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Mary A.

I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.

Member Since 2001

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  • The Curse of The Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (102)

    One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb in Luxor.

    Mary A. says: "Great second read!"
    "Great second read!"
    Overall

    This is the second book in the Amelia Peabody series. I love the reader as her voice is how I pictured Amelia's to sound. It's light reading, but very entertaining! I love the Egyptian angle in these books as both Amelia and Emerson are Egyptian archaeologists. Give it a try!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (406)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "My all time favorite time travel story!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I love Paul Hecht's narration and the whole premise of this story. I listen to it once or twice a year. I like the time travel paradox it just touched on and how he helps make things right at the end....in itself a change with who knows how many ripples felt it? I like that Sy ended up with Julia and decided to live in her time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    A country girl named Polly is visiting city friends and comes to realize that this world is quite different than which she has left. Here people are judged according to their dress and manner of speech rather than for their honesty and hard work. Yet all who meet Polly cannot help but be enamored of her; her sweet simplicity is unlike any that they have ever seen, and soon everyone comes to realize that Polly is not someone to be laughed at and ridiculed, but someone to put upon a pedestal for failing to become willing prey to the cynicism of the times.

    Mandalyn says: "A favorite story, read horribly!"
    "A Revisit of a Childhood Favorite!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was excited to find this childhood favorite in Audible's catalog! I enjoyed listening to it. I enjoyed the narrator's regular reading voice, but didn't like the southern accents she put on for the characters voices. It wasn't how I imagined Polly, Fanny, Tom or anyone else talked. Sometimes it was a stronger accent than others and I even became so irritated at times that I stopped listening and switched to a different book for a while to give my ears a rest. I did finish listening and still love the story very much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Hilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Alexander Kinloch, artist, has worked out a good pattern for his life. His home is a small bothy on a remote mountain in Scotland; he paints on commission, from which he derives both pleasure and a decent income; he lives alone and likes it. One day, however, Alexander's peace is violently shattered when he returns home to find a group of strangers waiting for him. Afer a scuffle, he is left for dead with only the wind and the words "Where is it?" ringing in his ears.

    Tracey says: "to the hilt"
    "One of Francis' Best!"
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    Where does To the Hilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a favorite Dick Francis book. Racing is very peripheral, and I really liked Alexander Kinloch. This is the 2nd Dick Francis book with an artist as the main character. At times I wanted to just smack his step-sister, Pamela, but overall, loved how the story unfolded and enjoyed the unorthodox detective Alexander hired to help him figure out what was going on. This is a book I read or listen to once or twice a year.


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

    I enjoy his use of different accents and just overall, find his voice a great one to listen to!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! I was skeptical at first if I'd be able to finish it, but it was not just facts about how to be a food critic, but a truly engaging story that I loved. I was disappointed when it came to an end. My Mom also has listened to this book, and enjoyed it as much as I did. I want more adventures! I also enjoyed the narrator's reading, she did a masterful job, and helped pull me in as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Money

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Malcolm Pembroke never expected to make a million pounds without making enemies. Nor did he expect his latest wife to be brutally murdered. All the clues suggest the killer comes from close to home, but after five marriages and nine children, that still leaves the field wide open. When he find his own life in danger, Pembroke entrusts his safety to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey; and through him discovers a compulsive new outlet for his financial expertise.

    Mary A. says: "Another Dick Francis Great!"
    "Another Dick Francis Great!"
    Overall

    I'm a Dick Francis Fan, so seeing so many more added to the store has just made me so happy! This title I hadn't read until just last month, so seeing Audible has it, was great! I love Tony Britton's voice, and this story, while not completely on a racing incident, had racing peripherally in the story line. I loved the story of Ian reconciling with his father, and then learning about his zany family added to this one's charm. As to who was trying to kill Ian's father, it had me guessing til the end. For one to enjoy cuddled up maybe even with a friend, you can't go wrong with this book!

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Wentwater Court

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

    Gareth Morgan says: "Wentwater Death"
    "Fun, 20's era mystery-I love Daisy Dalrymple"
    Overall

    I just discovered this fun series this past winter. I actually started with one of the later ones in the series and fell in love with Daisy Dalrymple! This series, set in the 20's reminds me a bit of the Jeeves and Wooster books, which I also love. The "By Jingo's," "Old Bean" and other such expressions make this a very enjoyable listen! This book is just introducing all the characters and each successive book adds more details, so you keep wanting more of Daisy's exploits. So far Blackstone Audio has agreed to do the first 4 in this series, and I hope they decide to do all of them. For a great change of pace in your listening routine, you won't go wrong with this book! Sit back, relax, and meet the irrepresible Daisy and all her chums.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Betty MacDonald
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once. Most of all, she knows everything about children. She can cure them of any ailment. Patsy hates baths. Hubert never puts anything away. Allen eats v-e-r-y slowly. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has a treatment for all of them.

    Mary A. says: "Light hearted and fun!"
    "Light hearted and fun!"
    Overall

    I remember reading this when I was young and have enjoyed sharing it with kids as I've gotten older. Who can resist Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? She's the "fairy godmother" all kids dream of at one time or other. Who would love going to an upside down house where you can hunt for treasure, bake cookies, or do any of the other delightful things the kids do at Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's. Would be great for a family road trip!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art - the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect.

    Mary A. says: "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    Overall

    Another great Dick Francis book and wonderfully read by Goffrey Howard. Here we have art mixed in with the horse world. While not really centered on racing this time, this is about Charles Todd, an artist, whose speciality is painting horses. He gets caught up in trying to unravel a mystery revolving around famous works of art of horses. Again, several places were very tense, wondering if he was going to emerge with his skin in tact! :-) This is a solid story with several twists along the way to make it even more fun. You won't regret listening to this one!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (517)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    Overall

    This is another great listen from Dick Francis and read really well by Geoffrey Howard. This book ranges from England to the United States and back again. This one really kept me riveted and in a couple tight spots the main character got himself in, kept me seated in my car until he got himself out again! For a book you'll want to listen to over and over, this is a good choice!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Enquiry

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have been barred from racing - a devastating event for them both. The charge at the secret enquiry? Throwing a race for personal profit. It is a vicious frame-up and, worse, they have nowhere to turn to clear their names. Still Hughes refuses to take the phony verdict lying down - even though his personal enquiry might have him lying down permanently...

    Johnnie Walker says: "Vintage Dick Francis"
    "A Real Treat!"
    Overall

    I'm relatively new to Dick Francis, and really love listening to his books. I especially like how Geoffrey Howard reads the books. I will definitely look for more books narrated by him! I enjoyed this book very much and while it is true because it's about an "Enquiry," so not as centered on horses per say, I really enjoyed the building of the case and how Kelly Hughes figured out who was behind his being barred from racing, and how he went about getting his reputation restored. This is a winner!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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