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Laurie Henthorne

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Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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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    Story
    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
  • 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
    (1266)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (691)

    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....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "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
  • 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
    (3997)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1731)

    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.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "It really is wicked!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (55)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    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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