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Marilyn Morrison

St Paul, MN United States
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  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,463

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Holes, inconsistencies and cliches

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

The boy, the girl, the quest, the kindly old wizard... this story lives in cliche city. A prime example is learning who betrayed our hero. When that person was revealed, it could not possibly have been a surprise to anyone, as the path was so clear it may as well have had lights and flashing arrows. Also, where was that person's perspective? What motivated the traitor?

As for the holes and inconsistencies.. am I the only one who has no idea as to why fire was ever banned?

If the Quad members could be magically protected from the Confessor's touch (as they apparently were when they prepared to rape her - and then by assumption when they raped/killed all the other Confessors) then why weren't all the ones who were sent after her in the beginning protected? In fact.. it was specifically pointed out that there were 4 men in these "Quad Squads" because they were vulnerable to being Touched...?

The poor boy who was buried up to his neck in the garden as a sacrifice to the evil villian... why was this necessary (as opposed to locking him in a room?) Also, after the lead-up to the bad guy's escapade down into the Underworld.. why did he go, what did he do? Was he striking bargains? Talking to his father? We have no idea because it was never mentioned again.

Our villain never even noticed he lost control of the dragon, and how did our hero know about the egg? Finally, as intelligent and powerful as a red dragon is, how did Scarlett not immediately fly to our number one evil guy and exact her own revenge? Dragons are fiercely proud, but she didn't even seem upset with the bad guy for placing her in forced servitude and threatening the life of her offspring.

Unlike some other reviewers, I thought the narrator was great, but the only section of the book I truly enjoyed was Rachel's story.

  • A Killer's Mind

  • Zoe Bentley Mystery
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,786

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, the FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked me from the beginning...

  • By shelley on 08-05-18

Made worse by one lame FBI Agent

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

How can anyone respect an FBI agent who can't tell the difference between his own cat or a prowler? I mean.. seriously? He then loses me even more by requesting that Zoe come join him in an investigation.. but then quickly proceeds (in so many words) to tell her that her profiling skills are basically useless. I think that whole scenario was all about manufacturing the oh-so-lame tension between these two in order to facilitate grudging respect and eventually (gasp!) ...a blooming romance. No cliche here.. The book is not all bad though.. I liked the grandfather a lot, even if he is a bit over-done, and there is some pretty clever dialog. The narration was excellent but that's not enough to overcome the shortcomings, so this will probably be my first and last book in this series.

43 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Hell's Belle

  • The True Story of Belle Gunness
  • By: Lindsay Garrett
  • Narrated by: Sangita Chauhan
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Belle Sorenson Gunness was Norwegian-American serial killer who stood six feet tall and weighed more than 200 pounds. She ended up killing most of her boyfriends and suitors. Horrifically, she also murdered two of her daughters. This is the biography of a ruthless woman whose abominable deeds earned her nicknames such as Lady Bluebeard, Hell's Belle, and the Mistress of Murder Farm. She has gone down in history as one of the most prolific serial killers of America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Low expectations..

  • By Marilyn Morrison on 05-28-18

Low expectations..

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I knew a book only 33 minutes long could not contain any significant amount of detail and I was right, it barely scratches the surface.

The narrator was good, but must be using sub-standard recording equipment. It sounds like she's speaking through a long tunnel.

I only purchased this because I'd never heard of Belle Gunness but I really wish the author would have dug into the lives of these people and fleshed out an actual story. I hope someone does at some point, because this woman is fascinating and I'd love to read more about her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,931

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

I cannot like nor relate to this "hero".

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I started out liking this book a lot, but the more I got to know the main character, the more unlikeable he/it became. He has no thoughts about women that aren't sexual in nature (and every female character only exists so this guy can lust after her). He uses his magic to spy on a woman taking a shower. He has a sexually-magically-experimenting girlfriend in college (whose father, conveniently, has no problem with them humping like rabbits). He regularly takes sexual favors in lieu of payment for magic spells. He doesn't give a second thought about engaging in a quick romp with a pregnant ex-girlfriend who's husband is out working in the fields. He muses about how (when he did something heroic) women threw themselves at him and he could tell some "actually wanted to be with him" which leads me to believe that plenty of his conquests did not, and I believe it, because this guy is a jerk! ...but the kicker for me was the night he rented a room in the "whore house". He got settled then called down for a couple whores (to come up and service him) and the Father-of-the-Year-Owner (apparently so happy to have this guy in his building) sent up his own two "whore" daughters. Our hero was so glad they were young (one of them only 14) and he noted the next morning how skilled they were at their craft. Just contemplate that for a second. Not cool, and now I officially despise this guy, and by extension this story.

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • What is Reiki?

  • By: Dayanara Blue Star
  • Narrated by: Eileen Rizzo, Eye Hear Voices
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Sometimes quick and easy is not always the best way. Sometimes we have to look back into the past in order to look for answers for problems in our current lives and for problems that will follow us into our future. When it comes to stress and health, looking back at the world of Reiki is one of those examples. Let's find out how Reiki can help you to improve your well-being and your life!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just no.

