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Leslie

Sausalito, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Succubus Dreams: Georgina Kincaid, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (668)

    Some days, a girl just can't catch a break......especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there's her relationship with gorgeous best-selling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It's not just that they can't have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge.

    RabidReads says: "My favorite book in this series so far!"
    "Hooked"
    Overall

    I'm hooked on this series. This was the best so far. I can't wait for my next credit to get book 4!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Righteous Kill: A Shakespearean Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kerrigan Byrne
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    A prolific serial killer is crucifying and 'baptizing' the working girls of Portland, and FBI Special Agent Luca Ramirez is locked in a desperate race to prevent the next casualty. The game changes when the latest victim is pulled out of the Willamette River alive, and Luca knows this witness may be his key to breaking the case. When the fanatical killer threatens her life a second time, Luca is assigned to protect the most unique and captivating woman he's ever met by going undercover as her lover.

    Ali M. Fitzgerald says: "The Book Cover Says it All"
    "Bad start - ended up not bad"
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    I almost asked to return this book. After the prologue which reads like bad pulp fiction and the shock of the narrator, I didn't think I could get into this book, but it was late at night and I wanted something to listen to, so I continued.

    The Bad:

    Really the worst thing about this book is that they chose a British man to narrate it. He's actually a very good narrator and once I got into the story, I forgot he was British for the most part. He mispronounces the "Willamette" river, which to someone who lived a long time in Oregon is irksome, but I were to be objective, I suppose it's not a big deal. It really is baffling why they chose someone with an English accent to tell a story with a Latino from El Paso placed in Portland Oregon. (I was born in El Paso and lived many years in Oregon!) That said, he is a good narrator.

    Without getting into spoilers, it's hard to talk about the plot - but while I thought the mystery was pretty good, there were some threads in the story that get left hanging and you wonder why they were there. Maybe it's back story for future books?

    The Good:

    I liked the characters. Hero is a spunky, warm, free spirit. The other characters are good too. The romance part of the book, while definitely being a formula with typical Romance novel themes are brought to life with good characters. I liked the deep connection and the way the author describes their intimacy.

    I ended up enjoying the story and was glad I gave it a chance. I'd probably have given it 3.5 stars if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3939)
    Performance
    (3497)
    Story
    (3491)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "A surprising novel - in a good way"
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    This sat in my library for quite awhile before I started it. I somehow expected it to be something slow and literary, which can be good but sometimes I'm not in the mood. This story completely surprised me though. I was caught up in it from the first.

    A few quick notes:
    The narration is great and I'm so glad they had 4 different narrators. The different ages and genders keep the story fresh.

    The information about Elephants is fascinating. (Plus, what a clever way to slip in an important cause into an interesting story.)

    I can usually figure out where an author is going with the story pretty early on in the book, but I have to say in this case, I was completely taken by surprise! I don't want to give away any spoilers so I won't say much more. I'll just add that the ending, while surprising, manages to feel organic and acceptable. I hate it when authors try to pull a fast one with an ending that feels pasted on, but this one didn't feel that way.

    Very good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves - which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel - and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude.

    Mel says: "Easy Listening"
    "Disappointing 3rd novel in this series"
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    I liked the first book in this series, the 2nd was OK and this one wasn't very good. Nothing happens in this book except a lot of Emo thinking. It did deal with some series issues, but it wasn't enough to make the book compelling. I was bored most of the book. There were occasional glimpses of the humor of the previous books, but not much. Even the saucy scenes are lacking and lackluster.

    I like the Hard Ink team she has created so I'll probably end up checking out the 4th book to see if she picks it up again.

    I do like this narrator and she did a fine job on this book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (219)

    Beautiful and self-confident businesswoman Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she feared. But one thing was certain – she would surely die without his help. Vietnam vet Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty. Experience had taught him they were takers. But he’d survived far worse dangers, and this time he’d be damned if he’d let her risk his chance for survival.

    Angelia says: "Sensuality, believable characters, totally hot!."
    "Love to hate it (sort of)"
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    When I stop and think about this book, it has a lot of things that I normally dislike in Romance novels. Cooper, the male could really be a macho jerk. The woman was at times way too submissive and naive. Yet, I couldn't stop listening to this! I stayed up all night!

    What is it about Sandra Brown's writing that makes me more tolerant of things I hate in other novels? Perhaps in spite of some of the bad (to me) formulaic themes of the writing, she knows how to spin a story and create heat between characters?

    I thought the narration was fine. Perhaps not the best, but acceptable. Didn't bother me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (414)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "What an experience"
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    This book is hard to review because I have so many reactions to it.

    Just in case it isn't clear, this is a romance/suspense novel and does have graphic sex scenes. (Which are quite steamy.)

    The writing is often very good. I kept imagining the movie "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Tennessee Williams). Not for the plot line, but the overall feeling of family embroilments, etc. It also brought up another old Paul Newman film, "The Long Hot Summer" (William Faulkner). There is something, rich and deep in this book. Then at other times, the writing veers into cheesy romance and quick summer read suspense.

    This book was written in 1988, so there are aspects about it that are perhaps not very "politically correct" for today. I sure hope race and class issues are a little more open today in the South, but perhaps not!

    The male character smokes cigarettes and is closed off emotionally. I think she goes way too far in painting this stiff, macho, woman-user facade, but if you pay attention, there are a lot of little details and back history that shows there is more to him than this.

