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Leslie

Greenwood, IN, United States

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REVIEWS
6
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (907)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Great ending to the series!"
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    I didn't think I could be happy with any ending to this series, as I enjoyed the characters so much; but Ms. Carriger is able to tie things up and make one feel good about the characters' future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9161)
    Performance
    (6686)
    Story
    (6726)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Could Not Put This Down!"
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    I loved the characters in this story. The vampires remind one of Twilight, but without all the teen angst! The flaws in the characters' personalities make them more real, thus making it impossible to quit reading as I had to find out what happened next. I actually enjoyed the everyday scenes such as the yoga class. A little goofy that smooth, suave Matthew would be there, but a nice device to show a situation where the creatures were able to get along. I certainly hope there is another book soon. It's probably good that it isn't out yet, though. My family would wonder if I was ever going to return!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (344)

    Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

    Susan Ledder says: "Amelia Peabody series is great!"
    "Amelia Peabody Rocks!"
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    This is the best Amelia story yet. The plot twists and turns as much as the path Amelia and Emerson take. The reader can't tell who they should trust!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (700)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Excellent example of a book best LISTENED to"
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    I am so glad I experienced this novel as an audiobook! True, there is sometimes too much of a good thing in some of the lengthy descriptions the author uses, but the style fits with the fantasy world of the story. The narrator fits his emotions and pitch with each character and brings them to life, yet still allows the reader to imagine the rest. The icing on the cake is the piano music composed by the author. The notes add texture to what you experience. The flaws in this book are more than made up for by its strengths, earning it 5 stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5960)
    Performance
    (2119)
    Story
    (2126)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Wonderful book!"
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    I normally do not read or listen to a book more than once (there are too many!), but I have listened to "Across the Nightengale Floor" 3 times. The story is engaging and the characters are intriguing. The narrators are wonderful to hear. I have enjoyed all of the Otori books I have read, but this is definitely my favorite.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13097)
    Performance
    (5543)
    Story
    (5609)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Excellent narration!"
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    The narration of "Water for Elephants" is truly one of the best I have heard! Both narrators are outstanding, adding so much depth to each "side" of the main character. This is a wonderful book on its own, but I am so glad I listened to it rather than reading the paper copy. The performers really added to my enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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