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Laurie

Florence, KY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "A plain brain drain"
    Overall

    This book sounded like it had so much potential. What a disappointment! The main character is so unlikeable I was hoping she died early in the book (she doesn't). The other characters are stupid and uninteresting. But the worst part of the listen is the narrator. She speaks so slowly it sounds as if she is trying to read to a 2 year old, and the awful "Bwhosston"accent just grates on your nerves. DO NOT waste a credit!!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert D. Putnam
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in - a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last 25 years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life.

    Matthew Mireles says: "The most important book I read this year"
    "A sobering listen"
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    I think this book sheds light on a problem that a lot of us try to ignore - the growing poor right around our own neighborhoods. I don't have children, but I am nonetheless amazed when someone glibly states "if you want to get ahead, you just need to work a little harder". This book explains just why that no longer really rings true. I found it to be very informative and thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1103)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Linda says: "HEARTBREAKINGLY POIGNANT AND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL"
    "flight of fancy"
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    I've read a lot of novels set during WWII, and while the story was good, I just think it would have been a better novel with a different author. It was a bit too much of a love story for me but overall just average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (798)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "Legend might be a stretch"
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    I have never thought that Martin Short was all that hysterically funny. I do like some of his work, so I thought I would give this book a try. While parts of it did make me laugh, if you want to read an insider's take on fame and Hollywood, from the viewpoint of a comedian, you have to listen to "How I slept my way to the Middle" by Kevin Pollack. THAT'S a funny book. What I will say about Martin Short, however, is that I gained a level of respect for the man after finishing his book. The personal tragedies he has overcome, along with his poignant retelling of those events, was really quite touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22021)
    Performance
    (18335)
    Story
    (18319)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "It's not Gone Girl"
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    I had read that this book was the year's "Gone Girl", but I would have to disagree. It's a good book, a little different from what I was expecting, but it's not nearly the thrill ride, back and forth of Gone Girl. But given all the press and hype, it's a book you have to read if only to stay current.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Brill
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    America's Bitter Pill is Steven Brill's much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Brill probed the depths of our nation's healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest.

    Andrew S. Breza says: "Great history, questionable solutions"
    "Good insight"
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    I learned a few things about the healthcare crisis from listening to this book, but overall I think it's one of those rare books that is actually better to read. There are simply too many facts, names, dates, etc to reference and so I wish I had read the hardcopy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8510)
    Performance
    (7448)
    Story
    (7469)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Nice listen"
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    this book starts a little slowly, but overall I enjoyed it. Good narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Kill Your Husband: And Other Handy Household Hints

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Lette
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse.

    Emma says: "The 'One-Liners' Made It Worth It."
    "How to kill a story line"
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    I read reviews of this book and expected to laugh from start to finish. Sadly, no. This is less of a book and more of a series of one liners (many of which you could see coming a mile away). The result is a thin plot, under developed characters and a book I couldn't wait to be done with. Don't waste the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Joel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Fred Schruers
    • Narrated By Kirk Thornton
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the '70s and '80s.

    John B. Zerkel says: "The reason I play piano"
    "I love Billy Joel"
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    I have been a fan of Billy Joel ever since I bought "The Stranger", and so I couldn't resist this title. There are a lot of interesting facts about his life and how he came to write some of his hits. It's not really a tell-all, down and dirty kind of celebrity story, and I liked the direction the author chose to go with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (428)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "The long listen for a good story"
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    When I first started this, I really didn't think I would finish. The narrator has a very flat tone, and the story starts very slowly. I persevered, and it turned out to be a fairly good listen if you have an interest in WWII Japanese labor camps, etc.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7307)
    Performance
    (6408)
    Story
    (6408)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Can't miss"
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    I just love Moriarty's books. While they would never be classified as "fine literature", she always weaves a great, multilayered story that always grabs my attention from the start. Another winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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