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Martha

Cypress, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Husband List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend Jack Culhane on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all...Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title.

    julianne says: "So disappointed"
    "Ending a bit too tidy"
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    I enjoyed the mechanations of this story, but the ending is a bit too "tidy" and almost unfinished in a way. The couple winds up together, but the antagonist just goes away, not really dealt with at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anything He Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sara Fawkes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (304)

    Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Lucy knows he's way out of her league, but a girl can look, right? Everything changes the day the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need.

    Rebecca says: "A lot of room for improvement"
    "Raunchy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is basically soft core porn with a bit of a story thrown in for good measure. Don't kid yourself, just enjoy it. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13587)
    Performance
    (11062)
    Story
    (11692)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
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    Chapter 1, boring. Chapter 2, boring. Chapter 3, boring. I could not get past that. The book is written for teenagers and yet apparently has some incredible smut in it, but I could not get past the ridiculous set up. The narrator is also very terrible. She sounds like she should be cracking her gum and twirling her hair around her finger. Awful and I should have listened to others who warned me about this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (539)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "Worst Vampire Ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    SPOILER ALERT

    A vampire who faints at the sight of blood? That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Add to that they are from Atlantis. I literally laughed out loud. What a waste of a credit. No joke, I tried to finish this book but it was so overwrought and boring that I stopped it with 3 minutes left. I could not stand it any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2053)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    decembergrit says: "EXCITING NEW SERIES"
    "Narrator..."
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    This narrator has a real problem with male leads who have an accent. This book features Vlad sounding a lot like a Schwarzenegger impersonator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3639)
    Performance
    (2547)
    Story
    (2556)

    You can run from the grave, but you can't hide. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her. But when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

    melrailey says: "Makes for a Short Commute"
    "Great story, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This audiobook would be so much better if the male lead character did not sound like the Geico gecko.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1807)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Cassandra says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    I have said it before and I will say it again. Stephen King is an amazing writer and I have nearly all his books, BUT he should stick to writing because as a narrator he is terrible. I don't want to listen to someone *read* a book. I want the narrator to bring it to life. King tries to do the voices but he only has about three he can do so they all end up sounding the same. I loved the book, the story is a great one and makes me want to go back and listen to the Dark Tower books again. My recommendation to the producers is to let King influence the production but do not let him read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Victim

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief's 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn't believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows--and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community.

    Jay says: "The worst narrator I have ever heard"
    "Narrator had a cold"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounded like she had a cold or was plugging her nose. It detracted from the story.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    K. Kennedy says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Confusing storyline"
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    Would you listen to Say Goodbye again? Why?

    No. I give this story 4 stars overall because I did listen to the whole thing and was interested in the development of Kimberly Quincy's character. However, there were issues that I found confusing that detract from the overall book. If I could I'd really give it a 3.5. SPOILERS The story unfolds from three different perspectives, but it's impossible to tell if two of them are the same person in different timelines, or if they are in fact two distinct people. This is due to the fact that one person's story is read by a man, yet the story of a boy is read by the female narrator who is also reading in Quincy's voice. It seems it ought to have been read by a third narrator but maybe that was too expensive. The abduction of a young boy isn't clear if its a current abduction or an old one....leading me to wonder just who was who through most of the book until it is explicitly diagrammed toward the very end just who the players in the story were, and then we find out there are really 4 "generations" of bad guys/abductees, not the 3 we've been hearing about for the entire book. Don't even get me started on Ginny Jones.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm sorry, the name Dinhcara was pretty lame in my opinion. He couldn't think of something more clever than spelling arachnid backwards? For goodness sake's, "despair" is an anagram of "a spider", he could have been called Mr Despair which seems a lot more fitting for his horrific activities. Maybe it is supposed to be a testament to his stunted emotional development. I don't know.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee and Lincoln Hoppe ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm sure I've heard them on other books but I can't recall. They do a great job with material that is generally lacking.


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

    Not in a positive way.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole thing was just a bit disjointed, confusing and frustrating. Given that the subject matter is horrible (child abduction, rape, murder and spiders) this didn't help the story. I will be taking a break from Lisa Gardner for a little bit because of this.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "Great story!"
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    I could not remember what the publisher's summary said about this book, so I was going into it somewhat blind...which I love to do. It was a mystery and a surprise - very nice ones at that. I found part one to be the weakest of the three parts, but all were fantastic and by the time part three came around I was looking for ways to continue listening. Narration was excellent as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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