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Laura

"Say something about yourself!" DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

Montgomery Village, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1723)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Drags on and on and on"
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    Love Lisa Gardner - except in this overly wordy book. Too bad it's not abridged.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    Steven says: "What a great listen! Hear history as it happened!"
    "Skip this book!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to Three Shots Rang Out was not only a waste of time but painful as I had to bite down on aluminum foil just to the very beginning of this book.


    Would you recommend Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. Aluminum foil on fillings is quite painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Only that the book was so crappy I doubted the sincerity of Diane Sawyer's narration, though I otherwise am an avid Sawyer fan.


    Did Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later inspire you to do anything?

    Just to stop and delete the book and regret the monetary investment.


    Any additional comments?

    Darren Reynolds just give up writing and take up dentistry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Lucy says: "If you saw 'Wanted' (2008) don't bother"
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up The Intern's Handbook in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, disturbing, exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John, the emotionally robbed child turned killer.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Simonelli – was your favorite?

    I think Alice b/c Simonelli actually managed to make a female's voice feminine as opposed to a shrill or deep voice.


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

    Towards the end of the book and the conclusion as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The Intern's Handbook is unlike any of the other 1,000 books I have read and listened to over the year. Just the conclusion alone is well worth one's investment in time and credit. The bumpy ride one takes towards the end of the book is fasten-your-seat belt exciting. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serial

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    She was gagged. Violated. Tortured. Nailing the killer is priority number one and only the best will do-that means Frank Quinn. And Quinn wouldn't want it any other way. Because he recognizes the victim. Years ago, as a homicide detective, he saved her young life. Now the hunt is on, and deep in his gut, Quinn welcomes it. He knows he's seeing the work of a truly twisted serial killer.

    Kitty says: "Ending was excellent!"
    "Enough already of this narrator!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As unpopular as this review may be, I must say that I CRINGED with every word spoken by Scott Brick. Used to enjoy him but those days are long gone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Lutz again?

    Not if Scott Brick is involved.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    The tone of his voice increasingly irritated me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger! Money wasted!


    Any additional comments?

    May read in print. Lutz is a good author but Scott Brick is a zero, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of a Jury: The Inside Story of How 12 Ordinary People Decide the Fate of an Accused Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Seymour Wishman
    • Narrated By Peter Powlus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Based on an actual criminal investigation and trial, Seymour Wishman's Anatomy of a Jury carries us from the crime scene to the courthouse to the jury room, providing a fascinating, in depth look into the nation's criminal justice system. Riveting, detailed, and intensely dramatic, Wishman's remarkable book offers provocative insights into how we administer justice, how we judge others, and how others may judge us.

    Laura says: "Accurate, More or Less"
    "Accurate, More or Less"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Anatomy of a Jury to be better than the print version?

    How could I possibly know? I didn't view the print version.


    What other book might you compare Anatomy of a Jury to and why?

    I would venture to say that it's a weak "any" Grisham book.


    Did Peter Powlus do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr. Powlus is quite monotone, which may be largely responsible for the boredom I experienced throughout. Trials are "my thing," as I have been involved in hundreds over several decades, and I am generally pleased to read or listen to fiction or nonfiction books. Quite disappointed that my mind wandered throughout.


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

    Boredom and several inaccuracies.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Wishman claims he has prosecuted and defended (civil or criminal?) cases. How is it then that he states as fact that most (all) criminal defendants testify at trial.As this book is written about a criminal trial, I can only address Mr. Wishman's claim as to the testimony of a defendant. Mr. Wishman could not be more inaccurate as to his claim that most/nearly all defendants testify before the trier of fact. Not true. It is rare, indeed, that a criminal defendant testifies. In county, state and federal courts, I have been an integral part of hundreds of trials,ranging from the most boring (as in watching paint dry) engineering fiasco such as the settlement of the Sears building in D.C, federal agency civil cases, a horrific plane crash that occurred in whiteout conditions, killing all aboard, etc. Despite many interesting and not so interesting civil cases, criminal jury trials occurring during whiteout conditions ranging from a horrific plane crash which was due to whiteout conditions, and the like. In civil cases, a high percentage of defendants testify.However, as to criminal, contrary to the author's claim, very, very few defendants testify before the trier of fact. Why is this? Let me count the reasons: (1) a lawyer ethically cannot put a client on the witness stand who has admitted the crime to him/her (2) defendants tend to incriminate themselves as they are very poor, nervous witnesses (3) contradicting a police officer is fruitless, as police officers are the most experienced and confident criminal trial witnesses (4) juries, though instructed not to do so, often identify with the victim in a criminal case, (5) rarely have corroboration as to their version of events, and on and on and on.The reason I address this misstatement of most/nearly all/all criminal defendants is that the author claims a huge factor in the outcome of the case was the defendant not taking the witness stand. The author must not have been a trial attorney or he wouldn't have misled his readers. Maybe this particular "fact" as told by the author would slip past people as irrelevant, but it is not accurate and the author throws it in as a major factor in the outcome of the trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy
    • Narrated By James Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

    A. Garofalo says: "boring"
    "Boston Wise Guy"
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    What did you love best about Whitey Bulger?

