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Laura

lolagranola91

Durand, WI, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (610)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "2nd book even better than her first."
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    I love Jenna Lamia as a narrator and was thrilled to see a new book by Beth Hoffman. If you loved, The Help, Saving CeCe Honeycutt, You will also love this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sugar Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she's a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother's house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night.

    Stephanie Berget says: "Must Read"
    "Whimsical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you can allow yourself to briefly believe in magical things like books appearing to a person who needs them. A sweater that truly is lucky and being able to feel when someone is near, you will enjoy this book. My only negative is that the ending felt really rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (895)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "I'd give it zero if I could"
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    I haven't finished the book, I can't its too awful. I am a few chapters into the second half, because of the promises of it getting better but its not. I have listed to hours of a story that I can sum up quickly. A group of people at a party were taken hostage by some rebels who wanted to kidnap the country's president. That's it - really - days and days of them doing nothing while they are hostages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Original Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!"
    "Nice Light enjoyable"
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    So glad I found a beachy fun novel that's not xxrated 20 something romance. Perfect for the over 40 set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (872)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Obnoxious whining chick"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Chelsea Handler and/or Chelsea Handler?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Chelsea Handler’s story?

    I haven't gotten past the first three chapters. Her nasal tone whining about her middle class childhood in an upper class neighborhood is driving me nuts.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2353)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (614)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "You feel like you are on the appalachian trail"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved it. Bill Bryson has an excellent storytelling style. He is so descriptive I felt like I was on the trail with him (I should mention I enjoy hiking and aspire to thru-hike the trail someday - I have not enjoyed other Bryson books nearly as much when I didn't relate to the story)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    When his buddy throws all their food out the first day


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

    He's telling his own story with his own dry sense of humor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wench: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer.

    KENYA says: "An explosive ride!"
    "Good historical slavery read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Wench?

    I love the period and the view point of the slaves


    What other book might you compare Wench to and why?

    Kitchen house - similar time period


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't as compelling as some, but still an excellent read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1656)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "The last hour is great but it's torture getting th"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    So slow - painful - characters are not interesting and the author trys to make it more suspensful than it is.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going back to true crime


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was so sad I wasted a credit on this, but didn't want to waste my money so I listened to the whole thing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunflower: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol, The Sunflower.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fabulous"
    "I didn't expect to love it so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author is so descriptive of the places and people that I immediately went out to see if this travel group still exists and if I could too go visit the orphanage.

    I think the book especially pulled at my heartstrings knowing it is a true story. Unlike many other reviewers I was completely surprised by the ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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