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Laurie

Bellingham, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 32 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (728)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Great read"
    Overall

    Extremely well narrated and engrossing story line. If you like mysteries, this is a very good one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Down the Darkest Road: Oak Knoll, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called profiling" to put an end to the trauma. Now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.

    caitlyn says: "Not Worth It"
    "Great finish to series"
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    I have listened to all the Oak Knoll books and this last one did not disappoint. If anything, it made me quite disappointed that it was the last one as I had listened to all three in a row and felt a bit of a kinship with the main characters. My only complaint was that Vince and Anne weren't in this one nearly as much, so I missed them a bit. Very well narrated and another great mystery. If you like mysteries, this is a good one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (379)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
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    Story

    Admittedly, I do love Greek mythology. As a high school English teacher, I teach the Odyssey in class, as well as many of the short stories, so I figured I would like this book. However, I really LOVED this book. First, it was extremely well read. I felt like I was listening to a bard of old telling the story. Second, the author sticks to the basics of the Iliad story quite well. However, she is creative with adding in details that make sense but we may have never thought of. I love how she wove in the different characters and even made Agammemon the jerk that I always thought he was. In the past, I had seen Achilles as a bit of a whiny baby, not wanting to fight due to a girl being taken from him. However, Miller makes us see the story from Patroclus' point of view and Achilles is far from the whiny brat of old. She changes the story to suit her characters, but it all makes sense with what we know of Greek mythology. I was so sad when this book ended and have already recommended it to my high school seniors as a great companion to our study of the Odyssey. Highly highly recommend, but especially if you like Greek myths.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1249)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    Maybe it's because I already know the story of Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn SO well, or maybe the story just got dragged out in tedious detail, but I was sorely disappointed. I had read all the good review and heard from many friends how great this series is but the reality was really quite dry. I had planned on reading the next book but have since crossed that off my wish list. The reader had a pleasant voice and good accent, but having to read a boring book just didn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "Must Read"
    Overall
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    I actually first looked at this book because I had enjoyed the reader from the Tami Hoag Oak Knoll mystery series. However, the content also intrigued me. I was no disappointed. This is a VERY good listen. Ripley gives us tons of fascinating information on both the physical and psychological effects of panic and fear. She sprinkles in tons of information from real disasters, some we've all heard of like 9/11, and others we've never heard of, like the fire at the Beverly Hills club in Ohio. The final chapters really give you a good idea of what a person can do to survive a disaster, even dealing with teenage drivers. I actually believe anyone and everyone should read this book, 'just in case.' Very easy to listen to also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1737)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Absolutely a 'must-read'"
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    Performance
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    As a lover of historical non-fiction, I figured I'd like this one, but I LOVED this book. I wanted to keep listening when my work-out was over. The narrator is excellent, the story tells of a time/president I knew little about, and mixed up the plot line between Garfield and Giteau, so that it kept my attention. The story was also sprinkled with people from history, that we all know about, but not the 'little' things. I was truly fascinated by this story - highly, highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (349)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "Couldn't finish this one"
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    Story

    I love historical fiction, biographies, historical non-fiction, etc. This book was a waste of time, the first audible book I just couldn't finish. It read more like a textbook, with no dialogue and 'supposedly' well-researched. However, there lots of references from historical figures about the negative sides of Cleopatra; yet the author would then go on and on about why this was inaccurate, with little to any evidence. I was extremely interested in the topic, both of Cleopatra and the time period, but was truly bored senseless. It was such a waste of a credit - sorely disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4254)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3073)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a literature teacher and voracious reader, I was excited to listen to a book with so many wonderful reviews. A quarter through the book, I was still waiting for the brilliance. It takes forever to get to what I thought was the plot. I patiently continued, still waiting, ending with little satisfaction. While this book is very well read, the plot is so thin and ultimately ridiculously unrealistic, it completely lost me. If you like science/medical-related plots, don't bother - it lacks any kind of reality. I'm still questioning all the accolades of this book, the wonderful reviews, the placement on 'best of' lists - I find it baffling. As a fairly eclectic reader, I can find some value in most books - not this one. Don't waste your money or your credit.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (600)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Good sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to Shanghai Girls, and feeling disappointed at the cliffhanger ending, I was excited to hear the sequel. The narrator's voice is perfect for both women and easy to listen to. The first third was frustrating -not from a listening perspective, but from a plot perspective - both women made such irrational decisions. But it all made sense as the story unfolded. I learned a lot about China during Mao's early regime, which was tragic and shocking at times. This book was a satisfying completion to the storyline. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one as well. Lisa See can write a good story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (318)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Good book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The story was interesting and performance was good, not outstanding, but good. I was very interested in story but probably would've enjoyed a longer, ,ore richly detailed story of both the plot and the manhunt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10609)
    Performance
    (5844)
    Story
    (5887)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Well read - good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an extremely well narrated story - loved listening to his voice. The story was really interesting most of the time; some spots dragged on a bit, but not for long. I had always wanted to read the book, but had heard it was sometimes hard to get through. I think it was better to listen to, perhaps, than read. I loved the philosophical outlook and found it to be a thought provoking story. I am truly glad I read /listened to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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