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Mari

Farmington, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Killing Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Chloe Marin was lucky. She was just a teenager when a party at a Florida beachside mansion turned into a savage killing spree and she was one of the few to survive. Bloody handwriting on the walls pointed to a cult whose rituals included human sacrifice. Chloe’s sketch of one of the killers linked two dead cult members found in the Everglades to the massacre, closing the case as far as the cops are concerned.

    Lia says: "An Average Book"
    "Concept of the story is good"
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    The concept behind the story was good, but the narrator was so bad it was hard to appreciate the story. She lacked the emotion that this book needed and that made the characters boring. I would really like to either read it or listen with another narrator and I think that would make all the difference.

    1 of 1 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
    (1081)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1026)

    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.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "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
    (84)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    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
    (1819)
    Performance
    (1721)
    Story
    (1712)

    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.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "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.

    1 of 2 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
    (161)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (142)

    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
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    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
    (1436)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1254)

    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.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "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
    (1756)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1628)

    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.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "More edgy and not as funny but still really good"
    Overall
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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
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (198)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    Jean says: "survival"
    "Classic Anna Pigeon"
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    If I had to go into the wilderness I would want to go with Anna Pigeon. She is the ultimate kick butt heroine. She is not afraid to do what needs to be done even if it’s killing. She has the touch of crazy and at the same time you know she is sane enough to get through whatever situation she faces. I love the conversations with the dog. This book not only had Anna as a heroine but all the female characters were tough and gritty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1120)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Good but very different than her other series"
    Overall
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    Story

    This was another good listen from Molly Harper, however if you were expecting quirky and laugh out loud funny like the Halfmoon Hallow or Werewolf series this isn't it. Don't get me wrong its good, but make sure you know what to expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Help for the Haunted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Searles
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (128)

    It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town.

    Melinda says: "Fuzzy on the Haunted Part"
    "Not as good as I had hoped"
    Overall
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    The description sounded much more exciting than the book was. The title led you to believe that it would involve more hauntings, but it didn't. I do have to say that I didn't see the ending coming but was still disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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