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Marybeth Dailey

Member Since 2006

  • 9 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 194 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Short, poignant, and different than the movie"

    I loved this book! I usually have a very hard time getting a new audiobook started. I am not that "into it" and will listen only a few days a week on my way home from work. But not in the mornings or after a hard day. This did not apply with this book! I was hooked from the start. It is eerie and compelling. I finished it in a few days.I even laid in bed listening to it! The movie was very loosely based on this book, so don't let that stop you. I found it cool it was written in the 1950s about the "future" in the 1970s. Wow! You will love it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

    Barbara says: "Riding a local train"
    "It was slow, but it paid off."

    This book was not what I was slow to develop and nothing creepy or ghostly was mentioned, besides the young maid being scared of the house at the start, until almost half way into the book. In the end, that is what Iiked about it. It let things develop. You felt you knew the characters. You also started to realize that the characters were slowly, ever so slowly changing.... I loved all the descriptions of the old house and village life in England. Then, when the creepier parts started up, they were CREEPY. I found myself on edge as I read..... Something I don't do when reading horror books like Stephen King
    ( whose books I love, but his are so unrealistic....) This one was more subtle. I usually listen only in the car on my commute, but I brought in my IPOD from the car and just had to listen to the last half hour in the house to see what happened. Now that I finished it, I am the one who feels the characters and the life they lived in that house. I cannot stop thinking of them/it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of the best!"

    I am always looking for what I call a "life changing" I will think about years after it ends, still think of the characters.This book was it. I rushed to listen to it all because you can't wait to see what happens, but now I miss getting to "check in" on the characters, especially Minny and Skeeter, to see what they are up to. The readers were EXCELLENT, especially the woman who reads Aibileen and MaeMobley. I had tears running down my cheeks and a smile on my face as I listened to the ending. Great, great book! Try it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Stephen can write. :0)"

    I listen to audiobooks on my commute. I am often slow to get one started...I might listen on my way home in the afternoon, but not in the morning. I RARELY listen in my house from my IPOD or at the computer. But I did with this one. Stephen King cannot really think up anything TOO awfully original at this point, but he is a consummate storyteller. He weaves the cloth of a story so that you are in the action, feeling like you not only know the character, but you ARE the character at some points. The first two short stories are the best. The ending to the third one (Extensions) seemed premature and disappointed me, but I do think about possible endings for the main character alot, so maybe that was what King was trying for there. Either that or he could not think of how to end it. Last story was an interesting story, but the way the main character deals with her new knowledge doesn't seem plausible. But people do strange things...that I know. Obviously, you can tell from this review, that they were entertaining (albeit graphically gross and violent, as per usual with King) and thought-provoking. Very suspenseful at times. I listened to this one much faster than about any audiobook I've ever bought.... Worth your while if you like King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Funny funny book!"

    I love this book. It is narrated by the author. I had read the book a while back. Then, it is so good, I wanted to listen to it. It is one of those you can read over and over periodically. The author narrates it and at first, his dry, monotone sort of discouraged me from buying it. But I tried it and now I love it. It is great that he read it as these are his experiences so he gets the right inflection and intonation to make it sound the way he wanted it to sound. This is a collection of the funniest short stories I have ever heard. We had just moved and had no TV at our new house yet. I plugged in my IPOD and speakers and started playing one of the funniest chapters. He said he did not want to hear it but ended up listening and laughing through several chapters. The one about different versions of Santa Claus around the world will have you laughing so hard you can't stop. Very cute book. I love his other works as well...especially Holidays on Ice which was the first Andy Sedaris I had ever read. This family of his must have been so strange but hilarious! His sister is Amy Sedaris of Strangers With Candy (TV show). If you have a slightly quirky sense of humor, get this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "Not the best kid's book I have ever heard"

    This book is good if you want to use it in the classroom to support study of Greek Mythology. I heard that students at my school LOVED it. I got it and was intrigued at first, then got bored during some parts. It took longer to listen to this book than others I have gotten of same length because it is not the most compelling one I have ever bought. I just finished it today. Was just glad to have it completed so I could buy something else. It has the same "formula" as Harry Potter but not as well written so not as good for adults. Kids like it because the author panders to the them with silly stuff. He even has some surfers talk about "must have had some bad mushrooms." I think that is not very appropriate in a kid's book. I think the author wants to use that sort of thing to get kids to buy his book. I did finish it, but that is mostly a testament to my OCD personality rather than the quality of the book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "Pretty good book"

    This book is an okay listen. The main character annoyed me with her superior attitude. She was always the best, the prettiest, the wittiest, the toughest....the best at everything. You also wonder which parts of this story are "historic" and which ones are "fiction." I think that what they say about an Indian leader going to Washington to offer this deal is true, but some were even questioning if that part even happened. It is interesting to listen to and if one narrator read this which I think she did, then she did a great job with voices/accents. You want to keep reading to see what happens to these women once they marry the Indian tribe members. It is a good book. Nothing to write home about. Not super eloquent,but entertaining.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "The best!"

    I usually start out a new audiobook slowly....listening every other day on my commute home. This one, I was hooked from the first few sentences. I think it is better than Kiterunner, which was so beautiful, that even though I borrowed it, I went out to buy it to reread again someday. Which I never do. I think it is better than Kiterunner since I could relate to the women characters. This author has done it again. You won't be sorry for getting this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Changes your life"

    I haven't reviewed a book I've downloaded on yet, but I wanted to make a point to do so on this one! This is now one of my all-time favorites! I was walking a crowded park path as I listened to the last chapter. Tears were streaming down my face. I knew I should not boo hoo like that in public, but no choice! If you are like MOST of us and don't have "normal" parents, you will get a great deal from this book. For me, it caused me to call up my father that I speak to only about 4 times year and ask him if I could take him to lunch. If you DO have "normal" parents, you will appreciate that fact so much you will want to call your parents up and say "Thank you." This book is riveting: informative, sad, even comical at times. You are in awe of the author's (and her siblings') will to fight her way into a better life. Just amazing! Truly inspirational!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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