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MARYANNE

EDEN, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 22 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 796 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
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  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (841)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Who doesn't like a good zombie story?"
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    This plays out a lot like the movie Traffic, hence the name. A great zombie book. Character development is swift. Its a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (553)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "A Great Addition to the Duffy Character Study"
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    I love this author and this series. Sean Duffy is a very interesting character. He floats along in his life wondering if he should wish or want for more. He amicably attends confession before heading off on a an unsanctioned excursion, casually confessing to murder, lust and adultery. At the same time his sense of those who "do wrong" seems very much intact, even if he himself is excluded. Ireland comes alive and so do the characters. A great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (717)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "Tragic!"
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    This book was tragic. The circumstances of how the women got into the situation the book is really about is told in short chapters throughout the book, so even though you think you know what that is, the horrifying events unfold slowly. I felt this book on a lot of levels and do not think I will forget how it made me feel. The book has something to say about raising children or the lack thereof and those same children in charge of children; paying for bad decisions and continuing to pay again, again and again; accepting consequences or finding the best possible outcome from a horrible situation; but mostly it's about being forced to live with lies and secrets. I recommend this book with reservations. The author put me with his characters, chapter after chapter. I think I knew where this book was going early on but it was like being unable to look away from a train wreck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1150)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Fascinating"
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    Sean Duffy is a multi-faceted character who faces life and death in Northern Ireland as a catholic detective. McKinty's writing style gives Duffy a straight forward, no nonsense voice. The political climate, everyday strife of living in a war torn area, the descriptions and interactions with the rebel groups with power and the wonderful 80's references make this a fascinating read. The plot is a ride with much detecting going on while Duffy tries to get his personal life in motion. A great beginning to a great series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (316)

    When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls.

    L. O. Pardue says: "The Rest of the Harry Hole Series is Excellent!"
    "Linking the chain"
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    Love Jo Nesbo. Love the Harry Hole series. Harry is not really a very likable character. He has lots of issues but is amazingly astute. I have never figured the ending of the Nesbo Books which is what makes them so damn fun. On top of that, you get to go to different cultures which lends to the "what" in the who, where, when, what scenarios Nesbo serves up again and again. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1231)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Excellent Series Beginner"
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    This is the first in the Camel Club series and the character introductions are wonderful. The cast is eclectic and entertaining despite the seriousness of the situations they find themselves in. Secret Service, CIA, FBI, and all other alphabet factions, White House protesters, mercenaries, Department of Justice...you name it, they all have a role. I am looking forward to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (357)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Solid Connelly"
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    I enjoy Connelly and this book is no exception. The main characters slow take on what is happening to him just gave me more time to figure it. The catalyst to the events was obvious very early on to me but not necessarily the mechanics. The interaction between the characters kept the story moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1343)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Somewhat Predictable But Well Written"
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    While this book has been seen as Grisham-esque, I find almost all fictional legal thrillers to be in that category. This book is about flawed characters hoping to redeem themselves professionally and/or personally and to grow from that redemption. Any failure to do that is part of the charm of this book. The plot is simple but a nice ride and the twist is just that a twist. Although it is lengthy it is an easy listen and the time spent with the characters is well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (342)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "More Time Travel Please!"
    Overall
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    This books premise was very cool. I love time travel stories and this one was great as far as that went in this book. I was not thrilled about the religious lecturing about Christ throughout the book, however, if you had to pick something that you didn't think happened to travel to in time, the resurrection of Christ is huge. Setting aside all of the religious stuff, the book is solid on time travel principles making it very enjoyable from the standpoint. I gave it a three overall because I found myself zoning out as the characters interacted with Christ...sad but true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (505)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Story is Developing Wonderfully!"
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    As the second book, Wayward Pines picks up seamlessly where Pines leaves off. The main character's angst continues as he tries to figure whose side he's on. The betrayal element is huge in this book and all those that were hinted at in the first book come of age. The big reveal is given to the people in Pines and the ending leaves you holding your breath. I cared about the characters, love the hints of things to come and saw that a major plot line in the third book was developing in stand alone chapters throughout this book just as Crouch did in the first book leading to the second. Great Formula.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (671)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "A Great Zombie Read"
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    This book stands out from all other zombie reads on so many different levels! Adjectives that come to mind are gripping, thrilling, gruesome, creepy along with unique, compelling, heart-wrenching and surprising. The story is well developed along with the characters as the author skillfully leads you to the unexpected conclusion. The pop culture references were wonderful. If you like zombie books, this is a must read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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