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Laurie

Florence, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1218)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "...Made dim by poor narration"
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    I like the narration to match the book setting. In other words, a book set in England seems better when narrated by someone with an English accent. While Mr Taylor's Aussie accent was no doubt the real thing, his flat tone seems to drops at the end of every sentence, and I hit "rewind" countless times in order to understand what he was saying. The story is wonderful, but I recommend listening in a soundproof room, or else just buy the book. The narration nearly ruins it.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • How to Kill Your Husband: And Other Handy Household Hints

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Lette
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse.

    Emma says: "The 'One-Liners' Made It Worth It."
    "How to kill a story line"
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    I read reviews of this book and expected to laugh from start to finish. Sadly, no. This is less of a book and more of a series of one liners (many of which you could see coming a mile away). The result is a thin plot, under developed characters and a book I couldn't wait to be done with. Don't waste the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Joel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fred Schruers
    • Narrated By Kirk Thornton
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the '70s and '80s.

    Scott says: "Fawning but likeable bio"
    "I love Billy Joel"
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    I have been a fan of Billy Joel ever since I bought "The Stranger", and so I couldn't resist this title. There are a lot of interesting facts about his life and how he came to write some of his hits. It's not really a tell-all, down and dirty kind of celebrity story, and I liked the direction the author chose to go with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (112)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "The long listen for a good story"
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    When I first started this, I really didn't think I would finish. The narrator has a very flat tone, and the story starts very slowly. I persevered, and it turned out to be a fairly good listen if you have an interest in WWII Japanese labor camps, etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2736)
    Story
    (2735)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Can't miss"
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    I just love Moriarty's books. While they would never be classified as "fine literature", she always weaves a great, multilayered story that always grabs my attention from the start. Another winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Natalie S. Harnett
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the black lung-stricken Gramp. Tragedy is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American clan who takes strange pleasure in the “curse” laid upon them generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the Molly Maguires.

    NHull says: "Disfunction makes a good read"
    "Hollow tale"
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    Wow - I wish Audible had classified this for what it really is - a "young adult" book. I always try to finish what I start, but this was tough. Not a great story for me but maybe for someone about 14.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marcia Clark
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers - and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case.

    Cynthia says: "It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight"
    "Keep them coming"
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    I have really come to like Marcia Clark's series featuring Rachel Knight. I somehow think the character is based (loosely) on herself, and so I have to say - Marcia is a cool chick. That said, her books tend to go just a tad too long, but the narration from January LaVoy nails it every time. NEVER let anyone else do this series narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tawni O'Dell
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Dr. Sheridan Doyle - a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist - is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office whenever a twisted killer’s mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, he’s still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.

    Laurie says: "Tawni - what happened??"
    "Tawni - what happened??"
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    I've read all of Tawni O'Dell's books - (Coal Run and Back Roads are outstanding) but this is a complete mess. It's almost as if someone found her early notes and outline for a story, shuffled the papers, then printed it and called it a novel. The book is part who-done-it, part search for a psychopath, part ghost story set in her usual Pennsylvania backdrop. It's just such a disappointment - don't waste your credit - especially if you are accustomed to her earlier work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3232)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Just loved it"
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    This was my first Jojo Moyes book, and now I know why she is a best selling author. Interesting book, great characters and story, and the ending was (in my opinion) as it should be. I am usually not a fan of multiple narrators, but this also worked well. HIghly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1230)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Not quite what I expected"
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    I had heard so much about this book, but I have to say it wasn't what I expected. O'Brien is a great writer, but I found the book a bit disjointed. Parts of it were disturbing, and alot of the book is really quite sad, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. The narration, however, is spot on - great job by Cranston.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Jane Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    In Tempting Fate by Jane Green, Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does 43-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy - 10 years younger - at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair - a physical one, at least.

    Laurie says: "Can't go wrong with Green"
    "Can't go wrong with Green"
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    I almost always enjoy Jane Green's books. and this one is no exception. Good story, great characters, and overall well done. My only (slight) complaint is that Jane should leave the narration to someone else. She's not terrible, but I have heard better. Overall an enjoyable listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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