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Marilyn C

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2822)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1185)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Be prepared for a long haul"
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    I've tried several times to stick with this story, and I've finally given up about 5 hours before the end. Maybe I'll go back to it sometime. Clearly this is a first novel. It's more like a travelogue combined with reading myriad letters. I picked this because of its length -- long stories with extensive character development and historical relevance are my favorites; however, this story could have been told using 75% less words. Lots of repetition doesn't work for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsblood: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Never in the dramatic history of Pern has there been a more dire emergency than that which faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire...and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragons - including her own beloved Arith - succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.

    David says: "Great to revisit Pern, but"
    "If you read the book...."
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    I read the book several years ago and I was iffy on the direction Todd McCaffrey was taking the story. I decided to give it another chance and really liked it, and Dick Hill's narration of the story is superb. If you're a fan of the Pern series, I recommend this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35299)
    Performance
    (26344)
    Story
    (26721)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Excellent trilogy, great performance."
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    There's something about the entire trilogy, which begins with The Hunger Games, that resonates with current developments worldwide, with scientific developments, back to nature, brute survival. Don't let this comment throw you off; it's just a great story. I've listened to the trilogy twice and I'm looking forward to the rest of the movies. I find it interesting that the trilogy is listed as being a Scholastic publication. I'm a senior citizen, and although it may be directed to younger demographics, it certainly entertained me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2485)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Organized stream of consciousness"
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    I've listened to this book twice in the past month. The characters, the actors, and the story keep me coming back. It's not for the reader who wants everything in order and wrapped up. There is a challenge for the reader and I happen to like puzzles. This will be a book I revisit many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (63)

    The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O'Dare - a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliases - just now: Lucky the Fox - and takes his orders from "The Right Man." Into O'Dare's nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives.

    K. Pounds says: "Good, but the resolution felt a bit anticlimactic"
    "The title says it all!"
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    I didn't know what to expect from this book, and was delighted with all aspects. I haven't read any of the vampire series, but after reading Wolf Gift, and the Mayfair Witches, I decided to give this a try. I was not disappointed. The second book in the series is also worthy of consideration. I hope this will be a long series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Janet Lee Carey
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    On Wilde Island, Rosalind and her mother live their lives in exile, awaiting the time they can reclaim their rightful place on the throne. And there is reason to hope - a 600-year-old prophesy has decreed that they will do just that. But little do they know, their destinies hinge on Rosalind's amazing, shameful secret. Beneath her gold gloves, the fourth finger of her left hand is in truth a dragon's claw.

    Corinne says: "Get ready to be whisked away!"
    "Woe is Me"
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    Woe is me that I ever selected this audio book. I had high hopes for the story idea; however, the storyline development is much, much too predictable.. The performance is flat...the intonation never changes--the narrator sounds worried through the entire presentation, but perhaps she was directed to sound that way. I had to really stick with it to get to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (741)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "A Wolfen Saga to Enjoy"
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    I use the word "Saga" loosely, as I hope Anne Rice is working on sequels. This book introduces a very interesting take on a werewolf family storyline. I enjoyed Ron McLarty's performance except for the women, but this did not distract noticeably from appreciating the storyline. I will listen to this one more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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