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Laurie Henthorne

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Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Hard Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (582)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!

    jamie says: "Hard Eight"
    "Another solid listening experience."
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    Janet Evanovich's numbered Stephanie Plum books are peopled by familiar characters in a familiar location. And written so well that they are not too predictable or boring. Good narration allows for some sound of Jersey, without it being a distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1466)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1272)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "A classic, well-done"
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    East of Eden, the masterpiece of an American master of fiction, contains all o the faults and glories of being human.

    This narrator did a good job of conveying joy and anguish, but the editing of the spaces at the ends of the chapters was inconsistent, which I found a bit jarring.

    I think everyone should know this story, and Audible is a great way to make its acquaintance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10898)
    Performance
    (5751)
    Story
    (5796)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Fascinating examination of the value of empathy"
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    What did you love best about Under the Dome?

    The small-town characters are true, not clichés. They have backstories and flaws and are wonderful and awful. The premise was also very interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

    The description of the first day the Dome came down, and its effect on the wildlife and citizens, as well as the accumulation of dust on the outside of the Dome.


    Have you listened to any of Raul Esparza’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't heard him before. His voices and accents were generally good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prague Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

    Melinda says: "Umbrage and Umberto; Peanut Butter and Jelly"
    "I forced myself to finish it."
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    What would have made The Prague Cemetery better?

    A more cohesive plot and more sympathetic characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Umberto Eco again?

    Yes. I enjoyed The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    He was fine. Yes.


    What character would you cut from The Prague Cemetery?

    The premise of a character who isn't sure, but might be another character, too, was interesting. But the Anti-everything attitude (including but not limited to Semitism, women, intellectuals, ambitious people, some of the clergy) was a downer. Cutting the character wouldn't have fixed the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (808)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Gritty and smart."
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    Where does The Informationist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank it near the top of the other books in the thriller/suspense/adventure category.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. There were many situations out of which the main character had to think or act her way.


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

    Yes. I was happy to have a long, involved task to complete while listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    What is it? It's first the story of two women in the 1980s: gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode tells her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women, of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend, Ruth, who, back in the 30s, ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama - a Southern kind of Café Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

    Ashley says: "Disappointment"
    "Warmed my heart like gravy warms biscuits!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely - the story is true in both its layers, and Fannie Flagg's narration is spot on, giving the reader an immersion experience in Whistle Stop culture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The double layers of the story - history and contemporary.


    Who was the most memorable character of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and why?

    Idgie Threadgood is a free spirit, a real bee charmer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4573)
    Performance
    (2219)
    Story
    (2251)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "It really is wicked!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wicked the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, John McDonough, did a wonderful job of capturing Oz and its inhabitants.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the curious and enigmatic nature of Elphaba, the main character, and the fact that even though elements of the story are familiar, they are also surprising and new in this story.


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    Nanny. Hands down.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    These stories display Twain's place in American letters as a master writer in the authentic native idiom. He was exuberant and irreverent, but underlying the humor was a vigorous desire for social justice and a pervasive equalitarian attitude.

    Tad Davis says: "Great but incomplete"
    "Twain stands the test of time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain to be better than the print version?

    Twain is good in either format, but this audio is very well done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain?

    My teenage son and I enjoyed the two stories of the boys who turned out differently than might be predicted by their behaviour, especially when the bad boy "all of a sudden wasn't taken over by a terrible feeling of guilt."


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

    I enjoyed the narrator, who provided a hint of the accent so that Twain's "twang" of the late 19th century American west and midwest comes through.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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