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MARYANN

Maryann

INVERNESS, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

    Marian says: "Great plot, Narration not so great"
    "Why do they change readers?"
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    Did George Guidall and Tony Ward do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I love the Charlie Parker series and so looked forward to this newest book. Jay O. Sanders was perfect for the part of Charlie Parker. George Guidall is a great reader, but I was disappointed when he replaced Sanders. (You come to know a character, almost like an old friend. A new voice severs that relationship.) Tony Ward is a good reader, but so different from Sanders and Guidall. He sounds too young, naive, and optimistic. Charlie Parker calls for a reader that can project a hard boiled, burnt out character. The series is dark. Ward cannot produce that voice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (324)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Fascinating listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Old Filth the most enjoyable?

    The historical background.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It surprised me. It exceeded my expectations.


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

    He is a gifted reader. You can read a play, but watching it on stage when it is performed by talented actors is so much better. I believe the same applies to books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (354)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Good escapist listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Faking It the most enjoyable?

    It was well written. The plot was clever. It was not silly like some books of this genre. It is not a heavy literary experience, but that is not what I wanted. It lightened my mood. Good escapist listening.


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

    She adds an additional dimension to the reading experience. I appreciate her talent.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (314)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "A Winner"
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    Where does The Sisters Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    7 on a scale of 1 to 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Original and fun. Not too heavy.


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

    Like all great readers, he adds another dimension to the reading experience.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I like animals and was worried about the comments regarding the treatment of them in the book. The horse's experience was sad, but his mistreatment was a result of ignorance and not sadism. That made all the difference for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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