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Laurie

Florence, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    (198)
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    (182)
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    (179)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Terri says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Hard country, but an easy listen"
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    Every so often, I like to listen to an old fashioned western, complete with cowboys, cattle drives, and gun slingers. This was a great choice. Good story, well narrated, and an easy listen. If you like books like Lonesome Dove and that genre, you'll like this. So "jingle your spurs", download, and enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
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    (104)
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    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Premise"
    "This Finder's not a keeper"
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    I loved Finder's earlier books, but I have to agree with most of the other reviewers when I say this is not his best. The story was OK, but I found myself becoming more and more skeptical as the story advanced. If you are looking for a good suspense novel, I would suggest continuing your search elsewhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    (374)
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    (339)
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    (343)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "Never knew..."
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    I never knew that anyone had escaped from Auschwitz, so on that alone I bought this book. Great narration, good story without focusing too much on the horrors of a concentration camp. The focus was much more character driven. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
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    Overall
    (224)
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    (196)
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    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "Maybe I should have known better"
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    This book was hyped a lot in the press, and so I anticipated so much more. It's an interesting read, but overall not as good as I had hoped.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ruin Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jenny Milchman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    (11)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids.

    Christie says: "Story doesn't flow...."
    "Ruined hours"
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    I've always had a policy to finish any book that I start, but after getting through this, I've changed my mind. It's not that the book is bad, more that it is just not very good. What sounded like a great suspense novel turns out to be a flat, poorly developed waste of time. Skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Douglas A. Blackmon
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (164)
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    (166)

    In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

    Roy says: "Will Take Your Breath Away"
    "Just Unbelievable"
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    I have read a lot of books that dealt with "forgotten chapters in history" but never have I read anything that shocked me as much as this book. I truly did not realize that slavery existed as long as it did in the South. The facts in this book are sometimes hard to believe, but if you have an interest in the Civil War (as I do), then this should be required reading. Great narration, too. I am now going to get the PBS movie made about the subject.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    Overall
    (1157)
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    (1031)
    Story
    (1042)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Don't call it much"
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    While I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, overall I found it to be a bit slow. The narrator sounds as if she is reading a Christmas story to a 5 year old - you can almost see her eyes getting big as she anxiously reads some of the EXCITING parts - well, you get the idea. I was glad when I finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
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    Overall
    (611)
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    (547)
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    (550)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Trish says: "Full of Slapstick and Fun!!"
    "Good One"
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    I enjoy an occasional "chick lit" reading, and Kinsella always delivers. I've read several of her books, but I really enjoyed this one - alot of laugh out loud moments. Good, easy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
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    (1236)
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    (1231)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "She's two for two"
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    This is the second book by Moriarty that I have read (see "The Husband's Secret") and I have really enjoyed both books. Well developed characters, good story, good narration. Time flies when I'm listening! Audible - notify me when she writes again!!

    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
    (4950)
    Performance
    (4504)
    Story
    (4495)

    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!"
    "Kidd slips"
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    I loved "The Secret LIfe of Bees" and while I believe the author is a gifted writer, this just left me feeling bored. About two thirds of the way through I Googled some of the other characters that were mentioned, and that's how I learned the author was writing a story based on the real Gremke sisters. That said, by that time I thought the story was a little dull. And while I loved Jenna Lamia's narration in "The Help", even she got tiresome at the end!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Domingo Martinez
    • Narrated By Emilio Delgado
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    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
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    (67)

    A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

    TERESA says: "Humor, authentic"
    "A different world"
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    Sometimes I am sharply reminded of my middle class, suburban, lily white upbringing. The author is about my age, but what a different life we have led! The book gave me an appreciation of what it's like to grow up poor in Texas, and I continue to be amazed at how different school, family, and relationships were for the author compared to me. Good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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