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aleshia

Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

Manchester, NH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 16 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 381 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2015
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  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (646)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Did not disappiont"
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    I really enjoyed "Shanghai Girls" and this was a great ending to a great story. The characters come full circle in this book. The story also gives a vivid look at the beginnings of communist China. Beautiful story of the relationships between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, great loves, lost loves, and new loves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1552)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Unique Fairy Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this book to be different from any other I read before. It is set in a cold Alaskan setting.....where magic happens. There are times in the book where you wonder is it really magic, or can it be explained. Either way this is a moving story of how fragile we really are and how we need love in our lives, no matter the form it comes in. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate a heartfelt story with a touch of enchantment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (697)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "WOW!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I know many people read this book in school, but I never did. So this audio book was my first experience with this classic, and I just loved it. I am glad that I "heard" the book first. The narrator did a great job with all of the characters. It really gave the feeling of being there in the story.
    As for the book itself, words can't describe how much I loved it. Now I know why it is a classic. I have already purchased a hard copy for my 14 year old daughter to read. I think this is a book for all girls to read. It teaches about strength, perseverance, love and determination.
    Like I said, WOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1973)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Not Gone Girl..............but still good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Audible was comparing this book and others to Gone Girl. This one does not quite hit the mark, but it is still really good. It lacks the many twists of Gone Girl. This one is not as dark either. Overall though, I was pulled in to the story and it kept me interested the whole way through. The one major twist of the story was a bit predictable to me, but I still enjoyed listening to hear how it all played out. I would recommend it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (511)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "Very cute"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a very cute twist on a Cinderella fairy tale. I really enjoyed this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (630)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Kathryn says: "Was hoping for better..."
    "Predictable, but good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a good in-between book. It was suspenseful at times. Overall, good and I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1352)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was interesting and informative. It is not the typical type of book I read, but it kept me interested. This poor woman went through so much.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (535)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Wonderful story of friendship"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to follow the women in the story through their lifetime of friendship. They sure went through a lot together. I really enjoyed learning about the Chinese secret language of women. It seemed women had limited experiences then and it is great that they had this secret form of communication and a lifelong friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (341)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Surprisingly, I like this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this because it was on sale. I thought it was going to be kinda silly. It actually wasn't bad at all. It was a nice little thriller that kept my interest. A nice in between listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

    Kate says: "Nothing Unnatural about Phryne"
    "Not bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fun and quirky listen. A decent in between book. The story has nice twists and turns. The characters are interesting. Like I said....not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (430)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "I liked this one"
    Overall
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    This story was not what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. The story kept me interested, and I like how it jumps back and forth between characters. It is a story of love, loss, and the reality of life. This story reminds us that we can't always have what we want, but we should be aware and grateful for what we do have while we still have it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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