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laura

I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.

Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 18 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Thank You, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Bertie Wooster's newfound enthusiasm for the banjolele results in his eviction from his apartment and, to his outrage, having to take notice from his hitherto devoted manservant, Jeeves. Repairing to the country with his banjolele and new valet, Brinkley, Bertie soon finds himself in no shortage of trouble. A visit to an American yacht ends with him locked in a stateroom by a prospective father-in-law.

    Andrew says: "I laughed so hard I missed my exit."
    "novel not Quite as fun as earlier episodic style"
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    The earlier Wooster and Jeeves books seemed a little faster paced with the fun and action than this one. However, the language is still irrevocably Wodehouse, and certainly passes the time pleasantly enough!

    Jonathan Cecil strikes the perfect tones for Wooster and Jeeves themselves, but struggles very occassionally with voices of other characters. His young American northern woman accent is hysterically bad, but I'm a young American northern woman, so it may not strike others so poorly. In general I am impressed with Cecil's vibrancy when reading.

    Recommended for a light listen, but not the gut buster laughs of The Inimitable Jeeves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3814)
    Performance
    (2550)
    Story
    (2571)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Good long story; women OK not great"
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    I enjoyed how Hamilton tied in so many ideas with all the characters and worlds and whatnot. I actually LIKE how the narration just flows from one scene to the next, and it is actually less monotone then I would think for reading 70 hours of the same story. The narrator changes how he says the name of a lake he has been talking about for the last book and s half partway through which was weird and there's the occasional misplaced emphasis, but like I said, not bad at all for 70 hours!The thing that lees me from giving it a 5 is that even with all these pages and this time the female characters are all just a little lacking. I can tell Hamilton is trying for strong women, which I appreciate, but all the main action/power players really are men. The women--all have some "reason" they are special and cool: Genetics/family power/sex appeal etc. He doesn't even bother to tell you what happens to one of the main women at the very end. After 70 hours I want a wrap up for everyone. I felt like he just got too tired to care by the end. Or maybe his editor made him cut it. Anyhow, I did enjoy it, but this bothered me when it was all over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5058)
    Performance
    (3286)
    Story
    (3320)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Ingwe says: "Give it a chance"
    "Looking forward to Part 2--30+ hours sailed by"
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    My favorite part of this story was getting to know all of the characters/planets/socio-political groups. This is some pretty thick Sci-Fi. There is no warning when you jump from one to the next, so it's a little confusing at first, but fun when you get the hang of it.
    The narration is amazing. Really. He changes his voice just enough from character to character that you know who is speaking, but it's not strained or overly "acted," just really truly very honestly well and smoothly read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness of Scones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (204)

    Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.

    Benedict says: "Touching bit of love"
    "Kept Expecting A Plot, but enjoyed it nonetheless"
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    I guess I go this on a BOGO sale or something, because now that I come back for #2, it turns out this was #5, not #1. I really don't like listening to things out of order and I did kind of wonder that it seemed like I should have known more about the characters than I did as I listened. Nice narration, though. There's only so much a grown man can do to sound like a 6 year old I guess, but his phrasing and inflection were in no way annoying. I am very particular about narrators. I plan to listen to more of these when I need a soothing voice.

    I quite liked that the dog is a character in his own doggy way. I kept expecting Something To Happen. Well, lots of things happened, but nothing really happened. It turns out it really is just a nice long story about some fairly normal and nice Scottish People who live near one another and have sort of everyday adventures, joys, and sorrows. Once I figured out that it wasn't really supposed to have a plot exactly, I quite enjoyed it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7018)
    Performance
    (6524)
    Story
    (6525)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Coulda Stood Shorter Codas"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this fun little sci-fi/California Dreaming novel, especially as I had to laugh at myself for taking so long to "get it." The ending has a typical sci-fi "but that's not possible/that just isn't how it would work" kind of ending that sent my husband and I into typical sci-fi circular argument land: "But that's the whole point of the book!" "But it wouldn't work that way!" The Codas seemed to drag on a bit windily in my opinion, and I liked the narrator of Scalzi's Human Division better, though this one was fine. It surely passed the time on the drive to Seattle, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been a bit more sparing in the Codas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (443)

    Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

    Michele says: "Loved it! Loved them all."
    "Go Girls Of the Lawson Peabody!"
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    This is one of my favorite books in the Bloody Jack series, as it showcases the power of the girls of the Lawson Peabody as a group. I think that is a great lesson for all the young readers/listeners of the book. One reviewer said it was boring meeting all the girls and characters at the beginning, but one of the things I love about this series is that it is about people--not just about Jacky--and each of their individual gifts and challenges. All of the characters are important and the plots could not go forward without the contribution of each.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (635)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Buy The Whole Thing For 1 credit"
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    I really enjoyed this whole series of fun, quick Sci-fi fixes. It is fairly tricky to follow what exactly is going on and who anyone is, but that seems to be the point. The droll voice of the narrator makes all this space travel and war and stuff seem like just an everyday kind of thing, which kind of cracked me up.

    The only real problem I had with the series is that they aren't numbered in the titles, so they are all mixed-up in my library and I had to go back to the web each time to figure out which comes next. If I had know how much I would enjoy them, and that they are available in a compilation, I totally would have bought that instead. They were only $.69 each though and I got the first one free, so I shouldn't complain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (440)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Early Jane Austen Presents"
    Overall
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    This is a great book for lovers of romance novels, and Jane Austen in particular. According to Wikipedia (I know) this was her first novel, but was not published until after her death. The heroine is even more normal than other Austen heroines, so that's fun. The best part (aside from the story) is that the narrator/novelist has a voice and speaks at length about her views on novels/novelists/readers.

    The narrator was solid, and non-aggravating, though occasionally her Exclamatory Catherine voice startled me rather more than I thought necessary.

    Overall a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Passage to India

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (242)

    Dr Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.

    Susan says: "Transported"
    "A Bit Ponderous; Enjoyable Enough and Educational"
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    I think if I had tried to read this book in print, I would not have gotten very far, or I would have glossed over many parts, which are actually a significant part of the education, while searching for the evasive plot-line. Luckily, it was well enough narrated that I was kept relatively attentive throughout. I learned quite a bit about the time period and situations of British Rule and the emergence of self-identity in the ever diverse world of India during the early 20th century. I'm sure E.M. Forster would agree that no one book can cover even all of a small portion of Indian life and history thoroughly, but this was an enjoyable enough start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

    James says: "Dry and Hilarious"
    "silly silly silliness"
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    If you like British word-play oriented humor, listen to this book. The narration was spot on. If you think Seinfeld is about nothing, and love it for it, you will love this, too. I gave it 4 stars for story, as I do enjoy a Bit More of a Plot, than 3 men went down the river in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). You will not be made a better, stronger, faster, more character laden person for listening to this, but you will be made a happier one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joy Fielding
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Beautiful, happily married, and the owner of a successful interior design business, Casey Marshall couldn't be more content with her life, until a car slams into her at almost 50 miles an hour, breaking nearly every bone in her body and plunging her into a coma. Lying in her hospital bed, Casey realizes that although she is unable to see or communicate, she can hear everything.

    Erin says: "I Stayed Up ALL Night Listening To This One..."
    "Good Enough To Replace Stolen CDS!"
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    I was about a third of the way into listening to a set of CDs my friend loaned me when my car got broken into and the thief stole the CDS (HA! S/he only got half the book I had taken some into the house!). Anyhow, there I was trying to decide if it was worth a credit to get it on audible. I thought it might be too silly, but I am glad I did. It was well narrated and suspenseful. A good twist on the thriller genre, and not gory at all. I can't really say much more for fear of spoiling. A good listen; well worth a credit even if you only need half of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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