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Marsha L. Woerner

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  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Loyalty above all

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

(As posted in GoodReads)
I had read the series of books by this author starting with NPC's (I listened with my younger son who is a sci-fi/fantasy fan and computer games fan). That series was great fun, and this book was great, also. The characters all have likable aspects but also very disturbing ones! The comradery and unassailable loyalty is enough to make them all fabulous and likable characters! I know that he has written other books, and when I find time and money they are on my list!

  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,065

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

Starts slow – don't let it pull you

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

It was good, but I kept expecting there to be more to it – until the last fifth or so when there WAS! The first three quarters or so was sort of fun: I like the personality of the main character and his irreverent sense of humor, but all the fun that, it was sort of plodding: 1 foot in front of the other… But when John (the main character) started suspecting that the plot was both too complex and too easy, the reader realized that there was more to it than that! And the true feelings of unjustness were felt, and justified. And the suspense in that last quarter or fifth made the rest worth it and necessary.

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

What a remarkable actor

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

(As posted in GoodReads)
It was good to hear the REAL things that happened around Lucille Ball and her movie career as well as her ongoing relationship with Desi Arnaz. Being younger than either of her kids, I didn't know what went on as it was happening; I just knew that the "I Love Lucy" show was great and popular. I didn't realize that it was the making of her! Yes, she was a successful actress before that, but she really became a household name with that. And Desi Arnaz had a multifaceted personality and existence.
I am truly happy that her daughter Lucy found the rough starting of the autobiography and turned it into a wonderful, informative, book. It cleans up a lot of the rumors that my parents had been passing around about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and their characters. I have to admit that an autobiography still only shows one side of things, but it presents them in the feasible light.
What a remarkable woman!

  • Mythology

  • By: Edith Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company, in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial best-seller in its various available formats. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good reading of classical myths

  • By Kathi on 03-18-13

Mythology: great metaphors for use in life

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

(As posted in GoodReads)
I wasn't sure whether to give it four or five stars. It's really rich, with stories from the Ilion, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, as well as the authors Sophocles, Euripides, Ovid and others. It was interesting the different representations of the different stories and myths by different authors, and the correlation with the Abrahamic mythology is stark. The majority of the book addresses Greek mythology, but Roman mythology is used, and Norse mythology is at least introduced and given a better introduction, even, then the book by Neil Gaiman that I previously read.
There was a little bit that was more "about" the Greek myths than the myths themselves, but overall it was a very good mix! And I was reminded of the Greek tragedies that I read in college; I need to go back and reread, perhaps a different version from a different author.
I know that mythology is far from reality, but it's great to see the stories and how they can relate to current arguments and problems. I believe that all mythology, current religious' as well as Greek and Roman – and Norse and pagan, carries a lot of metaphorical realities applicable to current life and decision-making!

  • The Indignities of Being a Woman

  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, humorous, and insightful

  • By Mmmm Brrrr on 10-11-18

We can't stop fighting…

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

(As posted in GoodReads)
That was really funny!
That was really SAD!! I suppose that the title could clue the reader into the possibility of the latter, and the fact that it is a comedy would clue him/her into the former. As the narrators pointed out, the topic was only scratched, and there's a lot more that can be said. But I like what there is! It's all very well and fine to say "sexism doesn't exist anymore", but this book points out the beginnings of the lot of really horrible practices and the way many of them are continuing. Good book – and it encourages me to reread what I already have learned about Susan B Anthony, for instance.
And the fight is never over…

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  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Don't let the first concentration fool you

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

(As posted on GoodReads)
Nothing much to say; it was good, and there were interesting twists and misleads.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Aimee Molloy
  • Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454

They call themselves the May Mothers - a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By J.C. on 05-15-18

What a Tragic Situation!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

(As posted in GoodReads)
I like the way that the story was told from a combination of perspectives and viewpoints. The individual characters were well developed, and the secret lives of most were surprising but not difficult to believe, given the development of the characters.
What started out as a sort of ho-hum "it's another young mother with the problem" story ended up painting interesting characters with their own interesting fears, quirks, and hangups who were close to and concerned with a potentially tragic situation. The ending "bad guy" was not overly surprising to me, as a regular reader of mysteries", but the end situation really was. I enjoyed the book a lot, and I look forward to reading Aimee Molloy's other works.

