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Laurie

Millersville, MD, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Practically perfect in every way"
    "Wonderful book but..."
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book! I had never read the book before getting the audio version and I had great difficulty catching the meaning of intricately worded passages when I listened to it - a momentary distraction meant I missed one word which caused me to lose the meaning of what someone was saying. I finally gave up and got the book. After I read it and knew what was coming and what people were getting at in their ever so polite speeches the audio book was shear delight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Peg Kehret
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Acclaimed author Peg Kehret has written the true story of the year when she was twelve and stricken with polio. At first paralyzed and terrified, she fought her way to recovery, aided by doctors and therapists, a loving family, supportive roommates fighting their own battles with the disease, and plenty of grit and luck. With the humor and suspense that are her trademarks, Peg Kehret vividly recreates a year of heartbreak and triumph.

    Laurie says: "Wonderful story for modern kids (and adults)"
    "Wonderful story for modern kids (and adults)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Small Steps the most enjoyable?

    This story gives the listener a step into the personal journey of a young person's struggle through isolation, disease and debilitation that could have been life long without good care and personal striving. I didn't expect my kids to like it because it is not a "fun" story - but they were captivated by excellent story telling. I believe we were all enriched to have our own struggles put into perspective and by having the opportunity to empathize with and cheer on this young lady as she made her way through polio. (My sons, 13 & 8, were not put off by it being a female character.)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Mary, unloved and selfish, finds friendship and happiness helping her neurotic, invalid cousin become strong and healthy. Nature's powerful magic touches both children as they toil to revive their secret garden. The story alludes to some very modern themes including the ability of mental beliefs to create health, the strength of group optimism, and the restorative power of nature.

    Laurie says: "This reading spoiled me"
    "This reading spoiled me"
    Overall

    This is an awesome reading of this great book! It was the first of many audible books we got for the kids and the narration of this book is the gold standard by which I judge all other narrators. Each time we listen to it I am absolutely carried away from the traffic and worries of my day and I am there in the garden on a cloudy day in earliest spring looking to see if the rose canes are wick. I see the nurse smirking, feel the warmth of Mrs. Sowerby's hug and want to offer Ben Weatherstaff some hot tea. The children are as vivid as the ones in my van, but the ones behind me are quiet and listening intently.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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