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Lorri

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New Albany, IN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10138)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5083)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "I only finished about 1/3 of the book.."
    Overall
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    What would have made Under the Dome better?

    There wasn't a likeable character to be found. No sooner were we introduced to people, they were killed off.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    Hopeless. Yes, most of King's books don't have a "good" ending, but it would be nice to see some positivity now and then. There was no way I could listen to several hours of hopelessness.


    What aspect of Raul Esparza’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. He was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above.


    Any additional comments?

    I like his books, generally speaking. Not much beats the "old days" of fantastic short stories. I am listening to Bag of Bones again. Fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

    La Becket says: "Embarrassingly terrible narration"
    "Worth the listen."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Stranger Beside Me in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the listen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was too much time given to legal proceedings and too many "final" chapters.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite. I thought she did good job giving different voice characterizations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't say I was "moved," but more "astounded" that Bundy could accomplish the massacre at the sorority house in a 15 minute time span without anyone being the wiser.


    Any additional comments?

    It took so long for Rule to realize that Bundy was a killer. She sympathized with him far too long and it's hard to believe she couldn't see through him. But then again, I've never been (and hope never to be) in such a horrendous situation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (725)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Not frightening in the way we think"
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    I'll be honest, I couldn't finish it. I've always been a moderate, politically speaking, but the center line has moved so far to the left that I seem very right wing. Politics should not play a role in fiction novels, but King managed to promote his very liberal agenda by making sure old men were supportive of abortion rights. This is where "scary" comes in to play. The language is filthy, degrading and useless to the story. As Jerry Seinfeld said, when you have to use such language, it just indicates you can't quite nail the joke. Why can't King write more like Bag of Bones and show a little class?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
    "Excellent story and narration"
    Overall

    Anne Rule tells the stories of several of the young women who were removed from this world by the Green river monster before they had a chance to better their circumstances. Young people believe they're invincible and prositutes are no different. Gary Ridgeway deprived them of the opportunity to grow up and find other ways to make a living. I would like to say that I hope he can/does read the book, but I'm not sure it would matter at all. How could it matter to someone with no soul?

    As a side, I'll look for more books narrated by Barbara Caruso.Great vocal pitch and intonation that doesn't need exaggeration to elicit our sympathy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Juvenile"
    Overall

    I've listened to about an hour of Bone Garden and can't listen anymore. I find the writing juvenile and written as though it were the first novel of a 17 year old. Tess Gerritsen is definitely not a Jane Austen who could write when she was 17. The narrator is no better however she does emphasize the "poor, poor me" attitude of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2068)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1408)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "America Hater"
    Overall

    I can't get to the story line because of the blatant hatred of the United States of America. From hating George Bush to Starship Trooper, a "satire for American fascism." The narrator is dismal, depressing and I do not plan to complete the book. Nor, will I ever look for a Jo Nesbo book again.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (243)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "A comfortable read"
    Overall

    One reviewer made an excellent point about the education of Rosa but who nothing of childbirth. However, I have enjoyed every minute of the book. It's an easy listen. I don't mean to imply it's like a Harlequin Romance (ick) but it moves along very well. You become anxious to see what happens to Rosa next.

    I know a bit about WWII history but not enough about Italy during that time. This book makes me want to do some research about WWII Italy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1225)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Wonderful story - the narrator - not so much."
    Overall

    Even though I've not finished the book, I won't give it any more than three stars. If the book itself weren't so interesting, I'd struggle to give it two stars. The narrator is overly melodramatic; EVERY word cannot be a drama, but Frank Muller presents it as such. It's going to be difficult to finish the listen, but I'll do so for the writing by Pat Conroy. I'll pay attention for future listens to ensure that Frank Muller is not the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Hilarious and enjoyable"
    Overall

    Jack McCall comes to terms with his dysfunctional family after a time spent in Rome. He returns to South Carolina to a dying mother. While in SC he confronts his demons from his young adult years and his brothers. The smart a$$ dialogue between Jack and his brothers is hysterical. The only drawback for me is that this novel is intensely liberal. I - as a conservative - found this objectionable. The center line has been moved so far to the left that I appear radical. All of that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the humour.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (508)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "If the first half had been as good as the last..."
    Overall

    the book would have been much better. Dinah did not describe her interaction with her family members save her mother and a brother, but it is told in a first person narrative. Toward the end of the novel, Dinah's relationships are articulated and it becomes much more compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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