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Marion

Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.

Cronulla, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 375 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Bad Luck and Trouble: Jack Reacher 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff` Harding
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    You DO NOT MESS with the Special Investigators!The events of 9/11 changed Jack Reacher’s drifter life in a practical way. In addition to his folding toothbrush, he now needs to carry photo ID to get around. Yet he is still as close to untraceable as a human being in America can get. So when a member of his old Army unit manages to get a message to him, he knows it has to be deadly serious. The Special Investigators always watched each other’s backs. Now Reacher must put the old unit back together

    Joe says: "Jack has mates = more trouble, more action."
    "Think Jack's showing his age"
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    Have been a constant Reacher fan but whether it was the almost tired voice given to him by Mr Harding or my personal attitude at the time, I felt that Jack was also tired of being leader of the push. There was certainly plenty of action but not the usual edginess to his character. Maybe there were too many characters to contend with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Bracelet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (291)

    Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

    Reg says: "Excellent Read!!!"
    "Don't bother a total waste of time & money"
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    Did any of the co-authors read Jeffery Deaver's opening premise or did they just make up anything that came to mind without continuity in mind. I enjoy most of the co-authors' books so this one was 10 times more disappointing. To my mind it should never have been published.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2689)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Not easy to start but stay with it! BRILLIANT"
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    I found this epic tres formidable and after several false starts became glued, mainly because of Mr Barrett's consistent narration particularly with the voice he gave to Owen. It must have been a difficult decision to find and maintain this important ingredient. I did read somewhere that John Irving did not believe it could be narrated satisfactorily - well, he needn't have worried.

    I replayed the final chapters over and over again and was an emotional mess by the end. How brilliant is Mr Irving to thread the lifelong lives of his characters through such a maze to this outstanding climax. All I can say is Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (618)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "I'm hooked"
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    I had never heard of this series and after listening to this First Deadly Sin, have ordered the lot. I was a little put off by the opening part and thought I had ordered the wrong book but soon became totally involved in Mr Sanders great characterisations plus the brilliant narration. It was like watching a movie in my mind. There have been a few books where I was swayed by reviews and then found them wanting, but not this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3905)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2553)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "A Classic story narrated by a master"
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    I have to admit I am not a patient reader of long descriptive passages in any book or even of 'fables' per se, but when narrated in the mellifluous tones of Jeremy Irons, I was transported and listened avidly to the end, enjoying this gentle story. I would defy anyone to turn him off.

    That is why I am such a fan of listening as opposed to reading as I carry my phone everywhere I go and turn it on at every opportunity plus am offered such a diverse variety of choices. There is never time to actually sit and read during the day so can get most chores done without guilt. Thank you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack: Michael Bennett, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    The nation is mourning after the death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and ruthless scenario. Detective Michael Bennett is pulled into the fray. He's just lost the love of his life and faces raising his children alone ¿ and rescuing 34 hostages.

    Marion says: "A Strange mixture of Patterson mayhem and pathos"
    "A Strange mixture of Patterson mayhem and pathos"
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    The switch between the usual Patterson violence intermingled with the unbelievability of a busy detective having 10 children AND a dying saintly wife PLUS helpful father/grandfather, then being sent an even saintlier au pair and still keep his act together, was just too much for this usually gullible listener to swallow.

    I dislike background music/sound effects in any audible book but even though the sad scenes were so eloquently expressed, the soulful music intruded, particularly when the listener was immediately jolted into the next unreal vicious actions of the villains.

    Part of Patterson's et all's successful writing strategy is to make you quickly turn the page at the end of each chapter to find out 'what happens next' The narrator paused before announcing each one, which made me feel he also found the discontinuity between action and family tragedy, hard to handle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5108)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2202)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "A faultlessly written and narrated epic"
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    Having grown up during WW2 then closely following the endless world upheavals to the present day, it was mind boggling to listen to the past deadly intrigues committed by people in power and of the lives led by members of the CIA at that time. It is chilling to know these events still continue worldwide.

    This is a book I could never have attempted to read because of the sheer size, cast and foreign names and places, but Scott Brick kept me riveted with his smooth, seemingly effortless narration.

    Of course, full marks go to the author, Robert Littell, whose writing craft brought the depicted historical events to life thus enabling Scott to put the icing on the cake for me.

    To be able to tour through Provencale and Tuscany recently. not miss any scenery nor miss a word or continuity of the book, was definitely a plus. Bravo to both fine artists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7547)
    Performance
    (6571)
    Story
    (6561)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A Deserved 5 star vote"
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    I have never been a Nora Roberts fan as I like my mysteries and murders without any in depth sexual descriptions. No, I'm not an old prude, just want the facts and interesting storyline thanks. BUT Ms Whelan's narration totally won me over. So much so I wanted my 81 yesr old husband to listen to the main male character's sympathetic, understanding and sm-o-o-th technique. In yer dreams!
    I chose the book because of its ratings and was not disappointed but have browsed through the author's other books in the library and know I wouldn't relish reading them to myself. Such is the joy of audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Oscar Finley: street cop turned street lawyer. Wally Figg: expert hustler and ambulance-chaser. David Zinc: Harvard Law School graduate. Together, this unlikely trio make up Finley & Figg: specialists in injury claims, quickie divorces and DUIs. None of them has ever faced a jury in federal court. But they are about to take on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the States.

    Jane says: "Worth it in the end"
    "A slow starter gained pace finished in a hurry"
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    I've been disappointed in John Grisham's later novels but managed to stay with this one to the end. He goes into great detail in bulding his unattractive characters and the lengths they go to to cling onto the coat tails of the big firms, but somehow he scrapes in towards the end.

    It was an eye opener to the world of 'ambulance chasers' who have created a monster in the legal system causing bona fide companies and professionals much angst as they are led to the slaughter of their expertise and characters for megabucks by these unsavoury lawyers. That said, it was a good yarn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Above Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Young detective Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case, and it couldn't be a more horrific set of killings. They began eight years earlier; now the body count is up to six. After another body is found, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of evidence which links one man to the killings. However, he's a household name, a much-loved actor, and an arrest would create a media frenzy. And, if he was found to be the wrong man, his career would be finished, as well as Anna's.

    Geoff says: "Above Suspicion"
    "A gripping tale from a master story teller"
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    As a firm devotee of La Plante's thrillers this one again scores highly. Her knowledge of police procedure and keeping her listeners/readers totally involved until the last page is outstanding. Of course the narrator assists in the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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