Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Maggieck

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Maggieck

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Maggieck

Maggie

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2005

ratings
86
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
19

  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By David Maine
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, enthralling portrait of a family driven (and riven) by familiar passions and jealousies. The result is a staggering achievement and intimate, hilarious, and utterly original telling of temptation and murder, and of exile and loss.

    Jacob says: "Remarkable!"
    "Could have been better"
    Overall

    Like others, I bought this title on a whim, and found myself a bit dissapointed. While the format of reverse chonology was interesting I found the writing rather superficial. The author seems to skim the surface of the aspects of the story he found less interesting. Delving more deeply only into the existential questions that interested him. I bought the book as part of Amazon's recent 100 for $10 sale - for that price it was mostly worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (285)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Fire the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm only an hour into the book, so I will update this when I actually finish... That being said, I read the reviews complaining about the new narrator but the first book was so good that I thought "how bad can it be?" It's bad. The new narrator makes Maggie Hope sound like an earnest teenager not an accomplished woman who had been accepted to an MIT graduate program.

    In my limited opinion, I think a lot of the complaints about the dumbing down of the book are related more to the narrators little girl-like voice and may not be fully attributable to the writer's efforts.

    Again, will update when I finish, but if I could go back in time I'd read this book in print than continue to slog through the Audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (292)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Good story - annoying narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Year of Wonders again? Why?

    Listen - no - really didn't like the narrator's tone of voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Year of Wonders?

    The strength and fortitude of the main character Anna Frith.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Geraldine Brooks?

    Almost anyone; maybe Davina Porter?


    If you could take any character from Year of Wonders out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna Frith, perhaps Eleanor as well. I'd love to hear more about Anna's experiences during the epilogue of the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, and the adaptation of this 'true' story of a plague year in Darbyshire, England. My only complaint; the narrator had the most annoying nasal, downcast quality to her voice. While this was not a happy story for the most part - each time I started up the recording my own mood would deflate to match the tone of the story. Once the book got going I could kind of ignore the tone of the narrator's voice - but ugh - not my favorite narrator by any stretch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farthing: Small Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (168)

    One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

    Nancy J says: "It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?"
    "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An interesting What if.

    What if Britain 'negotiated' peace with Hitler? In this novel; events take place several years after the war ends in Britain; but the battle still rages in Kursk and other regions. This novel is both a mystery and a social commentary. However the social commentary is much more matter of fact than preachy. The author delivers his/her message in a way that doesn't so much beat the reader about the head; but allows one to explore their own response to the message in and ponder how they would react in a similar situation.

    Definitely a worth-while read and I'll be reading the other two books in the series soon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sara Shepard
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    A recently widowed mother of two, Sylvie Bates-McAllister finds her life upended by a late-night phone call from the headmaster of the prestigious private school founded by her grandfather where her adopted son Scott teaches. Allegations of Scott's involvement in a hazing scandal cause a ripple effect, throwing the entire family into chaos. For Charles, Sylvie's biological son, it dredges up a ghost from the past who is suddenly painfully present. For his wife Joanna, it forces her to reevaluate everything she's hoped for in the golden Bates-McAllisters.

    Maggieck says: "What happens when families don't talk"
    "What happens when families don't talk"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Essentially this book is about a group of people who's most firm connection to each other is their lack of communication. No one 'really' speaks to anyone. It's an allegory of how assumptions and fear leads to barriers.

    A decent read - but not all that 'enjoyable'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (140)

    Patrick Taylor’s devoted readers and listeners know Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as a pugnacious general practitioner in the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Now Taylor turns back the clock to give us a portrait of the young Fingal - and show us the pivotal events that shaped the man he would become. In the 1930s, fresh from a stint in the Royal Navy Reserve, and against the wishes of his disapproving father, Fingal O’Reilly goes to Dublin to study medicine.

    Jean says: "A Bit of Ireland"
    "Hated the beginning but it got better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I chose this book as it reminded me of the All Creature's Great & Small series - just for people. Initially I hated the arrogance/self-importance of the main character. However once the story focused more on his past as a student doctor - I got what I was looking for and became much happier with the story.

    A decent read - but not good enough to seek out other titles in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alma Katsu
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her...despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort.

    Jodie says: "Left wanting something more..."
    "Egh - kind of a downer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read an article this week that defined happiness as "being satisfied with what you have" if that's true, then this book is the definition of unhappiness.

    Based on the description; I did not expect the book I got. That being said - I'm not sure what I was expecting. I think clearer resolution might be it. I felt like the book "ended" as opposed to it being "finished".

    I will say that I think Lanny did finally start to mature emotionally by the last chapter, I don't think it was enough of a leap to really make me feel like the journey was worth it.

    I had been considering reading this book and then a book club I belong to selected it for this month's selection. I'm glad I had a reason to finish what was otherwise a pointless and dull book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (324)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Great book, well worth reading"
    Overall

    I chose the English American, mainly because my mother's maiden name is Larkin and she was always a very strong Anglophile, so I probably came to the book for different reasons than the average reader.

    That being said, I found the book by turns heartbreaking and delightful. I so wanted Pip's (birth)mother to not be the woman she was. I wanted her (birth)father to be less impressed with his own self-importance. But I also cheered for Pip and her own journey of self-discovery which she wouldn't have taken otherwise.

    Finally I think the unsung hero's of the story are Pip's (adoptive) parents. Not every parent has the love and faith necessary to let their child explore where they came from, without feeling rejected by that child. Bravo, to them for loving thier daughter so much they let her become who she truly is.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prison Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

    Jeffrey says: "A Worthwhile Listen"
    "If only it was longer"
    Overall

    Regardless of Mr. Archer's guilt or innocence, I found this book fascinating and completly engaging. My only complaint was it's length. I would have much preferred to continue on the journey through the British penal system. Read this book, it's one you'll find unable to put down!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.