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Kristin B Lappala

Glenwood, IA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 300 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • L Is for Lawless: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as a bad girl, quick-witted and quicksilvery, poking her nose into everybody's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.

    Bill says: "One of Grafton's Best!"
    "Typical Grafton"
    Overall

    Another Kinsey Milhone mystery. Nothing too different than the others. Narrarator does a good job. If you are a big fan of Grafton, this won't disapoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2316)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "You'll like it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although some people didn't like Scott Brick, I didn't mind him as an narrator. I have listened to other books he has done and like his calm style. I think the main character in the book has been working hard, most of his adult life, to keep his life looking as average as possible. I think the restrained narration brings those feelings to the character. I liked the suspense in this book. You are surprised in many of the plot twist and most of them feel believable. It is one of those books you can see easily turning into a movie. The only thing I found annoying was the daughter character. She was way too precocious for 8. Over all, I think it was a credit well spent. Not the best book I've ever read but a good read none the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (878)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I have listened to this book several times and each time, I find it more interesting. It makes me wish I was in a book club. You could compare and contrast the main characters' story lines and debate what pushed Skippy to his decision. You could go through most of the characters and debate why they did what they did and how their actions, or lack there of, contributed to Skippy's life as well as their own. I was a little disconcerted at times because I have 2 young boys and it made we worry at times how they would cope with some of the things that these boys dealt with and how well you really know your teenage children. I didn't think it was slow to start. I like long books because I usually only get 1 book a month so I like to make them last! I didn't think the story drug like other people mentioned. I usually shy away from multiple narrators because they sound like a bad high school plays but this one was really well done. If you like stories with well developed characters, this one might be for you.

    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
    (3164)
    Performance
    (2119)
    Story
    (2154)

    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"
    "Wonderful Narration!!"
    Overall

    I read this book for the first time in Middle School and have read it several times since. I also love the movie. Now that I'm 40 and DO NOT like romance novels, I wasn't sure that I wanted to listen to it. Linda Stephens is remarkable! She does an amazing job narrating this book! Sometimes you do want to slap the characters upside their heads. But you have to remember the time and how young Scarlet is. The use of the "N Word" is also part of the time. A really great listen and interesting book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "READ AFTER THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO!"
    Overall

    This is the second in what, I believe, is a 3 part series. This book give more insight to Lisbeth and her background. If you haven't read The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, it won't be as enjoyable. I am a little suprised I like these books as much as I do but I have found all the characters compelling and the story is well written!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (238)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    A great story line. Interesting to read. If you like crime stories, this is a pretty good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (530)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. The characters were fun without being unbelievable and was an easy, relaxing listen. I will look into buying more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall

    This book was fun and interesting without being too much of a tear jerker. If she is accurate in her story, it really opens your eyes to how women are treated in Afganistan and how few options these women have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sofie Metropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tori Carrington
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Sofie's a young Greek-American woman living in Queens. If you'd asked her a few months ago what she'd be doing now, she'd have replied, "I'm going to be married to a wonderful guy and working at my father's, or maybe my grandfather's, Greek restaurant."

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't expect too much"
    "Kind of boring"
    Overall

    I kept waiting for this book to take off. Carrington's writing was compared to Grafton and Evanovich but I think that is being a little kind. Of the 2, I would say more Grafton than Evanovich. The sexual chemistry between Sophie and her love interst was lame. The story line is tired: Greek girl; botched marriage; instead of working in family restaurant goes in different direction. I couldn't count the number of times she referenced her almost-marriage. I don't know if it is the first in the series. If it is, I might give her a second chance but if your are looking for a fun story with interesting characters, this is a little disapointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (2669)
    Story
    (2697)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "I Didn't Think I Would Like It"
    Overall

    After reading the Monster of Venice, I wanted to check out other books by Douglas Preston and came across Relic. After reading the summary , I dismissed it because I do not like supernatural-themed books. I bought it on sale, not realizing what I bought and almost didn't listen to it. But I gave it a chance and I really liked it. The authors are talented and the characters are interesting. They make something that is unbelievable, believable. The narration is good, too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Minute Rule

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release.

    mindusq says: "Not as good as some of his others"
    "Well Written Story"
    Overall

    The author does an amazing job brining you into the main characters world. You feel like you know Max and understand him. You feel sorry for the ex-con who's policeman son is killed the day before he gets out of prison. There is alot of emotion in the book but it isn't over the top. The narration is good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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