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Leah

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Heaven and Earth: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (633)

    Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them - which, lately, isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her - and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control.

    A User says: "Loved it!"
    "Much Better"
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    Would you listen to Heaven and Earth again? Why?

    Yes. This second installment to the 3 sisters story was much better than the first. Better character development and more information to the storyline. The pace of the plot was better too.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like Sandra Burr's voice but she's not the best at differentiating characters. Some she does well but others you do need the “he said”, “she said” to figure out who is talking.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way Roberts makes her fantasy worlds seem perfectly real and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated & Entranced

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (862)

    His interest in her was purely professional...or so he told himself. Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell. Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer's trick?

    Amazon Customer says: "Please get the sequel here at Audible!"
    "Witchcraft that seems normal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Captivated & Entranced to be better than the print version?

    I don't think so for this one. I think I would have enjoyed it just as much in print.


    Would you recommend Captivated & Entranced to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a believable story of real people dealing with what most would say is not real. Roberts, here and in some other of her novels, has a way of making the supernatural seem very natural.


    What aspect of Therese Plummer’s performance would you have changed?

    She did well in her performance but it wasn't the greatest I've heard. Her characters were well formed but I think that reading the novel would have been just as good for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5475)
    Performance
    (5089)
    Story
    (5089)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Another success"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Keep it coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is always hard to answer this question for a Jim Butcher book because he gives so much attention to every character in his novels but in Cold Days I loved watching Molly’s growth and seeing how Dresden changes his relationship to her in response.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Always wonderful, Marsters reading is easy to listen to. He is the voice of Dresden for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (335)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    connie says: "for this series fan, a disappointment"
    "Not Memorable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No really. King's previous novel were better.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laurie R. King before, how does this one compare?

    This one tells the story by the characters remembering what happened and telling it to the other characters instead of telling the story as it happens to the characters. I found it tedious and not a great way to express a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably listen to this story again because I didn't really follow everything. There was so much history that you needed to understand and between the telling of the history and the telling of the present story in the looking back fashion, it got confusing for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Fire: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (604)

    Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart - and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared - and determined to live without love. But now Sam has returned....

    Camden says: "Great Story but Some Character Flaws"
    "Happy ending that took too long to end."
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    What did you love best about Face the Fire?

    I liked the way Roberts gave more plot time to each man in the story and highlighted each ones importance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have eliminated about 5 chapters in the middle of the book that didn’t do anything to add to the story or character development. It just made the story way too long. Then the last chapter seemed to speed up and end abruptly.


    What three words best describe Sandra Burr’s voice?

    Serine, pleasant, balanced


    Any additional comments?

    I was slightly disappointed in this last book to teh series. After the improvement in the second book I was looking forward to a more thrilling ending but it fizzled. I felt like Roberts used up her best stuff in book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (490)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Some day I'll visit Montana - in the spring."
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    Would you listen to Montana Sky again? Why?

    Yes, I'm sure there are things I didn't notice all through the book now that I know the ending and I'd like to go back and read this one again to discover them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the 3 sisters became friends. it was well written and though you supposed there'd be a happy ending the way Roberts writes you just aren't ever sure until it happens. I like the way she slowly brought each character of the 3 sisters into caring for eachother. Very realistic for me.


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

    I like the naration but it wasn't the best I've heard. you could not always tell who was talking by her voices, but it was well spoken for the emotion levels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1097)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Classic Kinsey"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of V Is for Vengeance?

    The ending when the "bad" guy gets the girl and the new life. The way Grafton writes it's so easy to identify with the so-called "bad" characters, but you can truely seee how they think and can put yourself in their shoes. Sometimes it's ok for the "bad' guy to get the girl and walk off (or fly) into the sunset.


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Judy's voice had become so identifyable with Kinsey for me that even if I read the book her voice would be in my mind. It's just a perfect fit.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extremem reactions. Just another well written book with just the right amount of surprises that are typical for Grafton and Kinsey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (770)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "The Original is Better"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Alexandre Dumas? Why or why not?

    This is my first Dumas book but I'd be willing to read another. I thought I knew this story well because of the movies and plays I'd seen of it but the original is so different then edited versions that I was surprised.


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

    No, but it could be. I prefer taking stories in pieces so I can think about what has happened for a bit before I go on reading. This one did well in pieces for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

    Elizabeth says: "Unsympathetic Main Character"
    "Different"
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    Would you listen to The Betrayal of the Blood Lily again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice. I loved the different storyline from the others in the series. Though it didn't have great parallels to the present day storyline, I still liked the plot development in the historical setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Kate Reading returnd as narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this is not my favorite book in the series, and I can't agree with some of the choises the charactors made, I do love the way Willig explains their reasoning precesses. This whole series for me is a wonderful learning process in to the human mind and why some folks think the way they do. It doesn't matter what historical age you are in, Human is human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    Bethany says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "Disapointment"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I was not happy with the change in performer in this novel. For a series, it's important to keep the same narrator. Justine Eyre did a good job, but I was missing Kate's voice. I'm sure many others felt the same because Kate returns in the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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