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Marilyn

Phoenix, MD, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 622 titles in library
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  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A's in 1971, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits. He moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, police suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz.

    BigGnBigD says: "Better Than His Great Fiction"
    "Only fair"
    Overall

    I usually like everything that Grisham does. But I think his 1st foray into the world of non-fiction was not good. This book read more like a newspaper article than a book...all dates and locations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Pick

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Carolyn Haines
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Quentin McGee, author of a sensational exposé, has been murdered, and her lover, Allison, is charged with the crime. Sarah is hired to find the real culprit, but the investigation won't be easy. Quentin had so many enemies, including her own family and all those rich, powerful people mentioned in her book. As scandal brews, the suspect list continues to grow, and Sarah fears that the killer isn't finished yet.

    Allison says: "Fun and light"
    "great fun"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely. The main characters were fun. The rhetoric reminded me of how some of my girlfriends and I talk. The story line was good albeit a bit predictable. Worth the time to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5112)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1345)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "outstanding"
    Overall

    Mesmerizing. I couldn't stop listening. It was a wonderful listen but very disconcerting to know that these types of abuse toward women exist. You feel as those you know the characters because the author describes them so beautifully. Every injustice and every blow, I felt personally. First the Kite Runner and now this. Hosseini has captured lightning in a bottle twice now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body Surfing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Lolita Davidovich
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has answered an ad to tutor the daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend the summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards' two grown sons arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt for herself is threatened.

    glamazon says: "Boring? Not!"
    "A very good listen"
    Overall

    Rather predictable but enjoyable. Interesting characters and the prose is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (455)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Fair at best"
    Overall

    The story was fair. The narration was poor. I thought the story had potential but was disappointed. Just when I thought the story was about to get really good, the author took a turn taking it to a very mundane place. I did listen to the entire book. I have great endurance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (84)

    Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

    Denis says: "Disaster is right!"
    "Dreadful"
    Overall

    I've never had to stop listening to a book until this. Even if I'm not totally engaged, I can usually find some redeeming qualities. This, however has none. I can't quite decide which was worse; the writing or the narration. Do yourself a favor and save your time and money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1046)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "I enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. Smithson is a hapless character who while not very bright, has some endearing characteristics. The author does an excellent job of characterization and you can't help but empathize with Smithy and his family as they watch their hopes for Bethany fade.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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