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Lauren

ANTIOCH, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (877)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Fly me away!"
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    What a wonderful book! I have listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's books and have yet to be dissapointed. She blends history, romance, mystery and fantasy seemlessly and always leaves me wanting more. In Firebird we get to revisit the couple we met in The Winter Sea, but they are only a part of a larger story. Anne is a fantastic heroine who is gentle yet strong and probably quite accurate in behavior for a woman of her station at that time. It was also a treat to follow the romantic journey of both a modern day couple and the historical couple they follow. I didn't take my earbuds out for two straight days with this one. I was already a fan of Katherine Kellgren and though she usually portrays more upbeat, younger characters, she did a great job of moderating her reading to match the tone of this book.

    Susanna Kearsley will be an automatic purchase for me from now on!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1165)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Fascinating, but heart-wrenching in parts"
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    This was an amazing glimpse into nursing care in the 50s. I admired the author's unflinching honesty both of the situations she found herself in and her own character through the trials she experienced.

    There were some spots that were so graphically horrid that I had to leave the book for a few days before returning. Again, it was just honestly, but how anyone lived through seeing some of what she saw and heard is beyond my comprehension. I've always had great respect for nurses, but these women were more than nurses, they were heroes and saviors to those they helped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1186)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Wow...way to kill a series."
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    I've read every one of Rick Riordan's YA books starting with Percy Jackson. I've really enjoyed the Heroes of Olympus series...and then there was this one. It started slow and ended confusing. He took strange turns with characters I've grown to love (his choice, his characters, but really?) all in an effort to...well I'm not sure but some decision came out of nowhere it seems.

    The narration was okay, but sometime the narrator seemed to be speaking in the wrong characters voice.

    Probably time to end this series and move on. I wasted a credit and over 10 hours on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1395)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Meh.Take it or leave it."
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    I have been an avid NR reader for almost 15 years and have always thought her one of the best in the business at creating characters that you believe in, love and want to fight for by the end of the book. Her last couple of novels, however, have left a bad taste in my mouth. I either just don't care how the story ends or honestly wish the two main characters would break up before the book ends because they have "divorced in 5 years" written all over them.

    The story here started off intriguing with melding of generations and powers, and the descriptions of the Irish countryside made me want to book a ticket to Dublin post-haste, but the characters never really developed for me. I know this is a trilogy so at least part of the time you're setting up the story's for the next two characters, but I felt like that's ALL this book was. I found Iona annoying and Boyle lacking in the substance she usually gives her male characters. I'm intrigued by Branna and Finn and really hope the story picks up by the time it gets to their story...if formula holds that is likely to be the last book in the trilogy.

    Katherine Kellgren apparently is an acquired taste as I've seen some unkind reviews of her narration. I LOVE her! I think she gives each character a unique voice and I've been introduced to authors I'd never have picked up on my own except I wanted to listen to another book she'd read. Overall, her Irish accents sounded great (American as apple-pie here, so keep that in mind), but her modulation of the American Iona when she got excited was a bit over the top.

    I could take it or leave it with this one. If you've never read Nora Roberts I'd recommend starting with a book like Tribute, or The Search. If you like her series I thought the Bride Quartet was a lot of fun, particularly books 1 and 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4162)
    Performance
    (3181)
    Story
    (3189)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Hilarious Listen!"
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    I listened to this book on a business trip and laughed until I thought I'd get booted off the plane. I couldn't help it, Molly's wit and Amanda Ronconi's voice could give any stand-up comedian a run for their money. I am not a big fan of the paranormal genre, but after reading Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper, I had to listen to something else she'd written. This one did not dissapoint!

    If you like good, sexy fun, you won't waste a credit with this one (or anything else by Molly Harper)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Governess Affair: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

    Karen says: "Short But Sweet"
    "Wish this had been longer!"
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    Great quick listen. It's amazing how she developed the characters and the story in so few words, but it was captivating and quick. Now I want to read the others in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruined by Rumor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alyssa Everett
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she's been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss—and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.

    Michelle says: "MORE ALYSSA EVERETT PLEASE!!!"
    "Not a bad book, but the angst was draining"
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    The characters were well plotted, and you can't go wrong with Rosalyn Landor reading, but this was 10 hours of angst. At some point I wanted to reach out and shake the characters begging them to get their act together.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1094)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Cozy up because you won't put this one down"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Bluegrass Baby the most enjoyable?

    I listen to books while I work (don't judge) and this one had me snorting at my desk to the point I had to turn it off or risk evil looks from co-workers. Molly Harper's characters are endearing and hysterical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sadie reminded me of a childhood friend and seemed so real I felt like asking her out for a beer after work.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda was flawless bringing the characters to life.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (529)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Adorable"
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    If you could sum up What Happens in London in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, flirty and vivacious


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I adore Rosalyn Landor. I get so wrapped up in her storytelling I forget it's only one narrator. She is flawless and her characters are so alive. She did a fantastic job with these two.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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