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Laurie

CROWN POINT, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Sleepless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    The world is in the grip of an epidemic of sleeplessness and one man will risk everything to find out what caused it. In his signature style of fast-paced action, outrageous violence, and graphically described scenes, we are tossed into a dramatic turbulence unlike anything you've ever read or heard.

    Pamela says: "an intriguing plot"
    "Boring, couldn't get into it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like lengthy gun descriptions.


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

    I would not listen/read this author again.


    What didn’t you like about Ray Porter and Mark Bramhall ’s performance?

    No problem with performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1989)
    Story
    (2006)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Very good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I live probably an hour from Leadville, CO so it was interesting hearing a story set so close to me.
    The story was believable and kept me wondering what would happen next. I will read/listen to another Lincoln Child's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowblind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Golden
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.

    Cheryl says: "Overwrought"
    "Good traditional ghost story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good story for a snowy night. The idea of something hiding in the snow while people hibernate during a storm was very good since I listened to this during a decent snowfall.
    I would recommend this to people who are able to suspend disbelief enough to imagine something might be out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowbound

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Every day for the past five years, they wonder where she is, if she is - Will's wife, Devlin's mother - because Rachael Innis vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway, and suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Now, Will and Devlin live under different names in another town, having carved out a new life for themselves as they struggle to maintain some semblance of a family.

    Barb says: "Better Than A Good Movie!"
    "Unexceptional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps this book would appeal more to men than women. The overly extensive description of the type and size of the guns the author wrote about was tedious to me. Also, the author clearly does not understand females or how they would typically react in situations. I don't like weak female characters that some male authors love to write. I would call this book a can miss.

    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
    (10581)
    Performance
    (8829)
    Story
    (8825)

    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.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Wow! I never, ever, rate five stars!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

    Yes, and I might to catch the nuances I missed the first time around.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. First, the narration was top notch and done beautifully in three different voices. Next, the story kept me wondering and cringing at times---the characters did such awful things and they told you the way they perceived the event and also what they thought of their actions. It was a very real story of how we do not always judge things correctly when we are on the outside looking in and also that we never know someone else, ever.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rachel finally remembered something that she had struggled though out the story to recall.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely give books five stars, but this one deserved it! The performances were very real and well done and kept me coming back for a listen. Also, the author wrote a very real story that was relatable on many levels.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (420)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "Very average"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was very average. Well written but not a great story. Will not look for other books by this author.
    Also, the female reader has a somewhat annoying delivery and I will avoid books narrated by her again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (339)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    Charyn says: "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    "Just okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was just okay. A writing class quality work. It was not something I would recommend but held my attention.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11203)
    Performance
    (10088)
    Story
    (10180)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Fantastic narrator! Great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to---along with other Dan Brown novels.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but it carried you along and you wanted to see what was going to happen next. Made me want to visit Italy again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moral questions and conversations this book inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    Great conversation sparker with family and friends. Good book discussion offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2756)
    Story
    (2777)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Worst narrator ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not like the stalker quality of the main character so I am not sure it had the ability to be a four or five star despite the horrible narrator.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Again---made the main character a little more manly and less needy.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    The narrator was really awful. He had a petulant, haughty voice that really messed up the story. I don't hear Harlan Coben's work in the voice that this man used. He put emphasis in the wrong places and did not do women's voices well.


    Any additional comments?

    I will avoid anything narrated by Scott Brick ever, ever again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3333)
    Performance
    (2189)
    Story
    (2195)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Great narrator--good story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Likeness the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this book was either Irish or had the best Irish accent I have ever heard. The story, as read by her, was very compelling. The story itself was engaging and I found myself trying to carve out time to listen.
    I felt the story was believable and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Likeness?

    I enjoyed the manner in which the main character learned how to "play" a different person. She and her mentor's work together seemed very realistic. The author did not try to tie everything in at the end and I found the ending appropriate to the story.
    I also liked the manner in which the deceased character seemed like a living character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everyone has a double.


    Any additional comments?

    I have one of those faces that make people tell me that I look just like their sister, ex-girlfriend, etc. One wonders about this kind of thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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