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Lori

Chatham, NJ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 252 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (461)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Jon says: "You're going to like this experience !"
    "Slowest narration ever!"
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    While the story line was fine, the narration of this book was awful. I am not sure why everyone is giving Scott Brick such rave reviews. If he spoke at a pace that people would normally speak, the book would have taken half as long to listen to, would have been easier to follow and would have just been a generally more enjoyable listen. When there is a sense of urgency in the writing, there should be a sense of urgency in the reading. Instead, every single bit of dialogue was dragged out and read way too slowly. It was completely monotonous. I couldn't wait for this book to end.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1252)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Get ready to work."
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    This book took me a long time to go through, because I actually needed to listen, read and look words up in order to follow along. There are a significant number of British colloquialisms that will fly right over your head if you're not familiar with them. In addition, there are a number of references to British pop culture and history (For example, do you know what gravadlax is? Have you ever seen a Scotch Egg? Do you know who Sonia Sutcliffe is? ) that won't make any sense unless you do the research. Unfortunately, I didn't find the story to be worth all the effort that went in to understanding it. The plot and the characters were implausible and I was glad when it was over. It was really an exhausting read, and not in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1419)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Regina-Audible says: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"
    "Predictable, but a nice YA read..."
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    This book was recommended to me by a few different people, so I figured it would be worth a listen. It's a very nice, yet predictable read. Keeping in mind that it is really a YA book, I wouldn't really expect much different. I do plan to encourage my two middle school children to read it, because the message the book imparts is truly a good one. The narration was fine, with the exception of the voice of the main character, who sounded so much like Marge Simpson that I couldn't wait to get past those parts of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20474)
    Performance
    (18228)
    Story
    (18193)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Sad it's over..."
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    I just finished listening to the book and I feel like I'm missing some good friends in the main characters. I'm sad to see them go. The narration was very well done, with the narrator voicing the characters in a believable yet not overly affected manner. I am not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this book tied together this genre with the thriller in excellent form, to create something that fans of both genres would appreciate. I felt like the end of the story was a little strange, but still satisfying--I guess that's Stephen King for you. This book is definitely worth the 30 hours that it takes to listen. You won't feel bad about committing that kind of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1804)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Janet says: "I Had a Hard Time Finishing"
    "Ugh...The narrator is terrible...AGAIN!"
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    I guess I had forgotten that I already wrote a review panning a book narrated by Scott Brick. I should have listened to my own advice and steered clear of this one! Scott Brick portrayed every character with the same monotonous, demented sort of way. It's hard to follow the story when the protagonists and antagonists have the same sing-songy, supposedly evil sounding voice. I think I'm going to have to abandon this book mid stream. It's that bad.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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