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Mary K. Sarber

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  • Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin, and others
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    The world had become used to the metahumans - people sometimes perfectly ordinary, but sometimes quite extraordinary in appearance - who mostly worked with their governments as high-powered peace officers, fighting crime, and sometimes fighting rogue metahumans who had become super-criminals. Then that comfortable world ended in just one terrifying day.

    Joel says: "Surprise"
    "I bought it on a whim for something different."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wanted something a little different and WOW did I get what I asked for. In the begining I thought this is hookey, but then I got into it and couldn't wait to buy book number two. I am enjoying the stories, but the person reading the audiobook is the reason I keep coming back for more. Very fast paced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Invasion?

    When they brought the mountain out of seclusion.


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

    He keeps you engaged, I love the accents and the personalities that he brings to each and every charater.


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

    When Vickie gets out of her apartment and is trapped in the store.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: Doc Ford #12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    It started when Doc Ford got the call from his old friend Frieda Matthews - her reclusive biologist brother Jobe wasn't answering the phone. Could Doc check on him? Ford can't think of a reason not to, but soon he will think of a hundred. Not only will it be one of the worst scenes he has ever encountered, but the consequences of that visit will draw him into the heart of a nightmare.

    Fritz says: "Every Bit As Good As Travis McGee"
    "Distracted by the "New Doc Voice"."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love my Doc Ford books, but I have to say it was tough getting by the "new voice", on the audio books. I also felt that the ending left me out there. So what about all the animals and worms in the water system? What about Dewey? I know I'll keep reading the series and find out more information, but this was not the best ending for me or the performance by the reader. He had Tomblinson down, but Dewey was a winey and I agree with the other reviewer, what is up with the southern accent.

    The story itself was good and had me enthralled, but the ending was bizar, but it was a Doc Ford ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Randy Wayne White? Why or why not?

    ABSOLUTELY I love his work.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Well it's hard to rate his performance, but the voice change in Doc was really off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Thousand Islands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl found an ancient gold medallion on a small island off the Florida gulf coast. Soon she was having nightmares and later was found hanging from a tree. Although the death was ruled a suicide, the girl's mother, Della, is now sure there was foul play. Her trailer has been vandalized, and her daughter's coffin raided.

    Todd says: "How not to leave a boat."
    "One of my early on favorites"
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    If you could sum up Ten Thousand Islands in three words, what would they be?

    Fast paced, interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ten Thousand Islands?

    When the person told Doc Ford what he had seen on the Island.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    I have said before I always feel like Doc Ford himself is telling me a story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I think it was pretty much a 2-3 day listen.


    Any additional comments?

    We have a lot on a little Island off of Marco, and I could swear it was the island in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mangrove Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Randy Wayne White
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (92)

    Marine Biologist Doc Ford is hot on the trail of a dead friend’s wife. Apparently, the woman vanished into the steaming jungles of South America guided by a truly disgusting specimen of humanity. From Florida to Columbia and Panama, Doc traces their path, but a shadowy figure is following him - and the violence left in the wake of this individual is terrifying.

    Bull says: "Better the second time around"
    "I am sooooooo hooked on Doc Ford Novels"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mangrove Coast to be better than the print version?

    I have read a couple of the Doc Ford Series books and have listened to over half of the ones I have purchased. I find myself skipping over some of the technical stuff in the print versions, but I listen to all of it when I have the audio version. So I think I get more out of the audio versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mangrove Coast?

    When the boat explodes.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I feel like Doc is actually telling me a story.


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

    Yes I did have a reaction to the book and it made me both laugh and cry. Without giving too much away...............I'm just saying that Tucker was ALWAYS one of my favorite people in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    Try to read the series in order, it helps build the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Divided: Book Two of the Secret World Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, and others
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    From New York Times best-seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey, together with a team of topnotch collaborators, comes Book Two in The Secret World Chronicle, a pulse-pounding saga of superpowers - and the very human men and women who must learn to wield them without losing themselves in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Now I'm hooked"
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    Where does World Divided rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is probably in my top 25 ever, but I'm doing about 3 -5 books right now and it is my go to at the moment. I bought the 1st book in the series on a whim, but needed to find this book as soon as I was finished with the 1st.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the person reading the audiobook is doing a fantastic job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since I'm not done with the book yet need to hold off on this question.


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

    There are parts that are moving, and yes the book does make me laugh.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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