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Maria

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  • 31 reviews
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  • Ask for It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (529)

    Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - THREE WORDS PERFECT DELICIOUS HOT"
    "Loved it!"
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    I actually loved this book! It's my first Sylvia Day -- I wanted to avoid the whole "50 Shades" cliche and similar writers. But this was actually really good! I'm a huge fan of Justine Eyre, and think that she was magnificent as always. For listeners who don't typically purchase historical fiction based in England and who are used to more modern US-based characters, I could see how her voice would be a distraction. But I've listened to many titles that she's narrated, and she's one of the best out there. I chose this book because Justine was narrating. The performance and story did not disappoint!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Culling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Johnson
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Carl Sims, a young virologist, discovers a plot hatched by a group of international scientists to cull, in a matter of weeks, two-thirds of the world's population - some 4.5 billion people - by releasing a deadly virus. Their goal is to reduce Earth's population from an unsustainable seven billion to two billion. What is he to do? Try to stop the conspiracy, or join it?

    Maria says: "Just meh."
    "Just meh."
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    The idea and plot is a good one - the idea that the world is overpopulated, and a plot to release a deadly strain of influenza will help "bring it back into balance," so to speak. But the author isn't the best writer. First of all, I find it hard to believe young 20 something's who smoke pot are the brains behind the top level research at the CDC. Secondly, other than the fact that Stewart is in a wheelchair and is Asian, and that Jenna is African American, we have no idea what these people look like. Third, some of the story lines are just too implausible. Add in the word "quipped" about 8 million times and some rabbit trails where the author diatribes about his evolution vs. creationism beliefs (yes, we get it... you're anti-God) and the whole thing loses steam about 1/3 of the way through. I moved onto another book, but may pick it up to listen again and finish it if I get bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures - until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

    Barbara says: "I really liked this book"
    "I don't have MS, but great book!"
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    I'm one of those weird people who just likes reading health books. The story of Dr. Wahls and her reversal of MS symptoms was an interesting one. I found many parts of the book to be relevant, even though I don't have MS. It helped me to think that perhaps I could do my part to prevent disease. I do agree that she goes way overboard with her last name, calling everything "Wahls this" and "Wahls that." That undoubtedly got annoying, which accounts for the reduction in a star on my review. Other than that, it's a solid book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey S. Bland, Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic disease is not genetically predetermined but results from a mismatch between our genes and environment and lifestyle. What we call a "disease" is the outcome of an imbalance in one or more of the seven core physiological processes. Leveraging a lifetime on the cutting edge of research and practice, Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland lays out a road map for good health by helping us understand these processes and the root causes of chronic illness.

    Lance says: "Doctors work for the government now"
    "I loved this book!"
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    This book was a great eye opener. Be sure to have a pen and some paper handy while reading. It really opened my eyes not just to the folly of our current health system, but also to my own sluggish systems that need rejuvenation. Excellent book. I'll be listening to it a second time to recapture anything I might have missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (607)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    Eric says: "Political schizophrenia and engrossing story"
    "Good story... frustrating narration"
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    The story is a compelling one, and is extremely exciting. Anyone who loves "doomer fiction" will love this. Unfortunately, the audio narration is tough. The book is filled with the main character's thoughts. The narrator reads those thoughts low under his breath, at about half the volume of the rest of the narration, almost mumbling. I play my audiobooks on a speaker, not with earbuds. I started off replaying those parts and turning up the volume to hear it, and then turning it back down when the regular narration got loud again. But that got cumbersome and annoying, so I just left it at one volume and basically missed hearing half the book. I don't like the author's style for that reason, nor the narrator's. But the story is one that you have to listen to -- it's that gripping. I just recommend reading it, rather than listening to it, if you have a hard time hearing audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Petite Kady Long, a celebrated chef about to be married to a gorgeous man, felt she was the luckiest woman alive. But when she tried on an antique satin wedding dress, she was overcome with dizziness. When she opened her eyes, Kady was in the harsh, sunlit landscape of 1873 Legend, Colorado. There, she meets Cole Jordan, a tall, rangy, and very appealing man.

    CAROLYN says: "CAGA-UK"
    "It was okay."
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    I have this in hardcover -- I bought it and read it when it first came out. I loved the story just as much as then, but wasn't thrilled with the narrator. I envisioned 30 year old Katie with a younger, perkier, more innocent sounding voice. While C.J. Critt does a great job, her voice just sounds far too old and too refined, like some glamorous movie star from the 40s or something. It just didn't fit the character. Therefore, I didn't like the audio as much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    It’s 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine. The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her.

    G. House Sr. says: "Give it a read, it's worth the credit"
    "Pretty dull, with weird narration..."
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    The premise is super exciting -- Alpha Centauri goes super nova and creates an EMP, blowing up and leaving the earth in darkness as a result. The result? Dull, dull, dull. Not only is the storyline agonizing slow with very little action, but the narrator made it even worse. He reads the narration just fine, but whenever he gets to the dialog parts, every character sounds like a weird, disconnected robot (especially the women). And the accents were atrocious. I tried... really, I forced myself to make it past the half-way point, but I realized I'm just wasting precious time that I could be listening to something else. It's a shame. It's such an awesome premise, which is why I'm giving the story two stars instead of one. Maybe someone else will like it better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "This was a fun story!"
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    I loved this! It was a fun story. Faith, a good-hearted former stripper inherits a hockey team from her late rich husband. Ty Savage, the team captain, isn't happy about it. The friction, tension and attraction between the two eventually leads to true love. This was an easy listen, and the humor and character profiles were great. I don't know why, but I could not stop picturing Cameron Diaz and Channing Tatum in these roles, which made it even that much more fun. It would make a great movie someday... (grin).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Knight in Shining Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (308)

    Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" (Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

    JeriG says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "This is such an awesome story!"
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    For fans of Jude Deveraux, this is a classic. It's one of the best time travel/romances out there. I read this many years ago, and was delighted to see it in audio. I just wasn't all that fond of the male narrator. He did a pretty good job, but there's just something about a male narrator trying to pull off a crying woman's voice that just makes it sound... well, whiny and cheesy.

    But despite that, I listened to the story practically straight through. I had forgotten the awesome ending! I just loved it. Entertaining and endearing.

    Now, hopefully Remembrance (my favorite Deveraux's time-travel romance novel) will come out in unabridged audio. I'd hope for that story, the publisher will chose a woman to narrate. It just makes it that much more believable. Justine Eyre would be great for that story!

    I'll continue to wait for more vintage Deveraux...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes - or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a 200-year-old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that "went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire". Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

    Maria says: "My favorite book in a long, long time!"
    "My favorite book in a long, long time!"
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    I absolutely LOVED this book! Both storylines were captivating, and Justine Eyre did a magnificent job, as always. I almost listened to it all the way straight through (interrupted only by a necessary night's sleep). The ending was satisfying, and I'm recommending it to everyone. SO fun for any Jane Austen fan!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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