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Marcie

Virginia Beach, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Odd and the Frost Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined, a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

    Oskar's Mom says: "My 4 and 6 year old loved! Mom too!!"
    "Gaiman"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, I listened to it while traveling. I enjoy that, and Neil's books are clever and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book because I enjoy Neil Gaiman's books and his quirky characters. I have listened to Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book as well. So far The Graveyard Book is my favorite.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (301)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Emily - Audible says: "Mixed Opinion"
    "Tyneford"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book didn't have the grace of Downton Abby, but the story was solid. Certainly a coming of age story in time of WWII. I would recommend the book. It provides yet another story of how people existed during WWII and the heartache and anxiety that was felt by all.


    What other book might you compare The House at Tyneford to and why?

    I recently read War Brides and found that it gave me good background for what was happening outside of big houses like Tyneford. The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton, was a similar story of living in the big estate during war. I think I enjoyed Tyneford the least of these three, actually. Still, I did enjoy it and would recommend it.


    Who was the most memorable character of The House at Tyneford and why?

    Elise, the main character was the most memorable. It was her story, her life we followed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1384)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Blockout"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. #1. It doesn't have a conclusion in this book. #2. It is very repetitive. It takes too long to explain simple things. Too wordy.


    What could Connie Willis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren and Connie Willis – was your favorite?

    Bennie and Vinnie


    Do you think Blackout needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Blackout needs a conclusion in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was outstanding! The accents and character changes were excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tipperary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (50)

    Born into a respected Irish-Anglo family in 1860, Charles loves his native land and its long-suffering but irrepressible people. As a healer, he travels the countryside dispensing traditional cures while soaking up stories and legends of bygone times - and witnessing the painful, often violent birth of land-reform measures destined to lead to Irish independence.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Tipperary"
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    Would you try another book from Frank Delaney and/or Frank Delaney?

    I will definitely try another of his books.


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

    His voice brought the story to life and I felt like I would like to go there to Tipperary!


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story to be interesting and enjoyable. I loved the characters and the history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1242)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Dangerous Fortune"
    Overall

    Great story! Too much sex for me and no way to skip it! But the story kept me glued!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Mary Sutter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Oliveira
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

    midge says: "Excellent and riveting"
    "Mary Sutter"
    Overall

    I love historical fiction and Civil War history. This book took me there and fed my thirst for information while giving me a sense of the struggles of individuals involved in a beautifully written story. Hats off to the narrator, Kimberly Farr, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1074)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Totally intriguing"
    Overall

    Well developed characters and lots of twists and turns. Beautifully written and beautifully read! I will definitely look for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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