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Markie Ross

North Hollywood CA | Member Since 2004

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  • 11 reviews
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  • Loop Group

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (4)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times best-selling author Larry McMurtry is one of America's best novelists. Several of his books are modern classics, including Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning motion picture. Now McMurtry delivers a funny yet sobering road trip novel reminiscent of Thelma and Louise and featuring two of the most original women to appear in fiction for quite some time.

    Markie Ross says: "Yikes"
    "Yikes"
    Overall

    The experience of listening to this book has been just plain icky. I can't believe this is the same author who brought us Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. The book was riddled with self-centered shallow losers with not one person to care about. I kept thinking that maybe it was the reading style of Ms. Critt that made it so unredeemable--she invested nothing of substance into the characters except a weird kind of strident cheeriness that was at complete odds with what was going on. I was going to force myself to finish it out of respect for Mr. McMurtry, but even the story is so linear and predictable that I won't.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (586)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "I wanted to like it..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book might be for people who have never read an earlier book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


    Has The Great Escape turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I was never a big Romance Novel fan but I was pleasantly surprised by the wit, humor and fun characters in the SEP books my girlfriend had recommended to me. Listening to this made me feel embarrassed if anyone came into the room when it was on.


    What didn???t you like about Shannon Cochran???s performance?

    She had a coarseness to her reading that made all of the characters so unlikeable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Escape?

    Honestly, I would make it a page one re-write.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a disappointment. The author seemed to have no insight into human nature, her characters didn't earn any of the virtues she attributed to them. The lead woman was 31 years old and acted like a pre-teen. The male lead put on a bravado that was laughable. It was as if the author had someone else write this book, someone VERY young. I would have bailed after the first half, but my computer was in the shop and I couldn't download another book. I was trapped! Sorry to have to leave such a bad review, but I don't want SEP fans to expect a fun book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (272)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Good story, mediocre writing"
    Overall

    I think Sandra Brown never met an adverb she didn't like. Patiently, sarcastically, warmly, ruthlessly, sexily... egads, I began to count them. It's as if she writes with a thesaurus, not at all like real people talk or think. The narrator doesn't help...she lays into every word and is not natural. Also her male characters all sound like Colonel Sanders or Rooster Cogburn, old or young, so it began to take on an unintentionally comical sound. I gave it three stars because there is a story that is fairly compelling. I didn't realize that Sandra Brown was a romance writer, I guess I thought it was going to be more of a crime story, so maybe my expectations were skewed.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10135)
    Performance
    (5047)
    Story
    (5080)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Stephen King and Raul Esparza--PERFECT!"
    Overall

    I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
    Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 1 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
    Overall
    (27093)
    Performance
    (13714)
    Story
    (13759)

    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!"
    "No...seriously"
    Overall
    Performance

    ...this is far and away my favorite listening experience since starting with Audible.com some 125+ books ago. The combination of writer and narrators is perfect--each reader is at the very top of their field. There was not one moment of the 18 hours when my mind wandered. I can't pretend to know what life was really like for these women in the 60's, but I feel as if I got a glimpse. The experience has definitely changed me a little and I am having trouble listening to anything else in the wake of this gem of a book. I hope we hear much more from Katherine Stockett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (515)

    Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

    Patricia says: "Laughed out loud..."
    "Well I liked it!"
    Overall

    Yes, The Stephanie Plum series is semi-formulaic, but it is a formula that works. I like that Stephanie is becoming a little better at her job, still falls for Lula's unwitting traps, still loves two men, still likes birthday cake and still steps in it all the time. Familiarity can be comforting. Janet Evanovich introduced some fun new characters this time and I enjoyed the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1734)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Hmmmm..."
    Overall

    I am afraid I missed out on a great listening experience, having read all of the raves. First, I love Stephen King. He has provided some of the most gripping storytelling ever. And John Slattery is a wonderful reader. So why I didn't enjoy this thoroughly is a mystery itself. I think, in trying to analyze it, that while I was gripped first half, the second half descended into such supernatural weirdness that the thread of the story began to ravel. My favorite stories by SK are the ones that begin in the life of ordinary people to whom extraordinary things begin to happen. In this case, right off the bat, life is skewed, and never normal again. So by the time it all reaches critical mass, I was worn out and confused. This probably speaks to my own mental fatigue, as everyone else seemed to love it. Brilliant writer and reader...but left me feeling stupid!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Yes, wow"
    Overall

    This is a haunting story, written in a very interesting style that invokes in the listener an appropriate feeling of isolation. It is well worth experiencing. It is flawed, yes, but I found myself forgiving any flaws for the sheer uniqueness of the storytelling as well as the story itself. I would not call it "enjoyable" per se, but I did find myself listening to it every chance I got, it is extremely compelling.
    The narrator does a very good job as well. I completely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Really good"
    Overall

    Sometimes I forget what it is like to being the hands of a really good storyteller, but Dean Koontz is definitely up there near the top of his genre. The characters were complex individuals; the villainess chilling and unredeemable, the heroine, remarkable. I really enjoyed the narrator as well. She captured the deadness in the voice of the evil Vanessa making her all the more compelling. I really liked this book. It was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crime Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

    Kelbey says: "Excellent"
    "Narration got in my way"
    Overall

    this is the kind of book I usually get into right away. It is written in a compfortable and well know area for noir thrillers--LA.
    And I think the author had a compelling story here but it is comletely undone for me by the ever-overwrought reading of Scott Brick. I wish Mr. Brick could learn to just say things like a normal person, not a man under extreme stress every second of his life.I cannot sustain interest when so much at stake ALL of the time, even small things. Mr. Brick can do the occasional brilliant personification of a character, so I realize he has talent, but I wish he wouldn't feel it neccessary to show-boat all the time.
    This may be my last Scott Brick book for a while. Too bad, he read a lot of good ones.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Dangerous Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jane Stanton Hitchcock
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Jo Slater has it all. The queen of Manhattan society, she has dealt successfully with a tricky period in which she lost her husband, her fortune, and her reputation. But she bounced back, and now, newly single in the greatest city in the world, there is not a cloud in the sky.

    Mary S says: "Funny and Funny!!!"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    This book was just great fun. The reader was wonderful, slipping easily in and out of characters and the mystery element kept me going. Jane Stanton Hitchcock has a real feel for upper crust New York society, the older money, the jockeying for position. If it was not a perfectly constructed tale, it was one of those times you really didn't care because the ride was so fun. I'm getting another of her books now.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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