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L'Aura

Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 210 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Good Enough"
    Overall

    Good story - worth a listen. The narrator could be better, but doesn't qualify as 'bad'. The story can be a little drawn out in areas, but a good, fairly 'traditional' vampire story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4992)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1879)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Suprised How Much I Enjoyed This"
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    I had no idea what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed this book! It got a little long winded at times and now and then I thought, "What's the point here?" But it ended up being one of those books that ties everything together in the end and you find yourself for days afterward tracing strands around and back into the story to piece all the details together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (473)

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    Katherine says: "Required reading"
    "First Exposure to Lovecraft and I'm VERY Pleased"
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    I've heard about HP Lovecraft over the years and recently even tried reading some of his books, but just didn't get into it - I don't make a lot of time for reading so when I do it's something I will enjoy. However, I have plenty of time for audiobooks and this is a great one! The narrator does a great job with accents, tempo, vocal sound effects, and emotion. And I now know why Lovecraft is spoken so well of! Great, fun horror stories from the 1800s.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Me of Little Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    What do we believe? And in God's name why? Lewis Black has the answers. Or at least his answers. He survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), was a 60's college student who saw the parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did), explored the self-actualization movement of the 70's (and the self-indulgence it engendered), and turned a cynical eye toward politicians who don the cloak of religious rectitude to cover up their own hypocrisy.

    Roberta says: "great read"
    "I Just Didn't Enjoy It"
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    I just didn't enjoy this listen. I've never listened to anything else by Lewis Black so maybe he's just not my kinda guy, but I found most of his points sort of illogical and so not very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Efficiency Program: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Win Back Control of Your Work!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kerry Gleeson
    • Narrated By Erik Synnesvetd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Find out how to get organized, navigate technologies like portable communication devices and e-mail, run a no-nonsense meeting, juggle all the players in the new global business environment, and carve out more time to do what you really want to do. We all struggle to balance work life and personal life; this audiobook will help you work more quickly and efficiently, freeing time for you to fulfill your other duties as a parent, a spouse, or a friend.

    L'Aura says: "Good Points, But Just A Sales Pitch"
    "Good Points, But Just A Sales Pitch"
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    They make good points in this book, however I found it mostly a sales pitch for their organizing program and I'm not keen on paying to buy a commercial.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (749)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "I Was Disappointed"
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    I've thoroughly enjoyed several of Dan Brown's other books, and maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened to this one, but I hated it. I found it horribly cliche and predictable and couldn't bring myself to keep listening. Maybe if I'd made it to the second download it would've turned around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: 10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dave Anderson
    • Narrated By Dave Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    You'll find the following in If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: four politically incorrect traits you must weave into your leadership style; how to eliminate entitlements and send the moochers in your organization packing; how to give four types of effective feedback to employees to improve performance; 25 sample performance and behavioral expectations that enhance accountability; a step-by-step plan to restart your momentum when you lose it; and much, much more!

    Dave says: "The truth"
    "Good Book, Valid Points, Revels In Obnoxiousness"
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    Overall I enjoyed this book. The author makes very valid points - for the sake of courtesy or nicety or political correctness we often don't say or do what needs to be done to be successful. But he goes to the point of reveling in harshness or bluntness a bit. He does make sure to qualify that he doesn't suggest people should be mean and avoid being brutal if possible, but spends most of the book encouraging the listeners to be honest as far as necessary to ensure the success of their objectives. To his credit, that's exactly what the book is about and, in my opinion, this isn't a guide for all of life, but rather suggestions to incorporate into life/business. Personally I see Jack Welch's Winning as more of an all encompassing book on success and Dave Anderson's Waves as a highlight on the more "brutal" things Jack did to ensure the success of GE.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (223)

    What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

    Robert says: "Well Worth it"
    "Meh..."
    Overall
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    Yes, the book makes valid points - There may be times when the talents that got you to your current successful position are now preventing you from going further. It's sort of the "promoted to your level of incompetence" thing. I just don't think it needs to ramble on so long. Feels like the book was made bigger for marketing reasons rather than informational value.However, I've definitely listened to worse books and this one's "good". Not great, but good enough.Also, it was read well. Again, I've heard much worse. The narrator is professional and speaks well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (919)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "I agree - FINALLY!"
    Overall

    The Deed of Paksenarrion is on my short list of all time favorite books and I've been watching for several years hoping it would finally make it to Audible - Thank you Ms Moon!

    Personally I get more from a book when reading rather than listening so if I made one recommendation it would be to read these books first.

    My only complaint (and should reduce my rating by half a point) is that the narrator doesn't always seem to get the inflections right for the occasion, but she does a pretty good job with different accents and tones for different characters and it's probably hard to please all the long time fans.

    All in all I highly recommend these books - especially if you've any interest in reading Moon's latest - Oath of Fealty. You don't HAVE to read Paks's Deed first, but you'll enjoy Fealty more if you do.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Icons of the Iron Age: The Celts in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan A. Johnston
    • Narrated By Susan A. Johnston
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Among the most famous peoples in ancient times were the Celts, who lived in Europe during the Iron Age, from about 600 BCE into the early centuries CE. They left behind an intriguing record of physical remains that have been recovered by archaeologists, and they have continued to hold our attention as modern populations claim a Celtic identity.

    Greg says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Very Interesting - Recommend"
    Overall

    This was a good listen - very interesting. The narration is presented in lecture style - in fact parts of it may well be recorded while the professor is in class.

    Prof Johnston is obviously well educated on the subject and presents a lot of information well. The only negative I have is that her speaking could be a little smoother. There are a lot of 'ums' which probably go mostly unnoticed in a class lecture but somehow stand out a lot in an audiobook. And toward the end of the book it seemed like she realized she had a lot more material to cover and was running out of time.

    But over all if you're interested in Celtic history this was a very good listen, not dry or boring, with many insights from someone who's spent a lot of time analyzing the facts.

    Highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
    "Very Valid Info - Very Dry Read"
    Overall

    I'm a history buff and REALLY wanted to enjoy this, but I'm afraid I just can't finish it. There's a lot of information and it's great facts, but it's also a VERY dry read - I just can't keep up with it.

    The narration isn't bad, although I do think there are narrators that might do better with it. But I think the material is just very dry stuff and any narrator would have a hard time keeping your attention.

    It might be better in small chunks.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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