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Lori

teacher & book lover

Lawton, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Liberty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

    Christopher says: "Great for a long country drive."
    "Terrible."
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    Would you try another book from Garrison Keillor and/or Garrison Keillor?

    I love tales from lake woebegone, but this was terrible. I finished it because I had paid for it, but it was not the small town America that I was hoping to read about. It was about infidelity and destruction of the family. Terrible.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Velvet and Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in a town house in Boston's Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby.

    connie says: "the parts don`t add up to a good whole"
    "Interesting Twist"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The twist in this book makes the story worth reading. Really sad...but still a satisfying ending.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's first book was better, but this one is still good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "Joyful!"
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    Where does Twenties Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is just a fun light read/listen! The scenes are hilarious...the characters are so much fun...the ending is satisfying. Great listen!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever: Jane Jameson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2653)

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Denise says: "Very clever!!"
    "Fun and Funky Vamp Romance"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the perfect mix between laugh-out-loud funny and sweet romance. I love Jane. She's snarky and sassy and totally fun! You just can't help but love this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2775)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Love It!"
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    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amanda Ronconi is awesome! She brings these terrific characters to life. I love the accent she gives Cal!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Cal's relationship with his girls is so sweet. Mr. Big and Bad is so cute when he's in protective mode.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10534)
    Performance
    (5775)
    Story
    (5820)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Listen to this one!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an awesome book! Definitely listen as the narrators accent helps the story take flight. I listened and read at the same time. Glad I did. It was one of those books you'll always remember fondly.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    His accent helped me hear Pi. It was like listening to a friend tell me his story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film and I can't wait to see it now!


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a bit slow. Stick with it. The info you learn about zoos in the beginning is important later on. Keep listening. You will be glad you listened to this amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1350)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Worth your money and time!"
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    Where does The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It is funny and touching and the different narrators for each character adds to each characters story.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I truly loved each character. They are like friends I'd love to know. Each character had their own voice, their own story, and their own charm.


    Any additional comments?

    I was reluctant to read this book. I thought it was going to be boring. But it was a bookclub book so I read it. I loved it. It was so charming. It was heart warming and sad and hilarious all at the same time. Give this book a chance. It will be well worth your time and money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (920)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Holmes and Watson are alive and well!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holmes? Watson? How do you choose? They have a bromance that is so entertaining!


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

    The narrator sounds just like I expect Watson to sound. He reads a bit slow, so I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it was perfect. Great narration brings the book to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's a bit long and complicated, as are all Sherlock Holmes books. I listened to a chapter or two at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Doyle's irrepressible Holmes and Watson, you'll love this book. Hopkins captures Doyle's style exactly. This book was the first Holmes book sanctioned by the Doyle foundation since his death. It is easy to see why when you read it. It is exactly as Holmes/Watson were being penned by Doyle himself.

    Please note: this is classically written Holmes. So it is a more intellectual listen. If you have never read Holmes, try a free version to see if you like the style. If you like that, you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (744)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Great Story by Nicholas Sparks!"
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    What did you love best about The Lucky One?

    I fell in love with Logan...what a guy! Like all thee story Sparks books I read, listened to, or watched movies of, this is a love story. While the romance was fairly predictable, I enjoyed getting to watch Beth and Logan fall in love. I think most girls want a Logan to find them...a guy who listens and understands without being pushy or controlling.
    Also like all of my Sparks experiences, this one has a sad twist ending. I have always complained that Mr. Sparks kills off a main character in every book. Well, he continues his streak, but as always, I was still shocked at exactly how the played out.
    Good book, good narration. Worth your time and money.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1825)

    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown....

    Connie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"
    "A Great Listen!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Charlie! She is the kinda girl you'd love to spend time with...except for that whole dead reaper thing! She is sassy and sarcastic! She kept me laughing the whole time!


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I have enjoyed everything I have heard read by Lorelei King! She is a great narrator! She embodies Charlie's spunk and charm!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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