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Leah

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1375)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Like you're living in the moment"
    Overall

    I just listened to this and really enjoyed it. The story is both sweet and bitter. The narrator is very good. I really got the feeling for the crowd, the time, the life of the Hemmingway's and their friends. it's a nice, easy read, pretty easy to keep track of all the characters. I recommend listening.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (526)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "An incredible life!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm glad that Ayaan Hirsi Ali narrated this book about her life. There is so much that happens to her that makes your heart race, and your head ache, and yet it's just the norm for her. She tells the story exactly as she feels it - and that's important in the narration. She is a strong person and although I don't agree with everything she's done she has done what is right for her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (541)

    Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

    Shannon says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Had potential"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was fun to listen to. It's easy and light, but towards the end it just didn't tie together well. The narrator is okay but there are quite a few times when a character is exasperated or yelling or sad and she still uses the very slow, drawn out speech she usually uses - especially for the men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Surprisingly entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book, especially the follow up with all the characters. There are plenty of interesting plot twists to keep you interested to know more and keep on reading/listening. I like historical fiction a lot, and I have already recommended this book to a few people.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (422)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "World ending or not, not much to this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was dissapointed by this book. There were some "big" things that happen, but the time and emotion given to these events didn't make them seem "big." It was more of a lazy river, when I expected some rapids to keep things interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18974)
    Performance
    (14749)
    Story
    (14692)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Entertaining the whole way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like Tina Fey you'll love this. She ventures into her childhood, her training, her time on SNL, and now time as both being a mother and 30 Rock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (421)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "Meh, there was potential"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this book to be pages and pages of nothing really happening, or perhaps it was many things happening but without the story being told in a way that made me feel anything. I suggest skipping it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6677)
    Performance
    (5941)
    Story
    (5940)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Disapointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was disappointing, I guess just not my style. I accidentally skipped ahead 3 hours and didn't even notice for another hour. It just wasn't a clear story or really all that compelling.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3459)
    Performance
    (2234)
    Story
    (2252)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Educational and entertaining"
    Overall

    My 15 year old son and I have been listening to this during our recent travels. I had read about some folks being bothered by the narrator, but we were not at all. The book is such an adventure, has so many funny and ridiculous and heartbreaking moments, but it is never dull. I love the range of characters - even within just 1 family. We highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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