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Leslie

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Beware"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author wrote very derogatory statements about the Pope and the Catholic Church within the first couple of chapters. These statements are not necessary for the story plot.
    If the author said such derogatory statements about Muslim / Islamic faith or the
    Quran the outcry would result in the book taken off the market.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy in Death: In Death, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (639)

    Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

    Judy says: "Another Home Run!"
    "Not entertaining."
    Overall
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    What would have made Fantasy in Death better?

    This is my first experience listening to a J. D Robb book. I bought two more of her books as they were on sell. I hope her other books are better. Sexual remarks are not necessary as they add nothing to the story and are used just to add length to the story. I suggest J. D. Robb read and learn from Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston.


    Has Fantasy in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off J. D. Robb.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    I'm not sure if it Susan Ericksen's performance as much as it is a poor quality story.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (421)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
    "A must listen - read book."
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    What made the experience of listening to All Quiet on the Western Front the most enjoyable?

    This is a classic book. Frank Muller (narrator) performance elevates this book to a five star.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • That Hideous Strength

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (238)

    In this, the final book in C.S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom.

    Larry says: "Cloning, stem cell research, psycho-chemistry."
    "A great ending to this series by C. S. Lewis"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to That Hideous Strength the most enjoyable?

    The characters in the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    He is a great reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film could not do justice to this book


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perelandra

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (306)

    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
    "A great story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Perelandra?

    This is pure C. S. Lewis.


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

    His accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Read of listen to the book. A film would not do justice to this great story


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1108)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book did not hold my attention nor did I finish listening to this audio book.


    Has Odd Hours turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of David Aaron Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm not sure.


    Was Odd Hours worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (395)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "C. S. Lewis is a great writer."
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    What did you love best about Out of the Silent Planet?

    I never knew what was going to happen


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Very, very good performance.


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

    No special moment


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and its two sequels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (546)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Better than the movie and I loved the movie"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Silence of the Lambs again? Why?

    I love this book and have listen to it several times. I will continue listening to Silence of the Lambs


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Hanable and Clares


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

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    A classic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22322)
    Performance
    (8998)
    Story
    (9072)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Great story and a great performance by Simon V."
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    Where does The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No opinion


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book twice and will listen to it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17656)
    Performance
    (7578)
    Story
    (7606)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Simon Vance is a great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Girl Who Played with Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, this audiobook is an 8. I've listen to this book twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Girl.......


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first time I've listened to Simon Vance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unsure


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books and books are always better than a film of the same.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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