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Lauri

I love to be totally immersed in a good story. I love the thrill of the middle of a great book. Thinking about it all day... wondering what will happen and then enjoying the conclusion. Nothing frustrates me more than an author who weaves an intense story line, builds interesting characters and then dumps me into despair by ending it all abruptly. Just hate that. I relish the "ahhhhh" at the end of a great story.

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  • Rooms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James L. Rubart
    • Narrated By James L. Rubart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    One rainy day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, 25-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand-new, 9,000-square-foot house. When bizarre things start happening there, locals tell cynical Micah the place is “spiritual”. But he will slowly discover the home isn’t just spiritual....

    b.radford says: "Wonderful Book..."
    "Very Unsatisfying Read"
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    What disappointed you about Rooms?

    This book was so disappointing. It was some sort of Allegorical Read but felt like he was trying to copy THE SHACK. It was long... boring and really preachy. I get was he was trying to communicate but whoa.... it did me in. I decided I would finish it to the end and so I did but it left me with a big disappointing taste.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James L. Rubart again?

    NO


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1553)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Powerfully moving love story rich with history!"
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    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The masterful way the author told each of the stories so that I did not lose track of the characters or time was artful.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Wife to and why?

    The Book Thief is the same time period.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed each of these readers. I thought that Ms Toren was so believable without overly dramatizing so that I lost sight of the fact this was a book being read.


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

    No.... it was moving, interesting and insightful but it was also hard. The story line of WWII of course is so hard but must be told. I found that at times I just needed a lightness of heart so I would take a break.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the way that the book framed around an art theme. I really enjoyed this. How precious all those works are because they were a glimpse into the tragedy of what mankind is capable of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6878)
    Performance
    (6228)
    Story
    (6228)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Title is so appropriate!"
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    Where does The Invention of Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book will now be one of my favorites I have listened to. I am not always such a fan of all of Oprah's book club but this sure lived up to her rave reviews.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book was so well written. The attention to detail was so exact and drew me into the story line so that I felt I was observing the actual events rather than reading them. I loved her detail without being overly descriptive. Some authors go on too much and then I find myself wanting to skip parts to get to the meat of the book. This was all meat!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was amazing to me how much the three sounded alike yet different. All were so outstanding.


    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would not need to take any of them out to dinner but I would sure love to see the story quilt. I could imagine it in my mind but seeing it would be a delight.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one I will remember fondly for a long time. I felt the SOUTH. I felt for the slaves. I felt for the slave owners. So well written.... I will be reading everything this author writes. LOVED IT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (703)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "A steamy piece of mindlessness."
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    Would you try another book from Loretta Chase and/or Kate Reading?

    Nope... she is out for me


    What could Loretta Chase have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I thought the book was very repetitive and the character development shallow and boring. It felt like she was just trying to make her book about describing ardent love scenes over and over again. If you are looking for a book with a plot or a book with characters... this was not it. If you are looking for a book with lots of sexy descriptions in nearly every chapter... look no further.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer was great


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lord of Scoundrels?

    Most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for anyone that is turn off by over used sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4054)
    Performance
    (3661)
    Story
    (3689)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Weird Storyline"
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    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or Claire Danes?

    No thanks


    Has The Handmaid's Tale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This was a very strange storyline. Difficult to follow and outrageous. Gave it up after the first half of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Presence of My Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gracia Burnham
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In the Presence of My Enemies, the gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham's year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. This updated audio edition has a new look and contains never-before published information.

    Lauri says: "Very Inspirational"
    "Very Inspirational"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed reading this biography of Gracia Burnham. I remember when that took place and so it was great to read the details of the story and her responses to what happened. She did an excellent job of retelling her tale of difficult and painful circumstances and it encouraged me to "walk joyfully" to what is going on at any given time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Julie Klassen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    RITA finalist Julie Klassen has earned numerous awards for her popular historical romance novels. In The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, pampered Margaret Macy flees her home in London to avoid marrying a dishonorable man. Now, with no money and no place to stay, Margaret does the unthinkable: she takes a job as a housemaid in the home of two brothers - both of whom are former suitors. As an “invisible” observer, Margaret realizes she may have misjudged one brother and wonders if it’s too late to win his admiration.

    CAROLYN says: "Only just makes it as a Romance novel !!"
    "Downton Abbey mixup!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Maid of Fairbourne Hall the most enjoyable?

    I was listening to this read at the same time as watching the series 3 of Downton Abbey. I kept getting the story lines mixed up. They were so similar in the servants quarters. If you love Downton... this will make for a most enjoyable read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the Masquerade ball at the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (426)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "Made me feel like I was in this wee village."
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    What did you like best about An Irish Country Doctor? What did you like least?

    I liked the way the author painted the verbal picture of this quaint village. The characters were well developed and the story was charming. Predictable without much drama. Reminded me of the Mitford series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick Taylor? Why or why not?

    yes... I will probably continue reading the series but need something with some action for the next few. It was a charming story but not engrossing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Excellent Listening Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    This author is now one of my favorites. The story was so well told and easy to follow. The narrator was excellent. If you loved the "HELP".... you will like this even more. At times it was disturbing to my heart but it showed how depraved people can be. I loved the way the author developed the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    I really enjoyed the interaction between the young "Avenia" and Papa. He was so tender to her little heart that needed to belong. I soaked up the part where he assured her he would always be her family.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kitchen House and why?

    Belle... was the most remarkable character. The way she held to truth and was unafraid to defend even though she had been so mistreated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27646)
    Performance
    (14235)
    Story
    (14289)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Remarkable Reader"
    Overall

    This was an insightfully written book that made one stop and think about how we treat others. The best part of the book was the reader. She was one of the best I have heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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