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Laurie

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KALAMAZOO, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 1082 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2193)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1968)

    In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

    Dana says: "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"
    "Narration much improved over The Lost Hero..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story, moves fast but not too fast. The narration by Joshua Swanson is much better than his narration of the previous book. (Still not as good in my opinion as the narrator of the first series, so I gave it four stars.)

    Between the writing and the improved reading you really get a feeling of the character differences between Percy's point of view and persona and that of Jason in The Lost Hero. Can't wait for the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (320)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "A very enjoyable ride"
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    There is something about Gary Sinise's voice that is perfect for Steinbeck. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of one of my favorite books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1122)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Better for the eyes that for the ears..."
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    I really appreciate this book. I did not appreciate the format, however. It is rather scholarly and has many quotations from scripture and citations from other works. This makes it a better read for the eye, not the ear. Content great, format not so much. The narrator does the best he can.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Judy Collins
    • Narrated By Judy Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit Judy Collins. In it, she talks about her alcoholism, her lasting love affair with Stephen Stills, her friendships with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Fariña, David Crosby, and Leonard Cohen and, above all, the music that helped define a decade and a generation’s sound track.

    Laurie says: "Voices of the angels..."
    "Voices of the angels..."
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    What an absolute joy this listen is! Ms. Collins tells her own life story, all the joys and pain. The other greats of the music world pass in and through -- the "folkies", Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin. Her romance with Stephen Stills. Her collaboration with songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Mimi and Richard Farina. She speaks with raw honesty about her alcoholism and the joy of her recovery. She often breaks in to beautiful a cappella renderings of some of her songs. Bonus -- Listen all the way through, past the credits. She sings several songs, tributes in part to her family - her son in "Born to the Breed", then "My Father" and one I'd not ever heard, about her mother. So moving. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." (The New York Times).

    david says: "My Hero!"
    "So glad to have this in audio..."
    Overall

    I've adored this book since it was first published. I am so happy to have it on audio now. The narration is pretty flat, and I'm not entirely sure about some of the pronunciations (Pretty sure I.I. Rabi is "Rah-bee" not "Rab-eye") but glad to have it nonetheless. Eagerly awaiting Gleick's newest!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

    Samuel Murray says: "Not the newer, far better translation"
    "Like that madeleine..."
    Overall

    I listen to a LOT of audiobooks -- daily. I often listen as I go about tasks -- gardening, driving, needlework, etc. This production of Swann's Way stopped me in my tracks. It is so rich, so engaging that it requires my full attention and engages my feelings and thoughts wholly. If you thought Proust perhaps less than accessible, dip in to this. Mr. Vance's narration will lead you to that place of memory, longing and insight that may have been Proust's best intention for his work. Savor it. Roll it around on the tongue of your mind. Enjoy.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father have disappeared. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who terrorize the neighborhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up, Falco and his friend Petronius investigate. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches the case away.

    Jeanette Beth Means says: "Everyman's Rome"
    "The Best Falco Yet"
    Overall

    After having read all the Falco novels, I must say that Nemesis is the best yet. It takes a slightly darker turn, and although sated, wanting more. Loose ends are tied, and one in particular. This pleased me enormously.
    As to the narration -- just as Simon Vance IS Ruso in Ruth Downie's novels, Christian Rodska IS Falco to me. I enjoyed the radio plays led by Andrew Lesser, but the single voice unabridged books read by Mr. Rodska are much more fulfilling!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus Died for This?: A Religious Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Becky Garrison
    • Narrated By Becky Garrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "In I Died for This? I will pick up my pitchfork and muck out the spiritual stables for signs of the living Christ hidden under the mounds of Jesus junk and faith fertilizer."

    Laurie says: "Love her as a writer, as a narrator not so much..."
    "Love her as a writer, as a narrator not so much..."
    Overall

    I really enjoy Ms. Garrison's blog. She has a great sense of the absurd and writes it very well. This audio version is too strident for my taste in its presentation. I suppose that I must put it in my category of "Authors who should not narrate their own material."
    Do listen for the content after sampling -- as long as you are not put off by the sound and cadence of the narrator, you may really enjoy this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (808)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Susan says: "Ms. Penny writes a wonderful mystery story"
    "Couldn't wait, and even better than expected!"
    Overall

    Ralph Cosham reprises his pitch-perfect narration of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels in Lousie Penny's new novel, Bury Your Dead. After listening to six ventures into the delicious world of Three Pines, Mr. Cosham IS Gamache to me. His vocal characterizations are never heavy-handed yet still distinct and engaging. Distinguishing the different characters is seamless and smooth for the listener.

    It is well paced. Warning -- this is serious "driveway" listening -- if you are playing it in the car you will likely stay in your seat until the end of the chapter!


    This is an exquisitely layered novel; deeper, more introspective and lyrical even than Ms. Penny's previous Gamache mysteries. We still spend some time in Three Pines, but a village more defined by its personalities than strict environment. Inspector Gamache takes us to Quebec City and shows us his thousand yard stare -- a stare that turns inside.


    I particularly appreciated the history of Quebec Ms. Penny shows us -- Seven Years' War history is a favorite of mine and it is well covered from the perspective of the modern history buff.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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