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Marilee

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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (508)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Disappointing Third Installment"
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    The first book in this series was excellent. The story and narrator were great. The second was good and so I looked forward to the continuing story of the Cliftons.and Barringtons. Too bad the story drifted away from them and into another direction. I finished the book, but was relieved to be done with it and from the description of the next book, it appears all of the characters I disliked the most will be featured. Too bad. I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7000)
    Performance
    (6660)
    Story
    (6672)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Best audio book EVER!!"
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    (In my best Mark Watney voice.)
    The narration made this book the awesome that it is
    And...I know next to nothing about science. But I understood most of it,

    Get this book. You don't have to be an engineer to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1566)
    Story
    (1573)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Just Awful"
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    As a fan of Agent Pendergast I was disapointed that this book had less of him and more of Corrie. When she was first introduced she was portrayed as street smart, but in this outing she has apparently been struck stupid. The parts of the book with her character seem like they were written for a 9th grader.
    Pendergast's part of the story was a bit better and had the story been better written it could have been very good. The introduction of Corrie into the story seemed like it was written to create tension, but was just irritating.
    A minor quibble is the very wealthy Pendergast disparaging the rich residents of this exclusive ski town. Snobbery or a tick added by the authors?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5626)
    Performance
    (5193)
    Story
    (5187)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "What Happened to Atticus???"
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    I listened to the first three Iron Druid books with relish. The first was excellent, the second was very good and the third was good.
    This was such a disappointment
    Artticus in this book is whiny and arrogant. He commits eco-terrorism to close a coal mine and puts people out of work and laughs about it. He does this so a gold mine can open. This to repay a personnel debt.
    He and his partner rage against oil companies..while driving an SUV.
    The Navaho magic was interesting, but other than that, there was really no plot. The story rambled from here to there. And, it turns out he's not even a very good friend.

    That said, Oberon remains a delight and Luke Daniels is excellent. One of the best narrators I've listened to.

    Save your credit. Listen to the first book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2407)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Longest 10 hours of listening ever"
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    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    The plot dragged out to frustration. If I heard the protagonist say "I felt my heart drop" one more time I thought I would pull my hair out. Scott Brick, who is usually such a delight, was just whiny here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. Here is an author who knows how to weave a tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Presumed Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (606)

    Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

    Glen says: "Excellent Book, Gripping Entertainment!"
    "Exquisite narrator, compelling courtroom drama."
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    Where does Presumed Innocent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this book when it was first published and thought it was good. The audiobook was so much better. Edward Herrmann was a surprise. His narration translated a good book into a moving experience. The beautiful prose written by Turrow was was brought to life.For these reasons, I would say this is a must listen. It's much more that just a courtroom drama.Do yourself a favor and try it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (451)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Waste of credit"
    Overall

    While the narrator was fine, the book was a meanderaing, boring mess. The bad guys are identtified early and it's downhill from there. This is the first audible book I have not finished. Tried to, but it seemed more like a chore than the pleasure I usually feel when listening to a good book. Don't waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (887)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "wonderful narration"
    Overall

    I probable wouldn't have finished reading this book, but the narration is just so lovely it made to book come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15730)
    Performance
    (10051)
    Story
    (9932)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Lovely Listen"
    Overall

    While this was an enjoyable book, the forward plot, which was interesting, was stopped in it's tracks frequently for rambling love scenes and unnecessary descriptions. Still I will listen to it again when I need a long book to distract.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fox's Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne River Siddons
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    When beautiful, dirt-poor Ruth Yancey rises to become mistress of Sparta, Georgia's finest mansion, she reveals a heart of pure evil. For three generations, she rules the mansion through cruel manipulation and insinuation, breaking hearts and shattering souls - until one courageous woman decides to match her madness.

    Douglas says: "Narrated litrature at its best"
    "Dark but enjoyable"
    Overall

    The story will make you cringe for the very evil of the main character. Still, a great novel well written and beautifully narrated

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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