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Lelsie

I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Clock Strikes Twelve

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    New Year’s Eve, 1940, is unusual for the Paradine family. Departing from tradition, James Paradine makes a speech that changes the course of many lives. Valuable documents have disappeared. A member of the family has taken them. The culprit has until midnight to confess and return the papers. A few minutes after 12 James Paradine is dead. It is left to Miss Silver to disentangle the threads that bind the Paradine family in a strange web of dislike, hatred, and fear.

    Constance says: "Excellent classic mystery"
    "A disappointed fan"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If this had been my first Patricia Wentworth read, it would be my last. This is my forth Miss Silver novel. I don't know if it was that there were too many characters, or if it was the convoluted storyline. But, I could sympathize with none of the characters. I had to make myself finish the story, and I had to re-start the story I don't know how many times. Halfway to the end I didn't know what was going on, and I didn't care


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Wentworth’s story?

    No, not one of her best.


    What three words best describe Diana Bishop’s performance?

    No


    Did The Clock Strikes Twelve inspire you to do anything?

    Good narration


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    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"
    "Thoroughly Modern Phryne"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not a thing. a delightful read.


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

    The most interesting thing was the VERY modern view the author took on the time. The way it dealt with women in the church and homosexuality.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    I think it would be Phryne. She has strength, beauty, charm and cash to back it up.


    Could you see Unnatural Habits being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hum. A mini-series would be interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this series is worth exploring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5936)
    Performance
    (5192)
    Story
    (5193)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "M.H.I."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a good story, but not for me. It was like a boy's grown-up fantasy. Regular guy gets to fight monsters AND get the girl.


    What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Um, nothing really. There's a lot of muscle flexing and weaponry. Not really a "girl's story" It had some fun moments, but.....


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    The main character was pretty cool. Very "aw shucks" type, and kinda sexy, in an understated way.


    Did Monster Hunter International inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, get a "chic-lit" book. haha


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story, for the right audience. Lots of action, monsters and fun!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Compound

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By S. A. Bodeen
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out. He won't let them.

    Elise says: "Full of suspense"
    "The Compound"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend it! I only for the very twisted ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by S. A. Bodeen again?

    Yes!!


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

    No, this is my first.


    Did The Compound inspire you to do anything?

    Stock up on canned meat!!


    Any additional comments?

    This story left me reeling. You just don't know who to trust, or how far someone will go to fulfill a social experiment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vacations from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, and others
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead? In this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive.... From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

    Felicity says: "What a Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Just not what I was expecting"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Eh, I'm not sure. the stories were well written, but it just didn't do it for me.


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

    Like a said, this were good stories, just not what I was looking for.


    Which character – as performed by Tara Sands – was your favorite?

    This was a series of short stories, so there was not one particular character that stood out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    As you can probably tell, I'm kind of ambivalent about this audio. Please, do not let that reflect the quality of the stories. The stories ranged from quirky to disturbing. But, it just wasn't what I was looking for at the time.
    I had just read a book by Libba Bray "Beauty Queens" which had me rolling with it's biting humor. And I was looking for something like that. Which this was Not. But in and of itself it was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surprises According to Humphrey

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Betty Birney
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Being a classroom hamster means having to be ready for anything - but suddenly there are a lot of big surprises in Humphrey's world. Some are exciting, like seeing the playground during a fire drill and getting to roll around in a hamster ball. But some aren't so good....

    Lelsie says: "Huphrey!!"
    "Huphrey!!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Surprises According to Humphrey again? Why?

    We do listen almost weekly. My son (age 9) surprisingly loves it. Its a great little story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story. Nothing offensive. Humphrey the hamster really enjoys learning with the children in his class. and has adventures, too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I personally enjoyed how Humphrey goes home with each child including the teacher and we get a glimpse as teachers as real people. Something young kids don't really think about.


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

    Yes, the story keeps moving smoothly.


    Any additional comments?

    No, just that this is a first of many for my family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slay the Zombies or Fart Trying: Zombie Avengers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Earl Edwards
    • Narrated By Andrew L. Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    All Dave ever wanted was to be a regular kid with regular-kid problems. All he wanted was a cure for his little farting problem, but little did he know that the search for that cure would end up changing his life forever. Little did he know that he would become the greatest zombie fighting machine that the world has ever seen.

    Lelsie says: "Grossly Funny!!"
    "Grossly Funny!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My 9 year old son definitely would!! He LOVED it! What's not to love? Farting, diareah and Zombies! Everything a growing boy needs.


    If you’ve listened to books by Earl Edwards before, how does this one compare?

    This is our first, I don't know if I can handle another.


    What about Andrew L. Barnes’s performance did you like?

    He was cute, he sounded like Erkel. haha


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

    I think this title says it all.


    Any additional comments?

    As you can probably figure out, this book wasn't for me. But young pre-teen boys will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!: Mr Gum, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Andy Stanton
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Kate Winslet reads the first riotously funny book in the Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton. Good evening. Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun, and corn on the cob. This book's all about him. And an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub. And Jake the dog, and a little girl called Polly and an evil, stinky butcher all covered in guts. And there's heroes and sweets and adventures and everything.

    Bryan says: "Could not stop laughing"
    "Kate Winslet Made this Story!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure. the story was ridiculous in the extreme. It had my head spinning. It lost my son's (age 9) attention. But I enjoyed it.


    What was most disappointing about Andy Stanton’s story?

    Very strange story. It had no rhyme or reason. Not really disappointing so much as just non- sensical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene. Kate Winslet just took the whole experience to the next level. I think I may have given up were it not for her reading Loved her!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh because it was SO crazy!


    Any additional comments?

    No, but I will definitely look out for more books read by Kate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Abbie Farwell Brown
    • Narrated By Leslie Belaire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas.

    Lelsie says: "the Christmas Angel"
    "the Christmas Angel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a pretty good story. Short and sweet. a female version of A Christmas Carol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Belloc Lowndes
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger", they start to suspect something too horrific for words.

    Pamela says: "enjoyable"
    "Creepy Fun!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Lodger?

    I just loved the overall feeling of suspense. And it just grows and grows. I had to turn my IPod off a few times because of the building tension.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think the female lead. I was easy to sympathise with her plight. and I thought, "what would I do if I were in her shoes?"


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

    I did not personally "read" the book. But I think Lorna Raver id a great job. she represented all characters very well.


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

    I couldn't. like I said. The elevating tension was too much for me!


    Any additional comments?

    no, just this was a great book. And listen with the lights on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

    Lelsie says: "Smokey Dalton"
    "Smokey Dalton"
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    What did you love best about A Dangerous Road?

    I liked everyting about the book. It was part history, part mystery and part love story.


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Road to and why?

    I can't think of any book off hand that's quite like this one. At least not in the African American genre. Nothing that gives the reader so many different angles.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked the narrator. He spoke clearly and concisely. he almost over ennuciated his words. but that's ok. I'd rather have that than slurring his words.


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

    I'm not sure. But I could definately see this as a film.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a author and a story-line I will definately follow.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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