Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Laura

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Laura

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Laura

Tampa, FL, USA

41
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 20 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 72 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "Touching & Kwirky"
    Overall

    This isn't exactly my style book. However, the author's name caught my eye and I gave it a try. Steve reads this book himself and does a great job. It took be a while to get absorbed in the story, partly because I'm more the mystery/suspense type of reader. About half way through I found myself interested in learning what happens next and the ending left me satisfied. Give it a try. It's entertaining in Steve Martin, kwirky way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2429)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (585)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Tedious and Little Substance"
    Overall

    If I'd wanted to read about the impact of Hurricane Katrina I would have selected a non-fiction account. The reader is excellent but that's about the best I can say about this tediously drawn out tale that is very slowly built up. If I hadn't purchased the book, I would have not gotten past the first third but I plugged along through very long narratives in which the inner thoughts and reflections of the main and secondary characters are spelled out in detail. Once I got into the second half, the main plot picks up but then falls flat in an unsatisfying ending. Again, if you want to read about Burke's perspective of Katrina's impact upon his community, this is the best part of the book. but, that's not what I was looking for. I recalled enjoying Burke's earlier books, particulary the main character, Dave R but this was my first audible book (of his). I think he went quite a bit farther with internal soliloquies about the prejudices of the region and placing blame on the establishment for the trajic destruction from the hurricanes. I just didin't enjoy being forced to hear it all because you can't skim an audible book. I thought I was choosing a good mystery/detective story and instead got a history lesson from a fictional writer. This just moved too slowly and the main plot had little substance.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8683)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3160)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Ten Stars"
    Overall

    If I could, I'd give this book ten stars. I felt similarly about Pillars of Earth. Initially, I thought the story line was a bit too much like a soap opera, with the personal relationships filled with sex and rage. But, the characters take form and are incredibly well-developed as this book relates the lives two and three generations following the main characters in Pillars of the Earth. The politics between church and town are well-woven into the story creating tension and intrigue. The impact of the bubonic plague and the war between England and France bring the history of the times to life in a way that no history book could ever do. There were times that I stayed up way later than I should have because I just couldn't stop listening. The narrator does more than read . . . he acts out the scenes and creates the characters extremely well. My only regret is that I finished this book today. And now what do I do! I'm afraid that anything I choose will pale in comparison.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12528)
    Performance
    (4909)
    Story
    (4947)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Deserves 10 Stars"
    Overall

    The most incredible book I've ever read or listened too. Very rich characters and very interesting backdrop with the building of a cathedral and the politics of the times. I was sorry it ended.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok Haunts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Critically acclaimed, nationally best-selling author John Burdett has earned starred reviews for the fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, and gritty realism of his thrilling tales starring Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this vibrant and witty novel, devout Buddhist Sonchai relies on his karma to guide him through the seamy underbelly of Bangkok as he pieces together the scattered clues of a complex mystery.

    Lehua says: "Funny, weird, horrible, terrific"
    "Far too long"
    Overall

    I might have given this another star if the pace was a bit faster. I'd thought the Bangkok backdrop would be interesting but I found the story to be extremely drawn out with numerous epilogues from the main character that were just too much. I just can't manage to finish the book, which is unusual for me. I would like to know who did kill the victim but I cannot keep track of the twists in the story line. I don't know how this could have won any accolades and I'm certainly not moved to read more from this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Mean Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (430)

    From coast to coast and around the world, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels continue to make best-selling history each summer. In the 13th book in the series, the stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest, chase yet.

    Kelly says: "Same flavor, different package"
    "A little light in the story line"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed every book in this series and listed to my first audio version with Twelve Sharp. I was so pleased with that book that I downloaded Lean Mean Thirteen as soon as it was available. BUt I'm disappointed. The endearing characteristics of this series are the humor, ditsy Stephanie Plum, who actually turns out to be quite clever and sexy, her relationship with two hot men and her crazy family, each with a personality that perks up the series. I just felt that this particular story is so light it just doesn't come through and engage me. Usually I enjoy the main plot as well as a couple others that occur concurrently. All were bland. If this were any other series, it would get a single star. But, for Stephanie Plum, I give it a 3 star rating, which is actually low for this series. Janet, I'll give you one more chance to get back to a juicy plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (136)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "Silly Beach Read"
    Overall

    I have loved Patterson's Alex Cross & Women's Murder Club series, reading every book over the years. However, now it looks like Patterson is collaborating with other writers, producing books like a factory. The Quickie is below the quality I'm accustomed to from him. The story line is like a melodramatic daytime soap or a comic strip. The heroine seems fashioned after the Stephanie Plum character from another series -- ditzy & naive but not as sharp. Even the personal relationships are unappealing. The plot twists and turns . . . time and again the heroine is saved at the last minute by one completely implausible event after another. If I hadn't purchased the book I might not have finished it. And, I was planning a really low score of 1 star. However, the last 10% of the story actually kept me listening, not wanting to "put the book down," with a finalle that was satisfying albeit unlikely. So, I gave it two stars. If you must listen because you are a loyal Patterson fan, keep this for lying on the beach or commuting to work. Otherwise, save your credits for something enthralling -- like DeMille's Lions Game or Wild Fire or Christopher's Ghosts which I'm listening to right now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Way too long"
    Overall

    As other reviewers have said, this is an excellent history lesson, but with extreme detail. The story line is interesting enough that I plodded through all the history just to see what happens at the end. While I enjoyed the plot, I have to say that I didn't think it realistic. It's hard to believe that the main character's experiences with young love during college could truly motivate him to throw away his career and personal life and go racing around the world to determine her innocence.

    So why have a rated this a four? First, my husband loved it. Second, the historic elements are truly well-done. I might just go back and listen again just to learn the history of the middle east crisis. Third, I did want to know what happens to David in the end and the long read was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (440)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Fun but not enthralling"
    Overall

    I have read every Lucas Davenport book as soon as it was published and this was my first "listen" in the series. I have to say that the narrator did not capture my interest. He portrays Lucas a bit differently than I have imagined him over the years and I can't hold him accountable for that. I just found it difficult to distinguish between the characters. An earlier review says just the opposite so I guess this is a draw. Decide for yourself.

    Regarding the story, you know who the killers are early on. The story focuses upon Lucas and other characters as they unravel the mystery little by little, with some twists and surprises along the way. It's intelligently done and the quilting backdrop is interesting. But I found myself wishing for the more enthralling, heart-pumping hunt for the seriel murderer plots of the earlier Davenport series. This is still a great book and worth the read. After all, you just have to keep up with Lucas Davenport. I just couldn't give it higher than a four. As an earlier reviewer says, it's a good beach book and will certainly entertain you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (834)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Deeply Moving"
    Overall

    This is a book I will think about for a long time. It left me feeling pain and empathy for the main characters. This is my first Piccolt book. All I can say is that she has researched the topic of bullying in schools, coming of age and finding one's place in the social structure of children and teens. I wish I had read this when my children were younger. Now I want to ask them about what happened in their schools.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1423)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Thrilling"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every minute of this rich and suspenseful spy novel. The characters are so real they make you wonder if this could really happen. Sometimes a "one man show" such as Mitch Rapp is too much to believe but Vince Flynn does such a good job developing the story line and the character depth that the plot comes alive. I literally couldn't put it down and was actually sorry when it ended. I can't wait to hear the next book which I expect will continue as the characters, and the history they live, will continue into their future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.