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Laura Fisher-Day

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  • 8 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 122 titles in library
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  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Stacee says: "Great performance, squandered opportunity"
    "He tells it like it is"
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    Performance
    Story

    I am from the suburbs of Detroit and it was easy to picture all of the places Charlie takes you. Learned things about area (good & bad) I didn't know. Also interesting stories of some of the local politics - people should be ashamed of themselves! Charlie is a great character and the reader did a good job in capturing that personality

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crewel World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

    Sara says: "British style mystery set in America"
    "Love this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to the entire series. These are easy listening stories - not complex murders full of gore, interweaved with the lives of needle pointers. I am waiting (hopefully) for the next story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4300)
    Performance
    (3795)
    Story
    (3810)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Love Malcolm Gladwell books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read / listened to all of Malcolm Gladwell's books. He has a way of making you think differently about things. This is another hit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (975)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Another great book from Wally"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very engaging sort line, enjoy how the author ties past and present together. Storyline was really good. Only thing I didn't like was the female reader for Anne / Anna - seem to be a bit dramatic when not needed. Wally Lamb did an excellent job as Orion and Kent (he was really creepy sounding). Love Wally Lambs other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden on Sunset: Garden of Allah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated By John C. Zak
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.

    Laura Fisher-Day says: "Not interesting enough"
    "Not interesting enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't care for this one! Story line was odd and seemed to try to hard to interweave with stars of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11388)
    Performance
    (9855)
    Story
    (9827)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Great for Apple-phobs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a guy Steve Jobs was, he was visionary but couldn't see how he hurt others when they were right in front of him. Story kept you engaged and wanting more. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent -you gotta love Jobs inspite of himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ex-Debutante

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks until, one day, she gets an urgent call from her mother.

    Beth says: "Fun and a Delight"
    "Entertaining - easy listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nice story line easy to listen to. Read all 3 of Linda Francis Lee's books liked this one the best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3913)
    Performance
    (3183)
    Story
    (3205)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Another Gillian Flynn Hit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    I love the way Gillian Flynn writes - she weaves hers storyline beautifully. She takes you in a direction only to add a twist when you get there. I have read her other books - Gone Girl and Sharp Objects - both excellent (5 stars across the board). Loved Gone Girl, what a plot!!! Gillian Flynn does not disappoint you - always a wow ending.


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    Sharp Objects and Gone Girl


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending of course!!


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

    Absolutely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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