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Laurie

Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

ratings
6
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "An Informative and dramatic read"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up In the Heart of the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    engrossinginformativeabsorbing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical perspective and the ties to Moby Dick made it a read that is relatable. Of course, I was a Melville fan in college, but knowing that the basis of the Moby Dick was based on this story captured me.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Probably the captain Pollard, but others were equally brillinat


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It went so fast. Never thought I would like this read, but I loved it. One of my best reads this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34661)
    Performance
    (25763)
    Story
    (26125)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "On the top of my list!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    A great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters but most of all the nuances and the social implications. There is so much political and social relevancy that not sure most would know from the title.


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

    I have not, but I just started "Catching Fire" and her performance is equal to that of "Hunger Games"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    One of my top favorites along with The Help, 11-22-63, Cutting for Stone and Snowflower and the Secret Fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (519)

    Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

    Paul White says: "Not a full story."
    "Too young for me"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Kelley Armstrong and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Probably not


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was the plot. Great idea but the characters were just too young for me. Probably a great read for a younger reader, I am 57.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't really think of one.


    Could you see The Gathering being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4828)
    Performance
    (2234)
    Story
    (2243)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "A great story"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed the narrator in this book. What vivid storytelling! Loved it so much bought the book (hardbound) for my Mom. The characters come alive with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (536)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Barbara says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "What an Experience!"
    Overall

    Truly loved this book!.
    The narrator was spot on and I could picture the little girl growing up before my eyes. I can see why this book was required reading for high school students.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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