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Margaret

Arbuckle, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (149)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Terri says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Hard Country lives up to it's title."
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    This is the best book I have listened to in over a year. My husband is the lover of coyboy stories, but this sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. Don't let the lenght of the book deter you, I wanted more.
    The characters are really well developed, the writer and narrator give you a real feel for the times and country. This is no place for wimps and thouchy-feely types, rather tough, stoic, deal with the situation and move on types. Which is not to say there is no friendship or love for characters. Quite the opposite, the story shows how love, loyalty and friendship bridge the years.
    The story runs from the mid 1800's to WWI, chronicling the changes in the country side, towns coming and going, and inventions (electricity/ cars). The characters are so real, and the narration is superb. I will definitely look for more books narrated by George Guidall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "A Must Read!"
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    Would you listen to Dead Six again? Why?

    I finished the Grimmoir Chronicles, and felt darn, I'm really going to miss reading Larry Correia. This book surpassed my expectations, and Bronson Pinchot is absolutely awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tight story line, great characters, loved how the authors wove the two protagonists together.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Pinchot is so good, great voices, accents, he "fleshes" out each character, and brings them to life.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2109)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Cold dish is hot"
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    What did you love best about The Cold Dish?

    Characters are well developed, very real. The story does not disappoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, hated to have it end


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

    I first book I listened to by George Guidall was Hard Country. It was a five star performance, which led to to this book.Guidall has the perfect voice for the west, gritty,tough, very good nuance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I'm glad I couldn't. I really enjoyed every hour.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1592)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "So disappointing"
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    I have to agree with Erik and James, the book started out with an intriguing premiss, if a somewhat dark beginning. But, the later part of the book is just reflective of Quentin's depression and misery. I kept listening hoping for something to make me engage with the characters but it never happened. Where was the wonder and excitement, with the new worlds? It seemed more like a corruption of Narnia. The narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lowcountry Bribe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By C. Hope Clark
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a high-level investigation, and a sinister hog farmer: Lowcountry Ag Department manager Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water. Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture - a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. The next thing she knows, she's besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds' IG Office in Atlanta.

    Barbara says: "This author is a good new find..."
    "I had hope"
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    BUT, what could have been a pretty good story, was marred by whining, and once again a protagonist that starts off competent etc, and then dissolves into a victim.
    I don't know if the author had intended for her protagonist to be such a whiner, but the narrator certainly portrayed her as such.
    Unless you can stand a whiny victim, don't bother with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3138)
    Performance
    (2737)
    Story
    (2718)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Vince Flynn - the master of suspense"
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    Many twists and turns, Flynn does not disappoint! I could listen to it all over again, which would be a first for me.

    I really appreciated how he captures the flavor of Washington, seemingly more corrupt as each year passes. Also, how Washington insiders fail to understand the mentality of the middle east.

    Can't wait till the next Mitch Rapp book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8915)
    Performance
    (8293)
    Story
    (8292)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Not to bad once you get behind the lefty position"
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    Too much emphasis on the political positions...just get to the story for goodness sake. Yes we have all heard the the world is coming to an end because of mankind. Nevermind the millions of years of fact behind climate change. Get over it!

    As I stated before, not a bad story once we Get to the story, but 3 stars only.

    Reader is awesome, he saved the book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Want to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (257)

    In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance.

    Ronda says: "Can't stop listening...."
    "Poor, pitiful, wailing narrative."
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    Don't even start unless you can stomach the narrartor wailing "Noooaah" over and over again. The protagonist is sooo pitiful. Sure, she lost her small child, and she knows she is acting "insane", but she keeps doing it.
    After about the 10th time, one just wants the story to end, yet it drags on. When you think it might finally get going, the protagonist (a supposedly tough, intellegent, former business woman) devolves into a puddle, and moans some more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (839)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Good mystery"
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    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Dark underbelly exposed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Damaged people can recover, and be stong once again


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A bit tedious in the beginning, didn't expect the British accents, also the the OCD...But that soon faded as I got into the story. Good story line, lots of suspense, makes one wonder how often this happens in real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 500: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Matthew Quirk
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    A year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal - and this time, maybe even kill. Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out.

    A. Avins says: "A Good Listen - Lots of Action"
    "great book"
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    Where does The 500 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the books I will definately listen to again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist, he seemed so human, and unwilling to see those he cared about, were only his "friend" for money and power.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to, just the right amount of drama.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to listen more than just my commute, that's for sure.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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