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Liatris

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 39 reviews
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  • 19 purchased in 2015
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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Millions of people have thrilled to the adventure of young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver since the publication of Treasure Island in 1883. It has been dramatized countless times since its appearance. Treasure maps marked with an X, schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and peglegged sailors with parrots on their shoulders: All these stereotypes of the buccaneer tale were the invention of R. L. Stevenson. But make no mistake about it...this novel is a masterpiece of plot development, character study, and sheer writing skill.

    Liatris says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    Slightly (very slightly) different than the novel I'm using to follow along with the narration but certainly still unabridged. I love the narration, music (just a little between sections), and editing. The classic pirate story well handled on audio. I can tell Charlton Griffin loves it, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6011)
    Story
    (6032)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Good story"
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    I enjoyed this listen. The narration was perfect and the story based on an actual historical practice of sending orphans across the country to new homes interesting and moving. The author handled it without dramatic sentimentality and the parallel story of a modern foster child worked well so that neither story became too tragic. I would recommend this to anyone - did not tire listening to it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (498)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Not quite"
    Overall
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    This isn't a bad audible, just not quite good. The story is ok, I think, but the narration gets in the way. The physical and personality descriptions of the characters don't match the voices. This mismatch was extreme enough to get in the way of my enjoyment of the title. Before you purchase, take a listen and realize the male narrator is supposed to be GQ handsome with blond hair. I guess I just wouldn't recommend this on audible. I don't know if it would be good in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5884)
    Performance
    (5171)
    Story
    (5185)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Love Caroline Lee"
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    I probably would not have finished this book if it hadn't been for the lovely narration. There was so much room for something good to happen and it just never did. Everything turns out as I expected, the plot a bit predictable. It is one of those books where you get to know several characters' stories and gradually see how they will collide. Then they do and it's a mess, and then it is resolved. I usually like this structure, but their weren't any characters that I could agree with. The epilogue tells what could have been had the catalytic event not occurred. The message ends up being that really no matter how good a person you are your life can get totally messed up leading you to mess up others' lives and there is no way to avoid this and then you'll get punished for it on top of everything else. I think there are a lot of readers out there who would enjoy this book, especially with the great narration and fateful plot, I'm just not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All I Need Is You: An Over the Edge Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Behind Eli McCain’s Texas drawl lies an extreme sports lover, a former Hollywood stuntman…and a broken heart. Left at the altar a year ago, he’s not happy when Thrillseekers Anonymous, the extreme sports club he cofounded, gets into the celebrity wedding business. Especially since Marnie Banks, the wedding coordinator with the stunning smile and sexy curves, never stops talking. Marnie, meanwhile, hopes planning an A-list celebrity wedding will be her ticket to success. If only her glamorous clients weren’t constantly throwing outrageous demands at her. And if only Eli wasn’t so guarded - and so jaw-droppingly handsome.

    Kristin says: "Nice listen."
    "Fluff"
    Overall
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    I usually enjoy Julia London's historical romance and thought she was branching out when I saw this title. Ooops. It is a re-release of a 10 year old title and you can tell. The heroine is more appealing, perhaps to a younger reader - early twenties maybe? Late teens? It's all about trying to make a fancy traditional wedding work in a remote accessible-only-by-rope-bridge location. Silly premise to begin with and unappealing characters to top it off. I should have been more careful when I purchased it but it had such a nice price... So if you want pretty much mindless fluff at under ten dollars this is a good pick. I liked the narrator's Texas accent for the male lead, but I couldn't get around the ridiculous heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (563)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Molly-o says: "Loved, loved, loved it!"
    "Difficult"
    Overall
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    I found this book difficult to get through. Unlike some other listeners I think the problem is that it is too well written. I know people who treat each other this way. Elizabeth Strout nailed it. The relationship between the brothers was so difficult during the first third of the book that I cried and would not have continued if it were not my book club's choice for this month. There are no likable characters in this book. Bob is nice, but a little to vague to be truly admirable. Otherwise everyone is so damaged it is painful. It reminds me a little bit of Mrs.Bridge, but perhaps that is just because that book depressed me as well. The story never really lightens at any point. I think the ending is supposed to be happy, and for two characters there is hope. Again I want to stress that the writing is good and the narration good; the book is just pretty much a downer from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (987)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Good 5 star listen"
    Overall
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    I was going to give this an overall score of 4, but I found myself giving it a 5 for performance and a 5 for story, and recalled that I had a difficult time turning it off. I believe I am too stingy to give a 5 very often, except this one truly deserves the extra star! I thoroughly enjoyed the heroine. She is smart and independent. The hero is definitely damaged, but our lady is smart enough to figure that out and point it out to him in a way he can understand. The performance is perfect. Nothing worse than a good book with a bad reader. I just put two more Loretta Chase / Kate Reading books on my wish list. Interesting and fun. Not too graphic sexually, but enough sexual tension to keep it hot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (211)

    On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

    Ms Mare says: "Weekend Warriors"
    "No More Michaels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this because I have seen so many Fern Michaels titles and thought I'd try one. There were so many things I didn't like about this book! The narrator is not my favorite and really does sound far to old. The women involved are pretty much unbelievable - and bloodthirsty. The details are stereotypic and the plot uninteresting. There was not one character I found appealing. I found the accent used for the American born of Chinese descent a bit offensive. The book is old fashioned in thinking and values, not funny, and I just cannot recommend it. Then again, I'm more into forgiveness and healing than revenge and violence. I really can't figure out why I bought this - maybe it was a finger twitch accident!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (358)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    Jean says: "One Of The Most Authentic"
    "Engaging"
    Overall
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    Story

    I loved this one. Laura Kinsale wrenches her reader's heart and doesn't scrimp on anything. She manages to capture the era and tell a dramatic story without being hokey, melodramatic, or offensive. She makes interesting characters interact in interesting ways and does not soften their struggles and pain to make an easy read. She tells the whole story. Good book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Moonspun Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    You've already met Rafael Carstairs, the mysterious sea captain who worked against Napoleon in Calypso Magic. He's a civilian now and traveling to see his twin brother, Damien Carstairs Baron Drago, in Cornwell. In the middle of a moonless night, Rafael rescues a young girl, Victoria Abermarle, from smugglers, only to find that she's trying to escape his twin, Baron Drago, who tried to rape her.

    Liatris says: "A lot of rape"
    "A lot of rape"
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    This book starts with the rape of a young girl by 8 men in hoods and continues on to tell the story of a pig headed man who doesn't listen to his wife when she says no to sex. Of course he convinces her (by kissing her in just the right place) that "no" means "yes," then steals her fortune, and they go on to fall madly in love, solve the crime and live happily ever after. This is one of those books that gives historical romance a bad name. Personally? I'm not an Anne Flosnik fan either and probably would not have ordered this had I realized her nasal voice would have to be tolerated. I almost stopped listening after the first twenty minutes but decided to finish so I could honestly warn other romance fans that this one is problematic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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