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MARY L GRIEST

Member Since 2004

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16
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
12

  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset: The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (201)

    Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times best seller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

    W. Seligman says: "Do not make this your first Heinlein!"
    "not a book for the ages"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had read all of Heinlein's books over the years and noticed his growing pre-occupation w/sex. Forgot that this book was the culmination of them all w/incest, sex and little else going on in the book of note. There was a storyline but that is what it involved.
    I like the narrator but was unable to give many points because couldn't listen to the story after a while

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4296)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2791)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "A great and fun story"
    Overall

    I was so anxious to get this in audio that I had ordered the CD's years ago from ISIS (the UK audio book publisher for TP) and it was narrated by Stephen Briggs. I have listened to it many many times. I have wondered when/if Audiobooks would ever acquire it.
    I do prefer the Stephen Briggs version (maybe because he has done a lot of the TP books lately or because he does understand the 'silent pause' or because I just like him.) The new version is enjoyable. Again, you have to have a different sense of humor - ie pg whode, monty phython and a love of words. Parts of the dialog remind me of Mark Twain in "Letters from the Earth".

    I do still hope that my older cd's never get a scratch on them but am very glad that I now am able to download it for a walk or two!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6187)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (2996)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "a smash in any venue"
    Overall

    I read this book years ago, and liked it a lot, but then forgot it. The graphic novels (comic books to the uninitiated) came out and they are fun. The audio book is fantastic. Richard is a rather indeterminate unassuming person, and Neil gets the character across really well. The book is a "this is silly now it's getting scary, but it is really happening to me" feast. When I visited London I looked for someone from London downunder, and am rather glad I wasn't able to find them or it. Not a cosy place to live but fun to visit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Rites: Discworld #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (601)

    Lisa L. Hilton says: "Lots of fun"
    "the ladies in the world"
    Overall

    I seem to be in a minority, but there are several books that Nigel Planer narrates I cannot listen to. Since it is because of his voices for women characters, I was thrilled to find this one with the witches that was narrated by a woman. she did a great job - the story itself is one of the first, and TP is still finding the world. It is interesting how the character of granny weatherwax is so different from the later books - almost a trouser leg in time difference. the humor is not as broad as later books.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (394)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Shades of Xena!!"
    Overall

    Expected a pretty entertaining listen - not a sneezing-snorting giggling laugh out loud experience. I had a cold while listening to this, so let me tell you that the sneezing was especially painful. I don't really know what to say about the flow, the narration and the characters - they just seemed so natural, not forced. I hope that audible gets more of his books. I have read some of the author's other books (Bloodsucking Fiends, Fluke) and each has been completely different. Can't wait until they are in an audio version!
    I do have to agree with the reviewer who wondered how long it took for the listener who decided it was a great road trip story for the kids to realize that a mistake had been made. Definately an adult tale. Not necessarily due to the language or sexual references (heard any rap lately??) but because the context needs to be understood to be appreciated ie barbarian warrior princesses, barking bats, and - most importantly - relationships.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behold, Here's Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Hugh Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    A witty, intelligent, and delectable mystery from Georgette Heyer. This British "cozy" mystery has eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, and an intricate plot that is just plain fun. Take one rambling country house whose owner is found dead, supposedly poisoned. Add one ill-assorted family circle of very odd people, all with excellent motives for murder.

    Anne says: "Wow! Audible has Georgette Heyer!"
    "at last!!"
    Overall

    thank you for responding to my request for G Heyer's audio books! I have rented some from the library, but now I will be able to have some of my own. this is one of the better ones. The characters are fun, the story and the atmosphere are quintesical 'cozy'.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Time: A Discworld Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    The construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, Time, as we know it, will stop. And then the trouble will really begin. Subtle, sly, thought-provoking, and hilarious, Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett at his best. "This delightful production keeps the listener spellbound," says AudioFile.

    GoryDetails says: "Good story, but multiple readers were distracting"
    "musical reading"
    Overall

    I happen to love this rendition. It fits the mood of the story, and I think it flows really well. It is quite mythical. I have been reading the books for over 15 years and was quite excited to find the audio versions. I had listened to some of the previous ones, and was quite disappointed. This vindicated my 'waiting'. Just be prepared to listen as to music and to a song-----

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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