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Margo

Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

Member Since 2002

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  • 181 reviews
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10289)
    Performance
    (9323)
    Story
    (9402)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Typical Dan Brown"
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    I happen to like Dan Brown. I feel like I learn something about art and history and symbolism with every book. This book is mostly set in Italy and will give you a glimpse into Dante's Inferno.

    If you liked The Lost Symbol and the Da Vinci Code, then you'll like this one.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12973)
    Performance
    (5325)
    Story
    (5370)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A Classic"
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    I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking how good it was. I've listened to it now because I want to listen to World Without End and wanted the continuity…and I still think its a really good book.

    There are some really evil people and really good people in this book, and of course they clash. Nothing new in that plot line.

    This book is more like a soap opera, but Follett makes them characters that you care about and want to hear about. The plot moves along at a steady pace and the struggle between good and evil is well crafted.

    Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Majestyk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Vincent Majestyk saw too much death in the jungles of Southeast Asia. All he wants to do now is farm his melons and forget. But peace can be an elusive commodity, even in the Arizona hinterlands - and especially when the local mob is calling all the shots. And one quiet, proud man's refusal to be strong-armed by a powerful hood is about to start a violent chain reaction that will leave Mr. Majestyk ruined, in shackles, and without a friend in the world -- except for one tough and beautiful woman.

    Richard Delman says: "Elmore Leonard and Frank Muller: purrrrfection."
    "A Good Quick Read"
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    This was a good book for a quick read. Not too exciting, but an OK story that didn't bog down anywhere. While it didn't make me want to run out and find another book by this author, I wouldn't turn down one if it was on sale...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (335)

    In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched...

    Elizabeth says: "What fun!"
    "One of Grisham's Best"
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    My favorite Grisham novels seem to be the ones where his dry sarcasm comes through. There is some of that in this book, so I enjoyed it. And even though Frank Muller isn't one of my favorite readers, his style works to bring across the dry wit and sarcasm.

    This book is typical of Grisham's better novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2488)
    Story
    (2493)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Too Far Out There"
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    What I have always liked about this author in the past is that his plot and premiss have always teetered on the edge of plausibility. This book…no way. No one could suspend their disbelief enough to even remotely consider this plot as anything even remotely plausible. Because of this, I found the book tedious. I did finish it, but I'm not sure why I bothered.

    I'll be more careful about my next purchase from his author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1333)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Pretty Decent Read"
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    Lukas Davenport is an interesting character. The bad guy is pretty over the top as bad guys go, which is unfortunate. But the book is well written and kept me interested. I'd probably listen to more Davenport novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (553)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike says: "Excellent Story..."
    "Another Good Grisham Book"
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    Grisham has long been one of my favorites. This book wasn't gripping, but the characters were fun, some of Grisham's dry wit came thru, and the premise was good.

    Good courtroom drama, and well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4159)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3555)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Nothing Great, but Solid"
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    This book didn't keep me riveted. I never wanted to sit in the driveway to listen to the next word. There were a few plot twists, but overall I'm going to have to say it was OK. Since it was told from the father's perspective, you never really get to know Jacob so it is tough to form opinions about the characters. I didn't get particularly attached to any of them.

    Not a wasted credit, but nothing very exciting either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (639)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "An Acceptable Grisham Novel"
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    This was a relatively quick read. It got a bit bogged down in the jungle, but other than that the premise was pretty decent. I read Grisham for courtroom drama, and this book was short on that.

    The narrator got a bit annoying. He is very breathy at the end of pretty much every sentence and at times I just get fed up with that.

    Still, not a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3799)
    Performance
    (2218)
    Story
    (2230)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Just OK"
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    I don't have much to say about this book. It just wasn't that interesting. The plot was forced. I could take it or leave it. I did manage to finish it, but I'd rather have used the credit elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (436)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
    "I Don't Get the Hype"
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    There are tons of glowing reviews for this book. "A classic," "well written," "thought provoking," blah blah blah. I thought it was "uninteresting," "stilted prose," "couldn't even finish it." When I can't finish a 3 hour book, that's pretty bad. I put it down after 2 hours and don't miss it a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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