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Lynn Fraser

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Watertown,WI USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 27 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (337)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Ho Hum"
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    I have enjoyed many of Bryce Courtenay's books but this one was just ho hum. What saves this book is the history about some of the places the story takes you. However, I could not believe anyone could truly love Anna, let alone stay with her as Nicolas did. I had to read the squeal (first is better). Sorry, Bryce had I know I would have let my imagination finish the story instead of reading book two.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9080)
    Performance
    (8180)
    Story
    (8186)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Poop, I finished the book."
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    Hey, what can I say besides that this is one of J.G. best books? I love the story. Set in a rural town that never really became anything and where pretty much everyone knew each other. This is were J.G. shines. He lets the characters bloom in to works of art. If you like Time to Kill you'll love this. Do check out Playing for Pizza. A book of the same Author that I was given, not bought from Audible so I can not leave a review. That book too made me say Poop, I finished it! With stories like these, written this well, sadness is enviable once the last paged is turned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3264)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Good book, great characters."
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    Not one for love stories or repetitive sex scenes in blushing detail that make me wonder if the author ever had sex in his or her life I can say this book gave me a what I need in a book, a great story! A darn good read that read as if it was true. That's high praise. If you need a love story or a sex scene please exit to the right. Grab another book. It probable won't be half as good as this but you can have your stupid sex and teeny bopper love stories. Sorry was that a rant?.... Pay me no mind...I have just been told once again how 50 shades of grey was the best story ever written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mara Purnhagen
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    "Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV...no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed...."

    janice says: "fun with twinge of spooky"
    "KILL ME NOW!"
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    I did not finish this book. Here is why. I saw everything coming. The Narrator seemed to be fluid in "cutie pie" voice. Yes, I did hear her voice on the sample but I could not imagine what two hours of listening to her would do to my want to throttle the main character. For the love of all that is dear, why would an author pick this voice? I am sure she had her pick, and this narrator was told to read it like this so I am not blaming her, the voice. But as an author why would you make the girl sound sooooo dumb.
    As for the story, I saw all that did happen in the short time I listened before she let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. I would request a fast death if I had to listen to anymore..
    Pick this book if you are 7 years old. No older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4201)
    Performance
    (3597)
    Story
    (3595)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "A father's love or the truth?"
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    With son accused of murder what would you do? What would you think? Through out this book I questioned if I could or would do what these characters did. You can see some of the story much in advance yet it doesn't stop you from being caught somewhat unaware. Well written and well told.
    Love author William Landay and the narrator Grover Gardner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7055)
    Performance
    (6420)
    Story
    (6429)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Nice and tight."
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    JK Rowling writes a tight, not an extra word in it, story. Striker the lead character is a disabled vet who would rather do it the hard way than sacrifice his pride. In fact, I wasn't sure I liked him for the first 20 minutes. Striker is a P.I. who is on very hard times. His love is gone and he's on his last nickel. But don't count him out, he wasn't in special forces for nuthin'! Do give this story a try. Wish this was a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5316)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2201)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "And the hook is set!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like to see the plot twists and endings far too soon. Mr. Gaiman writes fairy tales for adults. But no kissy- kissy love story here. And you will not miss it one bit. He'll ask you to believe the unbelievable without reservation and preamble. Before you realize it the hook has been set and your being reeled in by this unlikely story. Fighting it is futile. Just pray for mercy.


    What other book might you compare American Gods to and why?

    Don't know of another book like this. Why try to pretend it's like something else. It's just another Neil Gaimen ride at the amusement park.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    That's a tough question to answer. Mr. Guidall is a treasure to listen to always. He's like a favorite Uncle who you can't wait to tell a story because he will paint it well with the inflections in his voice. He make it seem sooooo easy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost never like the start of Mr. Gaimen's books. He takes sometime to set the scene, and while he's doing it, I question if this book is finally the rotten egg in the line of perfectly great stories. Not all he stories can be great, right? By the end I love the book and know I will end up remembering his stories very well. Not every book is worth remembering -his are! So, always with trepidation I will read another of his and start the whole process of "was this choice of book a good one". But so far, Mr. Gaimen, you do not have a rotten egg of a story in the bunch.


    Any additional comments?

    What the heck, give the story a try. Who wants a mystery by the numbers anyway?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11661)
    Performance
    (10598)
    Story
    (10619)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Not into Sci-fy? No problem."
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    I enjoy how the author took everyday happenings and add a twist. Who wouldn't want to live in a building that had such characters as tenets? Or a odd apartments that you couldn't explain? This author took me to another place, well he really took me to more than one place and made me wish I was in the middle of the plot. Not many authors can do it as well as this one. Not a big fan of Sy-fy? Don't worry, you'll still enjoy the vacation from your ho hum existence.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (989)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Fun, Fun and More Fun!"
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    This was written for a younger reader and it shows. And if you decide that a fun story is beneath your age, I undoubtedly will feel sorry for you and all the fun you'll miss. For me this book is like a vacation that you really enjoy but did nothing but sit in the sun and giggle with your sisters.

    The characters, the story and the reader is perfect. Eoin has given you a break for reality that everyone needs now and again. The unbelievable other world he paints make you wish it was true. Wouldn't be fun to be a fairy or at least have elf for a friend?

    Buy this recording and you'll surely make your kid's listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12524)
    Performance
    (8429)
    Story
    (8472)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A Triumph!"
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    Laura Hillenbrand tell this story of human triumph that will make your heart soar.
    Why do some people survive against all odds while others crumble at the slightest hard times? In this lovely true story you get to know this bigger than life man from infant to elderly man and marvel at the gift the lord gave in at birth. As a child it seem as if this gift was from the devil himself until he harnessed the power it gave him.

    Do treat yourself to a book that will give you reason to cheer. I was worried that it would be too sad of a story to finish but I was so wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (564)

    Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia: his father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

    Ambrose says: "Right Up My Alley"
    "Steal you kids books!"
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    I like all of the Artemis Fowl books and this is no exception. Eoin keeps it funny and almost real. Almost. Warning: Wishing you were a fairy or having magical powers can take hold of you after one book in this series.

    This series is a nice vacation from serious adult books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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