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Maria

SANDY, UT, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • High Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    With each breathtaking, New York Times best-selling entry in her acclaimed Anna Pigeon mystery series, author Nevada Barr earns more and more fans. Loaded with intrigue and adventure, High Country showcases Barr at the top of her game. Anna is lodged in Yosemite National Park's historic Ahwahnee Hotel when four employees disappear. Sensing evil, Anna hikes a snowy trail to the high country, only to discover a disturbing reality that may end her adventures once and for all.

    Maria says: "A Fantastic"
    "A Fantastic"
    Overall

    This is the latest in the Anna Pigeon mystery series. Each mystery is set in a National Park - this one takes place in Yosemite. Even if you haven't read the previous books in the series, you'll find this a great read! All the elements of a great mystery - action, twisting plots, inability to stop listening! Better yet, when you're finished (and hooked on Nevada Barr) you can go back and read the 10 or so books that precede this one!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4757)
    Performance
    (4269)
    Story
    (4292)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Worst listening experience I've had in 13 years"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    The reading uses a full cast, but the readings are overacted and there are weird pauses between the characters that make the whole thing sound awkward and uncomfortable. I tried several times to listen and get used to it, but it is impossible.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (412)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Great insight into world of an Alzheimer's Patient"
    Overall

    I was worried that I would finish this book and be depressed, but it wasn't like that at all. I found the reading and the story to be quite good and I was engrossed almost from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Shopaholic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. Her favorite word is “MINE!”

    James Gordon says: "I'm So Embarrassed!"
    "Fluff, but good anyways"
    Overall

    When I listen to these Shopaholic books, I find myself groaning at the antics of the characters and yelling at my stereo, but they are entertaining and they keep me awake when I am driving! The reading is good and you can't help but get caught up in the drama (even if it is a bit superficial).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3257)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1593)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Amazing Reading of a Great Adventure"
    Overall

    I first read the book while I was traveling in India, and I loved it! Recently I listened to this audio book while driving across the country. The hours flew by and the reader did such a great job with the mannerisms and accents that I felt like I had spent each day in India. Don't let the length scare you away. It's all good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2215)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1815)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Not a very good story"
    Overall

    This is the first time I have really really disagreed with something that Audible has recommended. I can't tell you the number of times I have put this book away because the lengthy descriptions in the narrative just put me to sleep. It's not the reader's fault, the story just isn't all that great and I don't care about any of the characters. I'm 15 minutes from the end (god knows why I keep listening) and I'm just quitting here.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (357)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Not a"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed "The Painted House" this book is more like that than the other Grisham novels. Although there is a court case in the book, the book does not revolve around it. The book focuses on the small town life of a southern newspaper owner during the 1970s and his friendship with an elderly black woman. There is not a cliffhanger plot, but the stories are entertaining and the reader is so good that you will find yourself wanting to continue listening. As long as you don't go into the book expecting a "courtroom thriller," you will find it very enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    History and fiction merge seamlessly in Tracy Chevalier's luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Through the eyes of 16-year-old Griet, the world of 1660s Holland comes dazzlingly alive in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enthralling Historical Fiction"
    "Transports you to another place and time"
    Overall

    After listening to this short read, I feel like I have been to 1600's Holland. The descriptions are vivid and unique - like poetry written in prose. The reader does an especially excellent job of capturing the main character, a Holland maid named Greit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Egyptian Arabic for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Understand and speak Egyptian Arabic starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Egyptian Arabic.

    William says: "Relevant and Real"
    "Just returned from Egypt and it worked!"
    Overall

    My husband and I used this set of audio lessons to learn some arabic before we went on vacation to Egypt. We found that from these lessons we knew just enough arabic to be polite, exchange pleasantries, and make the locals grin at us! Egyptians are very happy if you make an attempt to learn their language. We were the only ones in our tour group to know any arabic and often we had a much easier time negotiating prices and asking for directions. Even though we just knew a few rudimentary phrases, many locals commented on our excellent pronounciation of arabic! If you're going to Egypt on a vacation, I highly recommend this audiolesson!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Charade

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Constance Towers
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't make it a third of the way through"
    "Get it if you like Sandra Brown's other books"
    Overall

    I listened to "Envy" by Sandra Brown and loved it. This is a typical Sandra Brown book in that there is a big mystery surrounding one of the main characters. I almost stopped listening in the first couple hours because the heroine was so corny and hard to believe in. But the book did get better as the plot thickened towards the middle and end. There is enough of a mystery to keep you hooked if you can make it far enough to get hooked.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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