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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 Deal, the Dance, and the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Victoria Christopher Murray
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, Essence® best-selling author Victoria Christopher Murray delivers a cautionary tale about debt and the dangers of an overly tempting offer. Married at 17, Adam and Evia Langston have worked their way up from rags to riches. But as they are enjoying all the trappings of their success, a financial downturn leaves them teetering on the brink of disaster. And that’s when Evia’s boss makes the Langstons a fivemillion dollar offer they can’t refuse.

    Nevada says: "The Girl is GUUUUUD - {{{{VCM}}} - MUST READ!"
    "For the love of money"
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    Where does The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow, this was a good one! Great pacing, good action, funny and just enough passion. It really made me think, too. What does a person sacrifice to


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No spoiler..but by the middle or at least 3/4s of the way in its pretty obvious. But its still fun to see how far down she's gonna take them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one favorite scene. But I could really sympathize with Evia the night she sent Adam to Sasha. That was tough.


    If you could take any character from The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take both Adam and Evia out, to give them both a wake-up smack. lol


    Any additional comments?

    Just get this book. It had a spiritual message without being the least bit preacy. And a great storyline that had me shaking my head and laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    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"
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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"
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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!!"
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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!!"
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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)
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    (12)
    Story
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    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!!"
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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"
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    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!"
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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
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    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
  • Splendors and Glooms

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laura Amy Schlitz
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz's gothic novel in the grand Victorian tradition, Spledors and Glooms, is set in London and centered around the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl, who goes missing. Two children realize it is their guardian, a Venetian-born puppeteer and magician, who has kidnapped her and used his dark powers to imprison her mind and body in the form of a puppet and strive to return her to human form.

    Julie says: "Yawn turned into a dropped jaw"
    "So disappointing"
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    I really wanted to like this book. I Really did. I've looked for another story by this author after reading "A drowned maiden's tale". I Loved that book. It hooked me from page one. So I was ready for more.
    Was that a fluke, or this book a glitch? I Don't know.
    All I know was that this book was really overwrought. So heavy handed. And after hours of listening and re-winding, I still don't know what the heck, is going on!
    From flashes of a "witch" to a demonic puppet-master, to a lonely girl who lost here siblings to a terrible food poisoning. This story was all over the place. I just gave up.
    Better luck next time. I still haven't given up on Schultz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Heals All

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leona Jackson
    • Narrated By Rayzelle Forrest Young
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alex returned home from Iraq with tons of baggage. Though he'd been warned transitioning back to civilian life wouldn't be easy, he had no idea had difficult it could really be... Jasalyn was grateful to Alex for saving her brother's life in Iraq and made it her personal mission to try and heal the broken soldier. What she hadn't counted on was his racist father and the demons Alex fought daily inside his own head. Will Jasalyn be able to save the shattered soldier and find love for herself in the process?

    Lelsie says: "Nice for the Price"
    "Nice for the Price"
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    A very Short, but sweet love story.
    Alex served with Jasalyn's brother in Iraq. He returns physically intact, but with PSDS. She picks him up at the airport, there's instant chemistry. But due to his emotional state, and the fact that his father is a blatant bigot, he's hesitant to pursue her.
    I must have blinked. But I have no idea how everything was OVERCOME but they fall in love and get married. the End.
    Oh Well. I never like to give the whole story away. But for $2.99 you ether will buy it or you won't. It's basically a pleasant time waster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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