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Laura

winston salem, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (270)

    The award-winning William Gibson goes beyond science fiction to the broader mainstream fiction audience. His unique world features multinational corporations and high-tech outlaws vying for power, traveling the computer-generated universe.

    john says: "Narrator is Fantastic"
    "Intricate enough for several listens."
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    Where does Mona Lisa Overdrive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in top 20 of 100+ books I've listened to. I am a big fan of Jonathan Davis, though, so this made a big difference.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters all had unique personalities, and the action kept things moving along fairly well, even though Gibson's stories are fairly cerebral.


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

    Compared favorably to All Tomorrow's parties and The Windup Girl, both of which I listened to multiple times.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Annie Wauters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Elizabeth Vetch spots Bell for the first time in 17 years, she chases her down in order to learn why her old friend committed a terrible murder all those years ago. Bell has been in prison ever since the mysterious events that took place at the House of Stairs, a London mansion full of over-privileged, overstuffed, and somewhat sinister boarders, landed her there. Now it’s up to Lizzie to put together the pieces of her friend’s - and her own - fateful past.

    bonnie says: "Such an irritating reader"
    "Would rather have read it."
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Annie Wauters?

    Ruth Rendell, yes. Annie Wauters, no.


    What didn’t you like about Annie Wauters’s performance?

    Her reading was very measured with a little pause between each word, like she was aiming at an audience of octogenarians. And why didn't they pick an English reader??


    Did The House of Stairs inspire you to do anything?

    Stop reading it...but I persevered.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel was all tarnished glitz, unconvincing character development, and it appeared that by the end, even the author was bored with it, but not to say I want go back and buy and listen to some of her earlier work. Ruth Rendell is a wonderful writer, but this is not her best work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

    Laura says: "Worth several listenings."
    "Worth several listenings."
    Overall

    Very densely and artfully written. I listened to it multiple times, sometimes as a cure for insomnia. I would not recommend it for commutes as it is too low-key for that. I loved the conception of living on Golden Gate Bridge, but never would have hung in there, due to nebulous plotting, if it had not been for the relaxing and yet entertaining reading of Jonathan Davis. His reading of Rydell was particularly amusing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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