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Mari

Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Labor Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Wilson Bethel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy - and the man he later becomes - looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single, long, hot, life-altering weekend.

    Justin says: "Seemed like a hell of a holiday."
    "don't bother"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. The narration was nice, but the story was shallow and predictable.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Crane Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard. George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At 48, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound - a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane....

    Kindle Customer says: "Among My Most Favorite Books Ever"
    "Strange story, so hypnotizing"
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    If you could sum up The Crane Wife in three words, what would they be?

    This was a wonderful book of hope, love and mythical morals. I think the characters could have been a little more well formed, but then again, it would have ruined the ending. It was a very easy, enjoyable and enthralling listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12756)
    Performance
    (11685)
    Story
    (11752)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Teen Reading for Every Age"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, sad, real


    Any additional comments?

    A well written teen reader novel. The narrator was good and the story flowed well. You can become invested in the characters and even the tragedy is handled well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6221)
    Performance
    (5387)
    Story
    (5381)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Sweet Emotion"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would indeed. A friend recommended it to me as well. It was a well woven story with intrigue and love. Wonderful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (213)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "I wish there was a no star option"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was the most poorly written book ever. A first grader writing it would have made it better.


    What could Michel Faber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crimson Petal and the White?

    I would have actually formed a story and ended it. You see dear readers, the author ends the laborious story abruptly. Probably because the overused repeated words are even becoming tiresome for her to type.


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T BUY IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18844)
    Performance
    (17036)
    Story
    (17181)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Captivating"
    Overall
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    What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

    Divergent is almost Twilightish with the nagging heroine and coming of age. But that is where it stops.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a thought provoking book about the basic instincts of the human way of life. I wish there had been some background about how the whole scenario has begun, but you have to read other books for that. It is an interesting read and keeps you following not only the main characters but the sub characters as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (970)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Yah, I'll Listen to this Again"
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    Where does The Secret Life of Bees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The slow start of the book is forgotten after you get into the main section. So much color and emotions and real history. You end up loving all of the characters. I would listen to it again for sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3113)
    Performance
    (2623)
    Story
    (2654)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Horrible"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Cricket on the Hearth?

    Bad narration, bad story, turned it off after the first chapter. It was on the bargain book aisle and I think I still paid to much.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10232)
    Performance
    (9362)
    Story
    (9382)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Twisted"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Just read it. It will stick with you for a while afterwards. You will never look at a work of art the same again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1092)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela J says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Interesting History, good flowing read"
    Overall
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    Where does The Valley of Amazement rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a well thought out story and brought in history throughout as well. Although at times it was a bit to much like Memoirs of a Geshia, it was still good. The ending although was a bit abrupt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    Shadow Ochoa is lying low in the Kansas Territory, waiting for his fellow Texas Rangers—the Hell's Eight brotherhood—to clear his name. That is, until he's unjustly strung up for horse thieving...and pretty Fei Yen intervenes. Invoking a seldomused law, the exotic lady prospector claims Shadow as her husband and rides off with the bridegroom shackled to her buckboard.

    Lee says: "I really enjoyed this book."
    "Trashy Romance with a twist"
    Overall
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    Where does Shadow's Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I actually enjoyed this book. It's not the most intellectual I've ever read, but for a steamy romance book, it actually is pretty deep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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