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Mary Meadows

WAKE FOREST, NC, United States
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  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,283

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite Picoult book

  • By Stephanie Stupack on 10-09-18

Good Story, BUT

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

For some reason the author decided to write the book backwards. In doing that, she didn't add anything at all to the book but confusion and that's why the rating is what it is.

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,785

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Excellent listen !

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not want it to end! Enough said. Hmmm maybe not. 15 word min. One of best books picked so far this year‼️

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Invasive

  • By: Michael Hodges
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Bishop is trapped deep inside Montana's Apex Valley along with his injured wife, a shotgun-wielding stranger named Colbrick, and a sneaking suspicion he's never making it back to Chicago. Things no man has seen before haunt the woods. Strange animal species creep behind pine trees, some of them with flashing red tags that blink faster and faster. Giant birds mimic the sound of humans and lord over the sky. Leaf-shaped creatures attack anything that moves and flash vivid colors across their glistening backs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the credit.

  • By Mary Meadows on 06-02-17

Worth the credit.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

After buying several highly rated books and finding myself mind numbingly bored I was happy to have stumbled upon this on. I have sometimes mainstream and more often macabre or unusual tastes in books but I say give it a try. You may just find, like I did, that it was a good book

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Black Mad Wheel

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

The Danes - the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit" - are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert - a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I was so disappointed.

  • By Mary Meadows on 05-27-17

I was so disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I am going to ask for my money back. I loved his first book The Bird Box so much that I have listened to it several times. This one did not flow smoothly and simply was a complete waste of my time. Sorry.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Phoenix Descent

  • By: Chuck Grossart
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was really pleased it's this book

  • By Mary Meadows on 03-19-17

I was really pleased it's this book

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I hate when. I get in those rolls where I seem to pick one boring book after another. This one was not boring and had my attention from the beginning to the end. Was so impressed I immediately purchased the only other book I saw available here in Audible in hopes of duplicating several more hours of pleasure.

The book was well worth the credit - my opinion is to buy it that you won't regret it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Little Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Nick Cutter
  • Narrated by: Corey Brill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King's It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Effectiveness

  • By Michael on 02-07-17

I was hesitant to purchase this book

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Based on the reviews I had read. I am glad that I decided to purchase it! Let me say that I loved Mr. Cutters first book The Troop. His second book The Deep started out pretty scary to me but then it just didn't tie together for me in the end and I considered it a miss. With one hit and one miss I figured I had a 50-50 chance of enjoying this book. I am happy to say that it was a hit.

My best advice is this - This is one of those books where you need to take a chance and decide for yourself. You will either love it or not. If you love it - great! If you don't - well then you can always return it.

I am finding more and more lately that I either have wholly different taste then other readers or that reviewers simply are being overly harsh or overly complimentary. Neither one does a prospective reader a favor. If in doubt do what I do - DONT WRITE THE REVIEW.

31 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Science Fiction Anthology

  • Volume 1
  • By: Ray Jay Perreault
  • Narrated by: Christopher M. Allport
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Four sci-fi short stories where you'll find good computers, people who regret their past, and an explanation for something you're familiar with.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating threads left untied

  • By Matthew on 08-15-16

Nice sci-fci collection

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

The sci-fi collection of short stories was a new thing for me. Generally I always have hit/miss with story collections, and I'm pretty sure its the same with everyone. I did receive this in exchange for a honest review. I am happy to say there were more hits than misses in this book. The narration could have been a bit better, but I was still able to enjoy. If you enjoy short stories, then I recommend. If you prefer long novels with character development, then this one is not for you, The author delivered as promised. I recommend this book to sci fi short story lovers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,451

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

This book was terrific

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end and have already placed my pre order for Book 2. I highly recommend as it is well worth the credit.

  • Winter's Edge

  • Outzone Drifter Series, Book 1
  • By: Mike Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Seven years after a global war has devastated mankind, Frank Brogan and his family live in the safety of New Haven, a newly-formed authoritarian state deep in the American northwest. Beyond the Exclusion Wall lies the Outzone, a lawless territory ceded from federal jurisdiction. Brogan never thought he would go there. He was wrong. When three Outzone bandits cross into New Haven and murder his wife and daughter, Brogan quits his specially-trained police unit to hunt them down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How soon can I expect book 2?

  • By The Lone Mopper on 07-31-16

A solid PA read

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Let me be honest - I am one of those readers that expects an author to grab me by the seat of my pants from the get. This one didn't initially. At the end of the 1st chapter I thought to myself, "Hmm, gonna have to listen to this whole book, since I got it in exchange for a honest review, sigh". Good thing I was wrong. Didn't take long at all before I was into the story and listened to it non-stop. Furthermore, I was upset when I was done with the book and immediately went to Audible so that I could purchase Book 2. Book 2 isn't out yet. Mr. Sheridan - if you see this, could you speed it up please?

In summary - This book is worth buying, worth reading/listening to and I enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Darkness Falls

  • The Secret Bunker Trilogy, Book One
  • By: Paul Teague
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Separated from his family as the entire planet becomes surrounded by a deathly blackness, Dan Tracy must figure out what's going on below ground. The bunker is at the center of a conspiracy to destroy the Earth - but there's something special about Dan and his twin that could stop the terrorists dead in their tracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Slim on 04-26-16

I just couldn't get into this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

I tried, I really did. Especially when I am provided a book free for review I feel as though I owe it to the author to listen to it in entirety.

But, I just couldn't finish. The story jumps around and I found my mind wandering while I was listening (instead of being lost in the book I was thinking of stuff like - darn I better add dish detergent to my shopping list). That's not what I am looking for in a book. I want to forget about my grocery list!

So I personally do not recommend. Maybe it was me. This is the first book I have ever listened to by this author. Even some of the most incredible authors put out a dud once in awhile. Maybe with this author I started out with one. So - while I wont recommend this book I will also not write the author off yet.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful