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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

Carlsbad, ca, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2945)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Great for Teens"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    Probably, I would listen to a bit or check in to the premise first.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I bought some books off the 4.95 sale.


    What three words best describe Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Macon, Macon, Macon


    Could you see Beautiful Creatures being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see either, with a movie it would be good if they made the beginning and end stronger. The middle was very interesting. For a series it would be good to get some more writers and characters. The best character was Macon and he was killed off. Any of the pop stars out now would do. Macon and Marion's characters should be strong actors.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some very good elements, the locket, the library, telepathy, Bo Radlly and supporting characters. The grandma's character was not consistant at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen MacInerney
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

    Susan says: "Fun"
    "Fun ride"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not that I can think of.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pace, funny antics and crazy bad luck. i like how she pretty much takes most things without panic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she tells her husband about the car, the kid and the transvestite.


    Could you see Mother's Day Out being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see either, it is just a fun diversion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (891)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "His fans will like it"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, it was pretty much more of the same. It was frustrating in several ways. One of the main characters through the book was a man named Shadow Love, the name ruined the flow for me. I know Indian names and anything else would have been better, it distracted me every time Lucas used it and in one chapter he must have said it thirty times.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    Possibly, the subject or premise would have to be enticing.


    What three words best describe Richard Ferrone’s performance?

    He is perfect for the character Lucas. I would seek him out.


    Did Shadow Prey inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    His love affairs were irritating too. I am sure the scenarios happen everyday but...............

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

    Rachel says: "Pretty good - I will try some more of the series."
    "Disturbing noir, worth a listen"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Vachss and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes, I would check them both out.


    If you’ve listened to books by Andrew Vachss before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first of his books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, he was perfect for it.


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

    Possibly, depending on actors.


    Any additional comments?

    The sarcasm and witty dialogue was essential to holding on to my attention. It took me a couple tries to stick with it but, sometimes your in the mood for one type of book and sometimes not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1094)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Just about 3 outcomes, predictable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Going in I knew there were limited outcomes possible. The characters were interesting and the story moved along. When going from past to present it was hard to follow which girl was talking, repeating their old name with the new would have been helpful. The narrator really did not work for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    After a few chapters I thought I knew what the ending would be, I was right.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna Bentinck?

    I am not sure. She does many characters but it was hard to differentiate the two main characters, that greatly impaired the story for me. When she is the narrator of the story she is monotone, it really deters from the story.


    Was The Wicked Girls worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't recommend it. It took a couple of tries but I finished it. The story and characters were sympathetic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1112)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "I couldn't stick with it"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to listen to it two or three times. It might have gotten better but, I couldn't keep my mind on it. The narration was not very good. Sometimes he spoke to fast and most of his voices sounded the same.


    Has The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is really hit and miss in this genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

    Not sure


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

    It really could not hold my attention. I think narration might have been the problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    Socialite Eden Carlbough didn't expect running a girls' camp to be easy, but she never thought she'd literally be run up an apple tree by the little monsters...nor did she think she'd come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. Chase knew he'd caught a windfall when he looked at the woman in his arms. He didn't like being cast as the serpent, but how could he resist when she'd just offered him such forbidden fruit?

    Kelley says: "No means yes?"
    "Light Romance"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Alyson Silverman?

    Yes, she has a variety of types of books. This one was very light, I prefer more meat to a book. If you want pure romance and not much else to a story this book is for you. The characters were likable. The romance was far fetched but, cute.


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

    "It is what it is". People seeking romance with a little story will like this. It was enjoyable. I prefer plot, mystery, action, romance and in depth characters that you can get vested in.


    What three words best describe Alyson Silverman’s voice?

    She did a good job with this story.


    Could you see Temptation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a life time movie.
    There are many more books that would be a better selection for a movie, Dianne Duvall's and Jeanine Frost.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a pleasant diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not sure. It was easy to listen to. The plot is light, not complex. It does seem like a format.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    hmm


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good.


    Did The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2) inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I elaborate on book reviews if I love or hate the book. The last three books I have finished were not memorable or didn't create any feelings. The books past the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1497)
    Story
    (1487)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Good characters"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I bought two on sale. I will listen to the other. I had no problem getting through it. The characters were likable. It isn't a book I will listen to more than once. The journey was more interesting than the some of the book.


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

    The characters were good, but not developed enough. Their lightly dusted over.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He has a nice voice, deep and raspy. His voice has an ironic nature. He didn't do women very well.


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

    I wouldn't seek it out. Jeanine Frost, Dianne Duvall, Deborah Harkness are authors book's I would go to see if there were a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I think many mystery lovers will like this book. I like more action, banter, romance, complex characters and a supernatural element would be a bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"
    "Simple, light, quick story"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are many people that might like this book. For me it was like a B movie. The dialogue seemed forced for lack of a better term.


    Would you recommend A Dark Guardian to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I seldom recommend books that are less than a 4 or 4 1/2 and or I have listened to multiple times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Antony Ferguson?

    He was fine with the male voices but not the female voices. He seemed very robotic too. I am not sure for a narrator.


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

    I did finish it and the ending was happy so, there is that.....


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the story 3 even though it was not near as good as other 3s because I finished it, so I didn't want to give it 2s across.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1755)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Cute Story, light"
    Overall
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    What would have made Crocodile on the Sandbank better?

    The narrator wasn't bad but, she made following some of the story difficult.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Peters? Why or why not?

    I bought two at a sale. I won't listen to the other right away.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    Gilbert, Kirsten Potter, Jennifer Ikeda


    What character would you cut from Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    There were a couple of annoying characters voice etc. but I guess they were necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    I skipped parts of this book. I may try it again another time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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