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Mary Beth Maschner

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  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (891)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Slow & depressing"
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    I like the different narrators theme. The story, however, dragged on & on. Though the wolf trivia was interesting, it was depressing how a man could throw away his family and then listen to his kids whine for hours about how they got screwed by their father. Why would that be entertaining for anyone? I couldn't take anymore and skipped to the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Countess Olenska, separated from her European husband, returns to old New York society. She bears with her an independence and anawareness of life which stirs the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, engaged to be married to May Welland.

    Ilana says: "Narrated to Perfection"
    "Boring"
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    What would have made The Age of Innocence better?

    No clue


    Has The Age of Innocence turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I won't be selecting anymore.


    Which character – as performed by David Horovitch – was your favorite?

    Countess Olenska


    What character would you cut from The Age of Innocence?

    -


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't listen to 11 hours of pompous wealthy socialites drone on & on about meaningless issues, complaining extensively about the slightest inconvenience, gossiping over every little detail of everyones lives and looking down their noses at the less fortunate. Just such a waste of time and money.

    David Horovitch was fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1176)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Great story, amazing narrator"
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    The story is great from beginning to end. Lots of action, details, realistic portrayal of people in power with prejudices against those they are threatened by. The narrator was so good, it was almost distracting. I kept being surprised by each additional unique voice he came up with. Very refreshing after having many books ruined by a really bad narrator. I'm definitely going to add Marcus Sakey and Luke Daniels to my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party - by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing.

    Isaac says: "Awesome Ride"
    "Bad narrator, cookie cutter story"
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    The story was formulaic, cheesy and tedious; not up to JAK standards, by any means. Throw in a narrator who is so bad, you can't tell which character is talking, male or female. She didn't even try to lower her pitch for the male voices. I will add this narrator to the bad reader list. Don't waste your credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (509)

    Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

    Shannon says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Not her best"
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    I usually enjoy Jennifers books, but this one dragged on & on. Too many words, not enough substance. The narrators voice made the characters sound older than they were. I will avoid the narrator in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10551)
    Performance
    (5792)
    Story
    (5837)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "It gets good after 30+ chapters"
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    I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie on the big screen. Out of 100 chapters, the first 30+ were filled with philosophical and religious drivel. After that it got entertaining. The narrator was fantastic. I'm now going to see the movie because of all the great reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (3788)
    Story
    (3802)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "11 hours of debauchery"
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    This book is about two extremely dysfunctional people who use sex as an answer for everything. He's obsessively controlling and she caves to his every command. I thought they were going to attend therapy and start to become healthy, but that didn't happen. I like a juicy sex scene occasionally throughout a well written love story. This is just trash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buckhorn Beginnings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    Sawyer Hudson, the only doctor in Buckhorn County, took it upon himself to rescue the beautiful but enigmatic woman who came literally crashing into his life. Though he knew he should keep things platonic and professional, around her his body had other ideas. And his heart was no more cooperative.

    SIMARA says: "Loved Sawyer's story but Morgan was just ok..."
    "Worse than a bad B movie"
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    It's starts out with the narrator talking so low, slow & breathy for dramatic effect, you can hardly hear her with the volume all the way up. I fluxuated between eye rolling to feeling incredulous to 'Oh Please!'. I had to increase the speed to get through the first half. These brothers are supposed to be mature, respectful, professional men, yet they are sexually obsessed and have absolutely no will power. It's all about the sex which makes for a tedious unoriginal boring story. I couldn't get through the second half. It was way too painful. There are far too many high caliber, original books out there than to waste time on this drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel’s Peak: Virgin River, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (428)

    Robyn Carr’s best-selling Virgin River series captivates fans with stories of young men and women given second chances at love in a small northern California town. Four years ago, Sean and Franci broke up when he refused to commit. Now vacationing in Virgin River, Sean is shocked to run across Franci again. He’s grown up and wants to give things another shot, but she can’t afford to have him break her heart again.

    Helen says: "Return to Virgin River!"
    "Can't get past the nararator"
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    Therese Plummer ruins the book. I enjoyed the first few Virgin River books and made the mistake of buying several more. With each book, the reader got more & more irritating because all the voices are nearly identical, especially the men. The story lines got more tedious as well. It got to be more of a small town scenario of everybody knowing everybodys' business and less interesting tale. In this book, not one, but two pastors are having premarital sex. That's really not cool. I had to delete the last few Virgin River books I had bought because I can't stand another minute listening to Therese and the morals seem to be taking a dive.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1413)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "I loved it!"
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    Susanna Kearsley never fails to entertain. All time travel stories are going to have some similar traits, but this one had enough originality to make it really refreshing. I enjoyed the story and the varied characters in both eras. The ending had a bit of a twist that I didn't expect. The main characters accent was a little too American sounding but not enough to detract from the story, and was otherwise excellent. This author is in my top ten favorites and look forward to her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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