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Leslie

Lake Huntington, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (227)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Juanita McMahon is a great reader !!!!!!!"
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    Where does Fingersmith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top ten listening list !


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

    No, but I intend to, very soon !


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long book, but thanks to Juanita McMahon's performance, I flew through the story.

    It's just great writing, I'm going to check out all of Sarah Walter's other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tea Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

    Karen says: "Fantastic novel and narrator"
    "Please complete the trilogy with "THE WINTER ROSE""
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    Where does The Tea Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IT IS IN THE TOP TEN !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tea Rose?

    THE EXCITING FINALE THAT TAKES PLACE IN THE WAREHOUSE AT THE END.


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

    Historical romance at it's best !


    Any additional comments?

    Please, release the final book of the rose triology, "The Winter Rose" which has already been produced by Recorded Books !!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Anjana Srinivasan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

    Leslie says: "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

    I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!


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

    She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.


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

    YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???

    She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Graham Joyce: Not To Be Missed !"
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    If you could sum up Some Kind of Fairy Tale in three words, what would they be?

    Modern Day Fairytale !


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is an adult fairy tale meant to challenge, inspire and lead the reader down creative paths that have never been followed.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee is ALWAYS good. But since he read Ken Folletts' "Pillars Of The Earth" so well and with such distiction, there were times when I felt like I was back in the world of Follett rather than Joyce.


    Any additional comments?

    Graham Joyce is an important writer for our time and none of his books should go un-read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the White Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Christopher Scott
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous. Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war.

    Lesley says: "Historical fiction / bodice ripper"
    "Bravo! Another fun escape from elizabeth chadwick"
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    If you could sum up Lords of the White Castle in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure, Romance amongst VERY interesting characters!


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favorite?

    Christopher Scott is fast becoming one of my favorite readers !!!


    Any additional comments?

    elizabeth chadwick's stories of chilvary & romance never disappoint, her books are so delicious to read !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1030)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "A southern tale need's a southern narrator!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved the writing, but even though the author was in awe of Frank Muller's narration, it drove me crazy. It's such a traditional southern gothic tale.

    It screams to be read with a southern accent!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The characters. Southern gothic a la Tennesee Williams ...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Made it impossible to read!


    Could you see The Prince of Tides being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was and I hated B. Streisand as the therapist !!!!!!! Nick Nolte should have had
    a southern accent as well !


    Any additional comments?

    In spite of the sale price, I still wish I had not wasted my time attempting to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Violet Mathieson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

    Laura says: "A Sweet, Leisurely Stroll, but Ultimately Dull"
    "An accesible read, easy to jump into the story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    maybe, I think it is more appropiate for the 20 to 38 year old audience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The colorful topic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fox's Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne River Siddons
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    When beautiful, dirt-poor Ruth Yancey rises to become mistress of Sparta, Georgia's finest mansion, she reveals a heart of pure evil. For three generations, she rules the mansion through cruel manipulation and insinuation, breaking hearts and shattering souls - until one courageous woman decides to match her madness.

    Douglas says: "Narrated litrature at its best"
    "Anne River Siddons' southern gothic masterpeice"
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    What other book might you compare Fox's Earth to and why?

    Barbara Kingslover's "The Poisenwood Bible". Both seem to be the most important book of their career.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (838)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Modern day tragic love story"
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    Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

    Yes, ML Stedam is a great writer and I anxiously await any furture books he write !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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