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Laurel B.

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  • If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (577)

    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    Heidi P :) says: "Loved the story!"
    "haunting"
    Overall

    Not sure what I was expecting when I first started listening, but the book was absolutely gripping. Different than anything I've ever read, but great and thought provoking.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3521)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2364)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "just plain fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I drive a great deal for work, and love variety in the stories I listen to. Rick Riordan may have written this book for teens, but it is simply lots of fun anyway. The comic aspect keeps the "drama" of all the bad luck the kids run into from getting out of hand. I loved listening and am glad there are two more in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1032)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Nora just keeps getting better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Carnal Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an excellent "read".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Innocence?

    I really liked the narrator; how he set the tone and setting for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've lived in the deep south, and this book captures the flavor well. Characters were well developed. Very nice mystery and romance tangled together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7368)
    Performance
    (6417)
    Story
    (6405)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Nora just keeps getting better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    The characters are strong, and Roberts has thrown in a good mystery to boot.


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

    I drive almost 1000 miles a week, and have so much more time to listen than to physically read a book. Julia Whelan did a great job as a narrator, bringing the quirkiness of the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big Nora Roberts fan. She includes romance without going into gory details, and develops characters very well. I have to do a lot of thinking in my job, and listening to a Nora Roberts book is like going on vacation - not so light that it makes you feel like you've wasted your time; more that you can simply have fun in the listen. Witness is definitely a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "puts the movie to shame"
    Overall

    This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever listened to. Having William Hope narrate Henry's part, while Laurel Lefkow narrated as Clare couldn't have been better cast. I got the book out of the library after I listened to it, but admit that having it read to me with these talented narrators made an incredible difference. I feel like I have met both Clare and Henry, and of course that is dangerous to have visualized characters so strongly when a movie tries to do the same. Trust me to believe that this version was fantastic, and no movie can ever do it justice. A gripping story that just keeps moving along. I hated for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "haunting"
    Overall

    You won't forget this book any time soon. Makes you want to pay attention to those around you, and be slow to pass judgement. Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (219)

    Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for, and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.

    iphone reader says: "Tons of Fun"
    "another fun book"
    Overall

    This is a fair amount different than other Cruisie stories, dealing with supernatural along side with humans. I admit it was a little hard to get into at first, but once you've got the characters straight in your head, you'll enjoy the story. Honestly, a fun, fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (805)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "just plain fun"
    Overall

    Jennifer Cruisie sure writes fun stories. This one was a little different than some of her others, but I have never been disappointed. Just a plain fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (750)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "book 2 is great!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed book 1 in the series so much, I was honestly worried about whether or not Book 2 could meet the incredible standard that Peters and Rosenblat have set. I needn't have worried. I just loved this book, and found myself sitting in my driveway sometimes, just to hear a little more. The dialogue is quick and clever, and Peter's choice of descriptive language left me smiling and even laughing out loud at some of the exchanges between Peabody and Emmerson. You will love this book... just make sure you listen to Book 1 first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (1522)
    Story
    (1516)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Just gotta love Amelia Peabody"
    Overall

    I have to admit I first downloaded this book because I am such a huge fan of Barbara Rosenblat. Not only was I not disappointed, I am now a huge, huge fan of the narrating/story telling combination of Rosenblat and Elizabeth Peters. I am absolutely delighted to see so many in the series. I do think you need to read/listen to the books in order, as characters are introduced. You will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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