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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

Carlsbad, ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (512)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Chrystal says: "Great Story"
    "A good murder yarn"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Fatal Affair? What did you like least?

    The characters were good. The murder mystery had good twists and turns. There was plenty of story and it wasn't overtaken by romance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Affair?

    The bomb and who did it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Felicity Munroe?

    I wouldn't seek her out but I wouldn't avoid a book because she narrated. She did well differentiating the voices.


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

    Yes. It had twists and turns.


    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
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (2946)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1708)

    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"
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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
    (50)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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
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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
    (2572)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1742)

    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
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    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.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Good premise, execution lacking"
    "Good premise, execution lacking"
    Overall
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    Story
    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
  • Every Reasonable Doubt: Vernetta Henderson Series No. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen.

    Amazon Customer says: "loved Special"
    "Just Okay, I agree with Ann's review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Read Ann's review it has the detail and I agree with it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Pamela Samuels Young? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Best-selling author of Hot Blooded Lisa Jackson reunites detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya in this gripping psychological thriller. As a serial killer terrorizes New Orleans, the detectives enlist the aid of psychic Olivia Benchet. As the beautiful Olivia paints a vivid portrait of the man they seek, Bentz finds himself thinking of nothing but seducing her. But as the killer claims yet another victim, Bentz realizes that both Olivia and his daughter Kristi are the next targets.

    Debbra says: "Chapters are out of order."
    "Formula Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Cold Blooded better?

    It was pretty predictable and seemed much like the first book. It was inundated with Catholic religion, suffocating.


    Has Cold Blooded turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre but, I don't think I will try another of her books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alyssa Bresnahan?

    Jennifer Ikeda, Tavia Gilbert


    What character would you cut from Cold Blooded?

    There is no one character that would help the book if they were cut.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it two stars because I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hellion Bride: Bride Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Ryder Sherbrooke is a fun-loving rake with a secret. When he travels to Jamaica to solve the mystery of the supernatural goings-on at the Sherbrooke sugar plantation, he finds another mystery as well - a sophisticated 19-year-old girl, Sophia Stanton-Greville, who wants to bed him. And not, he believes, because she is simply enthralled with his handsome self or his boundless charm.

    Wanda S Sauerland says: "Surprised!"
    "Not her best work, not worth even on sale"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Catherine Coulter and/or Anne Flosnik?

    I would try another Catherine Coulter because I have read a couple that were good. This was not. The whole thing was about using a ghost to have sex with men so the main character wouldn't have to, convoluted too. Her rescuer, prince charming tricks her into marriage and repeatedly forces her to have sex.


    Has The Hellion Bride turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will read the plot and reviews more thoroughly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

    No, her voice was somewhat shrill for me and she did not differentiate between characters enough.


    What character would you cut from The Hellion Bride?

    I am not sure, the majority were not like able and somewhat evil.The best character was a very minor character, Sinjin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    In Hot Blooded, she transports listeners into the heart of New Orleans, where a deluded murderer is on a holy quest of vengeance. Dr. Samantha Leeds hosts her own late-night radio talk-show on WSLJ. One day she receives a menacing phone call at her home, while miles away, a prostitute is strangled to death. Seemingly unrelated, nobody connects the two events until more murders occur under similar circumstances.

    Andrea McLaughlin (Kindle) says: "Cold Boredom"
    "Frustrating"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Jackson and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    I bought two of her books at the same time. So I will try the other book, Cold Blooded.I would not seek out either one again.


    What could Lisa Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The beginning was slow. The two main characters were not that comp ailing. Towards the ending she makes everyone look suspicious, trying to create suspense I guess.Main frustrations were that as soon as police believed the murderer was after the phone shrink they would have taped her office phone, house, and cell. They would have had a tail following her day and night, he was a serial killer. It would be the best way to catch him. They would have investigated the few office people completely. One had to be linked as there were only a few with access in and to a particular phone. These things made it ridiculous.


    What didn’t you like about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

    She did not differentiate between voices well at all and her male voices were poor.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A plausible story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am half way through Cold Blooded and it is no better. It is much the same as the first. I think she wanted to do a romance with some action or drama. The problem being if you are going to do that you have to think the story through.
    I gave it the stars I did because I was able to finish it. So many I can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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