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Laura S. Smith

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  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,048

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Twists abound

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I really enjoyed this book, the narrator was excellent also. Joe is a college student who just needs to write a biography on somebody. Since his own family is somewhat dysfunctional he heads to a nursing home. There he finds Carl, a dying murderer, or not? Joe has stumbled onto a 30 year old murder case, and through reading the transcripts he and his neighbor Lila find new evidence that just may clear him. This story kept me engaged with all its twists and turns

  • Long Gone

  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District. According to Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, the gallery is a passion project for its anonymous, wealthy, and eccentric owner. Drew assures Alice that the owner will be hands off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it!

  • By karen on 12-30-12

Twists abound

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Alice is caught up in a murder scheme. She is hired to run a new art gallery that just opened. But as she comes to work on her first day she finds the man who hired her dead. This book had a lot of twists and turns and toward the end a lot of surprises. The narrator did a great job, I would highly recommend this book to people who like mysteries

  • Mercy

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Picoult meet Gabeldon whilst searchin' the heather

  • By PlantCrone on 08-13-12

Timely story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This is a topic that could be talked about at length at a book club. Jamie McDonald kills his wife Maggie because she had terminal cancer and was in massive pain. Jamie swears that she asked him to kill her, however, nothing was put into writing. Jamie’s cousin is the chief of police, in fact a lot of McDonalds love in the city. So Jamie goes on trial. In a back story, the chief of police cheats on his wife Ally after she hires a new worker in the florist shop she owns. Over all I enjoyed the book and would recommend it

  • Merry and Bright

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her - minus her photo - and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lift Your Spirits!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 10-19-17

Cute Christmas story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Debbie Macomber always writes good stories. This one will really get you into the Christmas spirit. Merry is working as a temp during the holidays, her boss is a tyrant. Unbeknownst to Merry her mother and brother sign her up on a dating site for her birthday. She is at first upset, but tries it out anyway. There she meets a Jay (aka Jason) her boss at work. She does not realize this until they plan to meet. The story has little surprises, but I really liked it.