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MARYANNE

EDEN, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (359)

    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 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3608)
    Story
    (3604)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "The Grisham We Love"
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    This is a fun ride. Law involved but not really the point of the book which makes the plot twists and turns more like Baldacci or Connelly. The story grabs you and even though you know what you are being told isn't the whole story, it was not really a slam dunk deduction to the conclusion. The characters are well developed and act as you would expect them to in the roles they play in the overall plot. Another enjoyable read by a reliable author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Just another day in the Cosa Nostra"
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    Fun book! Frankie is former mob hit man who tells the story of his mob days throughout the book while trying to figure out who has put out a hit on him. You like Frankie and I found his actions to be reasonable given the circumstances. While the story has no resemblance to The Sopranos, I found myself picturing the characters in their likeness. This author is new to me, this is the second book by him and I like him. Out to find another of his books which in itself is a great recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Hmmmmm...."
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    I enjoyed this book but I was left wondering things at the end and that makes me irritable. Jack is young with a vigilante history who nonchalantly goes about a underground crime career including murder, assault, and smuggling without really batting an eye. He simply doesn't have any insight or the insight he does have is pale compared to the context. This bothered me. That aside, I went along for this crazy ride and liked it. Abe, a father type figure to Jack, is hysterical. Hoping the second book gives our Jack some depth past money in his pocket, no strings attached relationships and a little remorse for his situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1013)
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    (1015)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Enough to Hook You"
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    I liked this book. It was a long book and it intrigued me that our heroine had pegged the bad guy before half of the book was done and spent the rest of the book convincing the knucklehead homicide division and defending herself from break down allegations. This book is not slick and really almost has the feel of high school writing assignment in some areas, in others it reads like some of the best. I'm not sure if its because of the profiling aspect of a serial killer or if its because of the charming naive attempt at combining killer and "perhaps not totally acquainted with" adult situations presented, but either way, Steffen hooked me for a second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3110)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Hysterically funny spin on Armageddon"
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    I laughed out loud at so much of this book I can't even begin to tell you the funniest parts. If you can laugh at the end of the world, you will love this book. Evil working with Good to find the Anti-Christ to stop the end of the world...in 11 days. The characters develop incredibly well, the events to herald the end of days are funny in context, with the two writing styles complimenting one another. Completely enjoyable way to spend your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1730)
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    (1742)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Tommyknockers dejavu"
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    Love Stephen King and loved this book all the way up to the last two chapters. I had to go back a bunch of times to make sure I really did understand that this book that started out so amazing ended the way it did. Seriously? The last chapter wrap up does not make up for it. Overall disappointed. I loved the ride which is why he got a five on the story...overall, the conclusion..sheesh.

    0 of 1 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
    (622)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    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"
    "So Bummed Out"
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    Tells the story of eccentrics who survived the family poisoning. Your main character is delusional, her sister is down trodden and the surviving uncle is obsessed with documenting what happened the day of the poisoning. It is a depressing book and ends with no redemption or solutions. It totally bummed me out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2417)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "If you read this as a kid, do it again!"
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    Great Book! I first read this book as a kid and took it at kid values. Though Adams says the book is just a story made up on a long trip with his kids and that it has no hidden meanings, you certainly get the feeling that he is making statements on social issues. Putting that aside, the rabbit characters are wonderful with a wide range of personalities. They have different motivations, ambitions, and roles within their community. You live the rabbit life for the entirety of the book and enjoy it. It is a fun ride and ends on a great note. If you haven't read the book, do. If you have, take another look. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7348)
    Performance
    (5242)
    Story
    (5223)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "How much can one person comprehend?"
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    This is the first in the Jack Reacher series and it has to tell you a lot of stuff so the series will unfold properly. This book is full of heart ache, attraction, double back stabbing, general back stabbing and all around shenanigans resulting in a town that has gone far south of legal. Our hero happens into the mayhem and saves the day. Love these books and the not so lovable ex-military hero. Pick these books up as you like. They can stand alone and sometimes do better out of order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1417)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Nice Light Time Waster"
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    I like Molly Harper. I liked this book. Anyone in the Tourism industry will relate to the projects, etc. A romance formula that works. Nothing new or startling, just an enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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