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Leslie A. Foote

hospice doc

Monterey CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 18 reviews
  • 76 ratings
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  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (856)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "a look at society's pecking order"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating story about school bullying gone bad. Wonderful sympathetic characters are well developed with a great plot that takes unexpected turns. anybody who wants to get in to the head of the bully and the bullied should read this book. "19 minutes" demontrates how school, parents, and system in general just don't deal well with victims of bullying. As usual, this author likes to put these sensitive subjects out there and ask lots of "what ifs". You can't help but be self reflective after reading this. A real thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (525)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "a uniue picture of pakistan and afganistan"
    Overall

    Greg Mortensen is an incredible person. Such dedication and perseverance is hard to imagine. I hope the book brings his cause to light and that he succeeds. The notion that you can bring peace and stability to a country by educating its young, particularly the girls, is inspiring. this is the sort of movement we should all be behind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than 50 conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

    Andy says: "best listen ever"
    "childhood's end"
    Overall

    Wow, what a tale. I just wished it went on and told a bit about his life afterwards. If you want to get an idea how many wars are waged, this is the book to read. You realize just how insular your life is. The author talks of his family and then the over night change that puts him on the run and finally in the hands of adults who drug, torture, and force him to be a killing machine. The efforts of relief agencies dedicated to rehabilitating these kids was also impressive. It's all so totally eye opening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (190)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "greed in detail"
    Overall

    I had a hard time slogging through this. You get the gist really early that folks are playing with fire and not playing by the rules. The author really tries to go into painful detail. Unfortunately,this is only likely to be appreciated by someone who is familiar with the jargon of high level economics. The narrator does an admirable job of delivering a fairly dry narrative.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5070)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1599)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "fun with alternate worlds"
    Overall

    This is a great series and well done from the audio standpoint. There is quite a cast of characters and all are very good, conveying the characters well. I find the trilogy not only entertaining but thought provoking. Worldly knowledge, one's soul, all are part of this most interesting journey taken by a young girl who you can't help but admire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9163)
    Performance
    (5814)
    Story
    (5834)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "a great highland story"
    Overall

    Seldom have I had so much fun learning history this way. You get a really great idea of how France, England, and Scotland were interacting in the 18th century. Lots of twists and turns especially with the time travel element. One of the best narrators ever!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5518)
    Performance
    (3128)
    Story
    (3150)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "star trek meets the big bang meets monty python"
    Overall

    It's amusing for awhile and then it gets kind of pointless. You can't but see that it is a clever book but the level of absurdity you have to be deluged with takes tolerance. The narrator is quite good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7724)
    Performance
    (4921)
    Story
    (4890)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "More adventures and time travel"
    Overall

    Just when you thought you couldn't think of more to add to the story, the story of Claire and Jaime takes a few more turns. The narrator for this book is outstanding and I hope that she does the whole series (6 books). These books are so rich in detail that an abridged version is unthinkable. Highly recommended for those that want to do the whole series of the "outlander".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8779)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3256)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Early England, political intrigue and the plague"
    Overall

    A wonderful sequel to "Pillars of the Earth". Well narrated with great characters. You won't want to put it down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12680)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5093)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. 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...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "building cathedrals in early England"
    Overall

    This book is narrated beautifully and grabs you from the beginning. You can hardly put it down. Lots of wonderful history from architecture, to life in a monastery, guild life, and the politics of the time. I loved every bit of it, was absorbed by the characters and felt transported through the whole epic. A must read if you love history and fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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