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LaurieHope

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  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

    "unknown" says: "A Breath of Fresh Air!!!"
    "Narrator not right for this book."
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    Good writing which held my interest throughout but the narrator ruined this book for me. It was like listening to Captain Kirk with dramatic pauses in the middle of sentences where none was needed; very little enthusiasm coming through in the reading. This book deserved better narration. : (

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Smartest Novel I've Heard or Read in Long time"
    "Excellent story, well written and read!"
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    For a first book, which I understand this is, the author has done an amazing job and I hope he changes his career to author permanently. The story weaves back and forth through seemingly unconnected events which gradually intertwine into a story you won't want to put down; I agonized every time I had to stop listening and couldn't wait to get back to it.

    The narrator does an excellent job and the only improvement I think he could make on his read would be to have a greater difference between the accents of some of the gruffer, male characters as I found myself having to concentrate on occasion to determine who was 'speaking' as he went from one character to the next.

    The depth the writer provided to his characters and the life given them by the narrator was a great combination and I can't wait for another book, hopefully the second in a series.

    Some of the reviews ask which character you'd like to speak with in real life if you could, hands down I would choose an afternoon with the author so I could hear his mind at work.

    Well written, Mr. Hayes! Thanks for the great read. : )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2882)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "More for tweens than adults."
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    I'm a fan of well written books. It doesn't matter what the topic, whether it's long or short, if it is well written I'll enjoy it. Regrettably, and despite what might have been a promising story line, this is not one the of the better books I've listened to.

    This book is defintely directed at Tweens who love novels written in the mould of Twilight and Beautiful Creatures; teenage heros & heroines, multi dimensions, demons, vampires, etc. I've enjoyed many series directed at non-audult audiences, Harry Potter not the least among them, but this novel seems to have been written more as a coming-of-age, boy-meets-girl, I'm-not-a-kid story which, unfortunately, never makes it up out of the teenage point of view. Sadly the choice of narrator didn't help either; whether it was the author's intent to have a narrator who sounded as though she were the 15 year old protagonist of the novel I do not know but it was the wrong choice. I actually couldn't wait for this book to be over but am hopeful for fans that other novels in the series may be better, the author having learned from this foray into the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Reader is Davina Porter not the one listed."
    "Loved reading the first in this series."
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    Having read so many of Anne Perry's novels in which Thomas & Charlotte Pitt figured predominantly I truly enjoyed going back and reading this, their first encounter. Davina Porter is the quintessential narrator for Ms. Perry's books; she imbues each character with unique traits, qualities and patterns of speech which help bring them to life as you listen. This combination of author and narrator is one of the best on the market.

    Not only is this the story a wonderful period piece of detecting, it is also the background for the entire series of books involving this crime solving duo and through this novel you come to understand a bit more about how each of these individuals became who they were and how they were destined to become so much more together.

    You will notice almost immediately that part of Ms. Perry's writing style involves the inclusion of mundane, day to day happenings such as problems with the tweenie or cook and how the lives and expectations of society during that era are very much removed from those of today. Far from slowing down the novels these references give the story line a better sense of context, allowing the reader/listener to understand the situations and perceptions as they would have seemed to residents of Victorian England as opposed to the impressions we, living in 2013, might entertain.

    If you are a fan of Ms. Perry's books and haven't done so you definitely need to read the Cater Street Hangman. If you have yet to experience the writings of this talented author you are in for a treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "This is 1 reason I'm a fan of historical fiction."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, and it's predecessor, to anyone who enjoys well written, thought provoking historical fiction. Although obviously not alive during the time in which this novel is set I felt when listening to this book that I was there, smelling the rain on the cobblestones and the smoke wafting over from the window where Stevie Taggert sat smoking yet another cigarette. The narration and writing were of a quality that at times inspired me to imagine I could hear the background noises in the streets as the characters progressed from one scene to the next. The dialogue and story were both so well done I couldn't read quickly enough and felt almost as though it was me sneaking into a cellar or hiding from an unruly mob. If you haven't yet listend to this novel I recommend you do so now, you won't regret it


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

    The plot was well written and cohesive. The characters were all very unique and the narrator did an exceptional job giving each one a well defined personality and manner of speech. The narration was key to keeping the level of suspense consistent and relateable; this in combination with the Author's story telling ability makes this a book I will likely read and/or listen to again just for the enjoyment of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes involving the brothers Isaacson made me smile. Their sibling rivalry coupled with the fact that they could set it aside to get the work done added to the realism of the novel for me. I have an older sister with whom I do not always agree but when the going gets tough that's all put aside, just as it was for Marcus and Lucius Isaacson. Very 'human' characters. P.S. Heath, Mum still loves me more :)


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

    It wasn't so much a single moment which moved me the most while listening to this novel; Dr. Kreizler's coming to terms with the suicide of the young boy in his care at the institute during the opening chapters of this book developed into an ongoing issue throughout the story and somehow became as big a part of the plot as the abduction of little Anna. It was impossible for me to listen to this book and not be affected by the pain and inner struggles the doctor goes through despite his attempts to keep it hidden from the other characters


    Any additional comments?

