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Laura

I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.

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  • Mildred Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

    P. Giorgio says: "Mildred -- you pierce my heart"
    "Ho Hum"
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    reading this book was part of my american literature college course. i read a lot of books, but this was just not my cup of tea. i can see how it was controversial when published and the scandals that mildred would have caused. but the plot line was almost too predictable and for me, "just there". i appreciate that it is well written for its time, and considered a classic, but it is just not for me. good performance by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28650)
    Performance
    (21901)
    Story
    (22041)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "The Girl on Fire"
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    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    I'm on fire!


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    I believe it to be in a league all of its own. The whole series that is. I believe it to be more than just a love story. It makes a very large political statement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Katniss' realization when she wakes up at the end.....
    I hate spoilers in reviews, so I will not spell it out.


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

    It made me think. It impresses me that it is being used in collegiate level literature classes for analysis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Pike
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Alisa has spent the past five thousand years as a vampire, living alone and fighting for survival. In her loneliness, Alisa cannot resist bringing Teria, a descendant of her human family, into her life. But Alisa is surrounded by death and destruction, and just by knowing Alisa, Teri's life is at risk. Alisa's guilt grows when she becomes involved in a dangerous conspiracy. A top-secret group knows Alisa's secret and will stop at nothing to use her powers for their cause.

    J. Ko says: "AMAZING!!!"
    "One of Christopher Pike's finest."
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    If you could sum up Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Its about time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn?

    the fact that this book came out. I remember reading the original 6 volume "Last Vampire" series when I was much younger and re-read them many times. I always wondered what happened after that story ended. Now we know. Apparently there is a "Thirst 4", but it is not out on audiobook. Wish it was.


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

    Brought my old friends (characters that I read long ago) to life for the first time for me.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get Thirst 4 in audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torment: A Fallen Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (258)

    Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something - something dangerous.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "Great plot, but a lot of filler."
    "Excellent Second Installment"
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    What did you love best about Torment?

    The expansion into the background of the characters in the first book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love them all.


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

    I have listened to all of all of Justine Eyre's narrations of Lauren Kate's series. Excellent narrator, good characters, great voices.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1733)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Outstanding prequel to Mortal Instruments Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Clockwork Angel the most enjoyable?

    The imagery of trying to connect the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments Series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    honestly - all of it. I love the new characters, the origins story, the London setting.


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    Great narrator! I would listen to more of her narrations.


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

    Yes, and I almost did except for that pesky thing called a job!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5037)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2693)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Breaking the Twilight mold"
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    If you could sum up The Host in three words, what would they be?

    Give me more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Host?

    I can't divulge my favorite moments without spoilers. Personally, I hate reading reviews with spoilers. Cliche - but the best part is the end when the final decisions are made.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    All were great. Kate is a great narrator. The characters were delineated, clear and unique.


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

    The film is already in production and is due to come out summer 2013.


    Any additional comments?

    Its about time that Meyer breaks out of her Twilight mold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3598)
    Performance
    (2889)
    Story
    (2915)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Outstanding new author"
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    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Yes; its beautifully written and eerily addictive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the continual draw to find out the 'who-dun-it' followed by the incredible twist at the end.


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

    I have not, but all 4 narrators were very good.


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

    "Catching the Kinnakee Kansas killer"


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the rest of Flynn's books, and they are awesome as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (108)

    What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's Fallen in Love, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages by Lauren Kate.

    Fallen in Love gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of Fallen characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel.

    Georgia says: "Nice and Easy"
    "Great ' fill the gap' teaser between novels"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fallen in Love the most enjoyable?

    Hearing tales from within the 'Fallen' series from other characters point of view. I love this. i wish more of these franchise serious world be adventurous like this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fallen in Love?

    Looking behind the glass at the other fallen angels relationships


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler.... Watching Luce get a gift from her friends that was supposed to be from Daniel. It was like being in on a joke.


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

    Yes, and I did as it was short and I listen at 3x.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Money Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christa Faust
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    They thought she'd be ease. They thought wrong. It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one more movie. Before she knew it, she’d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car. But Angel is a survivor. And that means she’ll get to the bottom of what’s been done to her, even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way….

    Charles says: "A teaser, not a spoiler"
    "fast, gritty and exciting"
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    If you could sum up Money Shot in three words, what would they be?

    fast, gritty, exciting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Money Shot?

    her realization of "who dun it".


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

    i have not won, but i would like to. she is known for reading erotica


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

    yes, yes i did


    Any additional comments?

    this book is not for the feint of heart. i does have a mountain of foul language and shocking scenes but if you can take the gritty nature of the book, its a fast paced, gritty read that keeps you guessing. if you look up christa foust, her history is interesting and made me buy the book in the first place. i did not regret it, in fact, iv'd downloaded the rest of her books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Control Freak

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christa Faust
    • Narrated By Ann Carver
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In this erotic horror novel, a grisly murder in New York City's downtown meat-packing district leads hardboiled crime writer Caitlin McCullough into the depths of a secret sadomasochistic underground: a perverse playground for the rich and twisted, where anything goes and nothing is taboo. There, Caitlin must risk everything to find not only the truth surrounding the murder, but the dark truth hidden inside herself.

    Lia says: "Weird"
    "WOW for me ... but may not be for everyone"
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    What did you love best about Control Freak?

    i love the fact that this book deals with a very edgy topy. something that is very taboo mixed with a crime novel and a who-dun-it with a twist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Control Freak?

    the visions of the s&m club that the main character sees during her investigation. she describes something that 99% of the readers would never experience in their lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the climactic conclusion


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

    yes, and i almost did - work got in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    not for the faint of heart or easily shocked. if you can handle it or have listened to christa's other books - its a great listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shane

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jack Schaefer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Shane, the traveller and ex-gunfighter, a mysterious gunman who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, refusing to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher and Wilson, the town enemies, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.

    Laura says: "typical coming of age western"
    "typical coming of age western"
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    If you could sum up Shane in three words, what would they be?

    coming of age


    What other book might you compare Shane to and why?

    currently, nothing that i have read. its a straight up western story telling the coming of age of a small boy.


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

    i have not listened to grover before


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

    i did not. there were no surprises. just a good wholesome tale.


    Any additional comments?

    had to read this for college american literature class

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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