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Laurel

Motorcycling and listening to books. A perfect day.

Peterborough, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 295 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Q & A (filmed as Slumdog Millionaire)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (109)

    Adapted For The Film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have accused him of cheating his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was adopted as a foundling orphan by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hit man; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cry and laugh"
    "Wonderful narration"
    Overall

    I never really understood the story behind the movie. It never appealed to me until I came across this tremendous sale. Now it is one of my top listens. Christopher Simpson made the book come to life. I could listen to him read any book. His accent was exactly what I thought it should sound like. The story is an amazing story of a life in India as a young orphan grows up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (7029)
    Performance
    (5384)
    Story
    (5465)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Much Ado about Nothing ( that, deserves a footnote)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    On the good side I probably just read a biography on Abraham Lincoln. Otherwise there are really no redeeming qualities. Too many brutal child killings, real or dreamed. I bought this because of the great reviews this book got, but not much happened and all I came away with were disturbing images. Not sure how the family of Mr. Lincoln let this get published. A great man deserved a great book. This was not it. The performance was not bad, just not the voice for a vampire novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (382)

    Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a fun ride!"
    "The plot thickens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Peter Grant gets out of the city and spends time in the country. His apprenticeship is coming along nicely as his boss stays behind. Lots of loose ends so I am sure we will see Peter and Beverly again. He wouldn't be the same character without Kobna Holbrook Smith reading. What an amazing job he does. I could listen to him read anything all day long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10779)
    Performance
    (8175)
    Story
    (8224)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Move over Edward"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

    bewitching, engrosssing, romantic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    Their first kiss.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but pray, she does the entire series!


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

    All consuming.


    Any additional comments?

    How can we wait for July for the second in the trilogy?

    1 of 2 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
    (37098)
    Performance
    (27926)
    Story
    (28321)

    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"
    "Not only for teens."
    Overall

    When a friend recommended this book and told me a bit about it I was really unsure if I would like it. She assured me if I enjoyed the Twilight series I would enjoy this series. I have both read and listened to the series now. The story draws you in and you can't stop listening. I did think the voice of Carolyn McCormick a bit old for the lead character, but she has a strong sure voice and handles all the various character voices wonderfully. Definitely a great book and series to garden to this summer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14113)
    Performance
    (6449)
    Story
    (6529)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Amazing Voices"
    Overall

    I am so glad I chose to listen instead of read this book. The narration put me right into the story. I could run for miles listening to David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones. The title does nothing to inspire you to read the book, but the story is a cross generational story extremely well written and told. Everyone should listen to Jacob as he describes his life and how it feels to grow old. Sara Gruen nailed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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