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Leisa

Eagle, ID, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "I really wanted to like this more."
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    I have loved many of Bryce Courtenay's books and bought this when I heard he had passed away. I finished listening to it in honor of the other Courtenay books I loved.................but I didn't love it. I could have stopped listening. It had similar elements to many of his other books and the story moved slowly. It could have been much better.Try The Power of One, The Potato Factory Trilogy and Four Fires for outstanding writing and interesting stories that you can't put down. Humphrey Bower was outstanding as the narrator (once again!). I buy books just because he narrates them.I will miss new additions from Bryce Courtenay. Rest in peace.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (829)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    April says: "not enough stars..."
    "I really wanted to love it………………."
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    I really wanted to love this book since I have loved all the others. While I enjoyed most of it, I thought it really dragged in parts. A lot of retelling of tales from the previous books and many more sex scenes. I'm not against sex in the books, the first Outlander book was fairly steamy. But this was over done with sappy dialog and I didn't think it helped the book at all.Time travel…….fun, history…………interesting, love all the characters but oddly enough I found myself bored with so much retelling of info from previous books. I sometimes said, "Yada, yada, yada" to myself as I listened.The story did move forward and we get to know William much better. I will keep loving the series and I hope there is another one coming (years wait!). But unfortunately, this was a weak link for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (695)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Kept listening late into the night!"
    Overall

    At first I was worried this would end up being a kidnap/murder/torture type book and I was prepared to give it up if it was. I don't listen to that. But this was a terrific story with well developed characters. The narrator did a fabulous job with the voices and drawing you into the story. I was sorry that it ended so soon! You won't be disappointed. Worth the credits!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Baldacci "jumped the shark" with this one!"
    Overall

    I greatly enjoyed the first 4 books in the Camel Club series.
    Hell's Corner was a serious bore! Terrible plot with ridiculous twists and turns that the characters just narrated what was happening. But the dialog was what really killed it for me. Plodding and pedestrian. They all sounded so dumb, he ruined my image of the characters that I had grown fond of.

    Stop listening with Divine Justice (4th book) and you'll be happy with the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Waddi Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kerry McGinnis
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Two branches of the McAllister family lead very different lives on cattle stations in Central Australia. Rob, a stickler for correctness, manages a wealthy, company-owned property while his easygoing brother Sandy struggles to support his wife and son on an impoverished leasehold. When tragedy throws the families together, it ultimately drives them even further apart.

    Louise says: "Enjoyable"
    "I might give up."
    Overall

    I am continuing to listen to this book because the reader is fantastic. One of my all time favorites. But nothing is happening in this book and I'm nearly done! I'm disappointed. I have listened to numerouse Bryce Courtenay books and I love them. I thought I'd try a different author with Australia as the background. No comparison. Stick with Courtenay!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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