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Laura

NYC, NY, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Stolen Child

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Keith Donohue
    • Narrated By Andy Paris, Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Seven-year-old Henry Day is kidnapped and renamed "Aniday" by changelings, ageless beings who inhabit the woods near his home. The changelings also leave behind one of their own, who flawlessly impersonates Henry except for one noteworthy detail: the new Henry is a prodigiously talented pianist.

    Jon says: "Not Anything Close to the Hype"
    "But do I care for them?"
    Overall

    I can't say I do. I tried to listen - to involve myself in the story, but it was slow... and plodding... and ultimately, I really didnt care about either character.

    I suppose if you really like character studies this would work for you, but if you really want a story... with a plot and some feeling, I would find something else. This seems to be a book you either love or really dont have the stomach to finish.

    Out of all the audio books I have ever listened to, this one was only one of two I just couldn''t bring myself to complete.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irish: Lessons 1 to 5: Learn to Speak and Understand Irish

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Includes two-and-a-half hours of spoken-language practice in five 30-minute lessons. Contains lessons 1-5 from the Pimsleur Compact program. Also includes a User's Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

    Laura says: "I couldnt get passed the first sentences"
    "I couldnt get passed the first sentences"
    Overall

    When you can't even learn to say "I dont speak Irish", you know you are in trouble! One question, why would you even want to learn the opposite of that ("I can speak Irish") in the first few sentences of the lessons? You dont know it, obviously, and you dont know if you are going to be able to even learn it yet ;) Needless to say, we tried to learn in a car of three interested listeners and all we got out of this was a pretty nasty headache... all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (783)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "Oh, Neil Gaiman - You can do it all, no?"
    Overall

    Not only are you clever, witty and yes dare I say it - fun... you are one of the best narrators I have heard. Whoever has said that no author should try reading his own work has never heard
    Neil Gaiman do it. Fantasic... absolutely fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (673)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Over and Over"
    Overall

    I somewhat liked this audiobook, but for the repetitive nature of the actual words in it. If I heard "the darkside" one more time I swore I would throw my ipod out of the nearest window. I wanted to find out what happened in the story, I really did. There were many instances where I found myself intrigued by the characters and the mystery of them all and wanting to find out more (above and beyond where this plot line was going) - and then it would happen.... the words "the darkside" again.

    Good lord, I know where we are, stop beating me over the head with it! It felt like a bad film noir version of a contemporary fantasy novel. Whether it could be blamed solely on the writing or a mixture of the writing and narration is up to the listener.

    Will I listen to any others of this author. Im not sure. Maybe when I begin to stop hearing those two words echo in my head... one day perhaps... one day...

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Arianna Huffington
    • Narrated By Arianna Huffington
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (20)

    Women confront fear every day: fear of appearing foolish, fear of being assertive, fear of looking fat, fear of getting sick, fear of going broke. Enter Arianna Huffington with timely and powerful advice on how to be bold. Arianna is fearless, but not by nature; she's had to learn and practice all her life. And in On Becoming Fearless, she puts it all on the table, exploring fearlessness at work, fearlessness in parenting, fearlessness in love, fearlessness in aging, and much more.

    Carol says: "Amazing, EmPowering, Motivating"
    "Lives up to the Hype"
    Overall

    I had heard about this book from Audible's very own podcasts touting it (and other books) and found that I just loved the though of Huffington writing something empowering to girls and women everywhere. I think she is a brilliant woman anyway and so was more than intrigued by this.

    Well now that I have heard it, I must say it quite lived up to expectations. It goes into her life as well as she takes mistakes and wins from it to point out the things that seem to universally plague all women these days (and all days, really). She does this all without coming off pompous or brash, but caring and nurturing... and I think this book could help a lot of women going through all aspects of their lives.

    I can see myself listening to it over and over again for motivation and for peace. Give yourself the two hours this book takes to listen and you'll see what I mean. I have a bachelorette party coming up and I plan on giving this to all my girlfriends.

    I would suggest it as a "must read' for all women as it touches everything from growing up to facing death.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (339)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "Good Story - scary voice over"
    Overall

    So what really was a pretty quality story was nearly destroyed every single time the narrator spoke one of the woman's voices. I mean I really wanted to pull out my own fingernails with tweezers rather than listen to that voice any more!!!

    I really love John Sandford's work. His detectives are not 'super geniuses' so gives the work more believability than some authors and this story was very intricate, if not a bit 'over-the-top'. I have to say though, the never ending sing-song voice was really killing me. I almost had to stop 3 hours from the end.. and again, let me say, I liked the story, so it was honestly and truly the voice-over acting.

    Maybe the actor just doesn't feel comfortable doing multiple women's voices in the same work, so he went so over the edge with this one to make sure you knew it was different than the other one, that it was pure torture!

    I would have given a better score, but this is an "audio" book review, not a 'paper' book review - which undoubtedly would have gone over so much better. That voice over acting really killed it for me. The story became secondary as I was literally wincing every time that one female character's voice was spoken.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Is it over?"
    Overall

    Before you know it, your done. How did that happen? Wasn't I just in the middle of the book?

    Standard Koontz style of not only taking you for a ride, but at lightning speeds that zip you from the start to the finish line in no time flat. Its a whirlwind, that in this (which is very unusual for a Koonz book) left me feeling a little rushed.

    I wanted more. The ending was great, but the climax was really fast and then done... I was sad... it was over... Dont get me wrong, I loved it, as I have almost every one of his books. I loved the Golden angle as well. This man can write! I just felt a little like I must have missed some of the scenic route along the trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5013)
    Performance
    (1718)
    Story
    (1707)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Good stuff - old King"
    Overall

    Nothing deep here (ala The Stand), and no answers at the end, but a nice solid horror show from King. Better than it's been in a while. There are solid characters to empathize with and straight good and evil 9with some gray thrown in for good measure).

    He still has his patent King style and words and now he's brought back some old school, seat-of-your-pants "scary". Even if you can see some of the story coming and a slew of it makes no sense. Still it was a nice fast read for a big novel and when you need a little nail biting, it's nice to know you can count on King again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3680)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1848)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "Young"
    Overall

    Not a bad listen, but really made for young readers. Simple and lightweight. Even if you like some youthful fantasy (can you say early Harry potter), this will feel younger than that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (471)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Long Live Pratchett"
    Overall

    Terry Pratchett does it again! He takes the dullness of the mint and banking and gives us a fun little romp that ends with pies thrown and much merriment.

    How can you not love everything he does? I think the only way for that is to have no funnybone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3272)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1060)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "If you are into slow and deep stories"
    Overall

    What is the plot? I have no idea where its going or why I should even care. The characters are very well drawn out for the most part, but Im not interested in them. There is no action.. no suspense... nothing that makes me want to find out more.

    It's long.. long.. long.. and I do think part of that is truly the narration. Its slow.. slow... slow... everyone sounds like every word they utter should be taken as the most brilliant of truths. That's hardly ever the case in the real world, which is what it feels like this author is trying to showcase... to an extent.

    If you are bored with high paced exciting sci-fi and love deep troubled characters, then you will no doubt love this book. Get yourself a pot of herbal tea on and enjoy.

    If you want to lose yourself in some cool space that has some action (and real drama) while you think, dont bother with this one. I personally am not into long term unbelievable love stories, characters who I just can't empathize with and narration that slows a slow story to a trickle.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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