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Leigh

Conway, AR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Birds and the Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Becky Hindley
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

    Jan says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Great Fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Birds and the Bees to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but hero's Scottish accent is one reason I love this book, so I suspect I would agree that the audio is better than the print. Plus Becky Hindley voice inflections are wonderful. She does it all - boredom, anger, sorrow, and laughter


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Birds and the Bees?

    I think when the hero helps save Danny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ah, that is difficult to say. There are so many funny scenes. From the heroine trying to understand the hero's accent to the subterfuge they engage in, to the hero's interaction with the heroine's young son.


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

    There are several memorable scenes, like at the hospital but I think that it is the general theme of the book that overall made this such a successful book for me. The book is humorous, touching with great character growth.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to and read several of Ms. Johnson's books. The Birds and the Bees is hands down my favorite.

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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1475)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "It was Okay"
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    What did you like best about Call the Midwife? What did you like least?

    Every once in a while the character would talk about some medical test - like checking urine for glucose or checking for protein. Since I am in the medical field I found it interesting to see how much things have changed


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't make it that far . . .After listening to about 60 percent of the book, I just felt that the story repeated itself. Narrator or storyteller, would visit a bad part of the city -- be appalled at the living conditions and poverty but safely deliver a baby. This was repeated over and over.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a good job with the material she had.


    Do you think Call the Midwife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe others would like one - but since I didn't finish this one, I won't be buying it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the story would have used a good editor. Material was repeated in various different ways. Like the old nun - She acted senile when the narrator of the story first met her, then we have more about her - again acting senile and then again more. Some parts I didn't really understand why they were included in the story . . like the trip to the beach where the narrator has a asthma attack. I felt like I was listening to an aged person remembering her life and sharing bits and pieces with no rhythm or reason for the stories -- just what popped into their memory that day

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  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "I should have paid attention to the other reviews"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. The heroine was so whiny. I know I was very distract after my mother died too, but listening to a story where the heroine has a pity party for 3/4 of the book is not enjoyable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Allie Larkin again?

    I don't think so.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan’s voice?

    I didn't have a problem with the narration, just the story -


    What character would you cut from Stay?

    The heroine!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Girl: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend.

    Jane says: "I wasn’t smiling but it kept my interest"
    "Southern Accent sounds all wrong"
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    What made the experience of listening to Carolina Girl the most enjoyable?

    I like the story. I read it first and then purchased the audio version once it was released


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of family, and the journey of the hero and heroine


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?

    Probably. I live in the South, and her southern accent didn't sound authentic to me. However, I know that I have listed to other books by her and enjoyed them


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

    There were several sweet moments. I think Ms. Kantra writes heart-felt relationships


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Rainbows

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kathleen Long
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Things aren’t looking so good for Bernadette Murphy. With the breakup of her marriage, the sudden death of her father, and the announcement of her best friend’s pregnancy, Bernadette finds herself careening toward rock bottom. So why stop short? She quits her job, gets herself banned - for life - from the mall, and goes on a late-night infomercial spending spree. To top it all off, her dog gets kicked out of obedience school - again. Just when she thinks there’s nothing left for the universe to throw at her, she discovers the one thing she needs the most: a reminder of her father’s love.

    Leigh says: "Overall Depressing"
    "Overall Depressing"
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    Would you try another book from Kathleen Long and/or Christina Traister?

    Probably. I bought this one because I like Changing Lanes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathleen Long again?

    Yes, but I would be more careful about the subject matter. This book was depressing. Heroine dealing with death of father, and end of her marriage as a result of the death of their child


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chasing Rainbows?

    Probably 1/2 of the book. While I appreciate that moving forward is something we all have to do after the death of a parent and or child. The heroine just had too many issues to face. It dragged the book down.


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