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Laurie

CROWN POINT, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Leviathan Effect: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Lilliefors
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine receives a frightening communication from a hacker identified only by the pseudonym Janus. The message is the latest in a series correctly predicting natural disasters around the world - disasters that, Janus claims, were manufactured, not natural at all. And, according to the email, unless the United States does as Janus instructs, another disaster is coming - a Category 5 hurricane that will hit the Eastern Seaboard and destroy the lives of tens of millions of people.

    Matthew says: "Stormy TImes ahead!"
    "Interesting story but narrator mispronunciations"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Leviathan Effect the most enjoyable?

    This was a good story. It had just enough factual information to make it believable and worth the listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story.I love a good storm but the idea that they can be manufactured is chilling.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Janus (the Roman god of doorways) was mispronounced throughout the story and it made it annoying each time she said it.


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

    I listened to this book on a long drive and I wanted to hear how it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator should ask how to pronounce something if she is not sure...she pronounced Janus ya-noose---I wan't even sure what she was saying at first.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    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
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    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
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10633)
    Performance
    (9617)
    Story
    (9702)

    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.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Fantastic narrator! Great story!"
    Overall
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    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
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2654)

    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
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    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (3063)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1957)

    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"
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    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
  • Black Water Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Writing in the tradition of Dennis Lehane and Greg Iles, Attica Locke, a powerful new voice in American fiction, delivers a brilliant debut thriller that readers will not soon forget. Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he's long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.

    C. Telfair says: "Promising Young Writer"
    "I did not like narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I did not like the narrator. He seemed to used a hushed uneven tone that ruined my enjoyment of the story. When he spoke at introduction and the end he was fine. But not during the narration of the story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator or if the narrator would have used his normal tone of voice.


    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    I am sorry, but I did not like his performance at all. He reminded me of Phil Dumfy when he was pretending to be Clive Bixby (Modern Family).


    Do you think Black Water Rising needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The book tied up the loose ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have enjoyed the story more with a different narrator. I am not really able to tell how much was not liking the story and how much was just the narration.
    The story itself and the setting of the 80s was good and seemed to have been well thought out.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5048)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3076)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was maybe a little heavy on character development. The author could have tied the two events together more succinctly.


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

    Good ending---appropriate


    Did Steven Crossley do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Excellent job with narration. I loved listening to his portrayal of females voices and inflections. He did a wonderful job with the narration and I would put him up with Jim Dale.


    Do you think In the Woods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, because there were loose ends that seemed to have been dropped and I would have given it 5 stars if she had done that.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I just felt that the ends could have been at least addressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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