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Laurie

Tyler, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 17 reviews
  • 323 ratings
  • 539 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Someone Knows My Name

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Hill
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

    Ariela says: "Rich in history and moral messages"
    "Surprisingly enjoyable and informative"
    Overall

    Full of historical details and information, this book was not only educational but enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blonde hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?

    Barbara says: "Just what you want in a book like this..."
    "What in the world?"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Nightlife the most enjoyable?

    Great character development, which to me is 80% of what makes a book great.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure what happened at the end... Don't know if the author had to answer the doorbell, or catch a flight, but the book ended very abruptly. The timing in the narration at the end of the book was off too and made the abrupt closure more noticeable. All in all though, this was a good book, that could have been great. I will read more Thomas Perry in the future, but hope he masters the wind down a little better.

    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
    (13988)
    Performance
    (12350)
    Story
    (12379)

    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!"
    "It's really more a 4 1/2 star book."
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I have given very few books a five star rating. The HELP and Pillars of the Earth are two that come to mind, but most books that I really like I give 4 stars. Only books that I LOVE get 5. This is a 4 1/2 star book for me.

    This story is completely intriguing, but difficult to review because I don't want to give anything away. I read it knowing absolutely nothing about it, having not read any reviews or even a synopsis of the story. Therefore, it blew me away.

    If you enjoy twists and turns, and completely developed characters that you love, hate, sympathize with, blame, and laugh at all at the same time, this is the book for you. The characters are very human and real. So real that the story often reminded me of some of the more publicized criminal cases of recent years. But then it pops up and surprises you again.

    I completely expect this book to be made into a movie. I can't imagine how they will capture all the inner thoughts of the characters though...

    This is an excellent piece of fiction that you will NOT regret reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and surprises


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They were funny and human.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (554)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Confusing, disjointed, and disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the prequel to this book and anxiously awaited the follow up. I was very disappointed. Although Archer is an excellent author, I felt this was another one of those "contracted to write a second book so I have to" kind of things. I often found myself wondering if I had missed something. The gaps in the story and the poor character development made me feel like I was reading an abridged book. Too much time elapsed between "check ins' with characters and it felt disjointed. This book could have been so much better and a lot longer. I felt like Archer was rushing. Very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1650)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Cynthia says: "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk"
    "Worst narration ever."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am about half way through this book and HAD to write a review already because of the incredibly awful narration. The reader's tone is stilted and slow. It is so bad it sounds like a computer animated voice. I don't think I could read that precisely and clipped if I tried. As much as I am appreciating and learning from the content, the narration is so bad it almost makes it unlistenable (is that a word?),
    Great information
    HORRIBLE reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3575)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3039)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Read it blind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly. Something about the character development and writing style reminded me a little of some of Jodi Picoult's work. The characters were developed so honestly that most parents can relate to the feelings of the Jacob's parents.
    I would recommend reading it 'blind'. In other words, the less you read about it and know about it ahead of time, the more enjoyable you will find it. I read it completely blind so was surprised by the twists and turns it takes. Great book, great performance. Solid hit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16117)
    Performance
    (14270)
    Story
    (14221)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "My favorite King ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not by nature a huge fan of this genre but I loved this book. The story was intriguing, the characters lovable, and the narration could not have been better. I will remember this story for years to come, especially in regard to Kennedy's assasination. This book was so spot on in the accuracy of the facts surrounding what we know about the man who killed JFK that it even led me to reserach Marina Oswald and find out a little more about her. Very interesting.
    I rarely give a book 5 stars, reserving that honor for books that hit me on a level that captures all my senses. I think the only ones I have ever rated this highly in the past were The Help and Unbroken. This book is in their league.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (818)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Loved this. Can't wait for book 2"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Great novel that sets the stage for what surely will be a collention of Archer's greats. Loosely autobiographical, this book gives much insight into the author himself. Warm, heartbreaking, and enjoyable. Can't wait for book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10058)
    Performance
    (6132)
    Story
    (6163)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazingly good"
    Overall

    I read a lot of audiobooks and rarely find one that is this good. Everything about this was right on the mark. The narration was perfect, the character development was superb, the story was intriuing, and inspiring...it is a wonderful read. For those of you who might be history junkies, this WW2 POW book is a MUST read. For all others, you will be sorry if you don't read it. A TRUE 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (498)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Just okay..."
    Overall

    Normally I love Baldacci but this book was a bit disappointing. The violence in the torture scenes were painful to read. I almost couldn't make it through. And the relationships between characters never really got off the ground. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't great. Just okay....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2952)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1177)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Ultimately disappointed"
    Overall

    This book was more like a first novel than that of an accomplished author. It seems that me that Ms. Picoult couldn't get it all together. The book has great character development but very little plot development. I solved the 'murder' early on and waited for some surprise or twist but it never came. The ending was VERY abrupt and disappointing. If not for the general quality of the story (prior to the ending) and the gift of character development I would have rated the book much lower. I would only recommend this book to someone interested in learning about autism because that is the only thing I really gained from it.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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