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Lauri

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  • Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Abigail Reynolds
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The river isn't the only thing overflowing in Hunsford when a natural disaster forces Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to work together. The residents of flood-stricken Hunsford, seeking refuge in the parsonage atop the hill, are unaware they are interrupting Darcy's disastrous proposal. Even worse, the flood has washed out the only bride to Rosings Park, stranding Darcy with the woman who has just refused his offer of marriage. But it may already be too late to redeem Elizabeth's reputation.

    Michelle M. Thurman says: "Good Story, Terrible narration"
    "Another Fun Variation"
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    What did you love best about Mr. Darcy's Refuge: A Pride & Prejudice Variation?

    In a book, such as this, where so much is borrowed from another text, it is often hard to be surprise, however, Mr. Darcy's Refuge has several changes that were surprisingly well conceived and extremely refreshing.

    It has been some time since I have read either the original or one of the many variations, but I found myself being immediately drawn to Elizabeth and Darcy and hoping that they would once again realize just how wonderful their lives could be together if they would just put aside their pride. :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    This version had less of Kitty, Lydia, Mrs. Bennett, Mr. Collin, and Lady Katherine De Bourgh, and I am truly grateful. Of course they were not missing entirely, however they were not as obtrusive and so the story had far less whining and far less verbal baggage. For those who like the incessant whining of Elizabeth's sisters and the sharp tongue of Lady De Bourgh, these qualities have been passed on by others and because they are relative new comers it is fun to hear their side of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Pearl Hewitt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Several of the characterizations were over done, but did not distract from the overall performance.


    Any additional comments?

    A possible spoiler, well not really, let's face it: we are talking about Darcy and Elizabeth - Reynolds does not shy away from the passion of the wedding night, it is intense and mildly graphic. However, it is in fact just the one scene and was completely appropriate for the newlyweds.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeanne Bannon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For 17-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola's dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal, Charlie, and Grandma Rose. Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola's a big girl. When forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola's only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish.

    Lauri says: "This is an UNEDITED VERSION of Invisible"
    "This is an UNEDITED VERSION of Invisible"
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    The first thing that surprised me was having a female main character being read by a male.
    If you choose this audio book you will hear an un-edited copy, where all versions of a particular passage are heard. (Generally, the performer gives two versions.)
    I finished because the story was quirky enough to warrant my time, but really Audible - Fix This!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "I will miss you Juliette!"
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    This is the first time I have ever put off finishing a book just because I knew the story would be over when I finished. I did not want this one to end.
    Such a wonderfully enjoyable series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (829)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Jess Russell says: "Good story, but SO OVER DRAMATIC."
    "Give It A Chance"
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    I was probably half way through Shatter Me and had decided I would finish, but go no further. Upon completion, I am ready to listen to the rest of the series just as quickly as I can. I love Juliette and Adam and I can't wait to hear the rest of their story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wintergirls

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives.Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way - thin, thinner, thinnest - maybe she'll disappear altogether.

    AudiobookWorm says: "Haunting"
    "Held me Captive"
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    Beware - I had to listen to from beginning to end.
    If you have read L H A, you know the power of this writer and her attention to honest detail. Wintergirls will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horde

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

    MAB says: "Fitting Conclusion to the Series"
    "End of a series"
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    Just a bit too repetitive for me. I wish the author had assumed that if I was reading Horde I knew the back stories and did not have to hear it again with every battle. Everyone's stories were tied up neatly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outpost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

    Brooke says: "Narrator Bad // Book So-So"
    "Second Book in a Series Syndrome"
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    If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, then it must be a . . . well Outpost is the second book of a series and it acts just like one!
    Outpost is repetitive - for the reader who did not bother with Enclave it must be great, for me - not so much.
    Outpost also ended like the second book of a series - push me out to the edge and leave me there hanging, for me - too painful.
    And for me, a sap, I'm not happy when you mess with relationships that need not be messed with.

    So, I give Outpost a 3.5...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (459)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Student Recommended ~ Teacher Recommended"
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    After having multiple students suggest I read Enclave I relented. I am so very glad I did. Enclave was a pleasure to listen to. Often times when listening to a book I will walk out of the room without pausing the book. I did not do that with Enclave, I did not want to miss any of the action. I will be reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2046)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Fabulous Fairytale"
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    If you start with the title, you might think you have a good idea of where this tale is going. However, you would be wrong; Cinder is so much more. Fairytale, sci-fi, romance, bildungsroman, there is just so much to this story. I have not been so completely captivated by a book is some time. A great read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mal Peet
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    The big man went to the window and looked down at it all, spreading his large hands on the glass. "No," he said. "It found me." When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive Interview with El Gato - the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup - the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato ("The Cat") quietly narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in a mythic corner of the South American rain forest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach the gangly boy....

    Lauri says: "Engaging"
    "Engaging"
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    It is not easy to find books for male teenagers, however, I believe Keeper is going to engage my students. I have no interest in soccer and was totally captivated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "Frankenstein Fan"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ever since my academic years I have had a fascination with Frankenstein. When I found Oppel's accounts of the young Victor, I knew I had to read his novel. I believe Shelley would appreciate this tale that introduces and develops the Frankenstein we meet in her novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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