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Lori

ratings
85
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
5
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • The Wednesday Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meg Waite Clayton
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    For 35 years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967.

    Denise Wallace says: "Loved it!"
    "A Grand Story of Friendships--You Must Read It!"
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    If you could sum up The Wednesday Sisters in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Touching. Unforgettable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book accomplishes the right balance between humor and conflict showing each characters at their best and their worst. A book whose characters will stay with you long after you read the last page.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1344)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "So much better than the movie"
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    I almost didn't purchase this one because of the movie. The book is very different from the movie. I really enjoyed this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3669)
    Story
    (3697)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Not as good as I expected it to be......"
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    I found this book disappointing. The narration was good but the story lacked depth. The only reason I finished it was because it was an audiobook....if I had been actually reading it I'm certain I would have never finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (970)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "Most Boring Award"
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    Sci-fi is one of my favorite genre. This is by far the most boring Sci-Fi I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glassblower of Murano

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marina Fiorato
    • Narrated By Cristian Solimeno, Kate Magowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The keys to the future lie in the past - a compelling story of love and intrigue spanning three centuries, three countries - and one miraculous talent....Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced.

    S says: "This is why we love historical fiction..."
    "Great Story and Narration!!"
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    One of those listens that is hard to put down. The characters were believable. The story was interesting. And the narrators were spot on. The descriptions of the glassblowing were of such that you could almost convince yourself you actually saw it!!

    The only thing I didn't like about the audio was the instrumental between chapters. The instrumental wasn't bad but the volume was, irritatingly, louder than the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3381)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2571)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "COM--which I do not--PLETE--recom--NONSENSE---mend"
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    Warning this book contains liberal propaganda.

    I suppose in that light, it's actually quite amusing the book is written in stories that cut off (some of them mid-sentence) without any transition or connection and a new story begins (in the middle). Complete confusion which all pieces together into nothing (but don't worry, they will tell you, at the very end, what they want it to mean).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11695)
    Performance
    (10904)
    Story
    (10914)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!!"
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    You don't have to be a gaming geek to enjoy this one. When listening to audiobooks there are always those moments of distraction where you miss things here and there--moments that I don't usually rewind to capture. Not this book. I wanted to hear every word. There were times that I re-listened to certain passages numerous times just for the sheer enjoyment of hearing them again. I've never re-listened to an audiobook before. I immediately started this one over at soon as it ended.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (604)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "This one definitely makes my list of favorites!!"
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    In one word: Wow!! What an amazingly well-written story. An excellent narration by Anne Miyamoto.

    Heartbreaking separation, tragic loss and a chronic disfiguring illness all beautifully, and touchingly, interlaced with warmth, tenderness, love, compassion, forgiveness and most importantly, happiness!!! Happiness is a choice you make. Happiness is something you can have inspite of the circumstance of life.

    This book definitely makes my list of favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3272)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2258)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Don't Think About it Tomorrow---Get it Today!!"
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    I had seen the movie dozens of times but never read the book. Why read the book when I already knew the story? Why? Because.....THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kimberly Cutter
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From author Kimberly Cutter comes the story of Jehanne d'Arc-the girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, and the maid who became a legend.

    Lori says: "Don't Waste Your Credit"
    "Don't Waste Your Credit"
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    Based on this novel Joan of Arc was nothing more than a self-centered whining child who was overly obsessed with the thought of all the men who wanted to take her virginity; her "voices" included Michael the Archangel who also had some sexual interest in her because he grabbed her crotch. If she was a prophet she's the first one I have ever heard of who threw a childish temper tantrum after the King wouldn't obey the commands her voices had given. If this is an accurate representation of the life of Joan of Arc I can't imagine why she is considered a saint.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Glen McCready, Rachel Bavidge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Walter Hartright, a drawing teacher to two sisters, wants to marry Laura, though she is betrothed to another. But who is the mysterious woman in white he encounters? Wilkie Collins was a master of suspense, but his transfer to audiobook requires a cast of readers to faithfully reflect the11 different characters who tell the story. Naxos AudioBooks brings together a strong cast to bring alive the mystery and suspense of The Woman in White.

    Liz says: "Excellent Writing; Superb Narration"
    "Compelling Characters, Memorable Villains!"
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    There is nothing which produces fully developed characters quite like a Victorian novel. Drama, mystery, suspense. The characters within its pages are everything you could hope for.....those to cheer for, those to despise, those to pity. One which makes your eyes roll as soon as he is introduced in the paragraph. And, then, there is Fosco!! The narration for this character is superb!! I truly enjoyed this audio. It's a treasure!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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