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Mary Lynn

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  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (495)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "How did this narration pass editorial review?"
    Overall

    Despite the far-fetched action plot, Crichton's research into the climate change issues here seems sound. But unless you can stomach someone else's swallowing, burping and dispeptic rumbling directly your ears I recommend the print version. Surely other narrators swallow, but of the hundred of books I've listened to, I've encountered only about 5 audible swallowers. Most of the interruptions in this audiofile could readily have been edited out, and the dispeptic sections could have been re-read when the narrator's stomach was more comfortable. Shame on Harper Audio for releasing this. George Wilson has been added to my blacklist of narrators.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4832)
    Performance
    (2238)
    Story
    (2247)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    Overall

    This is an epic surely destined to become a "cut in stone" classic, a gem so perfectly cut that it sparkles from every facet. Best of all, the story is filled with characters so human and alive, even in death, that I for one wish to keep them close by me forever. And Sunil Mulhotra's mastery of narration for both sexes, over a large spectrum of age and accent, is so good I am grateful my first exposure to Cutting For Stone is through his voice.

    66 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1359)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "If there were seven stars available..."
    Overall

    Everything I want it a book, doubly enhanced by having it read so convincingly. Usually I treat myself to books as I do physical work; this one kept me awake at nights concentrating on listening with laughter and tears.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tara Moss
    • Narrated By Tara Moss
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    She's beautiful, street-smart, and hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. Makedde Vanderwall has finished her studies and is ready to start practising as a forensic psychologist. She's also starting a new life in Australia with her detective boyfriend Andy Flynn. Hoping to scrape together some extra cash, Mak begins doing part-time work for an infamous Sydney PI.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "boring"
    "Sophomoric"
    Overall

    So awful it was nearly funny -- and might even have been amusing with a better narrator. But despite frequent cringing, I somehow managed to get to the end: I was trying to determine whether the heroine ever opened her mouth without the listener being informed that "she lied."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Stanley
    • Narrated By Mary Stanley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance meeting with a psychiatrist in Paris opens the first crack in Esme's mind. While her own children are falling in love, learning about loyalty, and rebelling against the rules, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down.

    Douglas says: "I loved the book"
    "Painfully amateurish"
    Overall

    Painfully amateurish in both the writing and the reading. With unbelievable paper doll characters in stereotypic settings that can barely stand up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice?

    Giles T. Jackson says: "Great book!"
    "Appalling narration"
    Overall

    This is a perfect example of how a good book can be ruined by almost unbelievably awful narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Star

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (113)

    Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.

    Jeff Parent says: "Bright Star"
    "Narrator's voice unconvincing..."
    Overall

    The narrator, George Guidall, who seemed perfect reading "Niagara Falls All Over Again," reads as well here but never sounds convincing with this work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Harnessing Peacocks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mary Wesley
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mary Lynn says: "A memorable gem"
    "A memorable gem"
    Overall

    Brilliant. Delightful. A memorable gem ? indeed a ?harnessed peacock?! And the reading is perfect. A pity only formats 1 and 2 are available...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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