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Lauri Sloper

Martinez, CA United States
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  • Dog Days

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Living with four dogs on a rural New York farm is one thing. But what happens when you add a couple cows, four donkeys, a growing flock of sheep, a few hens, a temperamental rooster, and even Mother (a barn cat) to the mix?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donkeys, Cows and sheep...oh, my!

  • By Karen on 06-27-10

Great book for animal lovers

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

The writing is so personal and helps explain things so easily. A great read with so much for animal lovers.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,446

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hated this book!

  • By nikki on 04-11-18

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

It was slow at beginning and somewhat confusing at times but worth the listen. I liked the use of three different speakers for the different women in the story.

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,533

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

Best animal - human story in years

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

The writing is mesmerizing, the story is exhilarating because it is true and because of the love he shares with the animals he loves and wants to save. I listen to books as I commute and this book was so engrossing and real that I hated it every time I shut off the car. It really tells you about life in Africa for an animal conservationist and the animals he respects and loves. Makes me want to jump on a plane tomorrow.

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,563

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

A great read with plots that innertwine

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

Reviewed: 08-19-13

A little slow at the beginning, but once it gets going it is quite a tail of two different times that finally mesh at the end with great stories and historical relevances that make it even more interesting.

  • Unsinkable

  • A Memoir
  • By: Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
  • Narrated by: Debbie Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total fun with Debbie Reynolds

  • By S.P.C. on 10-06-15

Great Story but Fair performance

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

Reviewed: 06-17-13

It was great to hear the inside Hollywood stories from Debbie Reynolds but she is a very poor reader and had a hard time even pronouncing some of the simple words and you could really tell she was simply reading it like a book she hadn't seen before. I was surprised that being an actress all these years she couldn't put more personality into it and not sound so stilted while reading. Some of the sentences didn't make sense the way she stop and started words and phrases.

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  • Bad Blood

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Kate Shugak Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-29-13

Less Kate Shugack than I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Story was interesting as usual but Kate wasn't the center of the story as in most of the past stories. It seemed more about Chopper Jim than about her which is different. But after that it ended in a way I never thought could happen so it did leave me speechless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power Trip

  • By: Jackie Collins
  • Narrated by: Jackie Collins, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Holter Graham, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women and an invitation no one can refuse... The Power Trip - take if it you dare. From Hollywood icon and mega-seller Jackie Collins comes a thrilling new novel, The Power Trip, set on a state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Collins novels are always fun and predictable.

  • By Marjorie on 03-11-13

Great Jackie Collins story as usual

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Love her celebrity type novels but sometimes having so many different people narrating it is confusing. The story is great but ending was rather expected but did enjoy the epilogue with the information about everyone's lives at the end..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

Great Story and Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Loved learning about fire jumpers and loved the stories of love, murder and life as a jumper. Love Nora's writing of characters and so much food in it that it made me hungry every time I listened.

  • The 7th Month

  • A Detective D. D. Warren Story
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,545

In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great short detective mystery!

  • By Kristi R. on 01-24-13

Very short but fun story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Liked the story but wish it was longer to get to know the characters. Great reader.

  • Surrender to the Devil

  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Sweet Continuation

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-08-13

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Great period piece of intrique and love. Good dialogue and story in Dickens era London.