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Lynn Fraser

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Watertown,WI USA

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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    FanB14 says: "Sarcasm Reigns Supreme"
    "Strap your self in and enjoy the ride!"
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    Was it the narrator or the story that made me feel with in the first 5 minutes that I had wasted money on this book? Could it be the narrator painstakingly reading the book slowly or was that the way the author wrote it? Either way I was rolling my eyes. Now, after the story is finished I realized I was set up. They had strapped me in to the car, slowly climbed the coaster first hill only to tear down and around the track of this story.


    Great character development, laughs, tears and wistfulness for your own youth. I first despised the main character, loathed his self destructive ways then I found him interesting. Joe's friend with AIDS touched me as did his lack of sympathy from his religious mother. Joe's ex-girl friend and his brother's wife wasn't who they seemed in the end. It gave the story it's fast curves, loops and turns.

    Just like every ride, the end came as a cushioned but regretful end. The sudden weightlessness as you are lifted off your seat as the whole story came together at the end was a bit of a revelation to me. It gave me some insight on how I dealt with my husband's sudden death and my children"s loss.

    Pay your ticket, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.

    1 of 1 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
    (3889)
    Performance
    (3315)
    Story
    (3313)

    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.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "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
    (5750)
    Performance
    (5227)
    Story
    (5241)

    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
    (5124)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2024)

    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
    (10556)
    Performance
    (9581)
    Story
    (9602)

    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
    (1950)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (928)

    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
    (10963)
    Performance
    (6978)
    Story
    (7010)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke 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
    (1186)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (525)

    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
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (721)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "A wise-crackin' good time!"
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    The story captures you in five minutes with Rosenfelt's wisenheimer style. He writes the way my family talks so I was intrigued from the get go. But my immediate family was not involved with the law, well not on the right side anyway. This story is about a man and his dog. He's a lawyer that get a case that turns his world sideways.

    The story is fast with great turns and twists that you wish you could buy another ticket to ride this roller coster. Turns out you can. Get another book by the author, duh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (559)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Jamie says: "Greatly entertaining, not for all audiences."
    "Glad I don't sit Shiva"
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    This family is real and so screwed up. I enjoyed myself while I got lost in the characters. Yes, you can see so much coming in the plot but a lot will be surprised too. Give this book a spin and you too will be glad you don't have to sit shiva.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34101)
    Performance
    (25265)
    Story
    (25606)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A nice surprise."
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    I do like to read what the teenagers in my family are reading so we can discuss it. I found myself really enjoying the book and wishing other would keep up so we could laugh or scream about the twists and turns in the plot.

    Some young adult stories are just too far out for my taste. But this a good story that is not over blown with love sickness or childish attempts at tension that I find in other young adult books. Can't wait to read the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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