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Louise

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Life in L.A.'s Legendary Rock and Roll Neighborhood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Walker
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture.

    Louise says: "Interesting book. Poor reader."
    "Interesting book. Poor reader."
    Overall

    As a history of change during the cultural and counter-cultural heyday in Los Angeles, this book is a fascinating tale. Laurel Canyon becomes the stage on which events transpire as well as the abyss in which "the scene" evolves and devolves. Anyone interested in Los Angeles, rock and roll history, the sixties, drug culture, crime and mayhem, will indulge in this story. The only drawback -- and it is quite a major one -- is the reading, which is flat and lacks a sense of pacing. The fatal flaws are repeatedly misplaced pauses that break sentences into dissociated fragments. Nonetheless it is still a worthwhile and valuable "read."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1948)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Maybe my taste in literature is really different"
    Overall

    It was highly-rated by other Audible readers, but for me this book was just irritating. It was a brutal tale much of which is recanted through the experience of a 5-year old making sense of his world without the cast of conventional inscriptions. It's an intriguing concept but the writing left me with little by way of material worthy of contemplation.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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