    I had read The Alienist many years ago and enjoyed the story very much despite believing it was a stand-alone novel; I was exceptionally pleased to find the characters making a second appearance in The Angel of Darkness and hope there will be another in this series sooner than later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Award-winning author Imogen Robertson continues the acclaimed series she began with Instruments of Darkness. Set in London during the Revolutionary War, Anatomy of Murder follows unlikely forensic investigator Mrs. Harriet Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther as they try to solve the mysterious death of a man dragged from the murky depths of the Thames River.

    LaurieHope says: "I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series"
    "I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series"
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    If you could sum up Anatomy of Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Three words only? Characters are real! The fictional hero and heroine of this book aren't perfect, which is what I think makes the novel better than most; whether the reader is male or felmale they are able to empathize with Ms. Westerman, the reluctant sleuth who simply wants her husband and her quiet life back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harriet would have to be my favourite character, both from an emotional and entertainment perspective. She is a woman living in a time when wives/sisters/mothers stayed at home and ran the house; they did not keep company with men other than a relative for prolonged periods of time nor did they engage in "unladylike" pursuits, regardless of the reason. Our Heroine finds herself in the position of behaving in a way society finds unacceptable yet she is not afraid to continue, believing the benefits outwiegh the deficits and uncaring as to how her reputation might suffer so long as she is able to keep her husband, children and way of life safe from harm. I admire this character as she has been written by Ms. Sterlin.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not yet had the pleasure of listening to any of Ms. Sterliin's other novels but will definitely be dowloading the remainder of this series.


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

    As to what moment in the book moved me the most I cannot say without spoiling the end for those readers who have not yet experience this well written, entertaining novel. Those of you who have read the book, or listened to it, know the moment to which I am referring and doubtless have been moved by it yourselves. Suffice it to say I was moved to tears, whether those tears were brought on by sadness or joy I will leave to future readers to determine for themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    Only one additional comment; please, please, please find a way to include the first volume of this series in your list of available titles There were so many references to the first adventure in this second installment I would love to be able to listen to the original.

    1 of 1 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
    (9585)
    Performance
    (8698)
    Story
    (8769)

    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.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Not his best but still well written & enjoyable."
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    Dan Brown's writing is always a pleasure to read; he keeps you interested through his "everyman" approach to story telling and always provides interesting little historical tidbits that have you running to your reference library to check things out and learn more about the topics he references.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the character of Robert Langdon and look forward to the history and folklore Dan Brown includes in all of his books; Inferno was no exception and has inspired me to read Danté's Divine Comedy from start to finish.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Paul Michael is a capable narrator and I enjoyed his interpretation of how each character should sound, write down to the consistent rendering of emotion in each one's thoughts and speech pattern. Mr. Michael's narration made this book better than it would have been on its own.


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

    Although I don't often have an opportunity to listen to a book in one sitting I was eager to start up again whenever there was a lapse. Dan Brown is a talented wordsmith and I love the way he combines historical fact with fiction to come up with his plots, the character of Robert Langdon is also quite endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    Although enjoyable I didn't think this was one of Dan Brown's better novels. While listening to the plot unravel I felt it was rushed, as if publishing the novel was more important than a plausible story line/ending. Perhaps there was a deadline to be met which prevented this story from coming to fruition at a better speed (less rushed and frenetic) with a more practical resolution or perhaps I have simply been spoiled by Mr. Brown's other novels. Still a great listen and I will definitely continue to purchase any book published by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6582)
    Performance
    (5785)
    Story
    (5784)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Pleasantly surprised!"
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    Would you listen to Monster Hunter International again? Why?

    Having listened to the first two books in this series I'm holding off on the thrid because I don't want the storyline to end. At some point after I finally cave in and listen to that last book, Monster Hunter Alpha, I'm going to go back to the beginning and listen to the entire story again from start to finish.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oliver Wyman gives each character in the book a unique, well defined personality; the characters speak in a manner which suites both the dialogue and their reaction to each scenario. The writing is obviously the key but I don't know that any other narrator could have given these characters life better than Wyman has done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Listening to this book as I drove back and forth from work I caught myself giggling at some portions of the dialogue and at the unusual circumstances the main characters found themselves in. I also found this humour to be tempered by moments of "reality"' in the book which seemed to sweep your feet out from under you because you weren't expecting what came next.


    Any additional comments?

    When I saw this title on Audible's web page I originally disregarded it as just one more supernatural novel but then I started reading the reviews and decided to take a chance; I'm very glad I did. : )

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9643)
    Performance
    (8598)
    Story
    (8574)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "All hail Oberon Khan!"
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    The story line is not the most original (the literary world seems flooded with witches, wizards and vampires lately) but Kevin Hearne manages to write a novel which is both entertaining and interesting thanks to his references to many old and oft overlooked Gods and Goddesses. I know I'll be listening to this book again in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Despite numerous interesting characters in this novel I have to be honest and say that my favourite is Oberon; I live with a Labrador named Finnegan and I swear that was his voice I heard in the character, especially the parts about the pooodles and sausages. The addition of Dog Logic in the story is unusual and very welcome.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Luke Daniels does a great job narrating the story and his interpretations of each character are distinct enough that the story line is easily followed and you don't find yourself replaying portions of the book trying to figure out who just said what. I don't think many other narators could have brought to life an old Irish widow, a wolf hound, a centuries old Druid and assorted werewolves, Gods & Goddesses as well as Luke Daniels has done it here.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book out of curiosity and after listening to it have already downloaded

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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