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Laura Schnoor

Germantown, WI United States
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  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,723

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

This was a painful book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I was 20 hours into this book and it was just one hurdle for these characters after another. The length of this book could have been reduced by half. Some of the experiences were completely extraneous. I finally called it quits. Not finishing it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,662

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Can't even finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-17

What disappointed you about The Chemist?

I can't engage with it. So much of the writing feels like wasting time versus building suspense. I dread turning it on.

What was most disappointing about Stephenie Meyer’s story?

I think she is trying too hard to build a hardcore female heroine, and for me .

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

I don't feel one way or another about Ellen Archer. Her performance is fine, not anything I would search out again.

What character would you cut from The Chemist?

All of them. They felt fake and contrived. I really disliked this book. And I'm not new to books or Audible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Man's Land: John Puller, Book 4

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,426

John Puller's mother disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife. Puller is officially barred from working on the case and faces a potential court-martial if he disobeys the order, but he knows he can't sit this investigation out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncle Sam likes his deniability...

  • By shelley on 11-16-16

Avoiding Baldacci for a while.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-16

I couldn't get past the narration. It was at the level of an after-school special with the exaggerated inflection, the trading off of voices, and the whiny tone in Puller's character.

The story, not much better. I know plausibility is far fetched in these...whatever this genre is, but plausibility was non-existent. I did not finish the story, so, I can't give an honest review, except to say that I couldn't finish it.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,403

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Not going anywhere

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Just too slow. I'm hours into it, and it's just not moving. Can't even finish it.

  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest

  • A Novel
  • By: J. Ryan Stradal
  • Narrated by: Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation. When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine - and a dashing sommelier - he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter - starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So satisfying

  • By Laura Schnoor on 09-03-15

So satisfying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

It was a great experience. The story is quite clever, and all of its parts fit together so satisfyingly. The Story went a little over the top, at times, but in this scheme, it was somehow ok. Having spent some time in the Twin Cities, and having grown up in Wisconsin, I loved the regional familiarity. I loved the narrators dialect, and I especially love bars.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful