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Laurie Reich

Wheatridge, CO United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1625)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1175)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Great Historical Read"
    Overall

    This was the first novel I listened to by Bryce Courtenay. I found it very engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. I listened to Brother Fish next and could not finish it. It was too similar and the narrator sounded the same for the characters and I kept mixing them up in my head. So my advice is to not listen to them too close together. If you are looking for a credit worthy novel for a long trip or long weekend this is an excellent book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18391)
    Performance
    (8287)
    Story
    (8314)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Really great read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book alot. I did get confused and went back and relistened to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It was fun to listen again and then the characters were fresh in my mind. Pay close attention to names as they are Swedish and you need to remember all the characters as the book progresses. Credit Worthy. A lot of fun

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26915)
    Performance
    (13548)
    Story
    (13596)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Pleasure to listen to"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book incredibly. I couldnt stop listening. The characters are wonderfully rich and engrossing. The narration was first class. I loved the accents and dialects. I was lost in the place and time(Mississippi 1960s). Enjoy your time with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Wonderful book."
    Overall

    Oh how I enjoyed this book. It was artistically grand with the best visualizations inspired by the author. The metaphors were often more fascinating then the content. This is a very cute book and doesnt leave you screaming about how stupid the characters are for taking the abuse dolled out to them. The character Truly makes you believe in the inner strength of people.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12679)
    Performance
    (5054)
    Story
    (5092)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "great read"
    Overall

    What great fun this book was. I listened for 3 days straight. I couldnt stop listening. It made me want to go tour the great Cathedrals and ancient churches. I gained a new perspective on the hardships early civilizations had. The influence early christianity had on communities and cultures was also quite the eye-opener. I did get tired of our heroine always getting beat up though. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy the epic journeys.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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