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Laura

Shell Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • These High, Green Hills: The Mitford Years, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector.

    Sara says: "Another pleasant read"
    "Terriffic !!"
    Overall

    I can't say enough about these Father Tim books. I live such a hectic stressed out life that I cherish the time I spend in Mitford. I never get tired of listening to these books. If your looking for something charming, kind and interesting to enjoy, like a sweet breath of fresh air, these books are it !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2105)
    Story
    (2109)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Yikes ! No Thank You"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Mitchell and/or the narrators?

    By the author probably not, by the narrators definitely yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Mitchell again?

    I'm really not sure. It's possible I would try another one of his books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have one


    What character would you cut from Cloud Atlas?

    the book was like a jigsaw puzzle. You really could not cut anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I struggled to get through this book. It reminded me of an abstract painting...you can't figure out what the heck you're looking at or what the heck it's supposed to mean! I could have skipped through the entire book and just listened to the last paragraph or two .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

    Char says: "Love Them All"
    "Very Good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spider Mountain to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of Dick Hill who does such a GREAT job of bringing the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spider Mountain?

    Well I liked the ending & being a dog lover I especially liked Frick & Frack but not so much the necessary fates of the "man-eaters"


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't say enough good things about Dick Hill !!! He does such a GREAT job of every book he narrates


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Back hills violent justice vs. real law


    Any additional comments?

    there is a fair amount of violence in this book that some may find disturbing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13901)
    Performance
    (12271)
    Story
    (12299)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Dark & Somewhat Disturbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The way the story unfolds from light & twists into something entirely opposite.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes & I found myself almost "worn out" trying to figure out the end


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Well I liked & felt sorry for Nick but I HATED AMY!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A twisting psycho thriller


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't what you'd call a "feel good" book. It is well written. Maybe a bit drawn out & the narrators did a very good job but I found it very dark & disturbing & at the same time very good. How's that for a very "psycho" review?!!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "EXCELLENT !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Carolina Moon in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, exciting, suspenseful


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the characters & the storyline


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    there WAS a movie of this book & I realized that as I read it. The movie was good. The book was better. A psychic thriller of romance, murder & suspence


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1499)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "WOW !!!"
    Overall

    I thought this book was fantastic! It drew me in and totally engrossed me. The characters were intriguing, complicated and very interesting as was the storyline. I loved most of the characters but hated one or two! This was an immensely well written "who done-it". The narrator did a perfect job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7746)
    Performance
    (5345)
    Story
    (5383)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    WOW! What a fantastic book! I loved EVERY minute of it. For me it was something like King Arthur & Merlin meets Avatar meets Dune. A sweeping epic fantasy saga! I loved the characters and didn't want the story to end! I was sooo disappointed when I realized the sequel wasn't available yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Sharon says: "Hunting Season"
    "loved it !"
    Overall

    I thought this book was great! Loved it right from the beginning. suprised that the rating wasn't over 4.0. Loved the storyline & the characters. Loads of excitement right from the start!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (247)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "A fun read !"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. It was lighthearted and funny. Loved the characters and the narrator was excellent. A good book for dog lovers too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17178)
    Performance
    (7411)
    Story
    (7438)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Fa-a-nTASTIC !!!"
    Overall

    Each book in the series was better than the last. I couldn't put it down! I found mysef cheering for Lisbeth and jeering out loud at the bad guys! I as so emotionally invoved I was actually almost worn out at the end (which I loved). Simon Vance's narration was wonderful. What a shame to have lost such a great author as Stieg Larsson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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