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Leisa

I'm a 50ish mom of 2 wonderful young men and work as tech support in a public middle school. I love reading with an eclectic choice of books

High Point, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Langoliers: One Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Willem Dafoe
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    The first of a four-part audio series from Stephen King's best-selling book, Four Past Midnight. On a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, only 11 passengers survive - but landing in a dead world makes them wish they hadn't.

    DJM says: "If You Like the Story..."
    "Cary Grant/ VERY unexpected."
    Overall

    Love the story, classic Stephen King. It's one of those stories that you can listen to over and over and find different gems each time. Although I find William Defoe a wonderful narrater, personally I find his character voices a bit irritating. The women sound quite nasal and whiney and poor Nick spends a lot of time sounding like Cary Grant. The music is not overly used so it's not too hard to live with. Overall quite enjoyable!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Enjoyed the characters."
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    I love authors who can write characters that you can see and feel like you know. I felt like I met these people. Also didn't figure out the murderer, I love that. A surprise at the end is always a great gift.
    The narrator is a bit slow but i think it's just his voice. I didn't dislike him, it was just different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Damien Echols
    • Narrated By Damien Echols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

    Courtney says: "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."
    "The Story from the Horse's Mouth!"
    Overall
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    Story

    The story is touching, raw, and at times brutal. So much more than just the story of an innocent man. Damien tells the history of his childhood, his journal of the atrocities of our judicial system in his life on death row (not roll, lol). He has grown into an astounding man with great passion in spite of what he was put him through by continuing to study and work his brain during his 18 years of hell. HE NEVER GAVE UP! The main reason he is still alive today, that and a wonderful woman named Lori.

    It helps to know the background story of the WM3 before reading this book. You can get that by watching the three Paradise Lost documentaries which are on YouTube, reading the book Devil's Knot, or just looking at the data on the internet.

    There are times Echols seems to ramble and it is a bit wordy, but very good for his first time with the pen. I look forward to reading more from him and watching him grow as an author.

    Personally I also want to wish him and his wife a happy life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6726)
    Performance
    (5952)
    Story
    (6008)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "One of my favorite stories for years."
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    I was so excited when I saw The Stand in the unabridged version was on audio. I had searched for it for years and purchased it the day it came out. If you aren't a Stephen King fan please don't run from this book. It has an amazing story that begins simply and continues to grow all the way to the end. The characters have so much personality that you will feel like you know some of these people when the book is finished. If you are the type to relisten to books this will be one of those. I usually read this book every year during summer vacation and now I can listen to a wonderful performance read to me over and over again.

    The story is actually simple, the world is hit with a killing virus that most people die from. Those left begin to dream and choose to go either to the good side or the bad. It climaxes with an all out battle of good vrs. bad. With such a simple storyline you will be surprised with the way Mr. King builds the characters and winds the story around to get them all to the same place literally and psychologically. The end leaves you wanting to know more about where the characters are going and what kind of world is reborn in lost left behind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mounting Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods returns with another absorbing thriller. President Will Lee is having a rough week. His vice president just died during surgery. Confirmation hearings for the new vice president are under way, but the squeaky-clean governor whom Will has nominated may have a few previously unnoticed skeletons in his closet. And Teddy Fay, the rogue CIA agent last seen in Shoot Him If He Runs, is plotting his revenge on CIA director Kate Rule Lee - the president's wife.

    Cill says: "crash landing"
    "Very disjointed story"
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    Performance
    Story

    As a long time fan of the Lee family this was definitely my least favorite book. It felt like a book Stuart Woods wrote just to finish up a contract. The climax is in the ending and by then you don't even care. The narrator was also disappointing, her male voices and southern accent just grated on my nerves. I only finished because I can't stand to just stop reading any book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18169)
    Performance
    (16168)
    Story
    (16127)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Classic Stephen King, maybe even his BEST"
    Overall
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    Amazing character creation, you get to know these people and miss them when the book is finished. Special thanks to Joe, the ending was great.

    Craig Wasson was good but some of his character voices got a bit on my nerves, especially when he sounds like he's trying to do a Jimmy Stewart imitation.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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