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Lisa A. Stone

Indpls, IN United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Imaginative and interesting"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Variable Star to be better than the print version?

    haven't read the print version


    What other book might you compare Variable Star to and why?

    As good as Heinlein's books and other science fiction. It was very imaginative.


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

    Really good performance by Spider Robinson.


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

    It was enjoyable and kept my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1285)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Keeper of Lost Causes the most enjoyable?

    The authenticity of the voices was wonderful. The story was very compelling and really kept my interest throughout the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The discovery of what happened to each of the characters. This is a story of the theory of unintended consequences taken to the extreme.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    His voices were wonderful. Loved his accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book so much that I promptly ordered the next one in the series and have recommended it to others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1825)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Worth reading."
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    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    It was great to get more of the facts about Lee Harvey Oswald and his motivations for the Kennedy killing. It was also interesting to hear more about the parallels between Kennedy and Lincoln.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    It was all very interesting and enlightening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kennedy, the anti-conspiracy story


    Any additional comments?

    Unvarnished account of the Kennedy years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14959)
    Performance
    (12317)
    Story
    (12952)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Interesting, but very bizarre"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Doubtful. The expressions used in the book were annoying, even more so when spoken out loud. They made Anna sound like she was 14 yrs old, not a recent college graduate. Also, I may be naive, but the basic premise of the book was too bizarre to be believable.


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It's not the type of subject matter that is likely to interest them (at least as far as I know).


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really disliked the 'valley girl' way the book was written, and I don't think the narrator helped to tone it down.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I barely finished the book, but I kept reading to see if Anna would grow a backbone and walk away from this nut case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?

    Stephen says: "A 'Law and Order' Type Story"
    "An entertaining read."
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    If you could sum up A Plague of Secrets in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists were well done, as were the courtroom scenes.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job on the narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A legal thriller with a modern day Perry Mason.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    loix says: "A sensory feast"
    "Not one of my favorites."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some parts of the book were slow and a bit tedious, but others were entertaining. The story was not compelling to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gabrielle Hamilton? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


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

    Never listened to one before.


    Could you see Blood, Bones & Butter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't be interested in the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (904)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Confederacy of Dunces the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fabulous and really added to the experience. The writing is incredibly witty. The story line is hilarious -- laugh out loud funny.


    What other book might you compare A Confederacy of Dunces to and why?

    It stands out from other books of its type.


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is wonderfully funny. The southern accent is spot-on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    OMG!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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