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mary

VENTURA, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (575)

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
    "bad"
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    Not only was the story cheesey-bad, the narration was even worse. One of the worst books I have ever bought. I could not even finish it, so by the 4th hour I just hit fast forward until I got to the last few minutes and that was that.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2089)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "what a book!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue to do so.


    What about Zach Appelman’s performance did you like?

    I was not too impressed at first, but he turned out to be fantastic


    Who was the most memorable character of All the Light We Cannot See and why?

    They were all so good. I didn't want the book to end. It was wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1029)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Who really wrote this?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would not suggest it to anyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Of course! I love his books, but this was as bad as Joyland. So he was a little off. I guess I was hoping for something like Dr Sleep.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded flat. Which made the character even more so. He could not deliver on the one liners that make you laugh out loud. But I think there weren't many to begin with.


    What character would you cut from Revival?

    Start over.


    Any additional comments?

    I may turn this in for a credit too. It was that bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1469)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "blah blah blah"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Barbara Kingsolver?

    I have and loved them.


    Has Flight Behavior turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really my genre. But I usually enjoy her books. I was shocked at how bad this book was.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her accent seemed to make the people sound simple minded, when they weren't.


    Any additional comments?

    She rambled sooooo long on stuff I had to fast forward. I dreaded listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evil at Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Here Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong. They've entered a detente of sorts: Archie agrees not to kill himself if she agrees not to kill anyone else. But suddenly there's something else to contend with that might be worse - a zealous fan of Gretchen's, paying homage to the Beauty Killer by luring Archie and reporter Susan Ward to the scene of a grisly murder.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Average novel with irritating music thru-out"
    "what was that"
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    Performance
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    This was not up to par with her last two books. The characters were so empty, they did not grab you. With the prior books, you really felt Archie's tension, pain, lust, and fear. He was too dull this time around. Very disappointed because I had been so excited to read the third installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23688)
    Performance
    (10273)
    Story
    (10355)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "3 and a half stars"
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    Performance
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    I liked the second half much better. The first half dragged on and I was so tempted to keep fast forwarding, but you needed to know all the characters. The subject matter was pretty boring until they got into the creepy stuff, then it took off. Narration was good, except the voice he did for Erika Berger sounded just like Mr Burns on the Simpsons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jayne Atkinson
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

    C. Hutchinson says: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NO UNABRIDGED VERSION?"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
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    Everything about this book was good. I am glad I listened to it because the narration was perfect. You cannot go wrong with JCO.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "no surprises"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was just what I expected and wanted in a book. Narration was good, story was good, and all was delivered nicely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drop Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    Tennis has been very good to sports agent Myron Bolitar. He represents two of the hottest young stars in the game. But when his female player is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and his male player becomes the prime suspect, Myron's got a whole new match to win. His investigation leads to an old murder, the mob, a crooked senator, a jealous mother, and someone who's determined to shut down his search for good.

    Jim says: "Funny, Intriguing, and Engaging"
    "i liked it"
    Overall
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    When I first started this book, I did not think I would like it. The tennis thing was weird, since I have no interest in it. The story took off though. I laughed out loud in several places and I really liked the dry voice of the narrator, he added to the story. I am going to continue listening to this series as opposed to reading the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prior Bad Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    mary says: "maybe a 3 1/2"
    "maybe a 3 1/2"
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    This was a good book. I liked the main characters and their bantering back and forth. The story and the twists were good too. The narrator was too breathy when the characters were stressed. I don't remember him being this noticable in other readings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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