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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

Member Since 2011

ratings
135
REVIEWS
105
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
38

  • Shadow Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    While mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth in the Atlantic Ocean, submersible designer Hannah Bryson makes a shocking discovery: she may have finally uncovered the truth about the once-glorious city’s mysterious demise. Long ago it was a thriving metropolis bursting with culture and life – Marinth’s sudden disappearance has plagued scientists for years.

    Michael says: "Got this book on a whim"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the characters were interesting.


    What could Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story was very predictable in several areas. I enjoyed the dolphins, the relationship with the main character's nephew. All the characters were developed. I really liked several of the characters and that made it a good read. The characters were very interesting. I wanted to know more about the characters, their past or experiences that made them who they were.


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

    The characters were very interesting. I wanted to know more about the characters, their past or experiences that made them who they were.


    Any additional comments?

    The mix of competing commercial interests, philanthropic concerns, archeological, and government war use of the alga was interesting, however predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "Slow pace, couldn't hang in there"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead? What did you like least?

    It just took too long to get to the start.


    Has Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Carol Monda’s performance?

    Not annoying, I would listen to her in another book.


    Do you think Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I couldn't finish it but, I am going to try this book again later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught on Camera

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    Beautiful Vega Zaragoza learned the hard way that sex and the spotlight don’t mix. Now the former model makes her living behind the camera, working as a videographer to escape public scrutiny. But when Vega gets a shot at her dream job, one that puts her back in the public eye, she must choose: continue to play it safe or gamble everything to go toe-to-toe - and heart-to-heart - with the city’s most eligible bachelor.

    Kristin says: "LOVED THIS BOOK,"
    "A romance, that's it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If someone is looking for just a romance, no action or mystery they would like it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Law? Why or why not?

    I would research the premise first. I prefer a little action or murder mystery with my romance.


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    She made the female's emotion so believable and captured her plight.


    Was Caught on Camera worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was a diversion while cleaning the house. I doubt I will listen again though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (121)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Survivor's club barely surviving"
    "Not your common receipe murder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Survivors Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very good among the murder mysteries genre. Most are predictable reasons for murder and the suspects obvious, not so here.


    What other book might you compare The Survivors Club to and why?

    I can't think of another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her different voices are not different enough.


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

    Yes. A 5 star book is one I want to listen to again. Later on I might listen to this again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (615)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Jenn says: "Absolutely Perfect Casting"
    "Good Premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were a few little things, but it was entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would consider it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    James McAvoy


    Could you see Neverwhere [Adaptation] being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would be good for either. James McAvoy for sure. I think it would appeal to teens on up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Nancy J says: "The First of a Superior Series"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Mermaids Singing?

    The subject matter. I must not have been paying attention to the snippet or premise. Very graphic sadism has no interest to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Val McDermid again?

    I doubt it.


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

    He did the voices well and was convincingly creepy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mermaids Singing?

    Too many.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastered by Love: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort....

    Ramona says: "Don't Miss this Super Ending to the Series"
    "I finished it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I hate to say it was boring but..... There was almost no action. The love story was not very good. To me it is essential to be vested and interested in the characters, I was not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm having a hard time finding anything tempting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He was okay but, lacked voice differentiation. He lacked sincere emotion.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Most reviews about this book were positive so maybe it is me. The only action was at the very end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    Ruby says: "Loved this book"
    "Convoluted"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are people that might enjoy it. The premise was interesting, follow through was frustrating and lacking. Character development would have helped. That was missing, no connection with any of the characters. The mystery is summed up in the last few minutes and still you are confused or at least I was. I think with good editors or a collaboration, the story could be really good. Nora Roberts did one similar.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am hoping for a great recommendation from Audible or other listeners.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

    Saltery, whisper, .....She is an acquired taste, at first I wasn't sure I liked her. Sometimes at first I had a hard time hearing or understanding some of her words.I chose this book because of her. Now I look for books she has narrated.


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

    It did. I finished it. There are many books I don't. Xe Sands might be part of why I finished it. I also kept listening to see if relationships developed or to make sense of the mystery. I finished it hoping to be convinced, I wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Right now I wouldn't recommend it but , after awhile I might try listening again. It was not worth my credit, but on sale.....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like midway through the book for Mel to partner with Graham. Tease more and get together before the last three sentences of the book. When the summation happens in the end, it would be good to repeat to a couple people, the dad or Russian girl what bodies were there and why. Telling once right at the end when several intense things are happening with several people leaves you trying to say who what where. Some books that develop each character more and their connection with others helps in the summation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    Yes. This is the second of her books I have listened to. You can count on a light mystery. Easy listening.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She does very well with all the characters. I have looked for other books she has narrated.


    Do you think Dead Bolt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it could have a follow up, only if it is not going to tease the relationship the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much potential for a more developed book. Why not develope more lines with different characters. More interaction with the dad and his friend, more with the stepson he could bond with Graham. Some sarcastic funny humor between the characters and crazy self talk would step this up from a fluffy light to a developed book that I would listen to more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Auction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Weinberg
    • Narrated By Nick Santa Maria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Held once each generation and attended by the greatest mages in the world, the Auction offered a prize of incredible power to the winner. But, what happened to those bidders whose offers didn't meet the final price? Valerie Lancaster had no desire to attend the Auction. But when her father was murdered for his invitation, she knew she had to go to find his killer - and keep from being slain herself. It's the Devil's Auction. Accompanied by her father's friend, Alex Warner, Valerie found herself confronted by werewolves, golems and the most powerful sorcerers in the world.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Couldn't hold my attention"
    "Couldn't hold my attention"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Weinberg and/or Nick Santa Maria?

    I probably would not try another Robert Weinberg.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Weinberg again?

    No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good.


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

    It was predictable. I fast forward a few times. In the last five minutes the story was summed up, corny.


    Any additional comments?

    In the first chapter I was thinking get on with it. I may wait awhile and try it again, if the narration isn't annoying I like to give the author a second chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Dresden light"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend it, the fast pace interesting characters, future potential, plot flow and most of all SARCASTIC Wit!!


    Would you recommend Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman to your friends? Why or why not?

    The main character had sardonic wit, optimism, likable personality and you root for him even though he keeps getting beat up. There was plenty of action, several plot lines going at once and good characters to support the various stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were little scenes with friends, girls, and ghosts.


    Was Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman worth the listening time?

    Yes, the narrator was essential to the story. Only a few could have equaled his performance. He was excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was one of the best of the last five I have bought. It is still Harry Dresden, light. When I say that I mean it is excellent but, Dresden books are so detailed and complex yet easy to follow. Dresden creates and describes all facets of his world, you can visualize all of it.
    I can not wait for the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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