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Lesley

MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Indefensible

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pamela Callow
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    When Elise Vanderzell plummets from her balcony one night, her children awaken to a nightmare. Their mother is dead. Their father is charged with her murder. Lawyer Kate Lange knows all about nightmares. She survived the darkest period of her life and the wounds are still raw. Now she's been handed a case that seems unwinnable: defending her boss, high-profile lawyer Randall Barrett. A prosecutor's dream suspect, Randall is a man cuckolded by his ex-wife. A man who couldn't control his temper.

    Lesley says: "UP ALL NIGHT!!! A good listen!!!"
    "UP ALL NIGHT!!! A good listen!!!"
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    Would you listen to Indefensible again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. This was an excellent story. I would listen again, because it was so detailed, I sure I missed something the first time around.


    What other book might you compare Indefensible to and why?

    Kiss the Girls by James Patterson. I would compare the author to James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Dr. Jamie gradually started revealing himself. Also, the scene where they caught him on the river and he drowned.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Patients Beware!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Negotiator: The O'Malley Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    Best-selling author Dee Henderson's acclaimed novels are an irresistible blend of suspense, romance and spirituality. More than a million copies of Henderson's books are in print, and she has won many prizes, including the Christy, the RITA and the National Reader's Choice Award. FBI special agent Dave Richman loves hostage negotiator Kate O'Malley. But keeping her safe is another matter entirely, one that requires deep trust in God.

    Teresia says: "The O'Malley Clan - one at a time"
    "Great Series"
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    What did you love best about The Negotiator?

    The Negotiator is probably one of the better books in the series. It's full of action and suspense, and that's what I loved best about this book.


    What other book might you compare The Negotiator to and why?

    Lately, I've been listening to a lot of suspense novels. Two recent novels come to mind, Indefensible by Pamela Callow and A Case of Redemption by Adam Mitzer. Both full of action and suspense, without the religious theme.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening bank hostage scene was my favorite. One thing I can say about Dee Henderson, her opening scenes are always good. The novels may drag in the middle, but the beginning and endings are always good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kate O'Malley was hilarious. I found myself laughing at this character often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danger in the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Sara Walsh is unsure of her own safety. Every day when she leaves her job as a writer, she takes a different route to avoid patterns in her routine that could put her life in jeopardy. Ever since she and her sister were abducted as children, and her sister was murdered, Sara has been forced to live in a paranoid world where a faceless man could be stalking her every move. But this man is no apparition. He¿s real and he¿s obsessed with finding her ¿ and killing her.

    Teresia says: "Danger in the Shadows (unabridged)"
    "Great Story, but not what I was expecting."
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    If you could sum up Danger in the Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Sad and Serious


    What other book might you compare Danger in the Shadows to and why?

    This book reminds me of Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson. Yes, I'm fully aware that I can expect similarities, but the main characters in these novels were so close. Both suffer from nightmares, both are afraid to get married and have children. This makes me hesitant to listen to the O'Malley's series. I going to listen to book 1, if it's more of the same that will be the last of this series for me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had a great voice. Overall, his performance was good, however he didn't do Sara the main character any justice. Tom didn't transition into the female characters very well, but he tried and you could hear the difference when Sara was speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This novel was good, however it was a bit SAD. It didn't make me laugh or cry. I just found myself saying "WOW" often.


    Any additional comments?

    I ordered this book based on the novel Full Disclosure. The author advertised her other books in Full Disclosure. Full Disclosure painted a different story of Sara and Adam. So, I was expecting the story of Sara and Adam described in Full Disclosure. Danger in the Shadows was good, but not the story I expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1206)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Larry says: "Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book"
    "Excessive use of the word "COCK""
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    Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant?

    I doubt it very seriously if I will try another book by Christina Lauren or Grace Grant. The book will have to come highly recommended and the reviews outstanding before I try another one. I purchased this back in July and I still have 1 hour left. OMG, just plain awful. Hope, it's not too late to return.


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    The most disappointing was the excessive use of the word cock. Please understand, I do enjoy a good erotic romance novel, however I think the authors could have been a little more creative in describing the male organ.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Grant?

    Becca Batoe or David de Vries would have been great narrators for this book. The novel was written in two voices. It was very difficult to understand when the male was telling the story or female. The narrator did not change voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One, just one redeeming quality. I understand this was fan fiction of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can say it was better than most fan fiction I've read. The authors didn't copy, they wrote their own story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1082)

    'Tis the Season for Romance. Sparks fly when the lights go out in best-selling author Shannon Stacey's charming holiday romance.

    DARA says: "I Like Free! Thanks Audible!"
    "Free Download...It was well worth it!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice to be better than the print version?

    I would like the to listen to the full audio edition. The free download was one story with a running time of 2 hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a clean cut romance. Most short stories fall short, but this one had a clear beginning, middle and end. Great character development. I don't feel like I was cheated because it was a short story.


