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Mary

Retired. My hobbies are knitting, sewing and sports. To busy doing hobbies to be able to read so audible books are great for me. Also enjoy listening when driving on a long road trip.

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Long Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Piazza, Lonnie Wheeler
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Mike Piazza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick". The Dodgers never expected him to play for them - or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star 12 times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story.

    Amazon Customer says: "I only thought i knew the Mike Piazza story"
    "A must for the baseball fan"
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    If you could sum up Long Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Real, Entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Shot?

    His inner thoughts of how he felt about being pitched at by Clements and what he was thinking when Clements threw the broken bat at him.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham and Mike Piazza ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, his feelings towards how the NY fans accepted him and backed him as well as how he felt with and dealt with all the events surrounding 9/11. His big home run in the return game after 9/11.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply a must read for a NY Mets fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.

    Beverly says: "Story was great, narrator was awful."
    "Male voices sinister"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reader read well, but gave the male characters a very sinister tone. Love the series, and like the idea of different readers as main characters in some female and in other books in series are male.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Victoria Alexander
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution - and clothing - were thrown to the wind, will choose to pretend they have never met before. The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs. The gentleman intends to change her mind. Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor - delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners - and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning.…

    Mary says: "Reader took away rather than enhanced"
    "Reader took away rather than enhanced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reader made male characters sound like they had just crawled out from under a rock rather than be romantic leads. Female voices were not much better but at least they did not make me feeI I needed to wash up after listening to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (946)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (706)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Reader not right"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series is based in Australia, yet reader doesn't try in the least to bring any accent into her reading. Really takes a great deal from story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4792)
    Performance
    (2996)
    Story
    (3017)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Future based"
    Overall
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    This is written as if the year was 2053. Very light on all that is everyday normal. Takes some time to realize the tools of everyday life and the social restrictions. Also seems to be a "Big Brother is Watching" society. Would certainly have helped to have 2053 society explained in Chapter 1 rather than in bits and pieces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (453)

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    Yvonne Jocks says: "Another Wonderful Book in the Series"
    "One of the best of series"
    Overall
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    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this is up to her usual excellent performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me why I started listening to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (522)

    Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

    Judy says: "Love those highlanders!"
    "Slow start"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Ravished by a Highlander in three words, what would they be?

    The first two-thirds of the book moves along very slow. You keep waiting for some action, any action to start. The last third is very good but it is hard to stay with it to the end. That saved the story. Worth the read, but not the most exciting book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (580)

    New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....

    jujubug58 says: "Incredible Narrrator"
    "Didn't want it to end"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Wedding in three words, what would they be?

    A story of two people growing to realize the love they have for each other.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to, but too long. I found I was staying up much later than I should be as I had to get up the next morning because I didn't want to stop listening. Then again I didn't want to listen so long as I knew that would make me come to the end of the book and I wanted it to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    A book you don't want to ever end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chaim Potok
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    Though they've lived their entire lives less than five blocks from each other, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders exist in very different worlds. Reuven blends easily into both his secular Jewish faith and his typical American teen life, while Danny's conservative Hasidic clothes and appearance make him stick out in any crowd. Their improbable friendship teaches them that the differences separating people through cultures and generations are never as great as they seem.

    connie says: "truly rates overused "classic" label"
    "Not as I remember reading. Seemed Abridged."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Chaim Potok and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I have read a number of Chaim Potok's books. It was quite a few years ago when I was travelling the subway to work and enjoyed them very much and learned a great deal about the Jewish customs and culture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The friendship between the boys and the growing understanding of each other's differences.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    The two boy's, of course.


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

    It was made into a movie and Robbie Benson played the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is marked as unabridged, but I remember there being many more references to the Jewish culture and explaining the meaning of many of the symbols and why they are still in the culture today. These were missing from this audible book. I still have the hard copy of the book from years ago (I liked it that much I kept it) and will try to go back to the hard copy of the book to see if I can find some of the parts that seemed to have been left out of the audible book. It was those explanations that added so much to the story as whole. Example, I remember explanations of the symbols in Danny's apartment and a great deal of detail at his sister's wedding and explaining not only what was happening, but why and how that symbolizing came into being. It explained why they wear the curls and fringes, not just that they wear them. Those were parts I was interested in and learned about.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Midsummer Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven. Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won't be the one selected by the young earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong reasons.

    Clarice says: "Not Coulter's best but still enjoyable"
    "Unhappy couple"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Title doesn't seem to have anything at all to do with this book. Didn't see the Midsummer or the Magic. Until the end of the book it is just two people being mean to each other. Not a couple that just had a hard time adjusting to a difficult set-up for a marriage, but a couple that not only didn't get along, but didn't show respect to each other until very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Love a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1051)

    Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Always Love a Highlander!"
    "Story okay, reader not"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different reader.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The final chapter was the best of all the chapters.


    What three words best describe Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    Very monotone. Detracted from the story.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More story than just bedroom scenes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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