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Ann-Marie

I live in a big house by the Baltic sea in Gävle, Sweden. I am married and have three teenagers and one dog. I read books, buy books and blog about books. If I don´t read I knit, sew or quilt.

Gavle, Sweden | Listener Since 2010

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  • Dead Scared

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sharon Bolton
    • Narrated By Lisa Coleman
    Overall
    (20)
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    (19)
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    (20)

    When a Cambridge student dramatically attempts to take her own life, DI Mark Joesbury realizes that the university has developed an unhealthy record of young people committing suicide in extraordinary ways. Against huge personal misgivings, Joesbury sends young policewoman DC Lacey Flint to Cambridge, with a brief to work undercover, posing as a depression-prone, vulnerable student. Psychiatrist Evi Oliver is the only person in Cambridge who knows who Lacey really is - or so they both hope.

    Ann-Marie says: "yep - dead scared!"
    "yep - dead scared!"
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    I really liked this one! Scary, interesting and very good. I want more!!! And the performance is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (463)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "Creepy and beautiful"
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    It is not at all the horror story I thought it was. It is a creepy, affectionate and beautiful story of insanity, loneliness and hatred. Merricat is one of the most fascinating literary characters I've met. It's very hard not to like her and feel sorry for her and at the same time there is an uncanny feeling about her. A must read!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (647)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Loved it"
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    I loved it, and can't wait for the next! An atmospheric and interesting crime story with many interesting and likable characters. Not the least interesting character - London in the victorian era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Couldn't stop"
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    I feel somewhat manipulated. This is not the kind of novel I usually read or listen to and I can't say I'm longing to read one again. BUT I couldn't stop. I wanted to know what was going on and what had happened. I liked that the novel has a small hint of literacy in it - that is that the main character is a novel. That said, it really isn't a very good novel. The characters are too stereotype and not very interesting. You never get to know them. The story promises a lot to begin with but doesn't keep its promise in the end. But, as I said, I couldnt stop...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Reckless, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive.... For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures. Not anymore. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear... unless he can find a way to stop it.

    Sheri C says: "Behind the mirror"
    "Boring"
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    Nope, not for me! I liked the idea very much. I love the old fairytales and read them over and over again when I was a child (still do sometimes) and often imagined myself to be a part in them. And I absolutely LOVED John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things (read this instedad). So I did have quite high expectations.

    I never got involved in the story. The characters never came to life. I didn't really care what would happen to them. Somehow the story lacked the fantasticness and the fairytaleness. There are dwarfs, shape shifters, love, hate, loss, magic, and a lot of references to the Grimm brother's stories but to me it was just boring, uninteresting and kind of stiff.

    Mind you, it had nothing to do with the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Earth Hums in B Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mari Strachan
    • Narrated By Jenni Lea-Jones
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Young Gwenni Morgan is fond of strawberry whip, detective stories, and asking difficult questions. When a neighbour mysteriously vanishes, she resolves to uncover the secret of his disappearance. She truthfully records what she sees and hears: but are her deductions correct? What is the real truth? And what will be the consequences - for Gwenni, her family, and her community - of finding it out?

    Ann-Marie says: "Wonderful welsh girl"
    "Wonderful welsh girl"
    Overall

    It's not easy being 12 years old trying to understand what is happening around you when no one will tell you. Gwenni is a clever and imaginative child and wants to help, but so much goes wrong. She also wants to be a detective, trying to find out what happened to the missing man. In the little welsh town in the early fifties everyone knows about everything but do not talk about it - especially not to a young girl. It's a wonderful story and it is absolutely fantastic narrated. Sometimes there is a wonderful welsh singing in her voice which give the novel an extra dimension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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