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Leslie Slevin

Oro Valley, AZ United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "The Cruelty To Animals is Hard to Take"
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    Great narrator, I would say perfect for this story. The prose is enchanting, that's why I stuck with it. The Sister Brothers have no regard for human life, so it is hard to like them. The treatment of animals in the story is abhorrent. I realize this may have been realistic for the period, but if that bothers you (and it should,) you may want to avoid this book. The dialogue is glorious, and for that reason I recommend it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2348)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Elegant and Moving"
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    Rachel Joyce is a beautiful writer. She brought us inside the minds of the two main characters with ease. She allowed the story to unfold; it could not be rushed. I was incredibly moved by the ending. Of course Jim Broadbent did the book great justice. I hope to read more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Ruthie Henshall, Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    Anne says: "a virtual page turner"
    "Captivating....until the end"
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    I wish I could find more books by this author. I would often rewind to listen again to her elegant prose. The book was captivating until the sudden ending when everything was all wrapped up with a bow. It needed a few more chapters to build up to it. Lynn Redgrave and Ruthie Henshall are perfect! Two of the best I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riding the Rap

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Now that his mom's gravy train has derailed, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz has decided to take somebody rich hostage - with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful, if underfed, psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is, they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best.

    richard says: "Once again, Leonard and Muller rock."
    "Not up to par with other Raylan stories"
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    This book is a nice little distraction, but overall, a disappointment. You gotta love Elmore Leanard's dialogue, and Frank Muller performed it to a tee. But why doesn't Raylan sound like he's from Kentucky? That's half of his appeal right there (since we can't see the hat on audio.) I'd recommend skipping this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fingersmith

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (227)

    Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!"
    "Well deserving of the Mann Booker Prize"
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    The writing is superb, the story is completely original, and it is a nail biter. Rare to get all this from one book. But wait, there's more! Juanita McMahon is the best female narrator I have heard. She has an amazing arsenal of voices. This is a book not to miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24463)
    Performance
    (18569)
    Story
    (18729)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Prepare to be disappointed."
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    If you read the first 2 books, you are hooked, and you need to know how the story ends. But this book is really a let down. Most of the action takes place "off screen" while Katniss spends most of her time in various buildings. Huge events take place, in Panam, and they are briefly reported to Katniss and to the reader. She is not there, and neither are we. It's as if the author just wanted to take some time off. If you are looking for some kind of satisfaction, you won't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunflower: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol, The Sunflower.

    Sandra says: "Fabulous"
    "A nice little book.."
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    This modest book has a good heart and it is worth listening to. Campbell Scott can be a little flat, but I still like the sound of his voice. A true and touching story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Following his #1 New York Times best seller Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel, with dignity and justice for Palestine.

    D. Cohron says: "A Story Not Told in the US"
    "Every American voter should read this book"
    Overall

    I wanted to learn more about the Israel/Palestine conflict and I did. I will not deny that I am an admirer of Jimmy Carter. Whether you are or not will have no effect on your appreciation of the factual material, all verifiable. President Carter has been an integral part of nearly all peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine for more than 30 years. He truly is the foremost expert in the U.S. He sticks to the facts, and saves his opinions for the last chapter.
    Read this book and find out what the rest of the world knows.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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