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Leissa

I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.

Converse, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5731)
    Performance
    (4432)
    Story
    (4441)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Definitely a Sookie Knockoff, but..."
    Overall

    ...not a bad read. At first, I was put off by how much of a Sookie knockoff it was, but I was really in need of something new since the next Sookie book won't be out 'til 2011, so I picked it back up again. Ronconi does as good of a job as the narrator, as Johanna Parker does for the Sookie books.

    Sookie is better, but Jane comes in as good filler when you've read, reread, and read again all of the Sookie stories. I liked it enough to pick up my paperback copy when I couldn't listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

    Ethan M. says: "Return to the Old Kingdom in an inverted YA novel"
    "LOVED THE BOOK -- HATED THE NARRATOR"
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    Performance
    Story

    Garth Nix is one of mine and my family's favorite authors.We spent many a car trip listening and relistening to The Keys to the Kingdom and his stories of the Old Kingdom. Another adventure in the Old Kingdom has been eagerly awaited by my family for years. Now it's here and Audible ruined our experience by choosing a terrible narrator.Graeme Malcolm does sound a bit like Tim Curry, so perhaps that is what they were going for, but his pacing when reading the narrative was awful. I felt like my ears were on an audio roller-coaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1366)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "Harper/Ronconi Great as Usual, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, I love Molly Harper's books, and I think Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator. I've listened to 3 different series she's done by other authors and she's very talented.

    I really enjoyed this different paranormal romance from Molly Harper. The story and the characters were interesting -- a classic haunted house story, with a tragic love story, and Harper's humorously, flawed inhabitants. The story was not a unique one, but it was told well.

    However, in this narration, there weren't a lot of characters with different accents, which Ms. Ronconi, is great at, so it was a little difficult at times to tell who was talking, especially with the female characters.

    So, overall, while it was still an enjoyable "read", it didn't feel like it was one of the best efforts from either the author or the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1181)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Interesting Story, Bad Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was interesting, but the narrator's voice ruined the book for me. It was so hard to get into the story because i had such a hard time getting around the narrator's squeaky, nasal, high-pitched voice. She also didn't differentiate the characters very well so it was hard to know who was speaking. You could also hear her swallow a lot.

    I recommend that if you're going to read this series, do it the old fashioned way and skip this audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silence: Queen of the Dead, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Alexandra Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    It began in the graveyard.... Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there - Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.

    glowbugs says: "An imaginative new approach to a series"
    "Good Story Bad Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the story. The concept was fun. The character of Michael was well researched and written. The story seemed to be a little awkward at times like when Emma referred to her mother as "Mercy Hall" as if she wasn't actually related to her. There were times when it seemed to be lacking in depth but it is hard to give the story an authentic review based on this audiobook. The narrator just did not do it justice. She had no character definition, so you never knew when one character changed to the next. She lacked emotion so it was hard to follow along in the story - one minute you were with Emma at her house and the next you were at Eric's without any real transition. I think for this series I'm going to have read the book, because the audio just didn't cut it.

    Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, the author likes to drop the "F" bomb, so be warned especially if you're listening to this in mixed company.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Animals Make Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

    Debra says: "Interesting in general, but repetitive"
    "I loved this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked listening to the way Ms. Grandin thinks. Also, Andrea Gallo does a good job of expressing Ms. Grandin's thought. Temple Grandin has had an amazing career in animal science and really enjoyed the way this book made the reader look at the world from the animal's point of view.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (314)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Narrator does a good job with a weird story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The listening experience was good. The book was just weird and the free previews that went along with it don't make it into the actual story really.


    What was most disappointing about Jason Mott’s story?

    I didn't like the direction of the story. It felt scattered. Characters were introduced and then dropped and their stories added nothing to the actual story.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I like his range and vocal talent.


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

    At least it didn't have a HORRIBLE ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3510)
    Performance
    (3134)
    Story
    (3165)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story is silly. 15 minutes of a grown man playing lets pretend.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Robert Heinlein or Stephen King


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

    His personality.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'll wait for it to be available on cable.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8991)
    Performance
    (8212)
    Story
    (8305)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "What Is The Point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Allegiant?

    Everything. The story just didn't make sense with the path the other 2 books were leading. It makes you wonder what the point of it all was?


    What could Veronica Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have written a better ending. Also, I didn't care for the 2-person point of view. If she wanted to tell the story from Four's point of view, she should have either started out the series that way or she should write the story over again from that point of view. It would make her a lot more money.


    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin has done a great job so far as the voice of 'Tris.


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

    The narration was good on the audiobook, but no, the book had no redeeming qualities. I wish I had never read it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1165)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Actors Don't Always Make Very Good Narrators"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not the audiobook. The novel itself is very interesting. I've always wanted to see Macbeth as a novel vs. a play. However, as wonderful a character actor as Jim Cummings is, he is not that great of a narrator. His Scottish accent is so thick it is hard to understand and he doesn't distinguish the characters by doing the different voices very well (the big reason I almost exclusively read audiobooks these days).


    What other book might you compare Macbeth: A Novel to and why?

    Braveheart. Pillars of the Earth. I don't usually read novels like this, but it compares to any of the other good, medieval historical fiction I have read.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voices and less of an accent.


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

    No, it's very long and hard to listen to. The narrator's strong accent makes it difficult to do anything else while listening because you have to concentrate on his words so much in order to understand what he's saying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (408)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "What a Tease"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was a great teaser intro to make a reader interested in reading the rest of he series. A free short story from the series, rather than just a chapter is a much better way to get somebody interested in buying into a new series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First?

    This story, being a short story preview vs an advance chapter, gives you a little background and leaves you wanting more without just cutting you off at the end of the chapter.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Good.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for The Returned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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