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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
    (195)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    What disappointed you about Attachments?

    Could not engage...made it through the first 2 2/1 hours, the story really drags.


    What was most disappointing about Rainbow Rowell’s story?

    The chronicle of emails, sooo boring, do women really talk like that?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not unless you don't have a life, and this is all there is.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5263)
    Performance
    (4456)
    Story
    (4452)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Hush nay-sayers!"
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    If you could sum up Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 in three words, what would they be?

    Still solid Harry Dresden despsite the change in "venue". A little slow to start, but once past the first few chapters, it's all Harry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the characters we know and love are present, plus some we love to hate. So many reviewers couldn't get past the change in narration, but John Glover did an awesome job. Harry is not in Kansas anymore, and the narration suited the story.


    What does John Glover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Due to the negative reviews I debated for a long time to buy this book. Therefore, I had a long break from the previous books in the series. That gave me a better prospective to judge the merits of the narration, which John Glover did extremely well. As soon as Bob popped into the scene, I could identify him. Glover brought passion and emotion to the story.


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

    Nearing the end, as Harry finds out more truth than he bargained for, and must make a decision regarding his eternal life. Karen finds out that Harry is really gone.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest to all Harry Dresden fans to not go directly from book 12 to 13, but to wait a month or two, and then listen. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wraith: Stealth Command, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James R. Hannibal
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    After the towers fall on 9/11, a squadron of A-10 Warthog pilots in Germany are desperate for action, but CENTCOM puts them on the sidelines, leaving them restless...reckless. Amid the controversy of a fatal training mission, young Lieutenant Nick Baron leaves his fighter squadron to join the legendary B-2 Stealth Wing, where a recruiter for a new covert initiative recognizes his unique combination of skills.

    JL says: "Masterfully Written and Narrated"
    "Sooo Slow"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I kept waiting to engage with the book, and it never happened. There was lots of action, but it just fell flat.


    What could James R. Hannibal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different narrator


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Bronson Pinchot, James Marsters, or Ray Porter


    What character would you cut from Wraith?

    none


    0 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
    (764)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (727)

    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.


    7 of 8 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
    (3234)
    Performance
    (2375)
    Story
    (2373)

    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.

    Dataman 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
    (2464)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1756)

    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
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (3314)
    Performance
    (2890)
    Story
    (2869)

    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
    (9797)
    Performance
    (9115)
    Story
    (9115)

    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 4 people found this review helpful

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