  • By Marilyn Morrison on 05-02-18

Just no.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This narration is so irritating I may never look at a book about Reiki ever again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

Cute, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

It's a cute story, but it's also simplistic, predictable and leaves several questions that i didn't feel were satisfactorily answered.

Cassandra Morris's narration was very good but I felt Chris Chappell was just "reading" and kind of robotic... but not so much that it detracted from the story.

Overall, it was an enjoyable feel-good story, just don't expect too much out of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

Not what I wanted it to be

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I've seen other reviewers suggest you can skip the first several chapters and not miss a thing. I agree. It is just too bogged down with detail that really doesn't matter. The cops followed him up the street. They then followed him to a job site. They then followed him to a restaurant.. and on and on. Also, I realize police procedures were probably drastically different in the 70's than they are today but it was confusing as to why they allowed him to consistently speed (sometimes as much as 100 miles per hour) while being blatantly tailed (as opposed to being chased) to mundane locations, such as his lawyer's office or a friend's house.. instead of putting a stop to all the reckless driving, they allowed (encouraged?) Gasy to buy them drinks and fancy dinners at the same restaurant they just tailed him at 80 miles an hour to get to.. and the next day they would tail him at breakneck speeds to a different bar where they again sat around drinking cocktails that Gasy bought for them? That whole part just doesn't make much sense and either it didn't belong in the book or else it warranted further explanations.

The other part I found disappointing was the story focus. Other than a couple mentions that "Gasy dressed up as a clown for parties" there was nothing else on that aspect, so the title is a bit misleading. I wanted to know more about his victims, more about how he lured/tricked them into his web, more about how this average everyday man hid the monster he truly was, but I felt it was lacking in those aspects.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Stalker

  • The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763

Decades after Richard Ramirez left 13 dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined. The story of Ramirez is a bizarre and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another True Crime classic...! (yay)

  • By Polly Poizendem on 11-19-16

Good but then not so much..

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

In the first two thirds of the book, the author does a pretty good job bringing everything to life. There must have been a massive amount of research into each of these people's lives, and it shows! Then we get to the courtroom section...which then just drags on and on (and on).. there are some characters sprinkled here and there, but we don't get to know them that well (some we probably don't want to know at all) but I'm guessing the bulk of this section is just a regurgitation of the court transcripts. Mildly interesting, but also stuff we really don't care about, such as that day the Judge dismissed court early so he could go to a meeting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emaculum

  • The Scourge, Book 3
  • By: Roberto Calas
  • Narrated by: Lynn Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sir Edward Dallingridge’s wife, the Lady Elizabeth, waits once more in St. Edmund’s Abbey. And to reach her, Edward must battle a king and save a queen, break an oath and make another. He must destroy a legion of demons and take up God’s banner as two armies threaten to tear England apart. With every life he takes, Edward’s soul blackens a shade, and only his lost love can save him from his sins. But he must reach her first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome series

  • By Erin McCracken on 06-03-18

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

This was a fun story overall, and I had such high hopes, but the terrible narration really ruined the ending. I think Lynn Roberts is a fine narrator of other stories, but for whatever reason, he really fell flat here. It was more than the sudden absence of an english accent, it was also difficult to tell some characters apart and in some sections. sen. ten. ces. were. over.ly pro. noun. ced. like. some. one. teach. ing. a. child. to. read. (yes, it was that annoying). The biggest disappointment was that Sir Tristen failed to be funny. His lines were delivered with such a lack of personality that the cleverness was all but lost. He was one of the best things about this story. Tragic!

I needed to see our heros through to the end, but it was nowhere near as enjoyable a journey as the first two (even with the annoyance in book 2 of being interrupted each chapter to hear "historical notes" that really should have been saved till the end).

I would still recommend this story, but it might be a better idea to read - at least this last book - the old fashioned way.. especially if you care anything at all about Sir Tristen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
    The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
    
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        Marie Kondo
    
    


    
    
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    Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    1,528 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The premise is the gift

  • By Amir Ebrahimi on 01-28-17

Apparently not for everyone, but still a good idea

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Maybe you just have to be ready for the message in this book. Do you have a lot of clutter and/or are you ready to separate yourself from your "stuff"? Then, this book might be for you. I see that some reviewers are put off by the author's obsessiveness, but I say that her lifelong obsession with tidying probably makes her something of an expert on the subject, so why not hear what she has to say?

Several of her methods spoke to me, and I can see myself following through on many of her ideas, including the general order in which to go about this process. I won't be storing my dishes on the veranda, I won't be removing (and wiping down) my bottle of shampoo after every shower and, while I truly believe in being thankful for all you have, I can't buy into the idea that the old shoes I thank, and then throw away, will somehow reincarnate into some future possession.. but if you can take those kinds of things with a grain of salt, I really believe her base methods are solid and definitely worth listening to... and now I'm off to gather up all of my clothes. I have some de-cluttering to attend to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful