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Laurie

Boulder, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Amazing Peace and Other Poems

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "Amazing Peace" is a beautiful and deeply moving poem from Maya Angelou. Here she inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. "Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward," she writes, "and speak the word aloud. Peace." "Amazing Peace" is Maya Angelou's radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and is a touching celebration of the "Glad Season" that will resonate with people of all faiths.

    Laurie says: "Stunning work read by a master"
    "Stunning work read by a master"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ms. Angelou recites the poem she wrote for the inauguration of Pres. Clinton. I saw it on TV but this listening enabled me to understand and absorb the riveting work. THEN there are other poems!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (557)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Pultizer Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Conjecture on day-to-day military details that gave the civil war a different point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1632)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Parent Angst"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hmm. Harry Bosch spent many hours in parent angst. Rather distracting to OK story line. No heart in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Listening is perfect for this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While reading the novel would be riveting, listening to it performed is a moving, exquisite experience. Hearing the Khmer words woven into the text makes the reader feel more involved in the country and culture. Unlike some of the other works about the toxic revolution in Cambodia, this book does not focus solely on the physical violence, blood, and gore until the end. Even then, it portrays anarchy and evil in a manner that allows the reader to stay with the story. Perhaps this makes the situation more disturbing, if that is possible.

    What emerges is a the portrayal of a gracious and beautiful culture whose destruction is beyond comprehension. However, the grace and hope that is described in the book makes one admire and honor the survivors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (857)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Good story woven with history"
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    Good story showing the hideousness of racism but The South is/was not monolithic. Good Sheriff, Bad Sheriff who discovered the secret, and Good Sheriff stories tied together effectively. Ending was subtle and excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Swim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sara J. Henry
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

    Howard says: "A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery"
    "It could have been so much more . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The opening and initial premise was good, but the story and writing fell flat. I nearly did not finish it because of the repetitive "I cried" and "tears rolled down my cheeks" which had very little to do with the story.

    So: not a good mystery; not a good thriller; not even a good sex and romance. Chopped up with "red herring" type of ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Swell-Looking Babe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Thompson
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    It was supposed to be only a temporary job - something to pay the bills until Dusty could get his feet back on the ground and raise enough money for medical school. After all, there's nothing wrong with being a bellboy at a respectable hotel like the Manton - that is, until she came along. Marcia Hillis. The perfect woman. Beautiful. Experienced. Older and wiser. But while Dusty has designs on Marcia, Marcia has an agenda of her own.

    Darryl says: "very good"
    "Do not bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This attempts to be a novel noir, but it becomes just boring. Not particularly well written and the ending is so forced. Some dramatic themes are just left hanging in the air.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (872)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "Predictable, but charming."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Smith writes a new iteration of the same story, but it is enjoyable and the narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triple Crossing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sebastian Rotella
    • Narrated By Frankie J. Alvarez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    A gritty, fast-paced thriller about the criminal underworld at work along both sides of the US-Mexico border and a young cop who goes undercover to bring it down.

    Dennis says: "Very well done story, plot, narration, solid"
    "Stellar"
    Overall
    Performance
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    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Narration was terrific! New author, awarded, look forward to more.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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