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Laura

Fillmore, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 31 reviews
  • 123 ratings
  • 431 titles in library
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  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1201)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "The best of Percy Jackson series."
    "Loved this series"
    Overall

    My kids (11,9, 7) could barely unplug themselves from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Smart writing. Smart characters. Intruiging. Engaging. This is not a "background" book. You have to pay attention and it moves along at a nice pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to finding more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4146)
    Performance
    (3546)
    Story
    (3543)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Really disturbing ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    A basic murder mystery, lawyers and cops jousting. It was the kind of book that kept my attention but you could go for moments without paying attention and still know what was going on. I hated the ending. So sad. Such a downer.


    Would you recommend Defending Jacob to your friends? Why or why not?

    An airplane book


    Do you think Defending Jacob needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No thanks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18169)
    Performance
    (16168)
    Story
    (16127)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I wish I'd never given 5 stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The last book I enjoyed this much was The Help. If I could go back on my reviews and just give 5 stars to books I enjoyed this much, there would only be 2- the Help and 11-22-63. I have never been a Stephen King fan. I don't like horror books. I don't care for scare, and blood and gore. I would not even consider myself a sci-fi fan or anyone remotely interested in time travel- though I do enjoy Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I bought this book because of so many good reviews. I was blown away. I loved listening to it. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters. I enjoyed how the story moved along. I enjoyed the cultural references to the 50s and 60s and giving that time and place such reality. I've gone to 5 bookstores trying to find a copy for my husband to read as I SO want to talk with someone about this book.
    I never liked Woody Allen movies and then along came


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (748)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Don't Do it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could not believe that I actually finished this book. It was awful. I have enjoyed Connelly books in the past but this was horrible.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steve Thayer
    • Narrated By David Birney
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In the midst of a savage Minnesota blizzard, investigative reporter Rick Beanblossom receives an anonymous note much like the one the Lindbergh family received when their infant son was kidnapped. Fighting the perilous weather and racing against time, Beanblossom desperately searches for clues in history's most infamous kidnapping that may solve his own painful loss.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "SILENT SNOW"
    "More Steve Thayer!!"
    Overall

    WOW- this book really hooked me. I loved the way he wove the Lindbergh baby's disappearance with the story. Very captivating and hard to "put down." I found the characters complex and interesting. The mystery moved along nicely through past and present. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Steve Thayer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1323)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Really bummed that this wasn't any good."
    Overall

    I am a Jack Reacher fan. I have read most of Lee Child's books and have escpaed into the fictions easily and with enjoyment. The outrageous predicaments that he finds himself in are entertaining and sometimes silly and reminiscent of some James Bond situations. I bought this book as soon as it came out and was really looking forward to it. But it was a dud. I did not find the characters sympathetic. I found that I really didn't care what happened to them. I was half way through the first section of the book and when I got back in my car I accidentally skipped to half way through the second section- and I felt that I had not missed anything. The narrator was great but the story fell flat.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1842)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "I like James Lee Burke"
    Overall

    Tin Roof Blowdown was my first Burke book and while I found it hard to follow at first, I got into it and enjoyed getting to know the characters. I've read later Burke books and listened to Neon Rain thinking that it help fill out the characters, but I must admit that I like the complexity of the characters in the later books. I like Dave better as a sober man. Will Patton is great and I couldn't imagine listening to other Robicheaux books without him. This book was fine but the later books are better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3560)
    Performance
    (2393)
    Story
    (2400)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "Kids LOVED this book!"
    Overall

    All 3 kids read The Red Pyramid with great enthusiasm. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9105)
    Performance
    (3329)
    Story
    (3407)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Kids Enjoyed It"
    Overall

    My teenager likes the Dan Brown books. I personally can't get through them, but the kids like them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • April and Oliver

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tess Callahan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    April and Oliver have been soul mates since childhood, and the attraction between them has always been palpable. Now, years after being completely inseparable, they have become strangers, but the wildly different paths of their lives are about to collide once again with the sudden death of April's brother.

    Stephanie says: "Just OK"
    "Didn't love it, but finished it."
    Overall

    I kept almost stopping this book as it was depressing and April was sad and tragic. If I had had something else in my library, I probably would have bailed, but once I finished it I was glad I had read it. I liked the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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