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Laura

Williston, ND, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Guardian: Return of the Highlanders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (281)

    After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past... and claim the bride he's long resisted. As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer....

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Spirited Highland Adventure"
    "Great Narrator!"
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    What did you love best about The Guardian?

    Entertaining!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alex was my favorite character because he was loyal, fun, and a great friend.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Derek Perkins's performance, but I have about 400 audio books in my library. There is nothing worse than a good story with a bad narrator. I think Derek did a fantastic job, he made the book very entertaining.


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

    Well, yes I listened on a 14 hour drive in my car. It really helped the trip seem short.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsighted

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality starts to become clear.

    Terri says: "Narator's southern drawl . . ."
    "Detailed!"
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    Where does Blindsighted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I Love Karin Slaughter! She is very realistic and graphic in her protagonist as well as her antagonist equally. The book never slows to mundane. I have enjoyed every novel of hers so far. Audible didn't start at the beginning of her series with what they have offered so I got the Will Trent series first and then as they come in I listen to the Grant County Series. I would have liked to do it from the beginning so I don't know so much about their futures first but even with that I really like these books. This is the 10th one I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blindsighted?

    Descriptions of the villain with his victims for sure.. it will make your stomach turn.


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

    She has a great voice and reads the characters well. Sometimes when listening to other readers intonation I don't think they fit the situation or the characters very well but Judith Ivey did an excellent job. I wasn't distracted from the story by her breathing or pausing one bit. Anyone who listens a lot will understand that remark :) and for those of you who don't this is a good reader to start out with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Kathleen Godwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (476)

    In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us - and we are completely at their mercy. Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she's never had any interactions with the invaders - until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "I can't believe how much I enjoyed the book"
    "I'm not sure..."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This story line was fun and I like the idea but the dialogue and character believability are off for me. The lead female character doesn't tell her best friend anything that's going on in her life.. and she doesn't trust the lead guy at all?? He has proven to be a wonderful man and she burns him over and over and then has mind blowing sex with the guy?? How does a woman fall in love with someone and open up her body completely for him and then immediately want to destroy him? It just made me not like her...


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I really like the storyline. I'm an ancient aliens fan and this barks right up that alley. Makes you think about the possibility that a superior species co-habituating with humans and fixing our planet for the future. I love it! It's why I kept listening and why I will probably finish the series. I like where the author is going with the story I just hope the next book has better dialogue between the characters and better narration.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Uhg, there is nothing worse than a great story with bad narration!! She has little distinction between male and female voices. The only real difference is she makes the lead male sound like a robot (which doesn't fit his character description) and her intonation is absurd. Some performers can perform the story and some just read it... this one just reads it with ridiculous up and down, drawn out intonation like she is reading to 1st graders.


    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (16217)
    Performance
    (13478)
    Story
    (14103)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "bad narrator!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    The topic is new and intriguing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There isn't a fav character in this book for me... i really enjoyed all the characters


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    She has terrible intonation, valley girl style.... uhhg, i listen to about 2 sometimes 3 books a week and i have to say this is the worst narrator i have ever heard. her voices aren't different enough, her accents are really bad, and the intonation of a dumb woman dripping all over it all. it was really distracting for me. but the story is really good, so i made it through. if it were a mediocre story i wouldn't have listen to the whole book because of the intonation... i feel really mean for that :/ but it really had to be said.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bahahaha, the book has A LOT of sex in it! It was hard not to be "moved" through the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like maybe some people out there are overreacting to this book. I understand that the type of sex is new to romance novles. but the way it is told is so mainstream that I was left wondering when the story was going to get controversial??? it never really did for me. It was a new perspective on a topic most people don't understand. didn't make my flesh fall off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Rest for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
    • Narrated By James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (265)

    More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

    Carrie says: "Not as good as expected"
    "What a great idea!!"
    Overall

    I loved how the writing style changes from one character to another (just like real peoples personalities come about differently) the book was very entertaining! I tip my hat to some of my favorite authors joining with some that I had never had the chance to read for some superior writting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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