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Leanna

Like all of you, I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors.

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Talulla Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

    ZenMuppet says: "Worst. Narration. Ever."
    "Too many cultural errors to enjoy"
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    I am a fan of Glen Duncan. I loved ???The Last Werewolf??? and ???I, Lucifer???; so, I was really excited about this book. ???Tallula Rising??? starts less than a year after ???The Last Werewolf??? ends; so, Tallula is still grieving for Jake and about to give birth to Jake???s offspring. After giving birth, Tallula???s child is kidnapped, and the reader is taken on the journey to recover said child. Seems interesting, right? It isn't. Most of this book is spent describing the newborn. Plot development is slow and Duncan continues to have Tallula use British slang instead of American slang even though she is supposed to be American. Because of these constant cultural errors, it is impossible to get lost in the story. Ultimately, Glen Duncan is too male and too British to channel a female American. This is not Duncan???s best work. The narrator also doesn???t help. She keeps dropping accents in the middle of dialogue and confusing accents between characters. If you want to read this book, I suggest buying the text, because as an audio production, it is awful.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (807)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Ultimate storyteller"
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    I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger. She has truly created a world that answers the question, 'What would society be like if humans were mixed with other beings?' She doesn't assume a tired annihilate humans storyline. She imagines how society might grow and adapt with the supernatural to create an atmosphere where vampires and werewolves could become pedestrian. She sets her society in a steampunk Victorian United Kingdom, and she colors it with quintessential, dry, sarcastic observations. This is her second series in a steampunk Victorian UK, and it focuses on mischievous preteens at finishing school. It is as good as the rest of her books. The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11841)
    Performance
    (10685)
    Story
    (10751)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Wonderful"
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    This is a wonderful coming of age story. The main character develops from unsure and out of place to confident in a compelling, relatable, and believable fashion. Though not novel, this story is still an interesting take on dystopia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    >Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Fantastic!"
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    This is a fantastic primer on communication. It is so easy to walk away from a conversation but that isn't a solution. Crucial Conversations gives you the skills to engage in communication and find solutions. I have listened to this book several times. It is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (2752)
    Story
    (2752)

    For a 2,000-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt - Artemis and Diana - for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is...run like hell.

    D says: "Another Serving of Hilari-tea"
    "Atticus is back!"
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    While book five was a departure from the series's writing style, book 6 is not. Atticus is back and almost in his full glory. Oberon is back and almost in his full glory. Granuielle is back and fierce. This book is good in that it ties up many loose ends from book 5, but I just don't like the trajectory the series has taken. The love story has come to the forefront and seems to have tainted all the characters by somehow making them more two dimensional. Luke Daniels does try to compensate for the lackluster character development and is brilliant again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3938)
    Performance
    (3600)
    Story
    (3622)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Granuaile's POV"
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    I have to agree with many of the other reviewers. This book is just not as good as the rest of the series. We heard a lot from Oberon but somehow his comments were not as cute or endearing as they were in other installments in this series. BUT this installment is still entertaining and represents a change in the trajectory of the writing by sharing Granuaile's point of view. I was not excited about this change, but it became necessary as the plot unfolded. The outcome of the book is wonderful, and Luke Daniels is fantastic again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale—and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has brought her nothing but pain.

    Malinda says: "Great addition to the series! :D"
    "Fun diversion"
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    This series is a fun diversion. Unfortunately, it isn't as good as the Kate Daniel's series, but it is still entertaining. George and Jack are front and center in this installment which makes the story worth the listen. Renee Raudman is excellent again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (722)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Vinity says: "Wow!"
    "Can't get enough of this series"
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    The plot summary makes this book sound boring, but it isn't. Kate and Curran are never boring. In addition to the Kate and Curran show, we get to hear a lot more about Barrabas. This was a fantastic surprise for me, because he is one of my favorite character's in this series. Renee Raudman is brilliant again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1962)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Wait for the next book"
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    Atticus and the crew are back in this short novella. Not a lot happens in this installment, and I don't really recommend listening to it. I do not think skipping it will detract from the next book in the series. As always, Luke Daniels is great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gunmetal Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (852)

    After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

    Kelly says: "Enjoyable"
    "Fun listen!"
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    Gunmetal Magic is a fun journey. Andrea Nash is hired to investigate some pack deaths. To investigate the murders, Nash must interact with Raphael. Some of the truly great characters in this series such as Barabas, Roman, and Aunt B also return. If you like other books by these writers, you will like this book, but I do not suggest starting the series with this book. You should read the Kate Daniel's series first to get full enjoyment out of this book. Renée Raudman is still great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    A User says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "Left me bitter"
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    In the sequel to ???Bitter Seeds???, Raybould Marsh and associated frienemies confront an increasingly aggressive Soviet Russia. Soviet spies empowered with supernatural skills have infiltrated Britain to destroy the UK???s link to demon defenses, and it looks like it might be an inside job! Once again, Ian Tregillis captures the essence of an era, but in this case, it is the Cold War. Tregillis does an amazing job rebuilding the political views and fears that existed before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed listening to this step back to the Cold War. I am glad I came to this series a little late, because I got to listen to both books back to back. And I am bitter that I have to wait for the next book. I hope it comes out soon, because I can???t get enough of this quality writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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