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Marilyn S. Hope

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New Mexico | Member Since 2009

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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7321)
    Performance
    (6379)
    Story
    (6364)

    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"
    "A Good Story, One of Nora Roberts' Best."
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    What did you love best about The Witness?

    There were enough twists and turns in this story to keep it interesting moving right along. A very good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    One of the most memorable moments in the story was when Eliz was 'shot' after testifying at the trial near the end of the story.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Julia does a really good job with the reading of the story. She has just the right 'stuff' when she reads it.


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

    The most moving portion of the story was the cold way Eliz's mom conceived her and was rearing her. I enjoyed Eliz's character and her 'grit' when she came face to face with some pretty horrific events and was able to move on to what she wanted to do with her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Roberts has been improving with her story development for several years. She really has become an excellent story teller. Her character development has improved as much as has her twists and turns in her stories. Good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Named Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Kincaid
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (455)

    Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

    Gary L. Parks says: "If you love dogs, Christmas and Wisdom..."
    "What a Joyful book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I have only heard the audio version and cannot believe it could be made better


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being a dog lover, I loved the way that 'Christmas' helped to heal the wounded heart of the dad. He had 'bad luck' with dogs in the past, but it took the special love and understanding of 'Christmas' to heal and nourish the soul, as dogs tend to do.


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

    His voice was loving and caring in just the right places


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

    Oddly enough I felt that Mary Ann, mother of her special needs son as well as wife had that special knowledge to work with both men and let the story play out. She knew when to keep quite and let her husband work through his demons with his boyhood dog and the one in Viet Nam.


    Any additional comments?

    I love dog stories and this one is loving and positive in the best ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9905)
    Performance
    (8837)
    Story
    (8814)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "If you like fantasy, you will love this book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, more like the game of Dungeons and Dragons


    Would you recommend Hounded to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this to someone who likes fantasy books. I reminded me in the old game of Dungeons and Dragons. Not what I like to read or listen to.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

    dull, duller and dullest


    Do you think Hounded needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For me this was enough


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this kind of story you might like this, but not me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2086)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Jack Reacher does it again!"
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    Would you listen to Never Go Back again? Why?

    Yes, there is a lot of thing going on and it moves pretty fast as all of his adventures do.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were so many twists and turns that you really have to listen to catch all of them.


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

    Really nothing. I don't like his voice or intonations.


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

    The plot amazed me as always, Lee Child must do a lot of research for his books. I am always amazed at some point during the book 'how on earth is Jack going to get out of this?' But he always does. This is only one of the reasons I like this series so much,


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that there are many more Jack Reacher books coming. So many plots and so many solutions.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9931)
    Performance
    (9001)
    Story
    (9076)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Very interesting bioethical issues!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    i use the audio versions while driving so I enjoy it better.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, Dan Brown writes so well and the action is so non stop that it is hard to stop as the story progresses. The plot was very good, having spent time in Florence, I could visually see the places in my mind. Then the other locations were so well described that it was very enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    The heroine was very real to life and a very dynamic character.


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

    Yes, when the heroine stopped the boat and came back to tell Langdon of her complete involvement in the entire story with the virus,


    Any additional comments?

    The Bioethical issues in this book were intriguing and are on the front burner to many people. Good job discussing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (983)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Not what you are expecting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 to be better than the print version?

    I have only heard the audio version, have not read the printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loose ends were tied up from previous books. Laying the ground for future books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard M. Davidson’s performances?

    Dont think so. Harry's voice makes him sound like a gangster, not an ole' seasoned policeman.


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

    I was surprised at the beginning of the book and had to double check that it was a Harry Bosch book. However, I did enjoy the book. You just have to get into it for a few chapters to figure how the book is going.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the Harry Boush book that you expect. The focus of the book, former FBI agent McCalab, is the real star in this book. Harry is a secondary part of the book. McCalab is from another of the series where he has received a heart and discovers people who murder for organs for transplant.

    However, I feel this is one of those 'bridge books' during a series, that links and ties up ends so the next book can be written. Especially, since in future books McCalab dies under unusual circumstances and Harry solves that 'murder'. So don't be put off because this is written with McCalab as the lead story,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4654)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2713)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Very, very slow story."
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    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    The writer took so very long to say anything and to move the story along.


    What could Tana French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have moved the story along faster and that would have helped a lot.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Crossley’s performance?

    His voice was okay, the right accent for the location of the story, but he could have been more animated with his voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ths book sparked disappointment for me. Have read other Tana French books and they were better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were the Mulvaneys

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Scott Shina
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children - three boys and a girl - on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

    Jason says: "Overlooked Masterpiece"
    "Boreing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Needs action and a different writer perhaps


    What was most disappointing about Joyce Carol Oates’s story?

    The story was so very boring, I went in and steam cleaned my bedrooms, came out and couldn't see that I had missed anything with the time I has been out of the room.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Shina’s performance?

    His performance was the only shinning light of the book. It was okay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could fine


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a book to return.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secretariat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Nack
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".

    Susan says: "Wonderful book"
    "Nothing like the movie, boring."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Cut the horse bloodlines and family history since the 1800s


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Nack again?

    No


    What three words best describe Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Made a very boring boo the best it could be.


    What character would you cut from Secretariat?

    They probably were all necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a historian for the bloodlines of race horses, the first 4-5 chapters will put you to sleep as they did me. Then the family history back many generations I don't think was necessary. Loved the movie, the book NO. Boring and will return the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1152)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "You will love George Washington even more"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it shows many sides to George Washington that you might not know. It also showed how he interacted with the other Founding Fathers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the style the author used, from the beginning to the end of the book. Learned about how wealthy George Washington was before the Revolutionary War and then, like the signers of our Constitution, had very little left afterwards. We as a country should understand what our freedoms cost our Founding Fathers and what they gave up for our Nation. I have had many hours of college History and Political Science, but didn't know many things that were brought out in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    George Washington of course.


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

    My extreme reaction to this book was basically, having more respect for our First President than before. He was a business man and a man to be admired before and after the Revolutionary War. Some unanswered questions about his personal life, but with what he gave our country, who cares about perhaps a few character flaws. He was a true gentleman and had many strong feelings for what he believed in.


    Any additional comments?

    We Americans have a great legacy to uphold with what these men and women gave for our country and was to our way of government. I hope we have the same faith and moral grounds to keep this country going as our Founding Fathers and Mothers did. I hope we can give future generations the same form of government that so many have died for to give to us,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1758)
    Story
    (1758)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Paranormal as an adult 'Harry Potter'."
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    If you could sum up The Rook in three words, what would they be?

    British paranormal agents


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Methany was my favorite character because she was the one that everything happened to. She came through it like a champ.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Susan Duerden's performance because she definitely had the accent and pronouncation that made the story real


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

    My reaction to this book was that it reminded me of the Harry Potter series. With all the paranormal things happening, it was sorta like wondering what would happen next, only to be shown.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone reading this book should be forewarned that there is a lot of jumping back and forth from what happened before Methany's memory was lost and to the 'present day' events of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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