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Leonardo

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Naples, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 reviews
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  • Loving Lucas

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Davis
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Lucas Kiefer has lived through hell. Assaulted and nearly murdered by a man obsessed with him, he now lives with horrible scars inside and out. Abandoned by his boyfriend while trying to recover, Lucas withdraws into himself. Building a new life, he focuses only on running his bookstore. But his nightmare returns when ten years later, his attacker is released from jail on a technicality.

    Fiona says: "A lot of hype"
    "A brief love story that left me wanting more"
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    I honestly didn't realize how short this book was until I downloaded it onto my phone and realized it was an hour and 55 minutes. I was horrified that I downloaded a short story, but decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. This little love story is full of romance and raw emotion. I was surprised by how quickly I became invested in Nick and Lucas. Due to the brevity of the story, we are introduced to Nick and Lucas right at the beginning of their relationship. The book has suspense, danger, passion, sex, and love. All three characters are plausible and enjoyable and surprisingly well rounded considering the length of the story.

    I thought the narrator did a great job. Regarding the other review that mentioned the narrator sometimes streams along the dialogue, yes I would have to agree. At times I wasn't sure if Lucas or Nick made the statement, but this only happened 2-3 times and I figured it out after rewinding. My only little gripe is that Lucas is supposed to be blonde, and the cute boy on the cover of this story is a brunette. The sex scenes were tantalizing and well written!

    Ultimately this is a short romance story highlighting a beautifully damaged man and his difficult battle to allow himself to be loved. There's a night in shining armor and an evil villain. I loved this story :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Fire: Blood & Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Mychael Black
    • Narrated By Alexander Thrait
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Jason Summerfield is a lead singer of a local metal band and an all-around love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. He's also pyrokinetic. Strong emotions can literally start a fire with him, so he's always struggled to hold emotions back, unwilling to let his "gift" harm anyone. So far, one-night stands have been the answer. Then along comes Julian Kristados, a man who turns Jason's world upside down. When he's with Julian, Jason finds it impossible to control his fire.

    Jared says: "Hilariously Bad"
    "Couldn't force myself to finish this one"
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    I had huge issues getting into this story, even with it being so short. It jumped too quickly into cheap sex and auto-destruction for my taste. I understand that it's rock and roll, but it's really sleazy and trashy. My real issue was the narrator. In my opinion, he was too old to portray the protagonist. I had a real issue with his low, gravely timbre and his whispering parts of the story. I gave it an honest shot and it fell short. I'm also mad that I spent a credit on it without realizing how short it was!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jamie Craig
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    There is nothing Aleron Pitre can’t steal, nobody he can’t con and no situation he can’t slip out of until he’s sent to the prison planet Tantoret, where every sentence is death. If the prisoners don’t kill each other, they’ll die slowly and painfully from mining the poisonous drug chojal. Yet Aleron still hopes that he can escape.

    Joseph Lance Tonlet says: "Awesome!"
    "Delicious romance!"
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    I just finished listening to the last chapter a few minutes ago while relaxing in a bubble bath. This book was pure delicious romance. For 10 amazing hours, I was invited to enter the incredible love story of Aleron and Jasak. I was instantly hooked from the first interaction between the two and I loved listening as Aleron slowly worked his way into Jasak's hard heart. The sex scenes were incredible and had me very hot and bothered while listening, so be careful where you listen to this story. This story was intimately set and buried in the living tunnels of dirt of Tantoret where Jasak and Aleron have nothing to do but fall in love with one another. This all changes when an unknown danger approaches and threatens to destroy life as Aleron and Jasak know it. This author is extremely talented, I was so pleased by how she delineated the differences between the intergalactic species and planets. I have a feeling I won't forget this touching story anytime soon and am already planning on re-listening to it very soon. Thank you Jamie Craig for writing such a wonderful love story, and PLEASE consider a sequel! The narrator also did an excellent job. Sometimes I could hear him breathing and a couple of wheezes here and there, but I just took it as being part of the drama and acting, so no hard feelings!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4880)
    Performance
    (3596)
    Story
    (3622)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Absolutely perfect"
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    I'm no stranger to Stephen King, but I never got around to reading "It." I saw the movie when I was a little kid and it scared the crap out of me! I didn't realize the novel would bring that fear to a whole different level! First of all, the narrator Steven Weber is a full-blown performer and he absolutely earned his paycheck acting the hell out of these characters! He brought every single one of them to life. The story itself is insanely horrifying. I like to read/listen to audiobooks at night while I fall asleep. This book would actually keep me up at night because of how freaky some of the scenes were. I remember being tightly huddled under my covers, unwilling to stick out my arm to turn off the audible app because I was scared by the scene that was currently being narrated! Not every author can do that!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Devon Sorvari
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    Seduced by the Secret Circle, a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for 300 years, Cassie falls hopelessly in love with the leader's boyfriend and falls prey to dark powers.

