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Lori

United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 56 reviews
  • 425 ratings
  • 774 titles in library
  • 79 purchased in 2014
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  • The Apothecary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maile Meloy
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia.

    Joyce says: "Simply Wonderful!!!!!"
    "Nice Adeventure Story"
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    I liked this book, but was suprised that others fell in love with it. It was a good adventure story focused on young adults (14/15ish). But the story was complete fantasy which I was not expecting. It was a fun read & The reader was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (826)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "First Coben read...I Liked it"
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    This is a good mystery, there were a few moments of implausibility but over all there was a good building of the back story, This is a back & forth in time story from when the main character is young ( late high school/early college) to when he is an adult and life has hit him pretty hard. A mystery from his youth resurfaces and now he is determined to solve the mystery that has effected his life for so long. There is a neat side story through his job as a prosecutor that was almost better then the main plot.
    I liked the premise of the story & the side court room story ; the journey did get a little far fetched at times and the ending was a little implausible. I did not like "the girl" sideline, she could have just stayed in the past and the story would have been better.
    Scott Brick, who I have liked in the past, was completely over dramatic, it was annoying at times and too melodramatic.
    I did enjoy the story enough to look for more Coben books to read, hoping Scott Brick does not narrate them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1151)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "A classic for a reason"
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    I don't know why I am surprised when I listen to a classic and its good, A Light in August does not disappoint. While the story is really good its the writing that's amazing...The phrases were simply but beautifully written. I did have re-listen a few times to keep the premise but I was working while listening and tend to lose track.
    Will Patton is amazing! I listened to him narrate Alas! Babylon and now this. I believe his is my new favorite narrator.
    I will be reading to more of William Faulkner now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shirley Ann Grau
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (146)

    Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

    Chimigi says: "very enjoyable"
    "Slow start, Stick with it. Love,betrayal,vengance!"
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    It took me a while to get into this book but its worth sticking with! It is a very descriptive story of the south that spans generations of the Howland family. Long story short... a wealthy white land owner secretly marries a black woman in ( I believe in the 60's) but they publically have children together. Until the marriage was found out no one had a problem with the relationship but after the marriage is discovered it has unfortunate ramifications for the family both black and white. But that is not the whole story, the most important theme is women who will sacrifice there own hearts desire to protect and better their children and their home. This story combines a sweet blind love story with a contrasting story of marriage of convenience. It is lovely and heart-breaking but also satisfying at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7393)
    Performance
    (6895)
    Story
    (6923)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Slontze! Premise was there but story was not"
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    This book may be good to YA's but for me, not so much. I like fantasies... Game of thrones, WoT, Neil Gaiman etc... The characters were just not built up enough. The main character had a life long vendetta against the bad ass epic that killed his father but got sidetracked by things like cool guns, motorcycles and a pretty girl. I really did not care about the main characters and therefore did not really care if any died. In fact I may kill a few characters off myself in my mind tonight.
    The " world" of newcago was not built up enough to imagine it. There are made up curse words that are annoying such as " slontz" and " calamity" . . Perhaps the most annoying thing in this book is the use of metaphors that don't work but are supposed to be cute/funny. I can assure you they are neither cute or funny . Also there are little annoyances such as in this dystopian world of darkness and steel there is little attention paid to daily life, what things cost, what is the currency etc...at a loss for why this book is getting such good ratings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (274)

    It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.

    Jeff says: "Excellent well-developed thriller / youth story"
    "Great story and character development"
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    I really enjoyed this book, there is a lot of time spent on character development so when something happens to the character you are invested in that person. I think of this story like stand by me with sci-fi/ horror. It is not very fast paced, but that is due to the character development in the story which adds the richness to the book. An interesting story, a great narrator and a good ending combine to make this book very credit worthy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1301)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Annoyingly good..."
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    This book is the worst narrated audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator used very bizarre voices for many of the characters , I almost could not listen to her.
    The premise of the story is good and its nice that sixteen year olds are not the main characters in this dystopian story...for once. I am curious to see what happens next but I fear that the story is heading in a hopeless direction. I hope I am proven wrong in that assumption. I am very glad the next installment is read by someone else!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3030)
    Performance
    (2789)
    Story
    (2790)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Mythacle creatures with very human dilemas"
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    First of all George Guidall could read the dictionary and have me entranced for hours! But I also enjoyed this story more than I thought I would... it contains a bit of fantasy, with a little history of New York's lower east side with a splash of the middle east. It is a story that shows supernatural creatures in very real life human dilemmas as well as fantastical dilemmas and at the same time weaves in the human characters every day struggles and interactions. All the while dealing with the subjects of morality and religion.
    I had never heard of a Golem but it is a creature of Jewish folklore. Of course we all have expectations of what a Jinni is but they are not realized in this story. This story makes you believe that it is indeed possible that we are living along side mythical creatures in our everyday lives! It is sort of a fairy tale for adults a little along the lines of Neil Gaiman's Stardust if not a bit more melancholy but If you enjoyed that I believe you will also enjoy this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6905)
    Performance
    (6251)
    Story
    (6251)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Historical "fiction" at its best"
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    I am really glad I chose this book, I found myself googling the Grimke sisters, Denmark Vesey and several other characters in the book. Unlike me I suggest you wait until after the book ends because Wikipedia does give away a few details.
    Where would we be if not for people who devoted there lives to our personal freedoms, Freedom that are so easily take for granted these days. I think everyone and especially every women should read this book to gain a better understanding of how far we have come in the past 200 years.
    The story reveals many insights into slavery, the difficulties of being an abolitionist, the Quakers, and the feminist movement. I am so grateful to the author for enlightening me on these important subjects. The narration is very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1278)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Implausible but somehow endearing"
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    This book is mostly ridiculous so I am at a lost for why I really ended up liking it and even crying at the end. The implausible situations the main characters got in were met with seemingly blasé reactions at times. However the love and friendship that was built between the main characters and the dog drew me in. I am a dog lover and wish we were all in the situation to pick up our lives and protect our family and champion humane rights as Travis and Nora were able to do. Both having no attachments and access to money which is not a reality for most of us.
    This is my first Koontz book and am not 100% sold yet but will give another book by him try. I would have given the narrator and the story a 3.5 if that were a possibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10250)
    Performance
    (9379)
    Story
    (9399)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Hang in there..."
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    Until the last 2 hours of the book my review was going to be much different. This story has a main character that although a lot of tragedy happens to him is nevertheless hard to sympathize with. It is a story about circumstances , choices and consequences. And how our conduct usually determines our fate, but not always.
    I had a hard time listening to the alcohol and drug use throughout the book , and I'm no prude. At times it was just too much and not always necessary in order to tell the story.
    I was going to quit by the last 4 hours because I just started to hate the main character and the choices he made , but I will say that there is some redemption in the last 2 hours or so.
    I'm glad I stuck with it because over all looking back it was a good story. Long but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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