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Laura

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Louisville, Ky USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Rainwater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

    Cindy Wain says: "A MUST read (or listen!)"
    "GREAT LOVE STORY"
    Overall

    I have any of Sandra Brown's books i can get I can get my hands on. But this one is my all time favorite. It has it all, but it has one of the better love stories I have ever read.
    THanks Sandra
    Laura Moats

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (886)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "LOVE"
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    Where does The Best of Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's close to the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best of Me?

    the reunion, you will understand when you listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scattering of the ashes


    If you could rename The Best of Me, what would you call it?

    The Gift of Love


    Any additional comments?

    Sparks writes stories with a lot of human emotions. Love, tragedy, the things we all deal with in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wind Song

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Parris Afton Bonds
    • Narrated By Martin Gollery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Aristocrat Abbie Dennis has signed on as a reservation school teacher, searching for autonomy her soon to be ex will never allow her. She hasn't anticipated encountering a primitive place full of primitive passion or on dealing with the enigmatic and extraordinarily handsome silversmith, Cody Strawhand. And she certainly hadn't expected to be seduced by the Indian's way of life - and him.

    Laura says: "Story not bad"
    "Story not bad"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Wind Song again? Why?

    No, because of the narrator, I almost stopped at chapter 2. Thought I might give the story a chance


    What other book might you compare Wind Song to and why?

    Most love stories


    What didn’t you like about Martin Gollery’s performance?

    He read it.


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

    No, nothing. Maybe if the reader got into it with some passion, then I think the story would have done a lot for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1342)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "WELL DONE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Elephant Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. FOR ONE, IT WAS NOT ABOUT THE AUTHOR, BUT THE ELEPHANTS. I GOT TO LEARN SOME OF WHAT HE LEARNED TOO


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I LIKED THE LONE BULL ELEPHANT, I FELT SORRY FOR HIM


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    HE IS A GOOD READER, I LIKE HIM


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

    YES, THE END OF IT.. I WON'T SAY WHAT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO RUIN IT FOR ANYONE ELSE


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inescapable

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nancy Mehl
    • Narrated By Brooke Sanford Heldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At 18, she left her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, with plans never to return. But five years later, the new life she built is falling apart. Lizzie knows she's being followed, and she's certain the same mysterious stranger is behind the threatening letters she's received. Realizing she'll have to run again, the only escape Lizzie can manage is a return to the last place she wants to go. Once she arrives in Kingdom, Lizzie is confident she’ll be safe until she comes up with a new plan.

    Laura says: "Agonizing narration"
    "LOVED THE STORY"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Inescapable to be better than the print version?

    I don't read too much, so I have to say always


    What other book might you compare Inescapable to and why?

    DNA


    What three words best describe Brooke Sanford Heldman’s performance?

    More like a child than a woman at the end.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Liked the story, not so much the narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corny Myers Series: The Corny Myers, Books 1-4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sharon Kleve
    • Narrated By Christy Williamson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Quirky pet detective, Corny Myers, can talk to animals to solve cases, but will this help her pull together her love life? Klutzy Love: Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an over-sized rubber band. She's still a hot chick, but her boss is dead. Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis.

    K. April Holgate says: "Quirky concept but really immature at times"
    "Why only one star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book series because I thought it would be humorous. However, the reader is so bad, I could not listen to it. She was trying to be an actor, but she failed miserably.
    Definitely, one of the worst readers ever.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me With You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

    Sara says: "What a Great Book!"
    "Long Read"
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    I find this book to be unrealistic. Therefore, it is fiction, HAHAHA It did play to the unreal about the kids. Kids do forget you. I had a kid I borrowed for 12 years, and he has become a typical teen. I never hear from him anymore, he has bowed to peer pressure.
    I only wish life was like that though

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (288)

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

    Yvette says: "A FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK EXPERIENCE!"
    "WELL, SHE DID IT AGAIN. GREAT STORY"
    Overall
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    BUT NOT REAL PLEASED WITH THE LANGUAGE. THE READER DID AN EXCELLENT JOB.. THE STORY WAS ASTONISHING.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rusty Nailed: Cocktail, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running - especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

    Troublez4u says: "first walled now nailed?!?!?"
    "IMHO"
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    I really liked the first one. That's before they started to do the rabbit. That's what I call it when there is more sex than story. I can almost predict the next book, they are redoing a house. They will have sex in all the rooms. When they get to the last room of this old Victorian house, they will add on and start all over.
    Very disappointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen - a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase blackjack a whole new meaning....

    Beatrice says: "humorous and fun"
    "DAM THOSE CLIFF HANGERS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I LOVE THIS SERIES, I JUST WANT HER TO WRITE FASTER. I LOVED EVANOVICH TOO, BUT SHE SEEMED TO LOOSE INTEREST IN THE LATER BOOKS. HERE'S HOPING THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN HERE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Laird of Mine: Highland Bachelor, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gerri Russell
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Claire Elliot has two weeks to win the heart of Jules MacIntyre - and then break it. To save her wards from a vicious blackmailer, she dares to enter the laird’s castle, claiming to be the wife he’d recently wed. But no such wife exists! The brooding Jules invented a bride to silence his well-meaning, matchmaking friends, so he never expected her to arrive on his doorstep. He is suspicious of this beautiful stranger, but he’s also steadfast, courageous, and effortlessly seductive.

    Elizabeth says: "Delicious...Sexy and DIFFERENT"
    "ABOUT THAT"
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    THE STORY LINE WAS GOOD, BUT THE NARRATOR SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS CRYING THE WHOLE TIME WHEN SHE SPOKE FOR THE WOMEN. IT CERTAINLY TOOK MY ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE STORY.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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