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Laura Smythe

United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 235 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • Never Trust a Liberal Over Three - Especially a Republican

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (105)

    You have NEVER seen Ann Coulter like this before! Coulter is uncensored, unapologetic, and unflinching in her ruthless mockery of liberals, sissies, morons, hypocrites, and all other species of politician.Coulter doesn't stop at the politicians, though. Hear her skewer pundits, salesmen, celebrities, and bureaucrats with ruthlessness and hilarity. No topic is safe! This is Coulter at her most incisive, funny, and brilliant, featuring irreverent and hilarious material her syndicators were too afraid to print!

    Dan says: "It was just a rehash of old articles"
    "Narrator Mispronounces Common Names and Words"
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    What did you love best about Never Trust a Liberal Over Three - Especially a Republican?

    Ann, please vet your narrators in the future, or better yet-read your own books for Audible. Either this narrator is a hard core liberal and is purposefully undermining the book and ideas presented or she is not very worldly. Either way, she disparages your writing by regularly mispronouncing names, words and Islamic phrases. Her lack of attention to details takes away from your best efforts as an author. Otherwise, I am enjoying your book. I wish I had taken notes on the words that were mispronounced.


    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin's Journey to Faith, Family, and Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Allen West, Michele Hickford
    • Narrated By Allen West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Over the course of the past few decades, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him, among them Lt. Colonel, U.S. Representative, "Dad", and Scourge of the Far Left. He rose from humble beginnings in Atlanta where his father instilled in him a code of conduct that would inform his life ever after. Throughout his years leading troops, raising a loving family, serving as Congressman in Florida's 22nd district, and emerging as one of the most authentic voices in conservative politics, West has never compromised the core values on which he was raise.

    Josh says: "Inspiring and heartfelt."
    "I couldn't finish it"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love Allen West but he seems very full of himself and I just couldn't listen any more. Big fan, just couldn't get through the book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (388)

    By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

    Elisabeth says: "My most inthralling listen in a while"
    "Don't read this book, LISTEN to it!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is possibly the best fit for this story of any audible book that I have consumed. He really adds to the outlandish story. Please listen to and don't read this book. It is hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Lars Mikaelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews.

    DS Ells says: "Fascinating!"
    "Time Waster"
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    Would you try another book from Edward Klein and/or Lars Mikaelson?

    If you watch the news at all, this book is just plain repetitive. Also, if you read closely, there is no way that these stories can be sourced unless they ask the person involved to defame them self. Many stories have to be conjecture, thus undermining the author's story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • America: Imagine a World Without Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (464)

    Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder? Or is America still the hope of the world? New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise.

    Kindle Customer says: "We can think for ourselves"
    "Perspective is Everything!"
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    What made the experience of listening to America the most enjoyable?

    Just read it. If you are a patriotic American then you will enjoy this book. If you are a liberal, then it will expose you to the truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jessica Fellows
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience, and a world of romance and rivalry. This companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, and behind the scenes insights.

    Teddy says: "Fun look at the backstory to Downton Abbey"
    "More details about life at Downton"
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    What made the experience of listening to The World of Downton Abbey the most enjoyable?

    While Elizabeth McGovern is likely the weakest actress on the show, but she does a good job as narrator of this book. If you are a fan of the show and want to go just a bit deeper, then this is worth your time. It explains a few things that Americans might not understand.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7866)
    Performance
    (6719)
    Story
    (6744)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "I do not care for Cheryl Strayed"
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    What would have made Wild better?

    Cheryl is a typical liberal. She changed her own name to the negative "Strayed." She "got an abortion and learned how to make dehydrated turkey jerky” all in the same sentence, thus, minimizing the value of life. She believes that women are oppressed even though she was safely able to make this journey and to attend college. I did not care for the woman but I appreciate her journey.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ben Carson


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?

    the author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wild?

    The scene where Cheryl and her brother euthanized the horse improperly thus making it suffer.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone could use a kindle, it is Cheryl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Each lesson in Russian Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Justin says: "Effective"
    "Wow, I really picked up Russian quickly!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 the most enjoyable?

    I do not consider myself good at language acquisition but Pimsleur changed my mind. I was able to learn the most important words and phrases quickly and retain them during a 3 month stay in Moscow for work. I plan to re-learn Spanish with Pimsleur and I think it will be fun and easy.


    Has Russian Phase 1, Unit 01-05 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Rosetta Stone was not helpful for learning Russian and was a total waste of money.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lark Rise to Candleford

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Flora Thompson
    • Narrated By Olivia Hallinan
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In the rural hamlet of Lark Rise and the market town of Candleford, life is marked by the pattern of the seasons and the customs of the countryside. Seen through the eyes of a young girl, Laura - based on Flora Thompson herself - 'Lark Rise to Candleford' portrays May Day celebrations and forgotten children's games, friends and relations, rivalries and lasting friendships. Full of gaiety and freshness of observation, this semi-autobiographical account is an endearing portrayal of a vanished way of life.

    Joseph R says: "One the Worst Marriage Proprosals Ever"
    "The Show Mimics the Book"
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    Would you listen to Lark Rise to Candleford again? Why?

    I really like that the show is in close keeping with the book. The characters are real. The times were real. It was fun to be in Lark Rise and Candleford for many hours.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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