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Mary S. Murray

Ruffin, NC USA
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  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,407

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Weird, Hilarious, Different

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

It was a little difficult to get started listening to this book because the concept presented about souls was hard to understand - but the book is so entertainingly funny I just quit trying to figure that part out and went with then flow. I’m ready to listen again so for the off the wall humor.

  • The Max Porter Box Set, Volume 1

  • Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries Box Set
  • By: Stuart Jaffe
  • Narrated by: Stuart Jaffe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

Delve into a world both Real and Supernatural when North Carolina history mixes with the paranormal in this pulse-pounding series. With over 50,000 readers, the Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries is a highly addictive series that'll keep you turning pages late into the night. Fun, funny, suspenseful, and scary, this omnibus edition includes the first three books in the best-selling series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Colonelswife on 06-09-16

Not quite up to Dresden

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Any additional comments?

I was pumped to think these books might be as good as the Butcher's Dresden series. They are severely lacking in that area. Not too bad a listen, author did a good job with narration, but there was a pizazz missing - more on the lackluster side in content and after the first book, I went onto the second ONLY because I bought them as a set. I read another book between the 2nd and 3rd hoping it was just my mood, but it wasn't. I am from the area that the book covers so know all the places named and the depiction is pretty accurate.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Void

  • Witching Savannah, Book 3
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151

Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. But their excitement quickly becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone - or something - wants her and her unborn child out of the picture.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous ending

  • By Zendegy on 12-23-14

Almost

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I almost didn't but this book due to some negative comments made about it. I am certainly glad I bought it. I enjoyed it immensely and the duality it provided.

  • Closer Than You Think

  • Faith Corcoran, Book 1
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

Fantastic writing skills

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Any additional comments?

I find it hard to find an author that can hold my attention for 8 hours MUCH LESS 28. But Karen Rose has done it. From the beginning of the book to the end I stayed caught up - no wishing I could turn pages faster or speed up the reader. And to do this for 28 hours takes an incredibly talented writer IMO. Waiting for more of the series.
Narrator was excellent adding to the entire story. No false or whiny voices. Making the book even better audible than written.

  • A Deadly Web

  • Bishop Files, Book 2
  • By: Kay Hooper
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

John Brodie is a Guardian, a member of a secret network devoted to protecting the psychics in his charge from a ruthless - and virtually invisible - enemy. Tasha Solomon is unaware of the Guardians' existence - until the night the gifted psychic suffers a shocking and violent attack, and Brodie saves her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was not worth the wait for Bishop & his team

  • By Lynda on 04-11-15

Very Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Absolutely no plot. Very hard to follow what was going on - and definitely NOT one of Hopper's best. If it was my only Hooper it would be my last.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paw Enforcement

  • K9, Book 1
  • By: Diane Kelly
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so funny

  • By J Carter on 09-27-14

Decent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-15

The could have been so much better if only the anger management issues been written differently. Took me several hours of listening before I decided the story was worth finishing. I was just on the verge of writing it off when the plot got better.

  • Back on Murder

  • A Roland March Mystery, Book 1
  • By: J. Mark Bertrand
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track: a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great murder mystery, but why all the preaching?

  • By Thomas Allen on 01-25-14

First and Last

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-15

I finished this book merely because I paid for it. Very slow, very long, and very predictable. Will be the last of the March series that I read because the character isn't that interesting. Heck you have to wait until it is almost over to find just what his Sept loss was - and it was the expected one - why it had to be danced around for all that time is a mystery.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Horse Lover's Book-- An Enchanting Fantasy

  • By Ruth on 01-05-13

Not the best performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-15

Any additional comments?

I always listen to the beginning of a book before purchase to see if I can live with the voice and the delivery of the book. The initial voice was okay for this book, but the secondary characters were horrible. I thought. I was watching a 'lamb chops' TV show with the high pitched shrill voices of the other maidens. Then it was hard to tell when the unicorn was talking or when Kayla was speaking. The plot was only so-so but the narration made that tedious for me. Even tho I'm slightly interested in what happens next - not so much as to listen to more.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

  • By: Sara Gran
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 460

Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery with a soul

  • By MMRudy on 05-28-12

No Plot

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-14

Any additional comments?

This book goes on and on and on about New Orleans and the 'storm' with the description. ENOUGH already. goodness - I wasted my money on this one, as there is no real plot, no real mystery. Poorly written in this aspect. I would recommend a pass on this one to anyone that likes a good moving book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally WARPED Antagonist! Loved It...

  • By shelley on 09-12-17

WHOA - Didn't see that coming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-14

Any additional comments?

I was POSITIVE I had the ending figured out and even then still couldn't stop listening. I've already recommended the book to every book reading friend I have that like this genre.

AND I was WRONG about the bad guy. I've already had to re-read the last chapter and making plans to listen to the entire book again. The narrator was excellent and the story line spot on. I'll certainly look for more books by Ellis and kudos to Patterson to find and coauthor with some good artists

16 of 18 people found this review helpful