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Laura Nugent

Starksboro, VT USA | Listener Since 2003

  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015

  • The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Heather MacDonald
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    In closely reported stories from the streets of New York to the seats of intellectual power, MacDonald shows how bad ideas get started and then acquire a life of their own. Her reports trace the transformation of influential opinion-makers and large philanthropic foundations from confident advocates of individual responsibility, opportunity, and learning into apologists for the welfare state.

    Mike says: "Shining the cold light of truth . . ."
    "Moderate not a big fan either"

    The greatest flaw I find in the intellectual liberal and conservative is the need to demonize the opposite camp. While there is no doubt that the facts presented are accurate, there is little balance or objectivity, which makes this presentation about the same as the liberal rhetoric it abhores.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Absolutely Insufferable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Content is insufferable. Narrator might have been okay in another context but I'm not sure about that either.

    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Never, ever. Jane Austen meet Ann Rice. Not pretty

    What didn???t you like about Becca Battoe???s performance?

    Felt flat. Maybe she thought the book was ridiculous too.

    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them

    Any additional comments?

    This book was an absolute waste of a credit and, worst of all, my time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Complete garbage"

    Graphic brutality without nuance. Ultimately, nothing new here. No not waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard, Debra Winger

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Browse other Philip Roth on

    David says: "Delve into the characters"
    "One of the best"

    Philip Roth's talant is profound and eye opening. The readers were clear and easy to follow. After this wonderful combination, many other books will compare poorly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Prints

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marc Gafni
    • Narrated By Marc Gafni

    Using the power of myth - Biblical and folk - and drawing on his own personal highs and lows, Marc Gafni offers advice on how to form bonds based in truth and love. The secret is to "live your story," and you do this by identifying your true, unique self - what he calls your "soul prints."

    Laura Nugent says: "Soul Prints"
    "Soul Prints"

    Absolutely outstanding - life changing, expanding, positive and affirming. Better in audio form than even the book was.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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