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Leigh Ann Hornbuckle

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TN | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 65 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated By James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, this fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad.

    Marty says: "Great Book for Leadership Peer Groups"
    "Read it for a college course"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition to be better than the print version?

    I have both the book and audio. At times I followed along in the book from the audio. I had this for a college class and multiple homework assignments from it. I could read the chapters by audio and study for tests and/or homework with the book. It's excellent information.


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

    No way. Information and concepts are too detailed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1189)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Holly says: "Humorous, Intelligent, and Introspective"
    "Fine"
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    Would you try another book from Piper Kerman and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Orange Is the New Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was good. Overall the story made the prison system seem quite fine.


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

    No


    Was Orange Is the New Black worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    na

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Across the River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate - the Savoyard Plantation - and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

    Barbara says: "Recording glitches, but a great gruesome tale"
    "Took me by surprise"
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    If you could sum up Those Across the River in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, entertaining, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


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

    Have not listened to any other


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I really had no idea what was 'across the river' until midbook. It was surprising and not the type of book I would have chosen but I really enjoyed it and it kept me spellbound to find out the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Sally Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and best-selling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise the Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history.

    Suzanne says: "5 Star Listen"
    "Loved it."
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    What did you love best about Sum It Up?

    I liked the history of how her career came about and I liked the behind the scene stories of the players and coaches. And, of course how her disease is progressing and how she is handling it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sum It Up?

    I really enjoy her discussions about the role her son plays in her life. I also like the Connecticut's Gino A. discussion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way she remembers her players.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1654)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Enjoyable."
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Yes, I would read more from him. I enjoyed both the Kite Runner and 1000 Splended Suns. This one was good, but not quite a match for either of them. I like this author.


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

    I felt I knew how it was going to end up.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. But, I had to listen very closely due to the accent.


    Was And the Mountains Echoed worth the listening time?

    Yes, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (913)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Nora Roberts is excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Whiskey Beach to be better than the print version?

    Either version would be great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aubrey.


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

    I am not sure. The story if certainly interesting. I love hearing talking about the house and the mystery death of his wife.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2249)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Loved it."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild to be better than the print version?

    I think either version would be good. I walked and listened to this story so I enjoyed it that much more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I couldn't think how this story about hiking would filll a whole book. But, when it was over I wanted more!
    I like her bravery and the images.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Cheryl.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her mother's death was hard to listen to and I think some of tales of nights.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (493)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Michele says: "Not entirely hype"
    "Loved in parts, other's seem to drag"
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    What did you like best about The Tiger's Wife? What did you like least?

    I still remember vivid parts and the story line but at times I just couldn't keep interest.


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

    Mild


    What does Susan Duerden and Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, I think so.


    Was The Tiger's Wife worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (851)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Complicated."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, maybe I have read to many Scarpetta stories. Many parts I liked as I always like the way Cornwell writes but the details of the crime etc are becoming lengthy and technical and they drag on forever that the story gets lost. And, I lost interest as well.


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

    I figured it out.


    Was Red Mist worth the listening time?

    I think it became tedious. I wanted more story line and less technical description. But, I always hope Cornwell will thrill me with each book. I think I will give it a rest for awhile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (788)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Love it."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend. I loved the visual created by the words. I very much enjoyed the language and dialect of the writing and performance. The story was a about a simple place and time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The language.


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

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A young pregnant girl and her journey. Christmas and his story.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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