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Mary Beth Maschner

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  • 25 reviews
  • 441 ratings
  • 809 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2015
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  • Intimate Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (409)

    Lady Grace Warren will do anything to protect her sisters, even betroth herself to a man so depraved that all of London fears him. Faced with a lifetime of misery, Grace has only one chance for escape: to relinquish her virtue before her wedding. Such abandon will destroy her reputation - and ensure her freedom. But when she disguises herself as courtesan to lure a handsome nobleman, she cannot anticipate the tender surprise destiny has in store….

    CAROLYN says: "10 HRS OF LISTENING PLEASURE"
    "A mile wide & an inch deep"
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    It started off good, then it became apparent it was one of THOSE cheap cookie-cutter romance novels where the same lines are repeated over and over and over. The lead characters assuming the worst, constantly whining. Same story, different names & locations, nothing original. Ugh! What a waste of a good credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Married

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Victorine E. Lieske
    • Narrated By Jennifer Drake Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family.

    Tonya Plank says: "Sweet Contemporary Romance Well Told"
    "Unoriginal, predictable,"
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    I've heard the storyline a thousand times. The whole story was predictable and started to drone on towards the end. Good thing it's so short or I would've had to skim through to get to the happily ever after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1669)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Horrible story"
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    I can't understand how this book got so many 5 star reviews! The Hero, a narcissistic womanizing douche-bag, has no redeeming qualities and the heroine stoops to his level of immaturity to win the game. I couldn't stomach more than 5 chapters. Pure trash.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Only the Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal. Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire....

    Colorado-reader says: "Sigh... Sigh... Ohhh Sigh..."
    "Wow! What a story teller"
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    Amazing detail, original, so many twists & turns. No boring cookie cutter work here, no repetitive fluff, just solid story telling. A page turner start to finish. Rachael Abbott is now in my top 5 writers. Can't wait for more by this amazing author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Land of the Long White Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sarah Lark
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder.

    Lorna says: "Frontier Land story"
    "Depressing"
    Overall
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    One depressing tragedy after another! I can't understand all the 5 star ratings. How can anyone find this type of story entertaining? Most of the men are dishonorable, greedy, grossly immoral and treat the women terrible. The women are continuously victimized throughout the book. And the narrator was extremely irritating. If you like a love story with a happily-ever-after, skip this book. It's one very long downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Forever: Not Quite Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she's prepared to write him off... until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "A Suprisingly Good Book"
    "Great series"
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    I've really enjoyed the whole series. Catherine Bybee is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (480)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Original story, it held my attention to the end"
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    Two college students, struggling to get through life after each suffering horrible traumas during childhood, discover each other and realize they have a deep connection.

    0 of 0 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
    (383)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    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
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1734)

    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.

    Charles says: "Slow to Start"
    "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
  • 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
    (1307)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1101)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (287)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    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.

    Mary Beth Maschner says: "Bad narrator, cookie cutter story"
    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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