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Mari

Farmington, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (364)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Jon says: "You're going to like this experience !"
    "Not something I would recommend"
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    I was really disappointed at how thick headed the main character was. I started rooting for the bad guys to take him out and end his suffering. There were too many little story lines going on in this book, it was disconnected. I didn't really care at all for this and will really have to debate whether or not I would listen to another one by this author.
    I like the narrator, I have listened to several books that he has done so I know the problem here was all storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (856)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Another disappointment"
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    The narrator ruined this for me. I was so disappointed in voices she gave the characters, I couldn't stand to listen to the whole book. The characters sound angry and dumb, causing the book to drag on and on. I may try reading the actual book and see if its any better but at this point this will be the last Rizzoli and Isles audio book I get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch the Dark: Cassandra Palmer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (300)

    Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

    donna says: "decent story but does have a few flaws.."
    "Long winded and horrible"
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    This was one of those books that make you want to scream "GET TO THE POINT ALREADY" Boring, tedious, not worth the credit. The narrator's lackluster performance leads to not being interested in any of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (584)

    Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town's children.

    A User says: "Cant wait till november!"
    "I'm hooked on Harper Connelly"
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    This was my first listen to this author and this series, bad habit of not going in order. None the less I am hooked. It was a little slow at first not understanding the dynamic between Harper and Tolliver, but once that came out and resolved itself the story really picked up. I am now hooked and will start from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1354)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "Another hit for Molly Harper"
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    Very fun listen, great story. The characters and the story seem so real it almost makes you wish you had this life. It's a story that you can get lost in for a while and let the stresses of life go to the side. A great mini mind vacation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chill of Fear: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for 20 years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

    Kim says: "Great book and narration!"
    "My first listen to this author and I love her!!!"
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    Great story, great narrorating. This is the first time I have listened to this author's books and I can tell you I will definately be back for more. I was hooked from the start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (2929)
    Story
    (2918)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Nicole K. says: "Good but flawed."
    "I hope this isn't the end of the series."
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    Another great book by Deborah Harkness. I have to admit the first in this series I thought was wordy and I didn't care much for the character Diana Bishop, but I kept going. Book 2 I was hooked and now with book 3 I don't want it to end. So many twists with characters who live forever, who knows who, when did they meet, what grudges do they hold. There are some characters that you just want to hear more from, sure there are others that could be killed off and you wouldn't mind but not too many.
    Great job, so worth the wait.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Andrew says: "Best one so far!"
    "Absolutely Loved It"
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    Charles Martin has a way of making you feel like you are there and part of the characters. This book is just as good as Chasing Fire Flies, the characters are believable, the story touches your heart, you ride the emotional roller coaster of the lives of the characters. It brought tears to my eyes several times, I didn't want to stop listening. You can't go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Dawn: McCutcheon Family Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Caroline Fyffe
    • Narrated By Corey M. Snow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    When Luke McCutcheon finds Faith Brown about to give birth in her rickety wagon, his first instincts are to ride for help. Instead, he stays and delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unable to leave the pretty young widow and her little son and newborn unprotected in the Montana wilderness, he brings them along on his family's cattle drive, to the absolute delight of the other friendly cowboys.

    Ro says: "Absolutely loved this book by Caroline Fyffe!"
    "I wanted to like it more than I did"
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    I grew up reading and watching westerns. I was very excited to get into this one but the narrator ruined it for me. Seriously he was the wrong guy for the job. He made the Faith sound whimpy, and I'm sorry folks but cowboys can be friendly but these guys were pathetic and it all came down to performance for me. I will try to find this book and read it, I really think that I will enjoy this book so much more by creating the voices and personalities in my head.
    From what I could stand to listen to the story itself is good, but couldn't stand the voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1532)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "The twist at the end I didn't see coming"
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    Although I prefer Eric Conger as the narrator of John Sanford books, I think that Richard Ferrone does a good job. With that said this book was another in a long line of great stories by John Sanford. The twist at the end I didn't see coming at all. Great listen and well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1839)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "More edgy and not as funny but still really good"
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    If I were guaranteed a sexy werewolf I would move to Alaska. I love the characters and how well she blends all the books in a series. This one had a bit more edge with the psycho ex-husband, but the ending was great. Another great series by Molly Harper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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