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Maggie

STUDIO CITY, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Aikido Anejo: A Parker Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Linden
    • Narrated By Steve Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Parker tries to help an old family friend and is caught up in a deadly mix of terror and kidnapping. Opie Taylor returns to help Parker and brings along a new friend, a young, Puerto Rican, mixed martial art master named Gabriel Condore. Along with the old friend, Parker, Taylor and Gabe battle a suspected drug cartel from Miami trying to free the beautiful kidnap victim. All this takes place in the teeth of an on-rushing hurricane that is determined to rip Florida from the map.

    Maggie says: "A great and unexpected adventure."
    "A great and unexpected adventure."
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    What made the experience of listening to Aikido Anejo the most enjoyable?

    This is such a fun book. At first you think it's a standard PI adventure - but it goes in directions you never expect, and you really care what happens next. Great book!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well it has to be Parker - he's a classic tough-guy private detective, but he's got a soft spot for old people and animals. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and he's a hero!


    What about Steve Marvel’s performance did you like?

    He really captured each character and brought them to life. Each one was so different - I forgot it was one person narrating and just got lost in the story. His voice and style is perfect for this genre - really adds flavor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely would have listened in one sitting if I could. I listened to it in the car, and often found myself sitting in the driveway, to get to the end of the chapter... tempted to sit and listen to the next chapter as well!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book immensely. I'll be looking for more by this author and this narrator.... guess I'll have to start at the beginning. Hope it has both Niko and Grindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leavenworth Case

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anna Katherine Green
    • Narrated By Steve Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel. Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever.

    Maggie says: "Great Victorian 'whodunnit'"
    "Great Victorian 'whodunnit'"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like a good old-fashioned victorian mystery, you'll love this book. The characters are so detailed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the lead character best - he could be anybody, and you feel for him! Like Alice stepping through the looking glass, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.


    What about Steve Marvel’s performance did you like?

    Mr Marvel really captured the characters - they were all so different, and his interpretation really adds depth to the story and the suspense. I love it when the narration makes the book better, and that is the case here.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prisoner and the Sun: The Complete Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brad Magnarella
    • Narrated By Steve Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A hero's journey and poignant allegory, The Prisoner and the Sun chronicles Iliff's struggle for freedom. Stone walls, lies, dreadful creatures, and Death itself beset his path. And then there are Iliff's own convictions about the unseen Sun and how one beholds it. Convictions that present perhaps the most daunting barriers to his quest's fulfillment. Now, all three books in one epic edition.

    Maggie says: "Colorful characters in a spiritual adventure"
    "Colorful characters in a spiritual adventure"
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    Where does The Prisoner and the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed listening to this story. The story itself was a bit on the young side for me, hence the 4 stars over 5, but I love adventures and fantasy, and this is a good one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a spiritual story, but it's also a fun adventure. I really enjoyed the characters, and each new world was described in such detail, I could absolutely see it. It all felt very colorful and bright - even in the dungeons and caves!


    What does Steve Marvel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think the narrator really keeps the story moving forward, and he gives each character real color, distinct personality, and great depth. Some of them I sort of "cast" in my mind, so each character had a face - a real presence. Stories with introspection can loose pace, but the narration kept my interest and kept narrative flowing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between the hero and his troll friend, then the young troll he looked after was so strong, I really felt for them. His ambivalence about the older troll was so moving - you want him to do what's right, but understand the pressure he's under.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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