    While I do not wish to glamorize what Bulger did in his crime-centered existence, I must say that he was a cool cat. Loyal to his parents, brother and immediate "families." Whitey did have his principles - Sunday was a thug-free day. He adhered to the mobster code that bystanders and children were never to be hurt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whitey Bulger?

    For me, when Whitey, gun in hand, looked through a front-facing window of a rival's house, drew down on the man, but smiled and walked away instead. He passed up on an easy kill because there was a child in the room with his nemesis.


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

    I have not. What a gem I have missed.I greatly admire James Colby's credibility in his reading. It's as if either Bulger is telling the story, his FBI "handlers" or other gangsters. Colby was a perfect fit for this book. My next step is to search Audible for books read by Mr. Colby.


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

    Irish wiseguy ... I have no clue. Wiseguy offs other wiseguys (who need killing)?


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Engrossed and hooked from the first chapter.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their thirteen year old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999. But the nightmare to come was worse than they could ever imagine. Only five doors away, in the home of John and Elizabeth Golub, police found Kelly Ann's body stuffed in a plastic garbage bag. She'd been brutally beaten, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated. After weeks of intense investigation, police arrested the Golubs twenty-one-year-old son, Robert - a reclusive young man obsessed with bodybuilding and given to fits of rage. The sensational trial and subsequent conviction of Robert Golub shocked the nation and tore the once peaceful community apart. Neighbors took sides. So did the media. And no one who lived on Horton Road would ever be the same. Note on audio book: Except for the beginning and end of the book, there is no longer any music.

    Laura says: "Well-written true-crime book"
    "Well-written true-crime book"
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    Where does Against Her Will rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Against Her Will is one of the best true crime books I've purchased on Audible.com


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was actually Kelly, though we hardly hear her voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The naming of the suspect by the cops.


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

    Deep sadness for a senseless act committed by a psychopath.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. The narrator's reading style and voice are PERFECT for this particular book. I applaud the author on his excellent choice of narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Spencer, Samantha Rose
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    You've heard of amazing deals, online discounts, outlet shopping-but has anyone showed you how to shop for free? Meet Kathy Spencer-hot, hip mom of four who can whittle a $267.22 grocery bill down to one penny. One penny.

    Laura says: "Out-of-Date Content"
    "Out-of-Date Content"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was just okay. With the information being past its prime time, one should at this point choose a more current book - no later than 2013. The world of couponing has drastically changed since 2011. Of course, I do not fault the author for telling those strategies pertinent to 2011.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Ditched the chain-smoking narrator and cut back on the author's bragging and constant horn-tooting. It was very disrespectful to gloat about giving others "handouts."
    The author "pumped herself up," but deflated and insulted those in need.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hillary Huber?

    Just about any female with clean, healthy lungs.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Wouldn't be a movie b/c of the nature of the content.


    Any additional comments?

    Remind myself to never purchase another book narrated by Hillary Huber. Her name is actually on my written list of "horrible narrators."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beat: The Hayden Glass Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Stephen Jay Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hayden Glass finds himself in another hot situation when the young prostitute he’s been seeing in San Francisco is kidnapped. His efforts to find and save her put him in direct conflict with a corrupt element of the San Francisco Police Department, the FBI, and the local Russian Mob. Each faction uses Hayden like a pawn, and each has its own reason to take the young woman away.

    Laura says: "Skip this BEAT"
    "Skip this BEAT"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A somewhat plausible story. A continuation of BOULEVARD but in a boring, tedious manner.


    What could Stephen Jay Schwartz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stopped while Schartz was ahead. This second book offers nothing new and just feels like the previous novel is being BEAT to death. And, who cares?


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The consistency of a good reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend that one NOT PURCHASE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Newtown: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Matthew Lysiak
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    12/14/2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut We remember the numbers: 20 children and 6 adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: Teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: Outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy, while the truth went missing. Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown.

    Dusty S. Human says: "sadly enlightening"
    "Innocence Lost"
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    What made the experience of listening to Newtown the most enjoyable?

    The word "enjoyable" is an inappropriate description and will not be justified with an answer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Favorite?" All the victims, their families and friends.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Verner – was your favorite?

    None in particular. I was engrossed in the telling and not conducting a popularity contest.


    If you could give Newtown a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Devil Mother Aids Killer of Children


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alisa Statman, Brie Tate
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Gabra Zackman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter.

    keith says: "A story of love and passion"
    "Narrators enjoy the telling of murders"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A stand-up comedian poking fun at a great American tragedy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alisa Statman and Brie Tate again?

    Perhaps a comic book or the announcement of their firings.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With respectful, serious readers who gave a damn about this great American tragedy - or who could at least fake the respect to which these victims and families are entitled. How dare they have gleeful tones.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Restless Souls?

    All scenes read by these "happy" narrators. I don't expect doom and gloom but let's tone down the implied giggles.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could have continued this factual book as I felt the content was very interesting and credible.
    Tried to ignore the narrators as the book went along, but the glee made me complacent in "enjoying" the destruction of innocent lives and the heartbreak of their families and many friends.
    Seems to me the family must have been led astray as to the choosing of the narrators. How dare the narrators "enjoy" this reading. One of this century's most horrific and sad crimes SHOULD NOT be read as though one was skipping down the yellow brick road with Dorothy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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