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Mary K. Dyer

CHICAGO, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Love Me to Death: A Lucy Kincaid Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Allison Brennan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was attacked and nearly killed by an online predator. She survived. Her attacker did not. Now Lucy’s goal is to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she’s volunteering with a victim’s rights group, surfing the Web undercover to lure sex offenders into the hands of the law. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.

    Mary K. Dyer says: "What a silly book!"
    "What a silly book!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually Ann Marie Lee did a very good job!


    What could Allison Brennan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more believable. It seems that she couldn't make up her mind about whether or not Lucy was a fragile person that needed people around her to lean on for support or was actually a strong independent woman. I wish she hadn't felt the need to put a romance in the story. That's what made it so silly. I felt like I was listening to a Harlequin romance.


    What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

    She has a very nice voice and reads well


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love Me to Death?

    The sappy romance.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of the Door

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When Bonnie is faced with her secret lover dead on the floor of his apartment, her first panicky thought is to cover it up--hide the body, straighten the scene, remove every trace of her presence. But as any thriller fan knows, the truth will out. In this 12th novel, best seller Nicci French plays an unforgettable game of cat and mouse with the listener, telling an intricate story with letter-perfect timing and French's trademark deeply drawn characterizations.

    Debbie says: "Refines relentless tedium!"
    "My GOD Anne Flosnik's performance is HORRIBLE!!"
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    What disappointed you about The Other Side of the Door?

    I couldn't even continue with the book because Anne Flosnik's performance was so over the top - wow! I have listened to a lot of books but this is one of the very few that I stopped and decided just to buy the book and read it on my own. URGH!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'd like to listen to another Nicci French or Jussi Adler-Olsen.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader. Good reading is good acting. Ms. Flosnik seemed to be channeling Norma Desmond!


    What character would you cut from The Other Side of the Door?

    I didn't get far enough to comment on this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (911)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Warren says: "Great story, great characters, wrong narrator"
    "Interesting Detective team!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Steven Pacey's rendition is so much better than the first book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carl is my favorite because he's such a damn grump but it's a shell that has been developed over the years.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Made the characters so much more real!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1899)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    Charles says: "Heartbreaking Brilliance"
    "What a great book! So much better than the movie!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    I think that the audio version is great and helps bring the book to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors ability to have a sense of humor regarding such a serious subject and allow the reader to experience what the families and friends have to cope with.


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

    I think that he made the characters come to life


    If you could rename The Silver Linings Playbook, what would you call it?

    The Meaning of Time


    Any additional comments?

    The book was absolutely fantastic compared to the movie. The characters were real and not some Hollywood feel good interpretation. It shows you that people are still uncomfortable dealing with the mentally ill even though it's 2013!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12542)
    Performance
    (11392)
    Story
    (11419)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I LOVED this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The narrater (Ray Porter) was excellent and the story line kept me on the edge of my seat!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate was my favorite character because he was like every other person who has no clue what their purpose is and feels like they are falling short because they don't have a clue. Gradually, he learns that he can be a leader and doesn't need to keep plodding ahead in a boring non-exsistant life.


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

    Ray Porter brings to life all of the characters. Give them their own unique voices that are very believable


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of this book made me actually giggle out loud


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Peter Clines writes a sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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