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Marcia L. Berbeza

Wilmington, Delaware, USA
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  • The Big Sheep

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there's no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Sheep unravels into an incredible mystery

  • By Tim Ward on 07-13-16

What a HOOT!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This story totally tickled my funny bone. I truly enjoyed it. The main characters worked well together, or at least they rubbed along with their various faults making for an amusing story. Sheer ridiculousness of the premise was truly enjoyable. I can't say more for fear of giving away some of the best parts, but this is science fiction at its finest, but using a film noir approach.

  • The Last Iota

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The year is 2039, and Los Angeles is poised between order and chaos. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, now known as the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities and became a de facto third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there's no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Different narrator, pronounces names differently

  • By Alex on 12-21-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I listened to this a couple of days after I had finished The Big Sheep. Other reviewers complained about the new narrator. I loved him. He did a great job. Yes, one name was changed. To be honest, I had thought at the time that the narrator of The Big Sheep had mispronounced it all along. So, for me, it was rather a relief.

This adventure also takes place in a post apocalyptic future in LA. This time, the currency that had taken the place of the US dollar is in danger. A lot of comparisons about the wobbly nature of putting value on a country's currency and the fact that ours is no longer based on gold, were made. I quite enjoyed it, but I have a feeling that it is more accessible if you are computer literate. If you don't live online, it might be a reach. There is humor, adventure, and a small bit of romance involved. Great story, I hope for more!

  • Air Bound

  • A Sea Haven Novel, Book 3
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

For as far back as she can remember, Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating "patterns" in the air around her - whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility when she was a child, but everything changed after her mother was murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ah Those Hunky Prakinski's...

  • By Robbie on 06-02-14

No Consistency in Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

New narrator for this book, didn't think that it would be a problem, however, the name of the main male character of previous novel is mangled. Consistently. Instead of Levi, narrator say Lay-vee. It's annoying.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,844

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Delightful!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I want MORE!! I so enjoyed this book! The absurdity really tickled my funny bone. Cannot wait to read the further adventures of Andrea and her super hero buddies!!

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  • The Morcai Battalion: The Pursuit

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The first time Mekashe, Captain of the Imperial Guard, meets blue-eyed human beauty Jasmine Donally, the two nearly come to blows. Forever devoted to the Cehn-Tahr, Mekashe is forced to sever ties with the object of his adoration. Years pass before their paths cross again, but Mekashe hasn't forgotten what transpired - or the way she makes his heart race. But even if he can forgive the past, insurmountable barriers still threaten to keep them worlds apart. With their mutual attraction escalating quickly, they'll have to find a way to bridge the gap - or be lost to each other forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Wonderful Morcai Story

  • By Rachel M on 05-20-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Most annoying, unsympathetic heroine EVER. I wanted to wring her neck. And the ending is just way too pat. Hard to value life when clones can be created with full memories and improved bodies. I usually love Diana Palmer's stories, this series has turned into a real favorite, but this story I could have lived without. There are HEAs that make sense and others that feel totally forced. This was forced. The HEA was accomplished by turning characters inside out in an unrealistic fashion. Sorry!!

  • Invictus

  • The Morcai Battalion, Book 3
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

For almost three years, Dtimun, the enigmatic and mysterious Cehn-Tahr commander of the Morcai Battalion, has been at war not only with the Rojok Dynasty...but also with his feisty medical chief of staff, Dr. Madeline Ruszel. Now a surprising visitor from the future has charged them with the rescue of the enemy, field marshal Chacon. To ensure success, both Madeline and Dtimun must make personal sacrifices and attempt a dangerous mission behind enemy lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invictus

  • By Lois Hunt on 09-13-18

Resolution of the Story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

From the way these Morcai stories have been written, it feels as if the original thought was to do a trilogy. The story arcs that began in the first two books were wrapped up beautifully by the end. I had pretty much made conclusions about who different characters were in the previous books, but my guesses were confirmed by the end of this one. Very satisfying story overall. If you enjoy romance with your sci-fi, this is a great one to read! So glad to see several more are available in this series.

  • The Recruit

  • The Morcai Battalion, Book 2
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Three years after the unprovoked attack on a peaceful colony, the war between the Rojok dynasty and the Tri-Galaxy Fleet rages on. Born of that war is the Morcai Battalion, a fleet comprised of Centaurians and humans - the first collaboration of its kind and a step toward an intergalactic alliance. But the fragile union is tested as their courageous commander in chief, Dtimun, is faced with the temptation of the forbidden - and human - Dr. Madeline Ruszel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series and the narrator!

  • By Sharon Redfern on 09-30-15

Great Book, Only Half the Story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I'm really pleased that I didn't read this when it first came out because it is only half the story. It is a really well told story, but you need to start the third book immediately. This one stops quite abruptly.

  • The Morcai Battalion

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

A ragtag band of humans from the Terravegan colonies fights the Rojok invaders and their ship is destroyed. Rescued by the Centaurian commander of the terror-inspiring Holconcom, the humans must learn to live with their hostile alien counterparts when they are captured by the Rojoks and thrown into the galaxy's most horrible prison camp. The female exobiologist has to save the life of the alien commander in order to save her captain, her comrades, and herself. This is a rocket ride full of action, humor, and sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Bruce on 01-23-08

New Direction

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Diana Palmer has been one of my favorite romance authors since the 1980s. But I think this is one of her finest. She broke away from total romance and ventured into Science Fiction and the results are marvelous. Wonderful listen, the narrator was also quite good.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

Right up there with Georgette Heyer's!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

All too often in historical romance or regency novels, authors take the easy way out and have wimpy heroines. All too often, at the first sign of it, I stop reading, never to return to the story. This was a highly intelligent novel. Totally delightful. The heroine suffered horrific abuse at one point and her recovery is central to the plot. It is never gratuitous. The words and actions of the story are well placed within the parameters of the time period. The highest praise that I can give, is that I believe it will age as well as Georgette Heyer's have. Well done!!

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  • A Cold Creek Christmas Story

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Celeste Nichols has always preferred to keep to herself in her hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho...until she becomes an instant celebrity! When one of her children's stories becomes a major success, she's suddenly the talk of the town. Celeste should be gloriously happy...but something, someone, special is still missing from her life. Could the return of her childhood crush be the answer?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator needs to take less breaks

  • By Anthony A. Schulz on 12-12-16

Great story, not so great narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This was a lovely little Christmas story. It especially appealed to me since the protagonist is a librarian. But the narration takes away from it. She's a reader rather than an actor. Odd pauses halfway through each sentence means that you lose the rhythm of the story. Also the habit of ending every other sentence in a question feels strange. I might not have noticed if it weren't for the fact that I always have a book playing and know just how much of a difference a great narrator can make to a story. So, I'm disappointed.