    What does Savannah Richards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Savannah was a great narrator. Very good voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Electric


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1323)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "At Last...A GOOOD Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Case of Redemption to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I download a sample of the book before purchasing the audio version. And the audio version was EXCELLENT.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy every aspect of this story. I haven't been this enthused about a book in a long time. I don't have any complaints. The best part was the ENDING. I didn't see it turning out that way. I don't want to spoil it, but I was on to this one character early on. But the author made you love her, so it was hard to believe her betrayal in the END. OMG what a novel.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Kevin was awesome. A great narrator. His best characters were the Judge and a weeping Nina.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, I literally GASPED when the Judge announced LD had died in prison. I wanted to cry. I was also moved when Dave let his love go...It took a strong man to do so... the power of the Poonanny.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to all. There is something in this book for all readers. If you like legal suspense...THIS IS FOR YOU.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Valentine Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    Drawn to an old trunk in the attic, Lara Calhoun is unable to resist finding out what treasure her late, beloved mother had kept hidden away for all these years. Her unexpected discovery soon turns her world upside down and makes her second-guess everything she's ever believed about her mother and about love. Will it lead her straight into Dave Lafferty's arms, or make her turn away from the love of a lifetime?

    Irma says: "The Valentine Wedding Dress"
    "FREE"
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    Would you try another book from Sherryl Woods and/or Elenna Stauffer?

    Yes, I would purchase another book from both Sherryl Woods and Elenna Stauffer


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was very predictable, I pretty much knew what was going to happen next. The most interesting surprise was discovering Peter arrange the meeting between Lara and Dave.


    Which character – as performed by Elenna Stauffer – was your favorite?

    Lara was my favorite


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If the story and characters were more developed, I could see a very good novella.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Disclosure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (361)

    Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

    Linda says: "Snore"
    "Awesome...Not what I expected"
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    If you could sum up Full Disclosure in three words, what would they be?

    Twist and Turns!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, I must give props to Davis Devries. His performance was awesome and made a good story even better. There were so many twist, turns and excitement in this story I was on the edge of my seat. Full Disclosure was well written. Every scene connected perfectly. That's what I enjoyed most. It all came together in the end. Spoiler: I knew the VP was shady early on. He was a smooth character and listening to his take down was AWESOME!!

    I believe this novel is tagged as a romance. I got a murder mystery, suspense, thriller and romance all wrapped up into one. A clean cut Christian Romance. Not what I expected, and well worth the purchase.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I knew the VP was shady. Since he and Ann were so close, I started to doubt her as well. The scene were Ann reveled what happen in the cabin, was ONE of my favorites.

    OMG, the opening scene was good as well. It was so well written, and set the movements of the book in place. AWESOME.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LOL often. Scenes with Black/Midnight the dog were hilarious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (751)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "Daytime Soaps via audiobook"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to romance readers. It falls in the traditional romance category, with a few well written erotic scenes. Some romance readers don't like the "DIRT" this audiobook was classy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love in the Afternoon?

    When the stalker was finally revealed. I suspected this individual early on in the book.


    What three words best describe Gia St. Claire’s performance?

    Overall decent job.In the first few chapters it was annoying when Gia pronounced Barret and Barnet. It drove me crazy. Other than that, Gia did a great job and I would listen to other audiobooks narrated by Gia.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this was not an audiobook that made me drop everything and listen in one sitting. It was a good book, not an AWESOME book. GOOD!!!

    I don't plan to listen to my audiobooks in one sitting. If it's an exceptional book, I will listen in one sitting. If it's less than 6 hours, I listen in one day. I normally enjoy my audiobooks during working hours. So, I can get a good 4 to 6 six hours a day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    "At the heart of this simple book lies the key to many of the struggles we face these days, from being productive and achieving our goals, to getting healthy and fit in the face of fast food and inactivity, to finding simplicity and peace amidst chaos and confusion. That key itself is simple: focus. Our ability to focus will allow us to create in ways that perhaps we haven’t in years. It’ll allow us to slow down and find peace of mind. (Leo Babauta)

    Mark says: "Awful reworking of The Power of Less"
    "I' m so FOCUSED now."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Focus to be better than the print version?

    I've don't have the print version of Focus. This was my first audio/book by Leo Babauta. I'm willing to purchase other books by this author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always said twitter and facebook was a huge was of time, but really needed for authors and people trying to grow their business. Leo offers solutions to the social media distraction. I also enjoyed the fact that Babauta offered solutions. Some books in this genre send too much time discussing the issue, but offer little solutions.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What did you learn from Focus that you would use in your daily life?

    One pointer I've started using: Make a daily to do list, pick three IMPORTANT task and focus on those task first and early in the day when I have the most energy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattooed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pamela Callow
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When a body is found on the outskirts of Halifax, rumors run wild about the victim's identity. But tattoo artist Kenzie Sloane knows exactly who she is. They share a tattoo…and a decade-old secret. Lawyer Kate Lange remembers Kenzie Sloane. The former wild child was part of the same crowd that attracted her little sister, Imogen, before her death. Now Kenzie needs her help. And Kate needs answers. But there are others who know about the tattoo and its history.

    Lesley says: "Pamela Callow has become one of my favorite author"
    "Pamela Callow has become one of my favorite author"
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    Would you listen to Tattooed again? Why?

    I would listen to Tattooed again. Actually, I plan to listen again. I was multi-tasking, (LOL) and missed some key information in the first two hours. As a result, I was a little confused.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I've come to love the characters from the other novels. Therefore, I'm concerned for them and they drove the novel and kept me on the edge of my seat.


    What about Eva Kaminsky’s performance did you like?

    She did an outstanding job. Eva has the perfect narrator voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. I was shocked Kate didn't recognize the setup. And, I couldn't believe Kenzie got away with murder, TWICE!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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