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Laura Kreitzer

Laura

Lake Malone | Member Since 2010

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  • Infinity: Chronicles of Nick

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (679)

    At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends - until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Fantastic Prequel/Sequel to the Dark Hunter Series"
    "Lost . . ."
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    Okay. So I'm seriously having a hard time rating this book. The author is a talented writer with a witty sense of humor and fun characters, but there is so much going on, and the book is so all over the place I just feel completely lost after reading it. After researching information about the author I think this is supposed to be based on another series? That's grand and all, but what about those of us who haven't read the other series? I just feel . . . lost. At the beginning I loved it, mid way I was scratching my head, the end there were so many characters I couldn't remember who was who.

    Sigh . . . I was so into this at first and I feel disappointed. I might try to read the other books by Kenyon so I might be able to understand this series better because I liked the writing so much.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Selma Blair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (320)

    More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

    Cynthianna says: "First review I've written - Had to write it"
    "Eloquently Written"
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    It feels wrong, somehow, rating Anne's diary, but she was truly a very complex, interesting, and insightful young girl. Every time she spoke about her future, I was crushed knowing she never got one.
    I would recommend this to everyone, young and old.

    Selma Blair did a fantastic job narrating, giving the right amount of emphasis for how a teenage girl might actually talk.

    Some have said they don't understand what was so horrific about the book, or how they hated Anne being a teenager and saying, many times, that no one truly knows her or "understands" her. Here's the truth: I don't think anyone in the annex really did know her, and only after the war ended did her father get to see insight into his daughter's emotions and internal turmoil. What's so horrific about this story is how it abruptly ends. The fact the 8 Jews in the annex had to hide from the world just to stay alive. That, in the end, it was all for naught. What's so horrific is the terrible way they died, and for no reason whatsoever.

    Those who gave negative reviews seem to not have grasped the point of Anne's story. They focus too much on it being a diary of a young girl and less on the reality of her situation. Juxtapose her life with what was going on in the world. How her being Jewish didn't make her any different than any other teenage girl. Her religion, race, wasn't who she was. THAT'S the point. She was brave, naive, an autodidactic, and had hopes and dreams. Maybe some of the naysayers out there should take a page from Anne's diary and try to live it. Tell me how it was terrifying and horrific. Because, guess what, it was.

    I wish she had survived to continue her stories. I imagine her to be a writer with rich and challenging writing that would make you think. Her loss is unimaginable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2210)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Wickedly Delicious"
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    Another five shining bright stars for Molly Harper, who can entertain, humor, tell a wickedly delicious story, and actually have real depth with her plots. If you haven't gotten on the Harper bandwagon yet, my only question is: WHY NOT?

    And One Last Thing . . . had me in stitches, nearly crying, and nodding my head at how spot on this story is. After being in love with Harper's paranormal books, this was a different change of pace. However, Harper keeps up the witty remarks, fun characters, and over-all sense of feeling as if everything is happening to you. Only if I was that funny. I think what really made me love this book in particular was the fact I'd gone through a divorce myself, and if I had it to do all over again, I would have sent out a hilarious and not-the-least-bit contrite newsletter to all our friends/family.

    As far as the narration, Amanda Ronconi is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. It's Ronconi's voice and characterization that gives all of Harper's books that little extra bump. She has such a finesse with brining books alive that I don't know if reading Harper's books will ever be the same without Ronconi's voice.

    Keep on writing, Molly, for I am forever your loyal book-reading servant. Same goes for Amanda, because I'll buy just about any book she narrates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Hearts Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Eulberg
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice...and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways...which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like.

    Laura Kreitzer says: "I Adore The Beatles & This Book!"
    "I Adore The Beatles & This Book!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lonely Hearts Club?

    Karaoke scene was epic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Penny first spoke to the club.


    Any additional comments?

    I love The Beatles, so of course I devoured this book. It's fun and light and inspirational. I wish there had been more of a conclusion to the book, but I enjoyed what I listened to. Would recommend to anyone just needing some fluff in their reading.

    *starts singing* Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1050)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "A Great Dystopian"
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    What made the experience of listening to Legend the most enjoyable?

    The POV switch was smoother than it would have been if I had read this novel.


    Have you listened to any of Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I can recall.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I'm still confused about the world-building aspects of this novel, I enjoyed it very much. I'm usually not a fan of the POV switch, but this was done quite nicely and didn't feel repetitive. Now I'm jonesing for the next in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3001)
    Performance
    (2723)
    Story
    (2728)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Amanda Rocks It . . . AGAIN!"
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    If you could sum up Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious. Adorable. Fantastical


    Any additional comments?

