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Maria

I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics

Tempe, AZ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Roe is still in mourning over her husband's death when a movie company arrives in Lawrenceton. They've come to make a film based on a book written by her one-time boyfriend Robin Crusoe, a book that detailed their shared investigation of a series of murders that occurred years before.

    Maria says: "Another kudo for Charlaine Harris"
    "Another kudo for Charlaine Harris"
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    Where does Last Scene Alive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since I have listened to close to 1000 books, it is difficult to know but the book held my interest.


    What other book might you compare Last Scene Alive to and why?

    The book is up to the standard of the other books in the series so that this book is comparable to it.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She has good temper and tone and reads as one would expect an actress to read.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10772)
    Performance
    (5992)
    Story
    (6039)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "It was a good story but of necessity very long."
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    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The accents of the narrator were distinguished. I was impressed at the range of subjects that were intertwined in the book. In terms of scholarship I would rate this book quite high. I have been an Audible reader for many years and have read all sorts of books. This book stands out because its topics are new and presentation is remarkable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    Presentation ov the real facts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The arrival on the lifeboat.


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    Sorry. This is not an area of my expertice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poppy Done to Death: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    Best-selling author and Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris crafts the eighth riveting tale starring Aurora "Roe" Teagarden. Roe's stepsister-in-law Poppy has achieved social distinction - she's been elected into the Uppity Women Book Club. Unfortunately, membership has its deadly consequences.

    Liz says: "Aurora Teagarden is Delightful"
    "Aurora is always the sensible one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Poppy Done to Death to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy the audio version better because I am frequently listening to it in the car. In addition, I tend to skip over things when I am reading and take away from some of the cleverness of the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Aurora because she seems to think like a real persons with conflicts that seem real.


    Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

    Aurora


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The current title certainly hooks you in.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (526)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Keep at it because it has a rather slow start"
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    Where does Dead Center rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery was not obvious.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The author is quite witty.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast Master

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andre Norton
    • Narrated By Richard J. Brewer
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Left homeless by the war that reduced Terra to a radioactive cinder, Hosteen Storm - Navaho commando and master of beasts - is drawn to the planet Arzor, to kill a man he has never met. On that dangerous frontier world, aliens and human colonists share the land in an uneasy truce. But something is upsetting the balance, and Storm is caught in the middle. He had thought the war was over - but was it?

    Pete says: "So much better than the movie"
    "Andre Norton is consistent"
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    Where does The Beast Master rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Science fiction is a niche I occasionally like to read or listen to. It is escapist literature and although I enjoy it I would never put it on the same level as someone as Marion Zimmer Bradley.


    What other book might you compare The Beast Master to and why?

    All other Andre Norton Books since she tends to use common themes although she may use them with different shadings.


    What does Richard J. Brewer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is adequate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (230)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Interesting all the way through"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Big Bad Wolf the most enjoyable?

    All of the parts were not tied up till the end.


    What other book might you compare The Big Bad Wolf to and why?

    Other Alex Cross books because the set-up is the same.


    What about Peter J. Fernandez and Denis O'Hare ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not just another thriller but one which will keep you guessing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5779)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3491)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "The saga comtinues"
    Overall

    Although I had hoped the series would finish, the book was great in starting to bring everything together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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