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Margaret

Parkdale, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (435)

    "You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

    Ginger says: "Drama"
    "Warm and welcoming"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Ideal listening for a winter afternoon in front of a roaring fire. Delightful characters who one gets to know well. I missed the characters when I reached the final chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (538)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Laboured"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The premise is interesting but I found the naration to be very wordy. The Irish story telling did not translate well to an audio presentation. Perhaps it would read better. The voilence was graphically described and I found it most unpleasant listening to the details. Reading violence allows one to censor the impact, but oral presentation leaves no room to soften the details. Overall, a lengthyy novel that did not engage me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (339)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Sandy says: "Not bad."
    "Breathtaking mystery"
    Overall
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    It was so engrossing I had to put off doing things so I could continue to listen. I had to find out the answers - loved every minute of it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5892)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5096)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "So pleased I read Cindy's review"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Cindy said it was the best mistake she ever read ... there was nothing about the Publishers Summary that pushed my buttons - but Cindy's comment jumped out ... and I purchased it. Love love love it. Can feel the warm water and the sun, and live with the characters. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Image

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (212)

    The crash of a Dallas-bound jet wasn't just a tragedy to TV reporter Avery Daniels; it was an act of fate that handed her a golden opportunity to further her career. Mistaken for a glamorous, selfish woman named Carole Rutledge, the badly injured Avery would find that plastic surgery had given her Carole's face, a famous senatorial candidate for a husband, and a powerful Texas dynasty for in-laws.

    Mary says: "Good read"
    "Soft and soapy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Predictable, soapy story. I like the narrator's voice and reading but there as not a lot to work with. Best decribed as a light summer 'read'. Ideal to listen to when lying at the beach, by the pool or near the lake.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther: John Corey Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    It's one of the most dangerous and volatile countries in the world: Yemen. A Middle Eastern hotbed of corruption and insurgency and the perfect training ground for Islamic terrorists. When FBI agents John Corey and Kate Mayfield are assigned to overseas posts in Sana'a, Yemen's capital city, they are tasked with hunting down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative.

    Martin says: "My heart sank when I saw who the narrator was ..."
    "Worth the read"
    Overall
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    As a non American I found the politics of the American agencies interesting - and perhaps this became the central part of the story for me. . The story was well constructed and the history of Yemen helps one understand how the Middle East situation continues decade after decade or century after century. My confusion about why the allied forces are in the Middle East continues, and my heart breaks for all those men and women who are fighting a seemingly un winnable war on my behalf. While the book was not just a political comment, mainly it raised political thoughts and comments for me
    I like the humour and found the narration engaging. Perhaps I could best sum it up as a typical DeMille book - good story thread with interesting background that can keep you thinking about the wider issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (262)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Wonderful Irish yarn"
    Overall
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    Great story, with twists that added an enjoyable depth to the narrative. The writing captured the feeling of the Irish countryside and the romance of the Irish fairy tales. I love the character developments.

    The narrator was great - loved her style and ability to breath life in to the story.

    Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries - of the folk story kind as well as murder/police investigation kind.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the production.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eve Brown Waite
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him literally to the ends of the earth.

    cristin says: "One of the best memoirs I have ever read!"
    "Title misses the spolit princess bit."
    Overall
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    I found the narration of a high standard and it only this professional input that kept me listening to the end. The story was alarmingly honest - and did little to improve the image of Amercians abroad. The Peace Corp and such institutions have done great works around the world in the the past, but this sort of story undermines their contribution by focusing on the spoilt princesses and their ignorance about life outside New York state.

    As an Australian travelling in the USA I have always been surprised at how ignorant of other states and countries many American's are. Unfortunately this ignorance is displayed - loudly and proudly - through out this book. She was in Africa at a critical time in its history and at no stage is there any insight into the politics, or ramifications of the politics on the local villagers. The constant complaining about lack of luxuries and decent coffee soon lost its appeal, and my frustration grew as I found the story more and more frivolous.

    I found the book to be extremely disappointing - shallow and self absorbed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On Canaan's Side

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Grainne Gillis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    At once epic and intimate, the story of Lilly Bere unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, from Dublin at the end of the First World War to Lilly's life in the new world of America, it is a novel of memory, war, family ties, and love.

    Margaret says: "For me .... disappointing"
    "For me .... disappointing"
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    I found it very hard to listen to. I was not at all engaged with the story. The narration was pleasant enough - but the book was not to my likeing. I think it is a personal preference (or lack thereof) rather than a bad book. However, I will not be rushing off to buy more Sebastian Barry books. Remember, my taste is not the same as everyone else - so do not be afraid to buy and try if the synopsis appeals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mercedes Coffin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Billionaire genius Genoa Greeves never got over the shocking death of her favorite teacher, Bennett "Dr. Ben" Alston Little, murdered execution-style and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz. No arrests were ever made, no killer charged for the brutal crime. Fifteen years later, the high-tech CEO reads about another execution-style murder; this time the victim is a Hollywood music producer named Primo Ekerling.

    Corinne says: "Wonderful people - Decker and his wife and family"
    "Another Kellerman, just like the other ones ..."
    Overall

    I found the story was a little long. I felt that some good editing would have been beneficial. However, having said that the story is true Faye Kellerman and therefore does not disappoint if this is a style that you enjoy. Good narration which certainly assists the reader to keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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