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Marilyn R. Yetzbacher

Denver, Colorado | Member Since 2005

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  • French Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (539)

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....

    OLIVIA says: "Sandra Brown at her Best!!"
    "Sandra Brown you are better than this."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've read othe Brown books that were pretty good, this one is little more than a trashy romance novel. The narration was mediocre at best. The only redeeming quality was the New Orleans setting, which took me back to a fun and interesting place.


    Has French Silk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    probably


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Renée Raudman?

    probably not


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from French Silk?

    Obviously the explicit sex scenes. I'm really not a prude, but it simply wasn't necessary to be so graphic. A writer can get the point across without turning to sensationalism bordering on pornography.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murderer’s Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Susan Meyers
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    This emotional debut by Randy Susan Meyers tells of two sisters torn apart by domestic tragedy. When her mother throws her father out, young Lulu is told never to let him in again. But Lulu disobeys, and the consequences are heartbreaking. Lulu’s mother ends up killed, and Lulu and her sister Merry are orphaned. Now, as the sisters grow into adulthood, they find the ghosts of their past are difficult to outrun.

    Patricia says: "Excellent drama"
    "a gripping story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Murderer’s Daughters the most enjoyable?

    The story is poignant, kept me interested from beginning to end. Well performed. some really good phrasing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4149)
    Performance
    (3499)
    Story
    (3493)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Not up to Grisham standards"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Racketeer? What did you like least?

    The story was okay, with lots of twists and turns, but character development lacked, it just felt unpolished. The narrator was amateur at best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Have read them all.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Room for improvement. Sounded more like a father reading a bedtime story - well not really even that good. Not professional and polished. Flat and emotion challenged!!


    Could you see The Racketeer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Samuel L. Jackson - he's got that "attitude" thing, much like our Malcomb


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5240)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3049)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A lovely Book"
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    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Haunting, mystical, eloquent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    Well - wouldn't that just give away a huge plot twist????


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    my first - she's delightful


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    Rose: The Unbelievably Spoiled Brat


    Any additional comments?

    I am recommending this one to one and all. A read that takes you on a mystical journey to "once upon a time in a faraway place the beautiful princess..." I hated for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1290)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "LOVE Steven Weber"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to be better than the print version?

    While fascinating, a lot of description of complicated machinery, technical specifications, and performance optimization was presented in this book. It was made palatable by the narrator. A tiny smattering of the complexities of our national defense and what goes on behind the scenes is unveiled in this book. Truly interesting. I didn't get the sense of knowing and appreciating the characters, but all in all a good read (listen).
    Steven Weber, from the old "Wings" sitcom, is a fantastic narrator. I will continue to seek out his narrations.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Technical jargon. He sounds excited and enthused and proud when presenting the type of information that would be hard to follow otherwise. Maybe he could help me understand Chemistry and Algebra - he's that good!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (559)

    On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

    Erin says: "Live To Tell - 3.5 stars"
    "What the ????"
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    What did you like best about Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel? What did you like least?

    This was beautifully written and narrated until the end. It just took a dive into some supercilious haywire. Downright insulting


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Gardner’s story?

    The wierdness.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Three different narrators, each wonderful. Too bad the story went into some science fiction mumbo jumbo that they had to read along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2383)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Digestible History - Thanks"
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    While unbelievably long, detailed, even mundane at times, this book is the best way imaginable to digest the history of the era leading up to America's entry into World War II. Herman Wouk's work is amazingly detailed, and provides so many different perspectives into the global climate that produced "the winds of war." My parents were of the WWII era, I lived one year in Germany (1968), and visited Pearl Harbor, and I was a history major in college. This book is real, humbling, eye-opening and passionate. It is a perfect summation of all I have read, heard, and seen of the juxtaposition of people, places, and politics that forever changed the World.

    After weeks of having Mr. Wouk and Mr. Pariseau (who is nothing short of brilliant) in my car with me - I'm looking forward to more by diving into "War and Remembrance".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathedral

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    St. Patrick's Day, New York City. Everyone is celebrating, but everyone is in for a shock. Born into the heat and hatred of the Northern Ireland conflict, IRA man Brian Flynn has masterminded a brilliant terrorist act: the seizure of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Among his hostages: the woman Brian Flynn once loved, a former terrorist turned peace activist.

    Spencer K. Collins says: "Not even close to DeMille's other books"
    "pretty good book"
    Overall

    Maybe Scott Brick needs to take a break. His voice has gotten progresively whiney over the past couple of years. It's hard to listen to. He used to be the best. I used to buy books just because Brick was the narrator, now I'm swinging a full 180 degrees, looking for books he isn't reading! I'm not sure I'll be able to choke down the other two parts of this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2190)
    Story
    (2223)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "remarkable book"
    Overall

    I read the book back in the sixties, then again about 15 years ago and of course, saw the movie many times. I had forgotten how truly remarkable Margaret Mitchell's beloved classic is. Her character development, her ability to capture the essence of southern womanhood, Scarlett's incredible ego, the saga absolutely captures the reader (listener) and carries them to another place and time. It is not surprising that the people of Atlanta so revered Ms. Mitchell. This is the book of the Civil War and hauntingly beautiful love to which all others aspire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Fantastic Narrator"
    Overall

    The book is a good read, with lots of adventure and twists and turns. I always enjoy book that take one to faraway places. The narrator absolutely makes the book. I'm anxious to hear more from him.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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