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Laura

Dances with the masses . . .

Member Since 2011

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  • The Last Camellia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes. More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

    Kim says: "Addictive"
    "Good story"
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    What other book might you compare The Last Camellia to and why?

    It reminds me of some Kate Morton books. I like the way the story is woven of the past and present.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when she finally came clean about her past. I understand why here having a secret was important to the story, but it felt forced that she wouldn't speak of her past openly.


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

    No extreme reactions, but I did like it.


    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
    (5191)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2094)

    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."
    "Fascinating"
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    If you could sum up American Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, Interesting and Engaging


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

    No, I spread it out over several days. I think it would be a lot to digest in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death Cure: Maze Runner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (954)

    Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over.

    Elizabeth says: "Keeps you guessing till the very end!"
    "And done."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like it as much as the first two. It felt like an effort to wrap things up.


    Would you recommend The Death Cure to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, depending on what type of book they were looking for, I'd suggest they read the series if it fit the bill.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1071)

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "Good follow up to Maze Runner"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It's a good easy follow up to Maze Runner.


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

    I enjoyed it as is.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Yes. You can clearly tell the difference between the characters and the pacing and attitude are consistent with the first book.


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

    I'd watch it, but maybe not in theatres.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1978)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "Fun easy read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I listen at work and this was a good easy read. I enjoyed the story and the action. While I don't think it explores any great deeper meaning, it is good fun.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the relationships between the young men and their finding their place in the group interesting. I also liked witnessing the development of their friendships to each other.

    Less interesting was any attempt at a love story or romance. I never really felt like I wanted Alice and Thomas to end up together. This book is good without a romance.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Deakins?

    Yes. It was very easy to tell the difference between the characters and the pacing and attitude of the characters was well defined.


    Do you think The Maze Runner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It could stand alone, but since the author has already written two, I'll say yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1747)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Administration?"
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    What disappointed you about The Rook?

    I do not think that a heroine who likes administration is an interesting choice. It seems like actual "action" is avoided by the author and when it is described it is awkward and hard to follow. I didn't like the main character and understood why the villains didn't like her and wanted to control her. I also didn't like the narrator's sing-songy way of reading. I won't return it so that I can remember I don't like this narrator.


    Has The Rook turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Never.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She read prose like poetry, which I find annoying. Also, I didn't like the nasal "American" accent that she does.


    What character would you cut from The Rook?

    The main character. You might have an interesting book if you explored some of the other, more nefarious, characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1324)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Interesting to see where it will go."
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    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    I didn't like that I could tell that this is a "laying the groundwork" kind of story, it seems to be written solely to setup future books. I did like the concept and action.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found Paige's connections with people interesting, unfortunately those relationships weren't fully explored so we don't get depth or a reason to really like the characters she connects with.


    What about Alana Kerr’s performance did you like?

    I really like her pacing and attitude for Paige's character. I almost wish that she didn't have to read the other characters so that you could just enjoy her portrayal of Paige.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10777)
    Performance
    (9778)
    Story
    (9798)

    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!!"
    "Inventive"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    An Inventive Story, Well Developed Relationships, Creative Concept, Must Be Willing to Suspend Reality.


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

    I don't recall laughing and it isn't really a crying book, but I did enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1269)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Clever"
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    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    The writer gave the characters a winsome quality. It's hard to imagine a more charming road trip of crimes and shenanigans. I loved the ending as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    Every moment involving the elephant.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He gave the characters distinctive qualities without being distracting and his pacing was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2852)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1037)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Would you listen to The Memory of Running again? Why?

    Yes. I plan on listening to it again very soon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't choose. Which is exactly why I love this book so much. Each character is interesting and has depth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the priest reveals his indiscretion.


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

    When he saves the little boy from the snow storm.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never reviewed a book before on audible. That's how much I liked this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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