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MARYANNE

EDEN, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1358)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    whitney says: "I'm confused..."
    "It is The King after all...."
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    Meh. I expected more considering we are re-visiting these two characters. I found the side stories (soon to be their own novels I think) more interesting. Kind of a let down, and I love this series. It just didn't have any powerful anything about Wrath. I didn't get any big revelation or any "ah ha" moments. Hoping the next book, should there be one, even if it is considered a spin off series, is more than this.

    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
    (4475)
    Performance
    (2923)
    Story
    (2956)

    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
    (988)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (942)

    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
    (554)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (458)

    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
    (3030)
    Performance
    (2318)
    Story
    (2332)

    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
    Overall
    (7167)
    Performance
    (5081)
    Story
    (5065)

    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
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1374)

    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
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4492)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Familiar and Distressing"
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    War stories are so distressing. This one is no different. The Vietnam War is well known and this book is familiar. The main character is ambitious. He thinks he knows what he wants within the confines of the Marine situation he is thrown in to. Through the entire I book I couldn't help wondering what he would have accomplished during this time had he not been a solider. His Company was filled with teenagers. Children following orders from others not much older then themselves in deplorable conditions with no help on the way. Dire circumstances become just a way of life. The author shocks you with bold descriptions and painting some truly gruesome pictures. Following our unlikely hero throughout this book was a pleasure despite the subject matter and by the end of the book I just wanted to give him a huge hug for correcting his course and becoming a better man. Only down side, I felt like this book really didn't end and I wanted resolution for my now affectionately viewed hero. I believe that Bronson Pinchot did an incredible job performing this book. I can see myself trying new authors solely because he would be the Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (745)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "You say you want conspiracy?"
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    Meltzer delivers a great political conspiracy novel here with a little romance, a little back stabbing, a few crazy people and someone has something to hide type characters that come to life. The hero of this book is unlikely, the villain is somewhat predictable but the way the bit players come in and out of the story is great. I didn't really have the solution to this and the twists made the rethinking of the characters actions fun. A solid entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2071)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "I bought it!"
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    I liked this book. I followed along the lines the author wanted me to, well defined and directing. The story is believable and creepy and you can't help but be caught up in it. I had no idea where I was going in the story and was surprised by the conclusion. A solid listen and great effort by this author. I'm expecting to read more by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1697)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Smart..very smart"
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    I did not start this series where I should have and it seemed to me that my favorite FBI agent did not play as big a role as I would hope in this book. On reflection, this has been the way these books develop. Pendegrast slinks into the story and captivates you while he is in the book. The characters are awesome and easy to follow while our FBI lead is a mystery. This book scared the be-Jesus out of me and it will scare you too if you follow through on their thinking.....good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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