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Marc

Beaverton, OR, United States

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136
REVIEWS
24
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7446)
    Performance
    (6769)
    Story
    (6780)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "This needs to be a series!!!"
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    I really want more Strike!

    The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!

    This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!

    Cheers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1960)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Way more fun than I thought it would be!"
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    So, I picked this audio up based on the narrators favorites, as posted by Audible. The narrator, Allison McLemore, said that this was her favorite, and let me tell you, I WOULD NEVER HAVE PICKED IT OUT OTHERWISE! I am so thankful I did. These are well written, fun stories. Great characters, flaws and all, bring this together and make the story come to life. By the end of the first book I was hooked, and I just bought the third book in the series. This is a great break from the ordinary, and leaves me wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4343)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3282)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Great Characters"
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    I am such a sucker for the tough, intelligent spy/assassin/killer who is moral but dark. This book is about The Grey Man, who is such a character. He kills and is haunted by the bad things he does, but only does them to bad people. And in this story we see other good people reduced to treachery because of terrible circumstances. In the end, the story wraps up with a very satisfying conclusion. If I had one complaint, it was the epilogue. Not my favorite part. Overall, I highly recommend the book. Cheers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1093)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Fun story!!"
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    Well, one of the reviewers stated that this is a fun story even though the gentleman is over 40 years old... much like Harry Potter. Well, it's a fun ride. The first story in the series was really entertaining and I did enjoy it. It is no where near Harry Potter in the immersive power, but once again, Katherine Kellgren brings this thing to life. She is really that good.

    The basic story is that of a girl, a street urchin in London, who breaks out and has some crazy adventures onboard ships in the British Navy in the early 1800s. The main character, Jackie, is clever and comes up with some fun answers to some pretty tense troubles. Like I said, I enjoyed this book like I enjoy an occasional piece of cheese pizza, but the narrator makes this audiobook a good, solid, pepperoni with mushrooms and olives... good enough to eat!!!

    Cheers!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1639)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Excellent narration!!!!!!"
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    I read the reviews for this book and I think these people are trying to get Katherine Kellgren's job! Katherine does a great job of bringing this book to life, and thank you for that!! This story is a very entertaining story, and if slightly formulaic, it is fleshed out very well with very likable characters and some great bad guys.

    The story is one of an American going to Ireland and becoming lost in the land, the people, her family and the magic that runs deep in her family. The terrible curse on her bloodline forces a core group of characters to work together and trust one another. There are witches, wonderful animals, beautiful and intelligent women, and strong, hard working men, and all finally meld into a team. There are more books to come in this series, so the ending leaves you wanting more, but the story is well worth the listen.

    I want to finish with more props to Katherine Kellgren. People said she mixes up types of English accents and gets too loud and whatever else... NONSENSE!! This lady is amazing. If you want sedate and mellow, go listen to other books. If you want emotion, tension and excellent characters brought to life, this is a great job of narrating. I can hardly listen to some of the other books I have waiting now. KATHERINE, YOU'VE RUINED ME WITH YOUR GREAT WORK!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (661)

    Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

    BluBumbleB says: "Wow!!!!! I'm speechless."
    "BRITISH ACCENT!!!"
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    Once again, Grace Grant is a great narrator in her native language. While this story is fun, the shifting and evolving effort at a British accent just killed it for me. Sorry. Just can't do this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1186)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Start with an accent!!"
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    Seriously, if the main character has an Irish accent, get someone who can do the accent. This story is lost in a shifting and really bad accent. Natalie Ross is a fine narrator, but she was pushed off a cliff in this effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (889)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "A heart warming story!"
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    Well, the last few books I listened to were pretty much slash and pow books. I was ready to hear a nice story. These books are all about home, love, acceptance and making the world a better place through magic and family. While the story is predictable and not the classic romance novel, it is great at taking you to a place where very lovable characters struggle to find their way, and in the end do, with the help of great friends and family.

    Hey, they are a bit predictable and corny, but Ms. Geary tells a sweet story with plenty of excitement, and parts of it are really a fun ride! And it did help me recover from the Kaboom books I mentioned above! Cheers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (963)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Whew! That was a wild ride!"
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    Where does Indian Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly, this is a dark book. The author starts with a fairly normal scifi story line and takes it dark and deeeeeeep. While fairly disturbing and requiring some mental processing along the way, it was so hard to stop listening. I really like books that make me think, even if they are hard to deal with in my mind... and this one is pretty messy.

    I guess the truth is in the fact that I immediately downloaded the second in the series. Got to see what happens!

    Cheers!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Shadows: The Sweep Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cate Tiernan
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Something is happening to Morgan that she doesn’t understand. She sees things, feels things in a new way. She can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. And it scares her. She never chose to learn witchcraft, but she’s starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing her.

    Terrance says: "Beginning of a great discovery of magic"
    "Loved this series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Book of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    Well, I really loved this series. There is a great mix of likeable characters, really bad villains, really cool magic and a reverence for magic that I really liked, and a great story line that weaves through continents and time, seamlessly. Really well constructed and a please to read.

    THIS IS THE FIRST SERIES I LIKE ENOUGH THAT I FINISHED THE SERIES ON iBOOK. That has never happened! Amazon, get the rest of the series on audible!!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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