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Mary

keizer Oregon | Member Since 2006

ratings
30
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1880)
    Performance
    (1594)
    Story
    (1594)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Good listen if you are 12 years old"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Tweens


    What was most disappointing about Lauren Oliver’s story?

    The plot was silly, the character unlikeable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the performance was fine...it was the material that was hard to take.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Delirium?

    Sorry....didn't devote that kind of attention to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3295)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "I enjoyed listening to this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Heir of Novron the most enjoyable?

    The story and the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both Royce and Hadrian equally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't recall the specific scene that was a favorite for me.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to the book. I just looked forward to listening to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (2539)
    Story
    (2553)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "This was wonderful!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again.....because I don't tend to listen to books more than once. But this was a wonderful book with great character development and twists along the way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    There were two...one I could guess at before it actually unfolded...the other was a complete surprise.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job of differentiating the different voices for the characters. I do find the cockney accent (at least I think it was cockney) annoying after a while...but that's just me.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

    Vivian


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "I didn't like it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Dissolution?

    The story didn't hold my interest. The narration was not interesting. I got bored after just a few minutes.


    What was most disappointing about Richard Lee Byers’s story?

    The story and narration


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    no


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteen Hallows

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Scott, Colette Freedman
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    They are 13 ancient treasures: mysterious, magical, infinitely powerful, with the potential for great good... or absolute evil. The legends of some of the Hallows are well known - Arthur’s sword, the Grail Chalice, the Stone of Scone - but most of the others have been lost in the mists of antiquity. However, the 13 Hallows survive, protected by hereditary Guardians who can trace their lineage back to the age of Arthur and beyond. The Hallows have been used time and again in the battle with the Demonkind who once ruled this earth.

    Peter says: "The metallic smell of blood... over and over..."
    "Recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Thirteen Hallows in three words, what would they be?

    Characters are compelling, the story engaging and the narrator is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and story line.


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

    Kate Reading is one of my favorite narrators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

    mike says: "First Rate"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy this book. I just didn't get it.


    Has The Spirit Lens turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not entirely, but I'm getting there.


    What didn’t you like about David DeVries’s performance?

    I don't think it was the performance as much as the material.


    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1205)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Waste of Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Cast in Shadow better?

    I admit I listen to audio books while doing other things and can occasionally loose the thread of a story....but this book was impossible for me to follow. I stuck with it to the end but wish I hadn't.

    I just did not care about the characters.


    Has Cast in Shadow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because I've listened to other books and loved them. I love Jim Butcher's books, George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobbs, etc.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes....the problem was the story.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (439)

    The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

    Jackie says: "Fascinating Ride!"
    "Waste of time and money"
    Overall

    I purchased this audio book on sale.....and now I know why it was on sale. The narration was so bad, it was nearly impossible to differentiate between characters. The attempt at Chinese accents hurt my ears it was so bad. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Marguerite Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (136)

    Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice with extraordinary and dangerous powers. But he has alreadybroken his vows, and a young woman's death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful book-seller Claire Camden.

    cadascho says: "Would love to hear another narrator do this one!"
    "Sorry to have purchase this one"
    Overall

    I must have gotten sucked into buying on sale. The plot and characters are silly and the narrator almost makes me laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Swan Peak (Unabridged"
    Overall

    James Lee Burke has done it again. You can't help but root for Clete and hope he finds happiness at some point. The characters seem so real, the violence all too real and the writing beautiful. Burke is a master storyteller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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