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Marsha

Tierra Verde, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 43 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 325 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Sterling Biographies: Frederick Douglass

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frances E. Ruffin
    • Narrated By Cornelius Jones
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    From slave to freedom fighter: that was the long and hard journey taken by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was America's first great civil rights leader, and he threw off the physical, mental, and legal chains of slavery to become one of Americaï¿¿ï¿¿s greatest champions for human rights. It was said that his life was proof that once black people could read and write about their injustices, they would have the power to end slavery.

    Marsha says: "Great if you're 9 years old"
    "Great if you're 9 years old"
    Overall

    Did I miss the part that alerted us to the fact that this is written as a grammar school level primer? The reader stops to say, "Note: at this time in America, slaves were..." Or he verbalizes the quotation marks as in, "Douglass said Quote, we are all brethren, end quote." It's ridiculous.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Gang of Four says: "Liked it; but..."
    "Good for a long drive"
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    Performance
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    I've heard other books by this reader. She takes a little getting used to for me. The story was engaging, but it ended up having so many characters that I sort of lost my place with them. It was still easy to follow the general story, and it was good for a long boring drive. Kept me awake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    An era unlike any in modern civilization is descending without lights, electronics, running water, or automobiles. As a global blackout lengthens into months, the neighbors of Oak Hollow grapple with a chilling realization: The power may never return.

    Lisa Bartholomew says: "Great Story, Powerful Message"
    "She winds things up well without being too neat."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Terri Blackstock, and not having to worry about what kind of graphic sex or cursing I'll have to hear to get through a book. She's a relief and I can listen easily. This was the end of a series and Blackstock allowed the human situation to be messy, but still tied up the major loose ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V for Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Moore
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (561)

    Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

    John says: "Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?"
    "I rarely give up, but at 3 hours or so, I'd had it"
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    This sort of a poor man's 1984 meets a slapstick Marvel cartoon character. After a quite graphic rape, she is rescued by Mighty Mouse. Ugh. Hate to give the reader too bad of a score. He could only read what was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (656)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "Engaging tale. Great reader."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I like the stories like this. The ones that take me out of my every day life and let me worry about someone else's decisions. I get to be worried, and opinionated, and learn from them, but don't have to make the same mistakes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Cycle: An Intervention Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    When 15-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse. His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan - the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother.

    Rita Walden says: "Vicious Cycle"
    "The reader can whine."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have rarely understood the complaints people have about readers but this one was truly awful. Every character had a whining plaintive tone no matter what was going on.

    I am a HUGE Blackstock fan, but in this series she is mystifying me a bit. Usually Blackstock has us all cheering for the "good guys." In this case, there are sort of set up, inherently evil characters, and the main good guy is a kid who is continuously sefl-centered, disobedient (not as in didn't-do-the-dishes, but as in gets-off-the-plane-his-mom-puts-him-on) and obstinate to the point that by this second book the reader knows that the very minute his mother says that it's really important that he does something, we can count on the fact that he will do something completely different. BUT he is not the one on drugs, so we're supposed to say "hurray for him."

    Therefore I have to say, well written and keeps moving in Blackstock style, but a sort of different moral backdrop than I usually expect from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (464)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "I should have looked at the length"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Since I'm certain that Rushdie is an amazing author, I will suppose that my taste is what is at fault here. It was tedious, random, had many difficult to remember names of characters and places, and was not unlike listening to a friend's demented grandfather ramble on (and on and on) about places and events you've never heard of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth-Stained Lies: Moonlighter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief…until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.

    Marsha says: "Whining reader ruined the book"
    "Whining reader ruined the book"
    Overall
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    I wish I'd read more of the comments about whining before I ordered this book. The pleading, grating, wheedling whine is incessant. If I didn't already love Terri Blackstock I might never listen to another one of her books. Ms. de Cuir interprets every emotion as a whine - fear, questioning, prayer, demands. And everyone whines - children, sisters, police officers, doctors, nurses. I actually think I like the story just fine. It has a good balance of suspense and plot turns, but keeps Blackstock's emphasis on faith and the power of people changing and choosing well. I still have half an hour to go and I'm not sure I can stand another 30 minutes of high pitched whines. I can't believe someone editing didn't stop Ms. de Cuir and ask her to dredge up ANY other voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ellen Marie Wiseman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (522)

    Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

    Maryellen says: "Bad Italian accent ruins narration"
    "Good story, not great. Very different reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story moved along at a pace which is about my cup of tea. I thought more of the mysteries were going to tie together than they did, but...if I want that I guess I should write a book. It was easy to follow and distracting enough for the commute to work and back. The reader was very unusual. Ms Gilbert has perfect diction, I mean, when she read the line, "I liked to go there," you could clearly hear both the 'd' in 'liked' and the 't' in 'to' separately. She doesn't seemed strained at the level of perfection. But one character was read as continuously anxious. Every line of the character was worried and fearful and nervous. I supposed there was a slight difference between scared and terrified, but it got very old for me - like listening to a whiny child - because it was a main character. I suppose that if Sandra Bullock hyperventilating for 2 straight hours in the movie Gravity didn't bother you, then this won't either. It just diminished my enjoyment of the book a bit.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (244)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Simple, but compelling story line"
    Overall
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    This is a great book for commuting. The story moves forward quickly. There are few characters to keep track of and the voicing is very clear for each one. It is not great literature, but it's sort of what I like when I'm decompressing from work on a busy drive home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when 18-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen, Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

    Bernadette says: "Preachy and Predictable"
    "She grabs me every time"
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    I love Terri Blackstock books in general. Every time I start a new one, I think "Well, you know she always gets you hooked in the first chapter," so I immediately begin to try to guess what she will use this time. Once again, I thought I had it all figured out, at least down to a "one or the other" sort of guess, but she did something I never thought of. I think is particularly challenging when she writes as an openly Christian author. You sort of know you're not going to have evil win, or soft porn love scenes, or gruesome death throes - and yet I was captivated by how she kept the characters moving as real, believable human beings. One of my favorite Audibles so far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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