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Laura Harley

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Haverhill, MA | Member Since 2005

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  • 4 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 159 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1830)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "What a wonderful find!"
    Overall

    On the face of it, the book didn't seem like my kind of mystery. Sherrif in Wyoming? Sounded a bit like a Tony Hillerman book. Tony Hillerman's books are good, don't get me wrong, but this book is really special. The characters are human and very real, not stereotypes, the plot unfolds naturally, the dialog is right on. Nice, dry humor (just my style). And there is a real, plausible mystery at the heart of the story. George Guidall, the narrator, reads everything with just the right touch of irony. I can't recommend this book enough.

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin are two of the sassiest hairdressers in Salt Lick, Texas. But these two spunky ladies do more than spice up the do's of their gossipy patrons. They also moonlight as the Domestic Equalizers, P.I.s with the best hair in the Lone Star State. Not ones to turn down a juicy assignment, Debbie Sue and Edwina get involved in a case of missing horses.

    gwen says: "Laugh your A## Off"
    "Surprisingly fun and a really good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great?

    The characters start out being unsympathetic -- well, silly and somewhat stereotypical -- but the author managers to turn them into real people you care about. The story is set in Texas, with the pretty rich girl and the former college football star. The author is making fun of the stereotypes of Texas. I grew up in Texas, so it was really fun to read. But the author clearly loves Texas and turns the stereotypes on their heads.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The book is not a suspense thriller with action and heroics, but the story is surprisingly compelling and you really want to find out how the plot unfolds and how the story turns out. There is a mystery in the plot, but it unfolds against the character development. It's secondary to the relationship of the rich girl and the former football player.


    What does Peggity Price bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a perfect Texas accent and captures the personalities of the characters. The narrator brings the characters to life.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot of the book is surprising and different. It's not what I expected. I downloaded the book because of the reviews -- they were good -- but when I first started to listen, I thought it was going to too light and silly for my tastes. But I kept listening, and suddenly I found myself really caring about spoiled Daddy's little rich girl. This is not your usual heroine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thin Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York's coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting when his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick's client.

    Julia L. Scott says: "Loved the Book, Hated the Narration"
    "Great, fun mystery"
    Overall

    The unabridged audio book is fun, but it "reads" different than the printed version. I think this is due to the narrator. He interprets some of the characters differently than I would. For instance, he reads the female parts in a high falsetto, which sometimes makes the female characters seem silly or whining, instead of dark and manipulative, and capable of murder. However, this is a minor annoyance in an otherwise very good narration.

    If you've only seen The Thin Man movie, the book version is a real treat. Whole subplots were left out of the movie. This is great little book and I've listened to it several times. Lot's of fun.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
    "Not a great biography"
    Overall

    Sorry that I agree with the others giving this a poor review. My problem with the book is that if you've read other biographies of the period and other biographies of Franklin, this book lacks historical context. Yes, there's lots of detail--and maybe that's what history has become these days. But the lists of details don't add up to give a true picture of the man or the issues he dealt with. To me, you can't read this book and come away with the sense of why Franklin was such a great man.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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