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Mary

Lancefield, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 530 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (934)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "hard to get into but worth the effort."
    Overall

    I found this book quite boring to begin with, but was totally hooked by half way through. Funny, had I read the actual book, I would have given up early. Being audio, I just kept listening and the story was well worth it. If you like a good mystery give it a go.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl in a Cage

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joy Dettman
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    On a balmy midsummer's evening in 1923, a young woman - foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant - is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek. The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the woman is brought to her door. Try as she might, Gertrude is unable to save her, but the baby lives.

    Mary says: "Love this book, have listened to it a few times."
    "Love this book, have listened to it a few times."
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    What did you love best about Pearl in a Cage?

    I love the characters, the story and how everyone is interconnected. I live in a small town, about two hours drive from the approximate area this is set. I find it so true to life I feel like I am there. The description of the town and the houses is what I see in my own town.


    What other book might you compare Pearl in a Cage to and why?

    Not sure. I had never read an historical family saga before. I am looking for another now.


    What about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance did you like?

    Deidre is perhaps my all time favourite narrator. I fell in love with her storytelling with this book and have sought out other titles narrated by her. I find she brings a depth and a reality to the characters without overplaying them.


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

    When poor toddler Jenny was assaulted. Just so awful. I felt for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm reviewing this after finishing the last book of the series. I am about to start them all from scratch. They have become like a comfortable old friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Cursed: Jane Yellowrock, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1334)

    The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

    Ducky says: "Faith Hunter, Jane and Beast are at it again!!!"
    "Not functional with the app."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Book was fine but has to be downloaded to computer then loaded to your device. This means limited app functionality (no chapters/bookmarking). It spoiled it for me especially the unable to download when I purchased until at home with my computer. This should be stated in the description.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raven Cursed?

    Finally getting access, days after purchase.


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

    Yes, same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Story and performance good. App problem sucked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A House of Night Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (421)

    Neferet’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they’ll need it, because Neferet’s not going down without a fight. Chaos reigns at the House of Night.

    Mary says: "Getting tired, but still entertaining."
    "Getting tired, but still entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you have read the rest of the series, yes, I would read this one. It continues the story with the gang. There is nothing that stands out as super interesting though, and had I not read the rest, this book is pretty boring and can't be read as a stand alone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast again?

    Yes, but it's time to take the House of Night into a new, interesting direction, or wrap it up.


    Did Caitlin Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator does a fine job, but if this were a movie, she wouldn't be winning any Oscars.


    Do you think Hidden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There needs to be a final book to tie up the loose ends and finish the series.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

    Barbara says: "Excellent read"
    "An enjoyable listen."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    I don't "do" print versions of books. I am studying a degree and have 3 pre-school aged kids including a young baby. If I pick up a book, it's text. My reading for pleasure is all audio as I cook dinner, drive, nurse the baby and other chores.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    There was a few laugh out loud moments that surprised the kids.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    OMG, that New Zealand accent of the male nurse. It was soooooo so bad. Has that narrator even heard a NZ accent or was that a guess? Being an Aussie, we have lots of NZ expats living here and many on TV. I am very familiar with the accent and that had not one iota of similarity with it. I could have done much better. I hated that character because of it and just wanted him to shut up and go away. Almost spoiled the book.


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

    The ending.....have the tissues handy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Widow's Web: Elemental Assassin, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (740)

    I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway. Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power.

    Julie says: "Not worth my credit"
    "It's not going to win any awards but....."
    Overall
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    Story
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always enjoy the food descriptions. I made a peach cobbler while listening this time.


    Was Widow's Web worth the listening time?

    if you have followed the tales of Gin Blanco her friends, family and associated elementals, dwarves, giants and vamps then theis latest is worth a listen. It's not overly exciting, nor an explosive listen, but it continues the story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (465)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "....and just to even it up."
    Overall

    I liked it.

    I really liked the story of it. When I am caught up in a story, the narration takes a backseat for me. I loved Wicked, and although not as good, this book continues the story well. I still have an unanswered question though. hmm, on to book 3.

    I agree that the narration could have been better, but at no point was I ripping out my earphones. This is a story that should be listened to while you are not doing anything else. I found if I was engaged in an activity, I would lose track because the story is quite involved and intricate. If you have read Wicked, this book is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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