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Laurie

mom of 2 in az

Mesa, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 146 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (574)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Would have preferred a different narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy and/or Bob Walter?

    I would try another book from the authors and would avoid the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Walter’s performances?

    It was a bit forced. I couldn't connect with him. I felt at times that he was unsuccessfully trying to do impressions of some of the presidents.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the history I learned. As we got to the more current presidents, I could recall many of the events mentioned in the book. It was great to hear some background. I reinforced some opinions I held and changed others. That's a good book. A book that can make you reconsider your previously held beliefs is a powerful tool.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (657)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Love Carol, but this was only adequate."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If it weren't the fact that it was Carol Burnett, I would have given the book less stars. I am genuinely interested in her life, but would have enjoyed a biography more than an autobiography.


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

    The stories were short, sometimes too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed more continuity. Some of the stories seemed out of place and disjointed. Perhaps some could have been blended for lengthier vignettes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Carol Burnett. She is the queen of physical musical comedy. She has no equal. However, her age has left her speech less than clear in places. The reading was too lengthy for her voice and left her sounding quaky in some places and slurred in others. This isn't the audio memory of her that I'm inclined to keep, so I'll go find some old clips to watch to erase the "fading star" impression this book left me with.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2482)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2075)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Another winner for Lisa Gardner"
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    I've been a huge Lisa Gardner fans for years, but this was my first "listen" to one of her books. It won't be the last. Kirsten Potter used exactly the tone and inflections that I hear in my head when I read Gardner's books.

    Yes, the books are formulaic, but the individual characters in them are leads I've gotten to know and love, and subjects that I can care about. Their stories find a way to blend current issues (Internet predators this time), sympathetic victims, and a touch of warped criminal mind that keeps me turning pages and wondering whodunnit. I kept going back and forth between 3 different outcomes from the third chapter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwanteds: Unwanteds Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lisa McMann
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill: Each year all the 13-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the army. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination. It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate - until he discovers that instead of a “death farm”, what awaits him is a magical place called Artime.

    Laurie says: "A pleasant surprise..."
    "A pleasant surprise..."
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    The characters were well thought out, and the dialogue engaging. The main theme of the story certainly was serious, but the book didn't have any graphic content that I wouldn't allow a 4th grader or up to hear. I was pleasantly surprised because I don't usually enjoy futuristic, fantastical stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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