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Mary

New Hope, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (356)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "More humor, less facts"
    Overall

    What a disappointment....a true American story told by an author with a British accent. It is very distracting. So also is the litany of facts about life in 1950's America. More humorous stories, less facts, would be greatly appreciated.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "Not very good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Without Warning? What did you like least?

    Never been disappointed with Rosenfelt before so there is always a first time. This book is uneven with a rather unbelievable ending. The characters are not that interesting with the exception of the dialogue between the Police Chief and FBI Agent. The narrator just didn't seem to fit this book. This won't keep me from reading Rosenfelt. I am looking forward to the new Andy Carpenter book due out next month.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1756)
    Story
    (1767)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Compelling..don't miss!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

    This is not only entertainment but educational and up-lifting. We have recommended to all our friends. Don't miss this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    Each race was presented with all the excitement you could have experienced if you were actually there.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with Edward Hermann's narration and I would listen to anything he narrated from now on. Superb!


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

    The story of Joe's childhood and how he overcame all obstacles and held no grudges.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (429)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "A true 10!"
    Overall

    The tenth Myron Bolitar and it is great! Steven Weber is an extraordinary narrator. The combination can't be beat. Be sure to get the unabridged version. Each subplot is fascinating on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Sheldon
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Author Mary Sheldon makes her writing debut with this compelling novel. Arriving home from school one day, eight-year-old Alexis is devastated when she learns of her mother's abandonment. Now 40, Alexis is drawn back into her tragic past through the eyes of a troubled teen. The emotional reading by Barbara Rosenblat lends heartbreaking awareness to every single sentiment.

    Mary says: "Great Narration"
    "Great Narration"
    Overall

    Ms Rosenblat does such an exceptionally fine job with the narration. She brings life to the characters and keeps you wanting more. The story is not action packed but it slowly unwinds the story of a mother and daughter that makes you mourn for what could have been. It is a good listen. I would recommend it if you like life stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (614)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Bad Narration"
    Overall

    I read this series and looked forward to listening to it. This narrator ruined the story. One voice and a lisp too! - I am glad to see the narrator was changed for the 2nd and 3rd book in the series so I am looking forward to hearing those. I recommend reading the paper copy and skipping this audio.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Puppet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joy Fielding
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Amanda Travis is a high-powered, 28-year-old lawyer whose greatest likes are spinning classes at her Palm Beach gym and a compliant jury. As for the things she hates, they include nicknames, the color pink, clients who don't follow her advice, and memories. Unfortunately, running from her past becomes a lot harder when one of her ex-husbands calls from her hometown of Toronto with the alarming news that her mother has shot and killed a complete stranger.

    Laurie says: "Cut the string"
    "Poorly written"
    Overall

    This book is so poorly written that it is painful. I have enjoyed Fielding in the past but this one misses on all counts. The heroine's lack of self esteem is tedious and at times overwhelming. The author's constant use of the heroine talking out loud to herself and mixing it with her dialogue with other makes it very hard to follow. Don't waste your money on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What I Did for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (260)

    Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

    Michelene says: "Good not Great!"
    "A sour note"
    Overall

    I always enjoyed the sharp wit of Phillips' books. Unfortunately this has a decidedly mean streak to the writing. It is hard to warm up to the characters as a result. The narrator's sing-song reading is difficult to listen to for long periods. While no one can replace Anna Fields, there are many narrators that could have made this a better listening experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (302)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "Politics trumped"
    Overall

    This book has a lot of characters. None are fully developed but they are introduced at just the right time to keep you interested and thinking about the twists and turns of the book. I would not rate this a great book but is entertaining to listen to on a drive to work. Worth a listen.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. But now a message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his wife know. "Non-stop action with plot twists galore," says best selling author Philip Margolin.

    Michael E says: "hard to put down, enjoyable"
    "Twice as good"
    Overall

    Great! Weber was the perfect narrator. I listened twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defense for the Devil: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By A Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Mitch Arno always meant bad news for the coastal town of Folsum, Oregon. When they ran him out of town 17 years ago, he left behind a wife with two daughters and a family that never wanted to see him again. When he returns, he brings trouble in the form of a lot of suspicious money. As Barbara attempts to counsel Mitch's wife about the money, a second form of trouble arrives: Mitch's corpse.

    Corinne says: "Good but I miss Anna"
    "Not as good"
    Overall

    If you are used to the Barbara Holloway series with narrator Anna Fields, it is a real disappointment to here his narrator's interpretation. She really makes Barbara seem a bit of an air head. I really can't even finish this book. I am going to move onto one of the novels narrated by Fields.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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