  • The Enchanted Collection

  • By: Anna Sewell, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and others
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden, Simon Vance, Michael Page, and others
  • Length: 40 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

This is a collection meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Whether encountering these cherished tales for the first or the 50th time, listeners will find enchantment in this collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this collection!

  • By greyseal on 05-14-15

It's clear why these are classics

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18




So this was in keeping with my thread of children's books. It is actually five different books, all of them classics, and mostly for children.
The first one, _Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_ is probably a children's book, but it is undeniably my favorite by my favorite author ever. This particular version, and audio recording by Brilliance Audio, was good, with Michael Page narrating. Of course, my immediate desires was to hear _Through the Looking Glass_ next, but that's not part of the current collection; I'll have to go back and listen to that separately :-).
The next book is _The Secret Garden_. I read this book back in junior high or high school, and I had totally forgotten the beginning foundation, but it's narrated well by Susan Duerden (I believe). My mother was surprised when I read it, because she said it was usually aimed at much younger girls than I at the time. I enjoyed it both then and now, but it's not as impressive now as it was then.
The third book was _Black Beauty_. I had never read that, although my older sister did, and she loved it, but she was a "horsey " person as a child – as were many girls at that time – so I never read it, because I definitely was not. The book is totally different than I expected! I expected horseracing and horse shows and all kinds of things like that. That is NOT the basis of this book! This is one particular horse going through different stages of domestic ownership and different kinds of things he was required to do by different owners. I enjoyed the book a lot; it may have been an early book that tried to present feelings and attitudes of creatures other than humans. And it was nice that he went through a lot of different types of owners and levels of employment.
The fourth book was/is _The Wind in the Willows_. I attempted to read this as a child and I got bored. I attempted to listen to it as an adult, and I got bored. I only got about halfway through. I know I'm supposed to think it's a wonderful book, and everybody loves it, but he bores me. Sigh.
The last book is _Little Women_(my husband points out that it has nothing to do with Lilliputian wives :-)). This is not specifically a children's book, although many girls read it as a child, but I did not. I have at least two friends who read it, and one of them absolutely loves it where the other hates it. I like it pretty well; I am interested in reading more of Louisa May Alcott's books. I read a little bit more about her her: did you know that she was never married and she died at 55 I (believe – anyway, younger than I am now…?) It's a good book, but it does seem rushed at the end. That's another one that my older sister bread, but she found it boring. She also read _Little Man_, also by Louisa May Alcott, and she found it more interesting. Now I have to go back and read that, too. Anyway, I am through with my children stories and classics binge for the moment! Time to go back to science and mysteries!
(As posted in GoodReads)

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,244

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ABSURD story!

  • By Debra on 06-28-18

Sends the mind spinning

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

(As posted in GoodReads)
It was good. Every time you sought you'd figured something out, it changed! Those who mind the beginning didn't lie later, and then they lied again! I liked it keeping me on my toes! Unfortunately, the ending was left open enough that it seemed pretty clear that it's the start of a series. Don't get me wrong, series are not bad by default, but I'm not sure that I'm interested in a series from this book. Overall, though, it was pretty good, though! (less) [edit]

  • Scienceblind

  • Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong
  • By: Andrew Shtulman
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Humans are born to create theories about the world - unfortunately, they're usually wrong, and keep us from understanding the world as it really is. Why do we catch colds? What causes seasons to change? And if you fire a bullet from a gun and drop one from your hand, which bullet hits the ground first? In a pinch, we almost always get these questions wrong. Worse, we regularly misconstrue fundamental qualities of the world around us.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I still don't see why ADULTS blind themselves to reality

  • By Marsha L. Woerner on 12-04-18

I still don't see why ADULTS blind themselves to reality

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

(As posted on GoodReads)
(I apparently took a hiatus from the end of October until early December. Time to get back to it…)
This book was totally different than what I expected. Chapters 1 through 10 seemed more like an introduction to the actual meat of the argument/book, and chapter 12 gave the best discussion of evolution that I have ever seen thus far. In the conclusion of the book, the "science blindness" was actually pointed out from the beginning, but some of the assumed conclusions from the first part really need a bit more emphasis!
Overall, I think it was a pretty good book, but it could've been better; and as I say, chapter 12 was excellent, and that alone made the whole book worthwhile! But I still don't know why individuals, ADULT individuals, STILL make themselves blind to reality!