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Marsha

Tierra Verde, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (479)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Too rushed at the end"
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    The reader was great and I love classic science fiction, so I would recommend this to a friend. I was disappointed that all the plot and character development that seemed so important in the middle of the story line seemed to rush to a finish. It may be a style of that time or the genre at that time, but I wished the strength of the tale and the people in it had kept that momentum till the end. Maybe it's the author's comment on all of us and our lives - we just sort of drizzle out and stop?

    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
    (107)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    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."
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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
    (633)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (406)

    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"
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    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
    (102)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    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.

    Susan Fryman says: "Truth Stained Lies"
    "Whining reader ruined the book"
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    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.

    Marsha says: "Good story, not great. Very different reader."
    "Good story, not great. Very different reader."
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    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (245)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (222)

    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"
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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
    (138)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "Outstanding and Scary"
    "I'm not buying that teenagers are all that hopeles"
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    Where does Tricks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    MIddle of the road. Distracting enough for the commute, but too depressing and too anxious to prove to us how awful life is for me to recommend to anyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13660)
    Performance
    (9486)
    Story
    (9546)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A lot to take in"
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    I almost never listen to a book again, so that's not a fair way to assess the book's qualities


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The details that the author retained of his time on the boat and as a POW are stark and brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting the full circle of what happened to the main prison guard was gratifying.


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

    Cry. I work at the V.A. hospital as an RN and the guys so rarely speak very much of their time other than in vary vague generalities. It took a patient and generous spirit for the author to believe it would make a difference if he shared himself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "A little predictable, but a fun read"
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    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    Hmm, no I would not listen again because the story drove the listening and now, well, I know the story. But I loved the dog angle. Just because it's a "fun" read, and not a great literary work, doesn't mean it wasn't a great distraction for long commutes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's perfectly "enjoyable." Just not deep, but I knew that going in.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performances were actually really great - even to the mimicking of one another's sub-characters. So, if Tatiana sounded one way as interpreted by Cassandra, she sounded similar as interpreted by Dan. Good trick. There are actually several places where editing failed and the same line was read over again. Not the readers' faults though.


    If you could rename Emily and Einstein, what would you call it?

    Good title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (3163)
    Story
    (3186)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Different, but great insight"
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    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    Well, I kind of loved that it was not a TV show about outlandish lesbian sex fiends. The sex on the show is pretty over the top, both in its desperation and in its execution. (And I'm a lesbian with a perfectly normal sex drive.) The book was much clearer about the longing for human contact - both emotional and physical, but not necessarily or primarily sexual. The very realism of the book drew me in.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Her insights into the needs and fulfillment that most of us, at least most of us reading this book in our mainstream society, take for granted every day. Her descriptions of the loss of power she felt were sometimes overwhelming in their simplicity.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The reader was great. She had just the right touch of upper class accent in her voice to be absolutely believable reading in the first person. A touch of "ah" sound in any short "a" words and so on. Fluent, clear. Good reader.


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

    I'm not good at avoiding spoilers, so I would have a hard time answering that. But I love Larry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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