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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 2011

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  • Very Good Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    Jonathan Cecil, described as having “one of the best-loved voices in audiobooks” by the P. G. Wodehouse Society, narrates this collection of brilliantly entertaining stories featuring Jeeves and Wooster, including: "Jeeves and the Impending Doom", "Jeeves and the Kid Clementina", "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy", "The Love That Purifies", "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit", "Jeeves and the Old School Chum", "Jeeves and the Song of Songs", "Indian Summer of an Uncle", "Episode of the Dog McIntosh", "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", and "The Spot of Art."

    C. Telfair says: "Very, Very Good Jeeves"
    "Spot on narration"
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    Having always loved the Wooster and Jeeves BBC television adaptation, I thought, "Ho!" Why not give the audio book a try? It is even funnier because you get inside Wooster's rather addled head. The narration of this one was hysterical. My husband and I were listening on an airplane and pretty much had to stuff our fists in our mouths to avoid guffawing out loud repeatedly.

    I just downloaded an earlier Wooster and Jeeves (My Man, Jeeves) and am not so far impressed with the narration. Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Cecil (narrator here) have apparently spoiled me.

    All the stories are basically the same theme, so It's not like one really needs to listen to every single book, I suppose. Hence, I am off, forthwith, to check on more narrated by Jonathan Cecil.

    2 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
    (5556)
    Performance
    (5182)
    Story
    (5178)

    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.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "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
    (544)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (319)

    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
    (658)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (594)

    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
    (602)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    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"
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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
    (303)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    What really happened to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves? This tantalising question provides the intense drama of racial tension at the centre of Foster's last and greatest novel.

    Diane says: "Extraordinary!!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (334)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    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
    (163)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    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
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (722)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "I Loved It So Much I Bought It AFTER I Heard It"
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    So I got this out of the Oregon audio book library originally. After borrowing the first 3 books in the series, I had to join audible to get them as the library didn't have them. After listening to one after another, I realized I needed to OWN them all, so I bought the early ones as well. For the first time in my life I just Re-Listened to a book (this one) and am now starting on #2.

    Why? Jackie makes me realize you can keep on keeping on no matter what the circumstances if you take stock of your situation, make the best of it, and occasionally throw in a little heartfelt prayer for your mates. If you are a complete square, you won't like these books, but if you appreciate all kinds of people from all walks of life, you and Jackie, will have a lot in common. She does try to be as good a girl as she can, but sometimes circumstances require a slight loosening of standards. These are best not read to children under 13, I would say--as that is Jackie's age more or less by the end of book 1, but she manages to squeak through one situation after another with "her immortal soul" more or less intact.

    Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, is AMAZING. Book after book she keeps the characters lively and her voices consistent. Her voice is clear, no popping ps, no spittle-y tongue smacking, and always beautifully accented and articulated, and as heartfelt as Jackie herself could ever desire.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Traditional British Style with a modern twist"
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    Simonson does an excellent job slowly revealing her wide range of characters, so that you slowly build empathy, even with the ones whom you don't care for at first, and come to understand their motivations through their experiences, rather than being hit over the head with them. An excellent, believable portrayal of the staid, well ordered Britain of the past coming to terms with the very diverse, modern society of today.

    Lovely narration. I am picky about that.

    A lovely novel, with just enough joy, heartache and thought, without taxing one's mind overly much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17607)
    Performance
    (13472)
    Story
    (13416)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Real Woman, Real World, Real Life, but Funny!"
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    It's Tina Fey telling you about her own life. She has had to work extra hard to make it so successfully in a (previously?) male dominated industry ( comedy is an industry?), but she recounts it with humor and (mostly) fairness.

    I have liked her for years, now I truly admire her.

    Just buy it and listen already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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