Listened to a Sandra Brown Story in A While"
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    I hadn't listened to a Sandra Brown book in a while. It was an okay book. It had all of the stuff that we ROMANCE READERS love, I wasn't crazy about Stephen Lang being the narrator.,

    He sounded a bit old for the book. The male voice were alright, but the female voice could have been better.

    I like Victor Slezak as the narrator for her books, so I guess that hearing a different narrator just didn't do for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (653)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Very Good Narration!!!"
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    Kate Reading did a wonderful job in narrating this book. She could read the PHONE BOOK from cover to cover and I sit there and listen to her. In my book of female narrators, Ms. Reading is right next to Susan Ericksen in the #1 spot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale Legacy: Legacy Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Monica Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    On the eve of her 19th birthday, the vivacious Caroline Derwent-Jones looks forward to being free of her oafish guardian, Mr. Ffalkes. But Mr. Ffalkes has other plans for Caroline and her inheritance, so Caroline must escape. In her flight, Caroline encounters Lord Chilton of Mount Hawke, Frederic North Nightingale, and finds herself tangled in mystery and romance.

    Denise says: "Catherine Coulter is great"
    "STORY OKAY! NOT CRAZY ABOUT NARRATOR!"
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    Overall the story was great. I am big Catherine Coulter fan. Loved the Wyndham Legacy trilogy when I read the hardcover books some years ago. I am also a very big SHERBROOKE series fan also.

    I will not say the book was awful, but I do not think that the narrator was right for this book. I wish the publishers who decided to put this into audio format would have used Kate Reading, Rosalind Landor, or Anne Flosnik.(though I am not always crazy about her.) They are my top narrators for the Regency era books.

    The narrator wasn't awful, but I think she would slip once in a while and forget to use he accent. She also sounded as though she were in some kind race and had to finish it quickly. She was a bit to jaunty, and just sounded a bit too modern and American for the Regency Period love stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With This Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    With 22 million of her books in print, and 12 consecutive New York Times best-sellers to her credit, Amanda Quick is a phenomenally popular author of historical romances. With This Ring, set in Regency England, sends a beautiful, headstrong woman on a perilous quest for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite. To recover her family’s meager fortunes, Beatrice Poole must locate the antiquities stolen from her favorite uncle shortly before his highly suspicious death.

    CAROLYN says: "Good ..... but not great!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    Since Barbara Rosenblat, one of my favorite narrators was narrating the book, Leo and Beatrice reminded me of Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson (Crocodile on the Sandbank, etc.).

    I really enjoy listening to this book and getting a good chuckle of how Leo and Beatrice interacted with each other. It is also one of my favorite books by Amanda Quick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Zan says: "The Characters Have Character"
    "We all Grieve and Heal at out own pace"
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    Where does How to Talk to a Widower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of my favorites and and reminds of how much people do not understand how widows and widower's are misunderstood when they are in the grieving process after their spouse or partner have died.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to a Widower?

    I really can't remember. It's been a while since I listened to the book. I think it maybe it was in how Doug's Step-son's father really didn't want the boy in his life and wanted to move away from him as far as possible.

    I got the sense the only one who cared about the Step-son was Doug.


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

    Putting into words what it feels like in losing a spouse/partner.


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

    My opinion would be not turn into a film. Something is lost in translation of what the author is trying to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't think of any.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (932)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Nora at her Best! Needed different Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this in book form years ago, and when I became an Audible member I got one of favorite Nora Roberts' book in audio book form. I would probably recommend it in book form. The narrator sounds like he's announcing a horse race and is trying to get the race announced as fast as possible.


    What other book might you compare Born in Fire to and why?

    I can't think of any at the moment. I had to pick one would the books in Jewels of Sun series by Nora Roberts


    What three words best describe Fiacre Douglas’s performance?

    Good Irish accent. Other than that I didn't like his narration. I'm sure he's a good narrator for the Irish audience, but for us Americans they could have chosen a different narrator. One that put more emotion into what he was reading, rather than reading as though he's at a horse race, and has to get through it as fast as possible. But he's better than many of the readers who narrate Nora's books. I wish Susie Breck or Susan Ericksen could narrate her books, but it's only a dream


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

    Not really. I forgot about Rogan's friend Patricia and Joseph's love story. It really got me how angry Maggie's mother was at the loss of her singing career. She would not give an inch to either of her daughters, especially Maggie. She may have been easier on Brianna, but not by much. I am seeing that in BORN IN ICE.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story. Loved Maggie and Rogan. Rogan sort of remind of Roarke. Maggie may not be as physically fit as Eve, but she sure has as much spit fire in her as Eve.

    I need to remember that it is not the author's choice in who reads their books, it's up to the publisher which I think is a very poor idea. Both publisher and author should decide as to who narrates the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1487)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "WONDERFUL AS ALWAYS"
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    What can I say--WONDERFUL AS ALWAYS! With each book Eve grows bit more into who she is to become. Susan Ericksen is the best when it comes to narrating this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Summer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end— and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet. On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

    Aun Aprendiendo says: "Disappointing"
    "Narrator Sounds a Bit Jaunty"
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    I am just now listening to this audiobook, and after reading the opinions of the other listeners of this audiobook and I have to agree with them that after listening to listening to Timothy Dalton read the first 2 Quirke books, I wish they would have let Mr. Dalton do the narration rather than John Keating do it.

    I'm sure that Mr. Keating is a good narrator for different type of Irish books, but to me he sounds a bit to jaunty for Quirke. It needs the moodiness of Mr. Dalton's voice to make Quirke sound more believable and moody as it was portrayed in the first two books.

    Hopefully Mr. Dalton will be asked to narrate the next "Quirke" book.

    2 of 2 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
    (7392)
    Performance
    (6439)
    Story
    (6427)

    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"
    "Back story too long."
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    Sure and hear things I didn't hear the first time.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Can't think of one at this moment.


    Did Julia Whelan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Thought that Ms. Whelan sounds a bit young and makes Abigail or Liz sound very young when she moves to Arkansas. Other than that she does a good job. Wish you would have had Suzie Breck do the book. She read Nora's BLUE DAHLIA series some years ago and she did a wonderful job.


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

    I haven't totally finished the book, but Nora always has very good timing in making me laugh, feel sad, or want to crawl into the book and rip the evil person apart as I do when I read her JD ROBB series.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoying it very much so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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