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Laura

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Falls Church, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Odd and the Frost Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined, a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

    Oskar's Mom says: "My 4 and 6 year old loved! Mom too!!"
    "Great Listen!"
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    What did you love best about Odd and the Frost Giants?

    Neil Gaiman is not only an amazing writer, but he's one of the best narrators out there. Once I begin, I just cannot stop. This story takes on Norse sagas, from the point of view of a kid coming on age. His portrayal of Norse gods is both hilarious and totally human. It's Gaiman at his best. I highly recommend it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury Falls: Mercury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Irreverent, inventive, witty."
    "It is okay"
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    The premise of the story is great. The writing is good, if overwrought. The performance is superb. It's just that it goes on and on and it could have used some clever editing to move the story more smoothly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2767)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "So much fun!"
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    Charley Davidson has problems. She is *the* Grim Reaper, and sees dead people. All the time. The problem is, dead people keep asking her to help with their unfinished business.

    Oh, and then there is the mysterious "Big Bad," who protects her and freaks her out at the same time.

    Darynda Jones is a skillful story teller, who manages to tell a compelling, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking mystery tale. On the other hand, Lorelei Hand, the narrator, does justice to all the characters and bring them to life in all their colorful glory.

    I am now hooked on the series, and have downloaded Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

    Dawn says: "Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!"
    "It's okay if you're into zombies"
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    I will start by saying that I am a big fan of Steve Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range series, and I love Katherine Kellgren's narrating style. So when I saw that this production was written by the first and performed by the second, I rejoiced.

    Having said that, Dawn of the Dreadfuls turned up to be a mildly amusing book, with none of the suspense and charm of the Holmes of the Range series. It was still fun, as it's still a Hockensmith book, and Kellgren is an excellent narrator, but the story just kept going on and on with no end in sight. It was sort of cute, but it did get predictable.

    Or maybe I am more into mysteries and not into zombies.

    Who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (290)
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    (291)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Margaret says: "All Aboard!"
    "An addictive little series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing the most enjoyable?

    I just fell in love with Vish Puri, the Indian Sherlock Holmes (don't call him Sherlock) and his band of ragtag operatives. And you have to love his Mummy G and his wife, who unbeknownst to him tackle their own investigations. The narrator is fantastic, and I got hooked up from the beginning. I just couldn't stop listening! Now I am dowloading Book1, and I am hoping that Book 3 becomes available soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives you an interesting insight on Indian culture, food, and family life. Although the topic of the mystery was a serious one, the way its written and narrated is hilarious. And the narrator rocks.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    Everything. All of the characters sound like different characters. When Mummy G talks, it's Mummy G's voice you hear. Same with Facecream, Vish Puri and everyone else. He is very engaging.


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

    I don't want to provide a spoiler. However, Facecream moved me. What happened to her in the past, especially when she has to show her scars.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend these series. They are a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harry Dolan
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong.

    Fritz says: "Potential, but too mechanical"
    "Very entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Bad Things Happen in three words, what would they be?

    Light, fast, fun


    Would you recommend Bad Things Happen to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would. It's a light listen. Very engaging. There are some lose threads at the end, and you have to suspend disbelief. Despite all that, it was a


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    He really gets into the character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the deepest novel ever, but it's really entertaining and you will find that you can't turn your device off. You always want to know what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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