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Marianne Royston

Virginia Beach, VA, US
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  • Dirty Chick

  • Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer
  • By: Antonia Murphy
  • Narrated by: Antonia Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 968

One month into our stay, we'd managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn't have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go." Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed my @$$ off!

  • By Jeremy on 05-19-15

Sounds like something I would have written

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Having just moved to a farm from our seaside haven of 20 years I’ve encountered a lot of the same scenarios found in this captivating tale of acclimating to farm life.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,107

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

I’ve waited a long time for a story this good

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Concise and intricate storyline that all comes together flawlessly. The right mix of humor and angst, I’ve been in search for a story this engaging for a long time. The narration is beautifully narrates with just the right amounts of love, horror, sadness and joy being translated through the reading. This is one I’ll be listening to again

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  • Mercy

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Picoult meet Gabeldon whilst searchin' the heather

  • By PlantCrone on 08-13-12

Not my favorite Jodi Picoult

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I’ve read more than a dozen of Jodi’s books and have enjoyed most all of them. This book left me bored and disappointed

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,874

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Excellent reprisal of the Shining characters

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

It wasn’t until I was a quarter of the way through the story that I fully embraced the story I was hearing. It’s been almost 40 years since I read the Shining but gradually realized the brilliance that is exemplified in this novel. I’ll be rereading this often

  • Valley of Silence

  • Circle Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing, then training, the people of Geall to defeat Lilith's vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare, through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Dea on 10-18-13

Good story; the voice of Blair was grating

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Good story and performance was compelling but the character of Blair was grating, sounding more like a Mafia member than a woman

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • sound effects ruined it

  • By jennifer on 04-24-16

Great story. Loves the performance.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Couldn't stop listening. I usually listen while I'm working around the farm and actually went looking for more work so I could keep on "reading". My only suggestion is to lose the music. I found it very distracting

  • 5 Stages of Grief

  • By: Bethany Ramos
  • Narrated by: Melissa Booey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

As a beauty editor of Denver's hot new High Life magazine, Danielle Starkey didn't have becoming a widow on her to-do list. Then nine months after her husband's death, she discovers he booked a vacation with another woman. Suddenly, Danielle sees Adam's death in a whole new light and has to get over it - for the second time. Hit with the truth when she least expects it, Danielle brings a fresh, funny, and honest approach to the grieving process as she struggles through online dating, stalking her dead husband's mistress, and, hopefully, finding the man of her dreams.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and performance...BAD audio quality

  • By Rox777 on 11-13-17

Mediocre story with amateurish narration

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

Hearing the sound of a chair scraping or sirens in the background was distracting enough, but the narrator's attempts to "act" out her role was horrendous. The only reason I listened through to the end was that I was on a long trip with nothing else downloaded.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,621
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,551

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Epic tale of survival

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Beautifully performed telling of survival in France during the invasion and occupation of World War II