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Laurie

Meridianville, AL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Genesis Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tom Knox
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In this epic thriller by popular British journalist and author Tom Knox, a secret lurks beneath blazing sands - triggering ritualistic slaughter and threatening the foun­dations of modern thought. When an archaeological dig in Kurdistan unearths a structure far older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids, British reporter Rob Lutrell rushes to the scene. But this intriguing assignment takes a turn for the worse when sabotage and murder cast a frightening shadow over the site.

    Angel says: "The Genetics Secret"
    "Unique story and ending"
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    Would you listen to The Genesis Secret again? Why?

    Only if it were coming out as a film


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Genesis Secret?

    The unusual events that lead to the reporter chasing the story to understand what was going on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The events when the phenomenon began.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Found it good escapism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1002)

    In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    AudioAddict says: "Very clever story (and series)"
    "Another interesting addition to the series."
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    Where does Cress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of my favorite series. Its an enjoyable read and the fairy tale take adds a kicky backdrop to the new world feel of the story.


    What other book might you compare Cress to and why?

    Enjoyable like the 'Lady of Devices' series. Young readers should love and find it an easy, escape-worthy tale.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

    Still love that Captain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just another fun escape read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1210)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Great follow-up to the first"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, enjoyable continuation of the series. New characters added to the circle from the first installment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The new direction taken by the story, with new people to enjoy yet the story continues the tale from Cinder.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the idiot Captain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes me want the next even sooner.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1855)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Interesting fairy tale for the futurest in us all."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would think all young readers would enjoy this tale with the cool undertones of the old fairy tale with a gearheads take on the tale.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dignity of Cinder against all the haters she faces.


    What about Rebecca Soler’s performance did you like?

    Enjoyable characterizations and good voices for several of the key players.


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

    More fun to savor this one. Makes me look forward to the next adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1582)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "A Job someone must do."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dirty Job the most enjoyable?

    This was a funny take on the dirty job Death must have.


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

    He adds great attitude to the various characters. Makes the different personalities come to life.


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

    Sometimes the job picks you, whether you want it or not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (622)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Moore "Foolish" fun"
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    Would you listen to The Serpent of Venice again? Why?

    I so enjoyed the Fool Pocket in his earlier incarnation that I couldn't wait to read about his new antics.


    What other book might you compare The Serpent of Venice to and why?

    Several other of Christopher Moore's books come to mind. I enjoy his tongue-in-cheek style.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    Pocket is still my favorite. Yet he was a little darker in this installment.


    If you could take any character from The Serpent of Venice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pocket and Drool would be quit an evening to remember.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (491)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Beware of headhunters and fruit bats."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Island of the Sequined Love Nun to be better than the print version?

    Definitely a fun way to enjoy the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flawed character of Tuck was enjoyable to follow. He was a hot mess and his problems just kept getting more interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Vincent was a hoot!


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

    Much too long for that, and it was more enjoyable to savor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (1401)
    Story
    (1406)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Great take on "the Holy One's" early life."
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    What made the experience of listening to Lamb the most enjoyable?

    We all wish we had a friend like Biff. He tells it like it is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Biff, he added that common touch to the perfection of a young Christ.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    Always the sarcastic Biff.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very entertaining, fun listen. Good escapism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (458)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Witching in the South."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Line the most enjoyable?

    The Southern take was well done and the main character was fun to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The various twists and turns.


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

    One of the first of hers I've enjoyed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (587)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Steampunk adventure rules."
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    Where does Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel to and why?

    Not really like any I've read before. Very entertaining and English.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name


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

    The Industrial revolution has nothing on the Victorian Woman's movement, adventure galore!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (360)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Fun take on the Jesus story."
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    What did you love best about The Didymus Contingency?

    Interesting angle for the retelling of the Jesus story. The time travel makes it fresh to our current take on history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Didymus Contingency?

    The death of Jesus was memorable.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first. Not bad.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoyed the take on history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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