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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

Carlsbad, ca, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

    Joseph says: "A unique perspective on vampire novels."
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am really mixed. The main two characters are very likable. It could have been great if while solving "his murder" there were a couple other mysteries going on at the same time. The more interaction between the two main characters could have had some great sardonic humor. Throw in the girl interest, she could have added some dark humor also. It is like a film noir but...... It is not too hard to get through but at the end..... There were only a few events that carry the whole story. It was along long story to solve one mystery. My least easy critic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P.N. Elrod again?

    I might. His characters were great. He needed more story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was very good. I don't think someone else would do better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1111)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "I couldn't stick with it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to listen to it two or three times. It might have gotten better but, I couldn't keep my mind on it. The narration was not very good. Sometimes he spoke to fast and most of his voices sounded the same.


    Has The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is really hit and miss in this genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gerard Doyle?

    Not sure


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

    It really could not hold my attention. I think narration might have been the problem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    Socialite Eden Carlbough didn't expect running a girls' camp to be easy, but she never thought she'd literally be run up an apple tree by the little monsters...nor did she think she'd come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. Chase knew he'd caught a windfall when he looked at the woman in his arms. He didn't like being cast as the serpent, but how could he resist when she'd just offered him such forbidden fruit?

    Kelley says: "No means yes?"
    "Light Romance"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Alyson Silverman?

    Yes, she has a variety of types of books. This one was very light, I prefer more meat to a book. If you want pure romance and not much else to a story this book is for you. The characters were likable. The romance was far fetched but, cute.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    "It is what it is". People seeking romance with a little story will like this. It was enjoyable. I prefer plot, mystery, action, romance and in depth characters that you can get vested in.


    What three words best describe Alyson Silverman’s voice?

    She did a good job with this story.


    Could you see Temptation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a life time movie.
    There are many more books that would be a better selection for a movie, Dianne Duvall's and Jeanine Frost.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a pleasant diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "Easy listen"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am not sure. It was easy to listen to. The plot is light, not complex. It does seem like a format.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    hmm


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good.


    Did The Longing (Grayson Brothers, Book 2) inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I elaborate on book reviews if I love or hate the book. The last three books I have finished were not memorable or didn't create any feelings. The books past the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1497)
    Story
    (1487)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Good characters"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I bought two on sale. I will listen to the other. I had no problem getting through it. The characters were likable. It isn't a book I will listen to more than once. The journey was more interesting than the some of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The characters were good, but not developed enough. Their lightly dusted over.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He has a nice voice, deep and raspy. His voice has an ironic nature. He didn't do women very well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't seek it out. Jeanine Frost, Dianne Duvall, Deborah Harkness are authors book's I would go to see if there were a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I think many mystery lovers will like this book. I like more action, banter, romance, complex characters and a supernatural element would be a bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"
    "Simple, light, quick story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there are many people that might like this book. For me it was like a B movie. The dialogue seemed forced for lack of a better term.


    Would you recommend A Dark Guardian to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I seldom recommend books that are less than a 4 or 4 1/2 and or I have listened to multiple times.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Antony Ferguson?

    He was fine with the male voices but not the female voices. He seemed very robotic too. I am not sure for a narrator.


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

    I did finish it and the ending was happy so, there is that.....


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the story 3 even though it was not near as good as other 3s because I finished it, so I didn't want to give it 2s across.

    0 of 0 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
    (2992)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1755)

    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-"
    "Cute Story, light"
    Overall
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    What would have made Crocodile on the Sandbank better?

    The narrator wasn't bad but, she made following some of the story difficult.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Peters? Why or why not?

    I bought two at a sale. I won't listen to the other right away.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    Gilbert, Kirsten Potter, Jennifer Ikeda


    What character would you cut from Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    There were a couple of annoying characters voice etc. but I guess they were necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    I skipped parts of this book. I may try it again another time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Firm Pursuit: Vernetta Henderson Series No. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Poised to make partner at a high-powered L.A. law firm, Vernetta Henderson takes on what appears to be an open-and-shut case of sexual harassment. As the case proceeds, Vernetta soon begins to suspect that her corporate client may be involved in a far-reaching cover-up. The deeper she digs, the more the case spirals out of her control. Determined to find the truth, Vernetta eventually unravels a conspiracy of greed and violence that places her career - and her very life - at risk.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book #2 Thriller with laugher"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about In Firm Pursuit? What did you like least?

    The plot and twists were good, not great but good. The characters don't draw you in or make you care more than a little. The characters do grow on you.


    Would you recommend In Firm Pursuit to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, probably not. Some people will like this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices were not great. The main characters are female and the narrator did not do them well. I think a different narrator would have made the book better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No and no.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people will like this book. It has a decent mystery. I think the narration ruined the story for me. It could have been a 3 1/2 *

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glory in Death: In Death, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1797)

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

    Barry says: "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    "Solid 3 1/2 * Worth the listen"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Glory in Death?

    The interaction between Dallas and Rourke


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did Glory in Death inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The relationship with Roarke is one to be envied, of course fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avenged

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Judson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Overmatched and far from home, torn between revenge and duty, Elena Aureli is running out of time. She has youth, beauty, and money, all of which she pours into her obsessive hunt for the man she believes murdered her father. Betrayed in an attempt to secure proof of the crime, she finds herself alone in an unfamiliar city - mysterious Old Montreal - her prey now the predator, and only five days left to finish the job for which she has sacrificed so much.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Unrealistic and a constant blame game."
    "Unrealistic and a constant blame game."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First, I think there are people that will like this book. When I say blame I mean they think it is one person and then another and on and on. Another farce that doesn't make sense, a father abandons a child, spends a fortune to watch over him but not help with money, school or care when the child's mother dies. Have another child soon after and give her the world. His stepsister tells him it was to protect him because he loved him. That doesn't make since. He could have taken him with him and his stepsister. This theme is essential to the story so it persists to be irritating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know. I haven't liked the last several books. I wish there were more historical fiction (paranormal, romance drama, murder) Not just romantic historical fiction, those are too predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

    I have a few favorites that do male, female and accents exceptionally. Jennifer Ikeda, Tavia Gilbert and Kristin Potter.When she is the narrator she is good, her accents are okay, Elena okay, Miles okay but, one of the main characters Trask is terrible. I thought Trask was a girl until they stated Trask is a male.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was okay. It was a little beat into the ground that you can't trust anyone. Everyone is blaming everyone else for her father's murder. It goes on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe there are people who will like this book. I couldn't finish it. I will try again another time. In the books defense, right now if a book doesn't capture my interest in the first three chapters I will hang in there a little and quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adversary: Chris Bruen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Reece Hirsch
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    Former DOJ cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen walks into a dark apartment in Amsterdam to confront a hacker known as Black Vector. The hacker has stolen the source code for the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, which powers everything from personal computers to the NSA’s data centers. This should have been a routine assignment for Bruen, but instead of obtaining a confession, Bruen finds the hacker’s dead body and uncovers a hidden flash drive that contains the code for a remarkably sophisticated computer virus known as Lurker.

    Leslie Helgerson says: "Pay close attention."
    "Good premise, execution lacking"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The premise was good and characters. The narrator was good, his women's voices were not. The execution just made it hard to finish. I wouldn't recommend it. It was very predictable the whole way through.


    If you’ve listened to books by Reece Hirsch before, how does this one compare?

    This was the only one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were some. Probably the scene where he saves the day.


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

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Predictable all the way through. The characters were good and the story was easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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