    Molly Harper . . . what can I say? I love your humor and the plots you write. I hope to read many more books from you in the future. Plus, I loved the little details about KY you put in there (hello from a former WKU student), which made this book all the more enjoyable. Please, please never stop writing, and I promise to never scream in your face again (again, sorry about that little RT mishap in Chicago).

    To fellow listeners: I suggest you move this series up in your to-read pile. Trust me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5690)
    Performance
    (4391)
    Story
    (4399)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Deliciously Hilarious"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is a must read for anyone looking for a book that uses all the stereotypes yet keeps it refreshingly light and funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane was, of course, but we can't forget Zeb! Mainly because he cracks me up and is unflinchingly loyal to Jane.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The attitude! Amanda totally made the book funnier than it would have been if I would have read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I had low expectations for this book...and now I feel like an idiot for ever thinking negatively of it! This will go on my to-be-read-again-and-again-and-again shelf. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Always Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brandilyn Collins, Amberly Collins
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    This daughter of a rock star has it all - until murder crashes her world. The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features 16-year-old Shaley O'Connor, on tour with her mother's popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limos. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing... except the one thing she can't have. During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O'Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens' death connected to her? Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley.

    Amazon Customer says: "makes me want to read the next one"
    "Like Regurgitated Steak"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The listening experience was 5 stars, it was the horrific writing that gained my one-star rating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandilyn Collins and Amberly Collins again?

    Maybe, and only because Tavia Gilbert narrates the next two in this series.


    What about Tavia Gilbert???s performance did you like?

    Audiobook narration was brilliant, as always with Tavia Gilbert (and the reason I bought this from audible in the first place), but the story was like a regurgitated piece of steak. Tavia saved this book. Thank His Noodly Appendage for that!


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    7) The only real praise I have for the actual writing of the book was from the killer's perspective. Only in small doses though. After about the third time of reading something in his POV, I was going,


    Any additional comments?

    I'll just make a quick list of things that immediately stand out to me.
    1) A character is killed at the beginning of the book (Tom), which is fine and all, but the main character, Shaley, is in a state of grief and sadness throughout the novel, though we have absolutely no connection with the dude who was murdered. I'd say about three minutes was spent on Tom's character before he was whacked off. There wasn't even any substantial flashbacks to show Tom's and Shaley's friendship as the investigation unfolds (unless you count her remembering him shaking a hand). So instead of sympathizing with Shaley, I wanted to rip her arms off and beat her (or myself) with them. Which brings me to . . .
    2) As much as Shaley is saddened and cries over the above character, she goes shopping the next day with her bff for fun. This was a WTF? moment. If you've lost a close friend, you understand that the last thing you feel like doing is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1038)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Great Listen!"
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    I didn't read a single thing about this book before I bought it. It looked good and everyone had been talking about it so why not? This book was not at all what I expected--it was much more. J.R. Ward does it again with her brilliant writing. She knows just how to lighten a situation by her clever metaphors and witty writing. I wonder what book two will have in store for us!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1107)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What can I say about this wonderful book? First, the whole idea of the Iron Fae was brilliant and masterful. I really do enjoy it when an author can take a topic over-used and turn it into an original piece of fiction. Some reviews stated they couldn't believe how the main character acted. That's ridiculous--she's a teenager whose only problems in life are school, friends, and family (not in that order). Meghan Chase ends up turning into a very mature, self-sacrificing adult. Maybe some people have their lives so together that they never make rash decisions like poor Meghan, but I'd probably be just as impulsive as she was. Regardless, she was a character that brought out many emotions in me.

    Puck was a delightful character as well, and his sense of humor was a great relief. It was a perfect mix between him, Meghan, and Ash.

    All I can say about sexy Ash except YUMMY! It's totally Romeo/Juliet and what can I say? I'm a sucker for that crap. Forbidden love and all that jazz.

    This was a beautiful book and I can't wait to continue on in this world that Julie Kagawa brought to vivid, stunning life. Bravo!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Intertwined

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die. He's so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite.

    C. Honohan says: "Intertwined"
    "Too Much Plot"
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    Gena Showalter's writing and imagination does not fail in this book. *But* there was too much plot. Way too much going on. Aden's story was fascinating, as was Mary Ann's. How their lives intertwined and all the elements that went with it was intriguing and intense and . . . too much. You have the alternating POVs, the different story lines, subplots for each POV, and, on top of the main aspects of the story, you have *their* subplots. Does that make sense? And honestly, I could guess the plot from the very beginning. Way to go for not masking the hints very well. Sometimes NO hints are the best. Could have flat out told me exactly who Eve was the first time Aden sees Mary Ann. Also, I really hate poetic, cryptic sentences that make you scratch your head afterward.

    Yeah. It was just a lot to have in one book. Hope the next is less of a tangled web and more of a flowing story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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