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Leigh

Listening to books is very liberating for me. I am free to work with my hands while "reading" a book. Total relaxation.

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (401)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Masha says: "Frustratingly bad read"
    "Mills and Boon with sex."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Just a string of cliches, shallow characters, no plot worth mentioning. One reads on to catch the raunchy although implausible sex scenes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Envy by Sandra Brown


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No, nice voice but her reading gives the wrong emphasis on words. She acts out too much and her portrayal of male voices is embarrassing.


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not for TV. Sex is the only interesting part and that couldn't be done on TV.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing as the name held so much promise.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6165)
    Performance
    (5339)
    Story
    (5332)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Ingeniously interwoven plots."
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    facts and fiction


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Ruins to and why?

    That is a tricky one. nothing really comes to mind offhand.


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

    One of my favorite readers. He manages to read the female characters without sounding too drag. He totally brought the book to life.


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

    Yes, couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Very clever plot that links characters across time and distant places. I enjoyed the combination of nonfiction and fiction. Made the whole thing real to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1059)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Quaint retro thriller"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was fairly distracting simple thriller.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John D. MacDonald? Why or why not?

    When I read the advertisement for the Travis McGee books I expected a treat. I must admit that I was disappointed. Found the first book to be a little too stylized and dated.


    Did Robert Petkoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He read well and appropriately for the style of book. The characters were well portrayed.


    Was The Deep Blue Good-By worth the listening time?

    Not really. I could have done better with my money.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no desire to read the next two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10925)
    Performance
    (6122)
    Story
    (6171)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Spiritual and philosophical feast"
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    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have had this year.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    After being interviewed by the Japanese, Pi asks which of the two accounts of his story did they prefer. Their answer reinforces Pi's personal feelings on religion and spirituality.


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

    His soft Indian accent is very gentle on the ear and brings the characters to life.


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

    No, the book is quite intense.


    Any additional comments?

    This wonderfully philosophical book was food for thought. I am not especially interested in religious debate, being at peace with my own feelings on the matter. Yann Martel, however, offers such a fascinating and refreshing perspective on certain issues. Really pleased that I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (693)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Most enjoyable mystery and offbeat love story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Very clever plot with engaging characters. The heroine is likable and believable. The bad guy is thoroughly despicable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well worked out plot. Reaches a satisfying climax and some element of surprise.


    What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

    He is a great reader. Does a female voice really well. Could listen to him for hours.


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

    A bit long for one sitting but i found that i couldn't "put it down".


    Any additional comments?

    Takes a really good author to make a man in a wheelchair so super sexy and masculine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steven Raichlen
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha's Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish a biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich. The last thing she expects to find is love. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. To their mutual surprise, they discover that they share a passion for cooking.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Wonderful writing & narration-four and a half star"
    "Inspirational for food lovers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Island Apart the most enjoyable?

    The gastronomic descriptions were inspiring. I also enjoyed the the background history and natural history that the author gives of the area. I got out maps and found that the book gave me some insight into a place that is fascinating to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Raichlen? Why or why not?

    Yes, for when I need light easy reading.


    What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is good but her accents and pronunciation of certain words lets her down. If the author wants to name drop with designer labels or dishes, the reader should say the names correctly.


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

    Yes, it is a short simple book.


    Any additional comments?

    I found that the main character was a little shallow. It may be that the author is male and is projecting the way he thinks a woman would react. Some of it didn't ring true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (693)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Loose yourself for a day"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent. Good escapist holiday read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everyone loves a satisfying plot about revenge.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Dick Hill doesn't do a female voice well. Jade, the main female character, sounded decidedly jaded.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I feel that the rape scenes were well written in that they were deeply disturbing and moving. The sex scenes were not as good. They were shallow and less authentic in comparison. The story became a little silly at at the end. For goodness sake, how on earth would anyone ever demand that a 14 year old boy donate a kidney to an old dying rapist. The author should have made it rather bone marrow. Would have been less ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book of Sandra Brown's that I read was "Envy". "Breath of Scandal" was a bit of an anticlimax after that. I would definitely read more of her books though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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