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LaurelOlivia

LauralOlivia

Carlsbad, ca, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 134 reviews
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  • 422 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2015
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  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (739)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Not my cup of Tea"
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    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Wanda McCaddon?

    No


    Has Mr. Churchill's Secretary turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love English books and mysteries.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The premise is great, just not execution.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not curious enough to finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5146)
    Performance
    (4424)
    Story
    (4405)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Okay, not my cup of tea"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think there are many people that would enjoy this book. I think the narration is what ruined it for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I bought several books on sale in different genres.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Probably not, maybe with a different narrator.


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

    Yes, I could see it. I don't know who should be in it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria to indulge her photography hobby. Rumors of a haunted forest there draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the 18th century.... Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path.

    CAROLYN says: "More of a Carry On Vamp than Interview With A Vamp"
    "Entertaining and humerous"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Katie MacAlister and/or Nicole Poole?

    Yes, I might.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Vampires?

    The character IO's self talk was very funny in most moments.


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

    No, I have not heard her before. She was very good. The humor would have gone flat without her animation. Narration makes or breaks a book!


    Do you think A Tale of Two Vampires needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The characters were good but, it was not an ending that calls for another book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was simple and the characters not complex but, it was humorous and flowed at a good pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backfire: FBI Thriller #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen, Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (586)

    San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Still great at 16."
    "Narrators ruined it for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think fans of C.C. will like or love this book. I couldn't get past the Narration. I had just listened to book 2 and that narrator was awesome.


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

    The plot was good. The story moved along at a good pace.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They lacked anima. They just seemed flat. I should say I had just listened to book two and was comparing, without intension. Book two narration made the characters come to life.


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

    I was disappointed because I love the characters Savage and Sherlock. In this book they seemed like different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if you hadn't listened to other narrators portray Savage and Sherlock you might really enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Leave it to number-one best-selling author Nora Roberts to spin a tale that blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, modern-day mishaps and ancient curses, obsession and undying passion. She'll have you cheering for love to win the day as a man and woman discover just how deep their bond lies - and how some dreams are meant to be.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Not her best, seemed thrown together."
    "Not her best, seemed thrown together."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Spellbound?

    The story seemed thrown together.


    Has Spellbound turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the genre and Nora Roberts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Cummings’s performances?

    I doubt it.


    What character would you cut from Spellbound?

    I don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (793)

    Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

    RabidReads says: "Snoopy happy dance!"
    "Not as good as her others but, still a MUST listen"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Bound by Flames in three words, what would they be?

    You have to go there


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

    The characters and history of the characters. Start as far back as you can with her books. This one was one of my least favorites. The effort or her desire to put out effort is not there. She has put so much effort into past books. I was somewhat disappointed. I feel like I was so happy she did not quit making these books that I was satisfied with less than she is capable of making. For lack of .........


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tavia does them all to perfection. I listen to whole series that are not always good or great but because she performs them. She needs an academy award!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. but I didn't. I usually listen over and over her books. This one was disappointing and I did not listen in one sitting like most of her other books. I have listened to most of her books more than 5 times each. Some not.


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy any and all of her Night Huntress and Prince.... Even though her last Bones story was weak.
    I don't think I will try her new stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen MacInerney
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (122)

    With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

    Susan says: "Fun"
    "Fun ride"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not that I can think of.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pace, funny antics and crazy bad luck. i like how she pretty much takes most things without panic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she tells her husband about the car, the kid and the transvestite.


    Could you see Mother's Day Out being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see either, it is just a fun diversion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (922)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "His fans will like it"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, it was pretty much more of the same. It was frustrating in several ways. One of the main characters through the book was a man named Shadow Love, the name ruined the flow for me. I know Indian names and anything else would have been better, it distracted me every time Lucas used it and in one chapter he must have said it thirty times.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    Possibly, the subject or premise would have to be enticing.


    What three words best describe Richard Ferrone’s performance?

    He is perfect for the character Lucas. I would seek him out.


    Did Shadow Prey inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    His love affairs were irritating too. I am sure the scenarios happen everyday but...............

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

    Rachel says: "Pretty good - I will try some more of the series."
    "Disturbing noir, worth a listen"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Vachss and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes, I would check them both out.


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

    This is my first of his books.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, he was perfect for it.


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

    Possibly, depending on actors.


    Any additional comments?

    The sarcasm and witty dialogue was essential to holding on to my attention. It took me a couple tries to stick with it but, sometimes your in the mood for one type of book and sometimes not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1132)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Just about 3 outcomes, predictable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Going in I knew there were limited outcomes possible. The characters were interesting and the story moved along. When going from past to present it was hard to follow which girl was talking, repeating their old name with the new would have been helpful. The narrator really did not work for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    After a few chapters I thought I knew what the ending would be, I was right.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna Bentinck?

    I am not sure. She does many characters but it was hard to differentiate the two main characters, that greatly impaired the story for me. When she is the narrator of the story she is monotone, it really deters from the story.


    Was The Wicked Girls worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't recommend it. It took a couple of tries but I finished it. The story and characters were sympathetic.


    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
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1126)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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