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Marilyn Loser

Alamosa, CO USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Dirty Martini: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    Homicide Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is in some serious trouble. Her boyfriend wants to get married. Her partner wants to transfer to another department. Her dead father may not be dead after all. And a brilliant sociopath known as the Chemist is poisoning Chicago's food supply, killing hundreds of people. destroyed.

    Jennifer says: "Bravo!! Another Great Book in the series!"
    "Not beliveable, Die Hard 3 fans might like"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No sympathetic characters and a ridiculous story. I was very disappointed. I was expecting a fun romp with clever dialog. Didn't find it here. The performers were good, however.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (595)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Theoretically smart people do stupid things"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Natchez Burning?

    Very interesting start. However, the main characters kept doing stupid things, again and again. I kept listening hoping it would work out in a reasonable manner. NOPE.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't mind the narrator as others have. This was the first Giles book I've listened to. Heard an interview on NPR.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Natchez Burning?

    I would not so much have cut scenes, but would have paced them a little faster and would have the characters act in reasonable ways. For example, Penn knows the bad guy has done many horrible things (including kidnapping and killing people who know about him) and then he takes his word and wanders out of a building without any protection. Just one example of unbelievable stupidity.


    Any additional comments?

    A good idea for a story line gone incredibly wrong. Found myself shouting "How stupid!" as I worked in the garden. Had to hold my tongue as I frightened neighborhood dogs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silenced: Alaskan Courage, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dani Pettrey
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (42)

    A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route leads her face to face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something sinister? When the case is handed to the overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again - but he could never prepare for where the case will takehim. Kayden and Jake soon realize that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is on to them.

    Marilyn Loser says: "Disappointed -- wrong category"
    "Disappointed -- wrong category"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What could Dani Pettrey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is the wrong category for me. I thought it would be a climbing mystery set in Alaska. Rather it was a Christian Romance.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance ok


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, lots of repeptition, stupid action, and teenager romance under guise of adults.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, better categorize books. I could see some people would like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Tuesday Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (121)

    On the morning of September 11, 2001, two men meet in a smoky stairwell of the World Trade Center. One is Eric Michaels, a driven financial manager from Los Angeles who has been busy climbing the corporate ladder, often at the expense of his wife and young son. The other is Jake Bryan, a New York City fireman devoted to his wife and daughter. In the midst of the crisis, Eric falls on the stairs and Jake stops to help him up. The two men freeze momentarily, stunned by the uncanny resemblance between them.

    ANN says: "What a concept!"
    "Liked concept, not "God" stuff"
    Overall

    Interesting idea. Didn't realize when I purchased it that it was a "god' book. Same hollow stuff I've heard for years. Didn't finish. Would not have purchased had I read more reviews. My error on that. Amazes me that people are still so naive. And they may vote.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sign of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Janeway has agreed to help Laura Marshall, a friend of his bookstore partner, who's accused of murdering her husband. While Janeway tries to gather the facts, he pulls long shifts standing watch over the Marshall home, filled with books signed by their celebrity authors. When a shifty pair of alleged book dealers turns up, and Janeway begins to suspect that Laura's son is hiding critical information, the case becomes a maze of clues and increasing danger.

    Marilyn Loser says: "Unconvincing"
    "Unconvincing"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Dunning's first 2 books. This started well, but the ending just wasn't convincing. I felt taken advantage of.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3516)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1238)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Can't care about any of these people"
    Overall

    I looked forward to this after reading glowing reviews. There wasn't a single character that I could care about. Shallow, self-absorbed people -- I didn't find this to be an American Classic at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (351)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Supposedly smart people doing stupid things"
    Overall

    I agree with reviewers who were surprised at the highly positive reviews. My first and last Harlan Coben book. The main character, a doctor, prides himself on being able to focus in tough situations, but he so frequently did stupid things that I lost all interest in the plot and the people. Totally unbelievable and too often droning. I did hear it to the end just to see how bad it was. Only positive note was the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "who cares"
    Overall

    I've read all of Nevada Barr's previous book, but didn't like this at all. I enjoy descriptions of the parks she's set her books in, but this had entirely too much of people trodding through the winter back country apparently without a clue of proper winter procedures. So much was unbelievable that I really didn't care.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (895)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "not bella"
    Overall

    After the first 10 minutes, little was believable in this tale. We're supposed to believe the victims sat around complacently for 2 weeks? and then months? The author's arguments for the incredible denial of victims was way too much for me and from what I've read of actual happenings. This had fairly favorable reviews so I kept listening hoping for something good.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Run the Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Scott Frost
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Reminiscent of the best in today's suspense, from Jeffery Deaver's roller-coaster twists to James Patterson's cinematic pacing, Run the Risk introduces a blazing new talent in Scott Frost. As one of the writers behind Twin Peaks and The X-Files, he knows something about creating eerie and atmospheric tension. In this brilliant novel, he gives us a heroine who faces a challenge no one can ever be completely prepared for and a story as urgently and viscerally told as any in recent memory.

    Jessica says: "Good Book"
    "pathetic & unbelievable"
    Overall

    A whining homicide lieutenant and dysfunctional mother stays on a case involving danger to her daughter. Very unprofessional. Also, it would have saved us all money and irritation if she’d just gotten off of the case. The author tries to pull our strings with stupid ploys and fake emotion. Another reviewer liked the plot twists; I felt they were so stupid and contrived I was continually annoyed and couldn’t believe the whining and ineptness could continue for so long. Please start a turkey category.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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