    Teddy says: "Interesting"
    "Pure brain candy"
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    When I don't want to read something intellectually heavy, I find books that I call "brain candy." This one definitely fits that category. It is well written and does most of the thinking for you. I'm not trying to be condescending, this is a vacation for my mind. Cassie is an interesting protagonist and the polar extremities of Faye and Diana are nicely portrayed. I wish these books were a little longer though. I'm already at the last book available and awaiting the next installment. I prefer the book series to the show on the CW, but I admittedly watch it faithfully every week.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12243)
    Performance
    (11080)
    Story
    (11180)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Not quite as good as the debut, but still good"
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    I loved Divergent! I had just finished the Hunger Games and was looking for something to fill the void left by finishing the series. In my opinion, the first book was better. This book was filled with similar feats of heroics and dauntlessness, and interestingly Trice starts to explore her tendencies for the other factions. I just felt the there was a little too much "drama" between Tobias and Trice. Even now that I'm done reading the novel, I'm still confused about all the tension between those two. I loved the ending, it rocked my world! Now I just have to wait for the next book to come out...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undercurrent: A Siren Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tricia Rayburn
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by siren femme fatales of the watery depths and that everything she believed about her family was a lie. Her boyfriend, Simon, has been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can't tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep's resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever.

    Leonardo says: "An improvement over the first book"
    "An improvement over the first book"
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    I gave the first book a harsh review, but I decided to try out the sequel. I actually enjoyed this one. I still think the writing is a little shallow for my taste, but I have to admit that I do find myself thinking about the lovely sirens when I walk on the beach. In this novel, Nessa starts to come to terms with her siren power and her future with Simon. An interesting twist happens in the middle of the book. Similar to the first book, all of the "action" happens at the end of the book and is over in the blink of an eye. Not sure if I'll read the third installment or not, but at least the books are cheap. The narrator improved by a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siren

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tricia Rayburn
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything - the dark, heights, the ocean - but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff diving one night near the family's vacation house in Winter Harbor, Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

    C says: "Good listen with a little bit of disappointment."
    "Had potential it never lived up to"
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    This book was easily the most juvenile and superficial thing I have ever listened to on Audible. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't any good either. The characters are not even remotely developed or interesting, and all of them seem like caricatures of real people. The protagonist's reaction to her sister's death is completely surreal and nonsensical. I understand that this is fantasy, but it was not even remotely believable. The myth of the sirens wasn't even fully explored. And right at the end, one of the major characters in the story has a huge character change that comes out of nowhere. The plot was extremely predictable and contrived. I could have told you the plot twist just from looking at the cover of the book. And I would've appreciated an epilogue. I had major issues with the narrator. Her tone was extremely precarious and tentative, as if she weren't sure she was reading the right passage. She was entirely too careful and timid and not at all emphatic when appropriate. I also agree with another reviewer, she breathes very strangely and does these little gasping breaths between sentences. I did not enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 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
    (10930)
    Performance
    (6126)
    Story
    (6175)

    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"
    "Wow, not sure where this went wrong..."
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    What would have made Life of Pi better?

    I purchased this book after reading all of the rave reviews. I'm not sure if I started listening to it at the wrong time, or if I was expecting something completely different. I was 3/4 of the way through part I when I decided to just stop listening. I was starved for action within the first few chapters. I found myself frequently asking out loud


    What was most disappointing about Yann Martel’s story?

    The sluggish pace and lack of action in the beginning of the book did me in. I'm sure things spice up when he actually gets on the boat, but honestly I was almost halfway through part I and there was no mention of it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator annoyed me for some reason. But the accent was spot on!


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

    I still have it floating around my library. I might give it another chance sometime. But honestly I used it to help lull me to sleep a lot, so I might not be able to listen to it without passing out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35680)
    Performance
    (26697)
    Story
    (27076)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Lavishly addicting"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of my favorite series I have had the immense pleasuring of listening to since becoming an audible member. I was instantly drawn into the incredible world created by Suzanne Collins. She does such a thorough job crafting the world that I felt as though I could see with the main character's eyes and smell with her nose, even taste her lamb stew!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss Everding, of course. The protagonist is a wonderfully strong and capable young girl who is used to surviving. I loved tapping into her strength and sparking a rebellion with her.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She is an incredibly gifted narrator. I thought she did a superb job changing her voice for different people and she stayed true to her


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

    When the youngest tribute was killed. I was crying for at least a half hour in my bed. This author is truly amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the series. The second one was a little slow for me and the third one was a little too gruesome, but honestly I would re-read this series in a heart beat. I actually probably will in a few months from now. Thank you for a fantastic story, I'm just sorry that there are only three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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