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Mary

woodbridge, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 446 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (355)

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Good story, HORRIBLE narrator"
    Overall

    I loved the whole series when read by Cameron Bierle. He was the best narrator I had ever heard, so why on EARTH they switched to this woman is beyond me. I honestly haven't been able to do more then skip around in the book, because if I had to listen to her constantly I would go mad. Her voice for C'Nedra is so atrocious. She made a young dryad queen sound like a 90 year old hag. WHY??? I just don't understand. If it ain't broke, don't FIX it!! The book is good but I am going to read it on my kindle, because I just can't stand this narrator.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Great book, bad reading"
    Overall

    I love Brendan Fraser, I REALLY do. But the first time I heard him squeak Elenor's voice, then speeding Meggie's voice up until some of the words are almost unintelligible I about cried. The reader of the first book was SO wonderful, and while I think Brendan is a GREAT actor...reading books, especially with women speaking, is NOT his cup of tea. Sadly once I finish listening to this I won't be listening to it again. Every time her squeals Elenor's words like she's some demonic harpy I cringe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (668)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Not as good as the others"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed the other dexter books. Sadly this one didn't hold up to the standards the other had gotten to. There are things that are repeated from the other books, and I was saddened by that. I really hope the next book goes back to the older style of making each book unique and creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (748)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Great book, crappy "sounds""
    Overall

    I love this book. Really I do. I was so excited to get it on audiobook. I enjoyed the reading, and the book is great, but I really HATE the added weird "noise" that's added in here and there. It's clashing and unpleasant, and when wearing headphones I kept having to put the volume down when it came on. It make the reading less enjoyable and made it a definite no-go for my nightly before bed book listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1760)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Really good book"
    Overall

    I had picked this book up many times and just never got past the first few chapters. I don't know what it was...but it just didn't grip me the way most King books do. I got this here as a last ditch effort to read the only King book I hadn't read yet, and I was very glad I did. This book is very creative, and very well written. I love the story, and was very pleased to be able to get the semi-follow up book (black house) after I was done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3484)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Great reading, wonderful book."
    Overall

    I had been RECENTLY lamenting the lack of It in Stephen King's audiobook selections, and then I get the email that they will be releasing it and I rushed over to audible the day it was available...and here it was. The reading on this is very good. Steven Weber puts real emotion into the areas that need it, and never have I needed to turn the volume up or down o hear the more quiet and loud parts. The book itself....well...it's one of King's masterpieces and will always hold a special place in my heart. It is about the terror of not only being a child and dealing with psychotic bullys, adults who seem oblivious and parents who aren't perfect, but also of being a grownup and realizing the full magnitude of how DIFFERENT being a child is. Throw in a murderous being that can be whatever you fear and ENJOYS terrifying you...and you have a one of a kind Stephen King book. It's long, it's epic, and it's worth every word.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (545)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Wonderful Narrator, Such a good book too."
    Overall

    I'm a Stephen King nut, so when this book came out, I got it in audiobook form as a gift. I loved the narration, and I actually listened to it so much one of the cds got messed up. I bought it on audiobook because I missed listening to it. The story is good. A little slow at first, but you know how everything Stephen King starts with he has a REASON for it being a little slow. It truly takes the story of a writer's death and turns it into a story of love, fear, anger, regret, and acceptance. At first the paranormal in this is minimal...or so it seems. Then it just comes out of the blue and smacks you stupid as only King can do. It's another winner for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (630)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "great book..odd reader"
    Overall

    I really love this book and was really looking forward to listening to it. Sadly, the narrator does this weird breathy thing every time he talks for a female...and it's just annoying as hell. When two of the main characters are female, it's important to get a narrator that can do female voices.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (483)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Chantelle says: "WHYYYY"
    "Such a good book"
    Overall

    I love this book, but the reading of this is what has made me unable to put my ipod down. Blair Brown has such a melodious ad beautiful voice, and of course, we all love when Stephen King reads his own work. It's love!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus: A Story from Haunted - Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    William says: "A waste of time."
    "Freaky story"
    Overall

    Aside from fight club, I have never seen or read anything by Chuck Palahniuk. This story is somewhat disturbing, and well read. I loved it, and will be downloading the full book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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