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Leese-Calver

Glendale, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 14 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
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  • Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy - from the Man Who Spent 90 Minutes in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Don Piper, Cecil Murphey
    • Narrated By Don Piper, Cecil Murphey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    On January 18th, 1989, Don Piper died in a car accident. Ninety minutes later, after a preacher prayed over him, Piper came back to life with an extraordinary story. He'd been to heaven. So began the phenomenon of 90 Minutes in Heaven.

    David says: "an awakeniong"
    "Really boring."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to read his first book, "90 minutes in heaven" which I heard was very good but not available on audiobook at the time. This made me and my husband fall asleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4027)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1709)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Horrible"
    Overall

    So unconvincing and un-scriptural and just boring. Couldn't even get through it. If books like these can get on the best seller list, I should get a pet monkey and start him writing. I'd make a mint.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susan Isaacs
    • Narrated By Susan Isaacs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In this cuttingly poignant memoir, Susan Isaacs chronicles her rocky relationship with the Almighty - from early childhood to midlife crisis - and all the churches where she and God tried to make a home: Pentecostals, Slackers for Jesus, and the ├╝ber-intellectuals who turned everything, including the weekly church announcements, into a three-point sermon. Casting herself as the neglected spouse, Susan faces her inner nag and the ridiculous expectations she put on God.

    Leese-Calver says: "AWESOME."
    "AWESOME."
    Overall

    This book was extremely captivating. It's real. The author has been so courageous to expose her innermost struggles in such a vulnerable way. In the Christian world, it's filled with women who live on "lollipop" mountain. Everything is wonderful. Many artists like me have struggled with being able to relate to the sugar-coated Christian. All the conversations you have in your head with God about your doubts and fears are verbalized in Susan Isaac's book. It was comforting and inspiring to hear that I haven't been the only one asking God what appears to be trivial questions to a God that is interested in everything about you. Great book and great job to the author!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carol Kent
    • Narrated By Carol Kent
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Sometimes we make sacrifices to help us get ahead, to allow us more time with family, or because we believe in the cause. And then there are sacrifices in which we have no say, "Isaac experiences" as in Genesis 22, thrust upon us without warning or survival instructions.

    Leese-Calver says: "AWEFUL"
    "AWEFUL"
    Overall

    The author lost me when she brought up how a couple were having marital difficulties because the father was continually molesting their daughter. She was saying, "The wife was able to forgive her husband and bring him back into their home"....I'm sorry there are just some things you don't allow back into your home...and that's a child molestor.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    They seemed like the perfect couple: young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.

    Lisa says: "Disappointing"
    "TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!!!!!"
    Overall

    Sometimes I am just dumbfounded as to who claims to be a writer. The writer goes into great detail describing what she bought at the grocery store or what is included in a meatloaf...but says in passing that the main character died in an accident towards the end of the book...without any elaboration or warning. She constantly skips 10-15 years without mentioning how much time has passed. It's 10 minutes into the dialogue before you discover that the 9 year old she just talked about, is now 18 and in college. "Ten years later" would have been a helpful 3 words she could have used about 10 times in the book. The things she chose to talk about were so boring I would rather watch paint dry. BOO! BOO!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    It may be difficult to imagine a life-affirming book which begins with the main character, a 14-year-old girl, recounting her rape and murder, but Alice Sebold's debut novel is just such a book. Having received advance critical acclaim that before now was reserved only for literary giants, this book will no doubt invite comparisons to works such as Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

    Susanne W. says: "Don't Pass It Up!!!"
    "Wonderful, Detailed, Thoughtful...."
    Overall

    I became a fan of Alice Sebold's writing after listening to "Lucky", her memoir. She is such a fantastic writer. Her descriptions and metaphors, her "painting with words" creates very detailed visual pictures in your head of what she is writing about. You find yourself transported in the places and situations she describes. Her perspective of life is something we can all learn from. In The Lovely Bones, she takes a different slant....the view of a murdered scene from the victim themselves. What happens is, you don't have to wait for a loved one to die to start looking at and appreciating the little daily things that they are loved for. When you finish the book, you come away with a newfound appreciation for the life you have, the family and friends you have and the realization that a little heaven can be achieved here on earth if we would just learn to really live.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Feodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means?

    Thomas says: "All Time Classic"
    "Forget Crime, Listening is Punishment Enough."
    Overall

    This book took me forever to get through. Because I'm a committed person and like to finish what I start, I endured until the very end of this book. This was the slowest, most boring, depressing book I've ever listened to. Someone could tell this story in about 2 pages but it drags on and on until you can't take it anymore. The Russian names are so confusing that you don't know who the characters are even by the very end. The narrator was very monotone and made it even more boring. Put needles in your eyes, it will be less punishing.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Max Tivoli is uniquely cursed. His mind ages normally, but he is born with the withered body of a 70-year-old man, and his body ages in reverse. Despite this torment, Max manages three times to cross paths with Alice, the woman who captures his heart. Because he appears to be a different person each time they meet, Max has three chances for true love.

    Diana says: "Unfufilling"
    "Weird story, pathetic guy, alright book"
    Overall

    When I started to read this, I didn't care for it...I got somewhat engrossed in the story however as time went on...or uh..backwards...It's not a happy book at all and the main character is insanely obsessed with a woman and should be committed. If you are looking for an upbeat book with a happy ending, this isn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5037)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2136)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "If I could only get past the first 2 hours!"
    Overall

    I must have rewound the first 2 hours over a dozen times. I would start to listen, lost interest, turned it off and then rewound it and tried listening again. I always thought it was me...that I must not have been in the mood to listen...but after numerous times I realized it wasn't me but the story. I thought I had downloaded a dated book about the cold war and the KGB but was surprised to see last year's date on it. If you are a military buff and enjoy hearing guys yelling "F'n this and F'in that", maybe this book is for you. I'm a woman, maybe it's not something a typical woman would want to listen to.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (262)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Just okay...not much of a story there...."
    Overall

    Nothing hugely eventful in this story. It's about ordinary things happening to ordinary people. You'd hear the same from a next door neighbor at lunch. It bothered me that the wife was so naive to many things happening around her. She portrayed women as weak and helpless and an easy target for people to take advantage of the kindness of her heart. Not an aweful story, just not that great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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