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Marilyn Morrison

St Paul, MN United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 7 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 265 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (384)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    Snoodely says: "The Real Discovery of Penicillin!"
    "I'm now officially hooked on this series"
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    My review of the first book in this series criticized the narrator as being somewhat flat and monotonous but that is not the case with this book. The story is pretty good but the narration is great! I wouldn't call this an "edge of your seat" mystery but it is definitely interesting enough to keep you hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nostrum: The Scourge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Roberto Calas
    • Narrated By Nico Evers-Swindell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The journey north ended with The Scourge. The journey for a cure has just begun…Sir Edward Dallingridge survived his journey through the anarchy that is now England, leaving in his wake the bodies of mad lords, foul invaders, friends, and the risen dead. There was nothing on earth that could keep him from the woman he loves. Nothing but the horror that has already consumed her. His journey is over, but his mission is far from complete. As a knight of the realm, he has defended England from every enemy it has. But how does one drive away a plague sent from hell?

    Marilyn Morrison says: "Not all chickens are clever!"
    "Not all chickens are clever!"
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    This is a great story, and even tho I'm not a big fan of zombies, I love how this is told. Sir Tristan is absolutely hilarious, and balances wonderfully with the seriousness of Sir Edward, the darkness of the story itself, and the plight of those not so clever chickens. The only issue I had with this book is that in between each "act" you are forced to listen to "historical notes" from the author. I actually appreciated these notes in the first book (because history fascinates me) but I liked it much better when these tidbits were presented at the end (that little time period where you know the tale is done, but you're not quite ready to let it go).

    Sprinkling them, however, all throughout the middle interfered with the flow and kept forcing you back from the middle ages into a modern day guided tour. Again, I do appreciate the author's notes but hope that in the next book they will hold them till the end. That being said, I still absolutely enjoyed this book and am already looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1145)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Only a couple things.."
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    The biggest problem with this book is that the narrator is flat and monotonous. If this were a history lecture all the students would be asleep, but since the story is interesting, you should be able to stay conscious. I did have to do an eye-roll when one of the good guys was finally confronting the bad guy and they both felt the need to spill their guts, explaining every single action they had each taken to get them to that point (even those things the reader already knew) - I thought it was overkill and a bit on the sappy side. I almost expected the bad guy to say something like "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids". Other than that, it was a nice read and the historical context credible. I will definitely check out this author's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1083)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Sorry, but they are right about the narrator!"
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    As you've probably gathered from many of the reviews, the narration was at best, an irritation (why would people who have lived so closely together over several generations have accents that vary from a Brooklyn thug to an 80's Valley Girl to Festus from Gunsmoke?). In the section where characters are communicating over a radio, the "static" and apparent attempt to show us how difficult it was for them to hear each other.. made it really difficult to hear what she was actually saying. Personally, I think the narrator would have been fantastic if she had just read the book.

    However.. it is a terrific story and although you will probably roll your eyes when a child character sounds more like Minnie Mouse than a little girl.. I hope the bad narration doesn't stop you from getting this book, because the story is very much worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (608)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Tremendous story, terrible narrator!"
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    William Dufris may be a wonderful narrator, but for this story, he was oh so wrong! I admit I nearly gave up during the first couple chapters because I found him soooo annoying, but the characters were already interesting and I wanted to know what happened to them. I'm so glad I kept going because the story is intriguing and one that will make you think long after you've finished it. If you've ever wondered how much better, richer, happier you would be if only you could go back and do it all again. Mmm hmmm..you should probably hear Jeff's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (986)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Fantastic characters"
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    I love how well we get to know the characters, and so much their inner dialog rings true. This is just a great story. I gave the performance only 4 stars because you can tell when Kel's narrator starts "fresh" and it's a little jolting.. it didn't diminish the story in any way but it's probably something one shouldn't be noticing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (865)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Eye opening"
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    I shouldn't be surprised at how manipulated our food supply is.. but wow - I really was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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