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Laurie

Scarborough, ME, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (3280)
    Story
    (3278)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Interesting if your of High School Age"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Suspect?

    Perhaps a good book for someone in their early twenties.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Crais’s story?

    It could have been riveting but the writing was corny and there were not surprises.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s voice?

    Grood, versatile, appropriate


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Suspect?

    It wasn't the scenes I just knew everything was going to happen before it happened.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write reviews. I am taking the time to do so here because I used my credit based on the "glowing" feedback. This book was not worth that credit. It was not "riveting". There were no "ah ha" moment or "what's going to happen next". The Dog Trainer was a bit melodramatic. I had to turn the volume down when that character came on the scene. I had no problem turning the ipod off when I got to work. That's my test.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Unwanted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kristina Ohlsson
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Her distraught mother was left behind at the previous station in what seemed to be a coincidence. The train crew was alerted and kept a watchful eye on the sleeping child. But when the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the little girl had vanished. Inspector Alex Recht, assisted by the investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman, are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But then the child is found dead....

    Laurie says: "Good book unforunately very very bad narration"
    "Good book unforunately very very bad narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was good but the narration was unbearable


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    This is a book about a serial killer and this person's voice is more suited for an erotic storyline. Even then it would not have the effect one would hope for because it's so annoying! Listen to the sample and understand that anything you find that you don't like will be enhanced throughout the book. Did you every listen to a person mimicking an upper class English accent? This is what you will hear every sentence, for real, throughout the book. Just be forewarned.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (865)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "The worst John Sanford book i've every listened to"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Silken Prey better?

    Skip this book. Mr. Sanford must have been running up against a deadline because Holy Cow I could not wait until this book finished. It was corny, stupid, inconceivable and not worth my time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the only good thing about this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Silken Prey?

    I would not have released the book. No editing could have helped.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so disappointed I can't waste any more time writing about. I need to move on!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (382)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "Best Kept Secret still a secret"
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    What would have made Best Kept Secret better?

    I think Jeffrey should hire Christina from Somerville, MA as a proofreader an critic. I concur with her full assessment. Great job articulating the multitude of issues with this book. Jeffrey should be ashamed of himself to actually publish such a terrible piece of work. His has done, and is capable of, so much better than this. I would consider this a "trash novel". In addition, be aware that this is not the end of a trilogy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    yes, but only after reading reviews very carefully.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performances?

    Yes,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It passed the time while I was doing housework!


    Any additional comments?

    Loyalty only goes so far. My respect for Mr. Archer is dwindling. I'd rather wait for a book of quality than have my time wasted. I used to have Mr. Archer on par with Ken Follett but I don't think he can redeem himself from this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (795)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Can't seem to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Will Patton is my only saving grace as I try to finish this book. I enjoy an author that is descriptive but let a scene tell it's story and not be interrupted with a description of every movement, sound and word spoken. Some of it is brilliant but mostly I'm just saying "get on with it!". The story itself is worth the history lesson but be warned it is very depressing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Not this best"
    Overall

    This book was extremely gruesome (Hannibal level of gruesome) and not believable. I only write reviews when something is fantastic or I want to warn people not to waste their money. This one is the latter category. John Hart has some good books but I would advise you to skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3334)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1068)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Long winded Soap"
    Overall

    When I started listening, and then listened some more, I couldn't shake the fact that I felt that instead of watching an afternoon soap show I was listening to one. Was it well written, yes. Were the characters interesting, yes. However, one cannot liken this, or categorize this, as a Classic. Could I see these characters in my friends and family, yes. I've been an audible customer for years and this book was not worth my time or money. Meaning, I didn't sit in my car waiting for a chapter to end or, at the end of the book said "that was great". I was actually glad when it ended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (490)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Six hours too long"
    Overall

    I thought the story was simple, unrealistic, and boring. I felt I was listing to an author who could really write but didn't have a story to match the level of his writing ability. I almost fast forwarded the entire second download. Let's just say I was as frustrated as Virgil was at the end of the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bottom of the Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By William C. Pack
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Bottom of the Sky is an aching rags to riches family saga that surges from rural squalor into the opulent power chambers of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. The story contrasts the 30-year struggles of an abused sister and brother who seek to reclaim themselves from their abhorrent past. One is abandoned to a life of sexual desecration and addiction. The other escapes with his demons to wield fragile, uncanny genius and unrelenting ambition to amass staggering wealth.

    A User says: "A MUST READ!"
    "So depressing and dark and way too long"
    Overall

    This author missesd the mark. The writing was very good but the book was so depressing. The characters were rich in substance but the book and story went no-where. It just got more depressing for hours on hours on end. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cody McFadyen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best, until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead, but her life was shattered forever.

    Lee says: "Horrifying, excellent"
    "Laughable not Suspenseful"
    Overall

    The author has way too much time to fill. The FBI agents sound like they just graduated high school. The gore is way over the top to the point of silly. The author must think people do not watch CSI and each situation, thought, facial expression, and sentence, must be painfully explained detail. I will admit I fast forwarded through much of the last four hours. Found it just to painful. When they deduced the serial killer was "insane" I almost lost it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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