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Leanna

I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1145)

    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?"
    "So long but not goodbye?"
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    Carriger has done it again. The final installment of the Alexia Tarabotti series is just as engaging as the first 4 books. BUT in many ways, this book is more satisfying because we see happiness and closure for most of the main characters with just enough tantalizing loose ends to keep hope alive. Thank you Gail for bringing such a vividly entertaining world to light. I have enjoyed Alexia???s story and hope to read more about this steampunk world in the future. As always, Emily Gray is brilliant.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawley Book of the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chrysler Szarlan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    Revelation "Reve" Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real. Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered....

    Andrea says: "It sounded like something I could really love....."
    "Waste of time"
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    I am not sure what is more annoying the: (1) constant wistfulness of the narrator or (2) lack of the author's historical and biological knowledge. Both are so irritating and distracting that a listener wouldn’t enjoy the story even if the story was good, but it isn't. This story is short in structure and plot and long on cliché descriptions of country life. Skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1234)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Ry Young says: "Perfection in story and the telling"
    "Do people ever really change?"
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    Wow! Just wow. This is a really great series that explores the personality maturation of one of histories most enigmatic figures, Thomas Cromwell. Without being pretentious, inflated, or self-indulgent, Mantel is able to build out and expose the potential evolution of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's chief minister. I recommend this series to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tropic of Serpents: Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp wyrms of the tropics. The expedition is not an easy one....

    Philip says: "A romp in make believe world you believe there was"
    "Sexual dimorphism and more"
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    This series really doesn't disappoint. In this installment, Lady Trent visits a warmer climate and accidentally discovers intriguing life cycle and sexually dimorphic characteristics in the local fauna.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1604)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Tutor gossip as never before"
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    Wolf Hall follows the life Thomas Cromwell, lawyer and statesman for Henry VIII, from childhood to midlife. Sounds overdone, right? Not at all. Mantel's Cromwell is a pragmatic, genius who loves his family and his rise to power seems almost incidental to being a good employee. That is definitely not the Cromwell of pop culture. If you like tales of intrigue, you will enjoy this book. The narration is great too! The only caution I have for you is this: The flashbacks in the beginning of the book are a bit hard to follow because there is little transitional forewarning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prudence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

    B.D says: "New Narrator??!"
    "Great start to a new series."
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    This is a new steampunk series from Gail Carriger. This series starts essentially 20 years after the Parasol Protectorate series ends and follows the adventures of Alexia's/Conall's/Lord Akeldama's, Ivy's/Tunstall's, and Madame Lefoux's offspring. This opening installment takes place largely in India. While you do not need to read the Parasol Protectorate series to enjoy this book, you will enjoy this book more if you have read that series first. If you aren't familiar with her work, I pity your bland life. Pick up one of her books to enrich your world. Carriger hasn't let a listener down yet!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

    Pradheepa says: "Feminist science fiction"
    "On the Natural History of a Behaviorist"
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    A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent is a biography of a fictional behavioral ecologist. This book explores how a woman gets started in science and is set in a heyday of new discoveries by trophy-hunting, armchair scientists similar to the Victorian Era. This book brings into focus what it was like to be curious about the world before experimental design was appropriately applied systematically; so, hypotheses could actually be answered. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent is full of the wonder that gets ecologists, behaviorists, and evolutionary biologists started in their fields, and it is beautiful. If you enjoy this book, I encourage you to read some of the first volumes of the journal Nature. You will enjoy the use of adjectives in early scientific writing and the hilarious and often horrifying way armchair scientists overcame barriers to address hypotheses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3509)
    Performance
    (3004)
    Story
    (3019)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "Great listen"
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    Lean In is a book full of Sheryl Sandberg's lessons learned. It is a great listen with some good advice and a lot of common sense. If you talk to someone and s/he trivializes the contents of this book, s/he either hasn't listened to or read it or s/he didn't pay attention. Anyone who is paying attention to the contents of this book will finish it knowing s/he has a plan to obtain his/her dreams whatever they are.

    1 of 1 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
    (11192)
    Performance
    (8537)
    Story
    (8590)

    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"
    "Okay Start"
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    In A Discovery of Witches, we hear the story of a witch who as an adult is exploring her witch side for the first time. One of the most brilliant aspects of A Discovery of Witches is that Deborah Harkness does a really good job portraying what it is like to be a woman of letters. This book starts strong but finishes weakly. It is disappointing, but the series may recover in the follow-up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7247)
    Performance
    (6484)
    Story
    (6490)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "This is awful"
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    This is the follow-up book to A Discovery of Witches. One of the most brilliant aspects of A Discovery of Witches is that Deborah Harkness did a really good job portraying what it is like to be a woman of letters. In Shadow of Night, she complete destroys the character she has built. She has turned her main female character, Diana, into a vacuous, anxious, and fearful extension of her husband, Matthew. Basically, she has gutted the best part about Diana turning her into a shadow of her former self. Skip this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    RabidReads says: "Cover aside, this audiobook rocked!"
    "Nothing new"
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    As a general rule, I love this writer/narrator combination. But this book is just a redressing of the Kate Daniels series. It is a private investigative story with an overbearing alpha male and a loyal, competent alpha female. It is an overdone, stereotyped, and sexist combination. Why is it always the woman who is the loyal, family-oriented character? If you are looking for more of exactly the same content as the Kate Daniels series, you will really, really love this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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