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Martha Healy

Marty

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  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1542)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Not up to standard"
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    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Yes, because I LOVE this series but if you enjoy the relationship between Rourk and Eve, it is missing to a large extent in this book. I will say it is the first with a kind of "twist" ending. Was wondering where it was going when there was more than an hour left when the caught the "bad guy."


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    The missing interaction between Rourke and Eve


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She is always great and so consistent.


    Could you see Delusion In Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Would LOVE a series but no ideas for stars


    Any additional comments?

    Please come back with the next one having more of Rourke and Eve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now, he and his devoted wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son. But working for the Greenbury Police department isn't as fulfilling as Decker hoped. While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad 'tude.

    Carol says: "New Town, New Narrator, Same Saints"
    "Worst narrator I've ever listened to"
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    I have many in this series and over 400 audio books and this is the first time I ever almost stopped listening because of the narrator. His voice sounds like a creepy whisper perfect for Halloween. I found it difficult to concentrate on the story I was so put off by it. Obviously I skipped a lot in the series and would go back to catch up BUT will NEVER listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone. WARNING, WARNING, WARNING.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (780)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "So disappointed"
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    I first started with audio books with my favorite author, Jane Austen. 70% of my books are mysteries and I love P.D. James so when I heard about this I thought it would be perfect. So wrong. Just about halfway through and not going to finish it because it is annoying. P.D.James has altered the personalities of the major characters. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliams, even Lydia, Charlotte--all going against the personalities developed by Ms. Austen. Maybe as a standalone...without the connection to Pride and Prejudice it might be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1680)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Glad it's over"
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    Not bad enough to stop...not good enough to ever re-listen. Disappointed because loved many of the Harlan Coben's I've listened to. In one word - TEDIOUS. Maybe as a novela, much shorter and tighter would be good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Behind: Left Behind Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (409)

    In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear. Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes. Is this the rapture prophesied by scriptures in the Bible from ancient times? If so, what destiny and tribulations are about to befall those who remain on the Earth and are left behind? In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth.

    Elizabeth says: "Great story, terrible audio"
    "Yuck is the first word that comes to mind."
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    Listened to this because friend's book club read it and his "review" was interesting mainly because he didn't know much about the religious background. Well either did I and I have to say the beginning of the book was fantastic...if only it were sci-fi instead of religious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (3883)
    Story
    (3883)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Confused feelings about this book"
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    I think this is a first for me...as I was listening I was NOT enjoying it and was tempted to stop BUT I really wanted to see how it wound itself out so practically listened nonstop...Wanted to get to the end but really disliked much of the getting there. (Tempted to just go to last chapter but needed to see how it got there.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3061)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2659)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Great for putting you to sleep"
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    I have NEVER heard such a boring monotone reader. Absolutely the worst. I had to push myself to keep listening and quite frankly thinking of sending it back in protest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1819)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Not my favorite "in-death" book."
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    Certainly interesting idea taking Dallas back to Dallas. I guess by this time I'm tired of the psychology of Eve's past. Can't imagine another time she has to battle with controlling her desire to kill the bad guy, didn't we do this in the family home invasion ending? (I can't remember the title of that one.) But I keep re-reading the series and keep buying the book (just downloaded the newest one this morning) so obviously the good outweighs the bad significantly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Jean says: "The Master of the Biographical Novel at his BEST"
    "A grand multimedia experience"
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    Read this book decades ago. Probably saw the movie but reading the book now on my smartphone was a different experience. It is the story of Michaelangelo's life. I am not a knowledgeable art lover but each time the story talked about things I could just "look it up" on my phone, see the pictures, understand what the story was talking about. Ok, there were some necessary negatives--lots of names of people I found impossible to keep track of. Long, detailed descriptions of his working BUT once I realized I could go see what they were talking about what had been less interesting parts became MORE interesting parts. Even the question of his sexuality became interesting--read/listen to his life, make your own decisions. And for the history lover a fascinating time. Can you imagine Da Vinci and Michaelangelo being competitors in a contest? Fortunately De Vinci decided to drop out and Michaelangelo "won" the block of marble which became the David. So if you want a rather lengthy listen that isn't full of fast-moving events, and you have interest in biographies, history or Italian Renaissance art, this may be the perfect book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Special for train lovers"
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    Ok, it is a level 3 story BUT if you are an Amtrak lover it is special for you. If you know the Capitol Ltd and the SW Chief it is great. The use of the train sounds, etc was a great idea. Pretty far fetched but surprise ending--no spoilers here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Branch Rickey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jimmy Breslin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey. In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever. Rickey's is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose deep-seated faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success, earning him a place in the Hall of Fame and in history.

    Martha Healy says: "A little baseball a little civil rights history."
    "A little baseball a little civil rights history."
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    I admit I went to read this after watching the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson. Also as an old (meaning I'm old) New York Giant baseball fan who lived and breathed the rivalry with the Brooklyn Dodgers I was interested. Also remember Jimmy Breslin's sports columns, how could I go wrong. I saw the movie and wondered how much about Branch Rickey was true, how much license had been taken. I was told Rickey was so much MORE than the movie portrayed and having read the book that was true. So you can read it as a baseball fan, as a student of the civil rights movement or just some interesting picture of life and hopefully how much it has changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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