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Marcia L. Berbeza

Wilmington, Delaware, USA
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  • Madam, Will You Talk?

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

It sounds idyllic: a leisurely drive through the sun-drenched landscape of Provence. But Charity's dream holiday turns into a nightmare when she becomes embroiled in a sinister plot to kidnap a young boy. She soon finds herself in a deadly pursuit and must uncover whom to trust...and whom to fall for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last

  • By Mary E. Haley on 11-03-18

Perfect Narrator for the Book!!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I have been asking for years to have Mary Stewart's romantic mysteries recorded. Unabridged and recorded in full. There have been a couple of titles that have been recently released. Each one has had a different narrator. This one is PERFECT for the material. A familiarity with French and classic literature is required and she manages it very easily, making it seem perfectly natural that one would be familiar with quotations from poets and Shakespeare at the drop of a hat. I LOVED that. Mary Stewart wrote deliciously exotic travel mysteries after WWII. So, yes, while it was once contemporary, at this point it feels like historical fiction. But it is sooo very well done and enjoyable. Now, I'm waiting for the rest to be released. Just hoping they use Emilia Fox for the remainder of the books.

  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,274

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, terrible narration.

  • By Ariel on 02-05-14

Great story, OK Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I always have to wonder about my listening experience when the first impression I get from a narrator is that they haven’t done their homework. In this case, the red flag was dropped when the author’s name was consistently mispronounced. The narrator read the book. He was adequate, but not outstanding. This is a terrific story that felt a little flat because of a lack on the part of the story teller. It’s too bad.

  • A Wrench in the Works

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Chloe is the cohost of a popular home-repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after 10 years, she has returned to her quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design. But Shannon quickly realizes things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRAGEDY

  • By Debbie Lacey on 01-19-19

Pink Tools on Air

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

In the past titles of this very charming series, older homes have been repaired and renovated by a female contractor and her crew. In every book, there has been one or more murders that have subsequently been solved by our heroine. As the characters have developed, part of the back story included a sister who had left home and was working in a TV series. In this novel, the sister, a co-host of a home improvement show, visits Lighthouse Cove. The show was going to feature the renovation of one of the Victorian homes that the area is known for.

I loved the way that even more of the back story is revealed throughout the book. There were several more bodies before the resolution. Shannon even appears on camera with her sister and without. Romantic ends are nicely tied up, including one that has been outstanding since the first novel. I genuinely enjoyed this. I was sent the audio title free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Eaves of Destruction

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

At the annual Victorian Home and Garden Tour, Lighthouse Cove, California's premier contractor, Shannon Hammer, realizes that the competition is about to turn deadly.... Shannon is in high demand among rival homeowners who will do anything to win Best in Show. One-upmanship and even espionage break out among neighbors, construction crews, decorators, and landscapers. Thanks to several new hires, Shannon is sure she can handle the extra load - until murder throws a wrench in the works.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fun series

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 01-15-18

Oh, Those Victorian Homes!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

In this episode, our heroine and the town of Lighthouse Cove are preparing for the annual home show. The town is filled with marvelous old Victorians and everyone is polishing them in an attempt to win. This is one of those cases where the author's descriptions of these ornate homes really shines. Of course, I would love photographs...but I guess that's tough to do with fictional homes! The mystery is not as easily figured out from the start as in previous novels, although there are plenty of clues. All in all, it was still rather enjoyable once solved. And our dear heroine is racking up the body count. Glad I'm not her. I definitely wouldn't care to keep running into all of those dead bodies! On the romance side, the relationship between her and her fellow seems to be heating up, but they still haven't reach a stage of intimacy. Makes one wonder if they are simply good friends....

  • Deck the Hallways

  • A Fixer-Upper Mystery
  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Alex Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Even during the holidays, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into 10 charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help - including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack. But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who's backing the project.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good holiday story.

  • By DRS on 01-07-18

Murder in the Mansion

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

As with the previous novels in this series, Kate Carlisle has assembled a lively group of hometown characters. In this particular offering, our heroine is breaking down a mansion into separate apartments for previously homeless individuals and their families. I loved the descriptions not only of the people, but the tasks that they took on to ready the old dilapidated mansion made of quality materials, for habitation. The descriptions of stripping paint and refitting old built in items of furniture fascinated me. That is one of the things that this author does so well. Her descriptions of the carpentry and restoration of old Victorian homes are full of detail, but never boring. The murder occurred to a suitably villainous character, a banker. The culprit was not immediately identified since the victim had MANY enemies. Altogether enjoyable story.

  • Crowned and Moldering

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

When Mac Sullivan - famous thriller writer and Shannon's new beau - first moved to Lighthouse Cove, California, he bought the historic lighthouse mansion that the town is named after. Mac needs help cleaning up the place, and Shannon is more than happy to get her handywoman hands on the run-down Victorian. But during demolition, a grisly discovery is made among the debris - the bones of a teenage girl who went missing 15 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demolition can be deadly.

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-31-16

Addictive Listening Pleasure

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This is the third entry in Kate Carlisle's Fixer Upper Mysteries. As with the previous novels, it features enjoyable characters and a place I would love to live. Since I've never been any good with a hammer, I am fascinated by a woman who makes her living swinging one. I'm also impressed with the main character's memory. She remembers people and events as if they occurred the day before. I would dismiss it as fiction, but some people are actually like that. Even better, between the narrator and the writing, I can easily picture these events taking place. Very enjoyable!

  • This Old Homicide

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story... Valentine's Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Second Installment

  • By Christina on 08-01-15

I Want to Move to This Town

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This is a cozy mystery set in a little seaside town centering around a female contractor and the people in her life. This book continued with the character development started in the first novel. By the end of the story, which featured a decent murder mystery, I came to the conclusion that I would REALLY like to live in this small town. They acknowledge that they gossip and are nosy about each other's business, but at the same time, they watch each other's backs. Our main character still has two possible love interests and a solid circle of friends. And the story itself is well written enough that this is the second time I've listened to it. There should be a category on Audible for books that you can and do relisten to.

  • A High-End Finish

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on.Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Diana on 12-19-14

Pink Tools Rule!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I've never been a tomboy, so all of those crafty things guys do has always been high on my fantasy list. Finding a series of mysteries about a female contractor who uses pink tools really hit the sweet spot with me. Kate Carlisle had been a favorite with me from her Bibliophile Mysteries, but when I had finished all of them several years ago, she suggested I try this series instead. Totally different from the previous series but just as easy going down. I enjoyed the plot of this book, the characters, the setting. And the narrator was also spot on. So...high marks all around.

  • 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 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 401

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 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

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!