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Laurie

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Scott O'Dell
    • Narrated By Tantoo Cardinal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Island of the Blue Dolphins is the remarkable story of a strange and beautiful Indian girl who lives a serene and courageous life as the solitary survivor on an island off the California coast. Left behind when the rest of her tribe fled, she waits, year after year, for a ship to come for her. She fights for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, and making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother.

    A User says: "Best audio book I've listened too"
    "Not an Exciting Performance"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this so my son could listen to it since his class was reading it at school. The woman reading the story sounds like she's falling asleep and she certainly put my son and I to sleep. Talk about a lack of enthusiasm!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tantoo Cardinal’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Original Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (199)

    Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

    Vicki says: "The worst southern accent I've ever heard"
    "This Reader is Hilarious!"
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    If you could sum up The Last Original Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Inspirational Warm


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters had so much personality. I loved them all - her brother, husband, children, and friends.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This reader gave the book so much personality. I found myself laughing out loud many times during the story. Her accents and dramatic voices for the each character made the story truly entertaining. I loved when she did the voice of the perturbed, self-centered husband.


    If you could take any character from The Last Original Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to go to dinner with Leslie, the main character. She's tough, strong, level-headed and calm. She seems like such a good friend and person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, Erin Torneo
    • Narrated By Richard Allen, Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken - but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After 11 years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.

    Professor Sombrero says: "Listen for the story not the writing"
    "This Story Could Have Been so Much More"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Richard Allen and Karen White ?

    I would not pick another book by this author. The true events that are the basis for this book are shocking and amazing, but the story is poorly written. I should have been scared or shaken at certain points and crying at others. I wasn't. Had this story been told by another author, it could have been a completely different story.


    What about Richard Allen and Karen White ’s performance did you like?

    The performances of the readers were good.


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

    Yes, and I think this is a case where the movie would actually be better than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should have switched points of view more often so that we could see the two lives more in parallel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (512)

    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
    "Reader's Voice Limited My Enjoyment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I would tell anyone interested in this story to read it themselves. The voice was very distracting. It sounded robotic and the intonation, especially at the end of the sentences, was distracting. The reader had to do several different accents, not all were well-done. After listening to so many gifted readers, this was truly a let down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was very interesting to have the horse relating the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Keating?

    John Lee may have been a good choice for a reader.


    Was War Horse worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story was very good. My 3 boys didn't seem bothered by the voice.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6752)
    Performance
    (4727)
    Story
    (4712)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great Characters so Much Action"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    It was wonderful being taken to a southern plantation in the early 1800's and it's day to day activities by this story teller. I felt as though I was living right there in the middle of this time period. Since the story comes from more than one point of view it was even more interesting. The voices were lovely and contributed to the whole feeling and time period. The accents and the expression in their voices were fantastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14874)
    Performance
    (9248)
    Story
    (9123)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Wow! What a Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to many people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Claire. She was strong, smart, and feisty.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter is truly gifted. She does the male and female voices so beautifully that you forget it's a woman behind those male words. The accents (English and Scottish) are fantastic and completely draw you into the story. I felt transported to another world. The expression and emotion in her voice makes the story even better than reading it yourself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me laugh, cry, gasp and more. The author is a gifted story teller. I was often taken by surprise with the turn of events and the solutions to conflicts that arise. I became almost obsessed with the story and the characters as many do with this series. I ride my bike and listen with one earbud while I pedal. I couldn't wait to ride my bike and listen to the latest adventures of Jamie and Claire.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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