    I find myself wondering if this book was re-written a little bit to expand the main characters romantic interactions to be richer and less formulaic what a truly great book that would be. Still, Sandra Brown does a good job of writing books that are suspense/romance/pot boilers - but that are well-written. I appreciate that because most romance novels completely insult my intelligence and are horribly written.

    Bottom line, like other readers, I became very engrossed in this story. (I stayed up until 3 AM to finish it.) I'm sure I will end up listening to it again. Give it a chance. In the beginning, there were times I rolled my eyes, but I ended up really getting into it. The writing has some faults, but it's a story that somehow gets to you. Isn't that what's important in the end?

    The narration was OK. Not being an expert on Louisiana accents, I guess they are OK, but I didn't really like Chase's voice on this. I found myself longing for movie quality dialogue on the narration, which I know is unfair - but on this audio book, it occurred to me if reading it would in some ways be better because you could imagine the accents.

    This would make a really good movie! Correction. It would need to be a mini-series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seer of Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Prior to making her final pledge as a druid, the young seer Sibeal visits the island of Inis Eala, where the Sight leads her to Felix, a survivor of a Norse shipwreck who has no memory of his past. As the island's healers struggle to keep Felix alive, he and Sibeal form a natural bond. But Sibeal's vocation is her true calling, and she must choose between the two things that tug at her soul - her spirituality and a chance at love....

    Leslie says: "Love the series, but has problems"
    "Love the series, but has problems"
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    I have mixed feelings about this author and series and especially this installment. On the one hand, Juliet Marillier has created a world and characters that we've come to love. While there are certain predictible formulaic aspects to the stories, she does not write cookie cutter stories. She often takes chances with her plots and characters. They aren't always the typical hero/heroine.

    She also takes her time in her writing. Really takes her time. Which is not always good. This book could have been trimmed at least 20% and lost nothing. She has a tendancy to go on and on and repeat things until I start to lose patience with her. This is a long book, which I normally love and I don't feel like I'm a person who needs non-stop action, but for half the book almost nothing happens. We're mostly waiting for the male character to get well. At one point, she spends at least 15 minutes telling the story of Son of the Shadows over again. Perhaps it's because I've been listening to this series in succession, but it annoyed me for her to spend so much time repeating a story we already know.

    The story itself has few surprises. It's pretty easy to guess where the story is going. This is also a weakness of this author that her plots are often pretty transparant.

    The narration of this didn't help. Felix, the main male character sounds too whiney. Everything is too dramatic and drawn out, which does not help this story which is already too drawn out. I found myself wondering if I would have liked the story better if it was read differently.

    So with all those negatives, would I recommend the book. Yes, if you like this series. It's still a part of the 7 Waters story, which I quite like. When I think of this story as a whole, it's a decent installment, just not 17 hours worth of story. Make sure you have something else to do while listening to this one.

    It brings me back to the overall love/hate problems I have with this author. I love her characters and worlds, but I wish she had an editor that forced her to tighten up the repetitiveness and drawn out drama in her writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Son of the Shadows: Sevenwaters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (227)

    Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter, Liadan, to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another great installment in series"
    "Good Installment To The Series"
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    I'm really enjoying this series. It's easy to get very involved in this world and characters.

    I wasn't wild about this narrator at first. I didn't like her male characters in the beginning. I almost wondered if I wanted to stop and get the e-book instead, but it got better as the recording went on. I don't know if she got more comfortable and found her voice as the recording progressed or if I was so engrossed in the story I didn't notice anymore. Maybe a bit of both. It's interesting that Rosalyn pronounces Sorcha differently that the first and 3rd narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child of the Prophecy: Sevenwaters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (165)

    Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to prevent this horror, and it is the Sevenwaters clan that the spirits of Eire look to for salvation. They are a family bound into the lifeblood of the land, and their promise to preserve the magic has been the cause of great joy to them... as well as great sorrow.

    MissSusie66 says: "Great Story Very Well Narrated"
    "Complex and satisfying installment to the series"
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    I wondered what I was getting into with this book because several reviews said it was dark, sad, and the main character was not someone they liked. Since, I'm into the series, though, of course I bought it.

    While it's true that this story is very different from the first two in the series which had female characters who were strong, pure and good, I found this story and heroine to be very rich and intriguing. She was in ways, more complex than the other heroines.

    I'll try to explain without giving any spoilers, which is hard. This character struggles with the good and the bad in herself, but a lot of that is laid on her by exterior forces, history, etc. I found this to be a story about finding your true self and finding what you value. The story has consequences, but I didn't think it was sad.

    There are a lot of story lines from the previous books that come to resolutions in satisfying ways. Not always "happy" but there was a balance and development that felt right. (Again, hard to elaborate without spoilers!)

    I quite liked the narrator. It's unfortunate that the production quality had frequent bits where the quality was inferior, but it wasn't so bad that it ruined the story.

    I found this to be a very satisfying installment to this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (477)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    B. Reid says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    This is a long listen, but I couldn't stop! I actually spent all day long one day in my PJs, crocheting and listening to this. (I was in bed a little sick.) This is the second book I've listened to by this author and she really takes her time and goes into great detail. It can drag a little and be a little repetitive at times. I saw that some reviewers suggested listening to it at a faster speed, but I don't think this is the answer. You just have to relax and enjoy. I look forward to listening to more from this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamer's Pool: Blackthorn & Grim, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello, Natalie Gold, Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais.

    Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings says: "Beautiful story, pretty solid narration"
    "Enjoyed it, but lags a bit."
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    I debated between giving this 3 or 4 stars for the story. On the one hand, I quite enjoyed the adult fairytale, but on the other, there were times I was exacerbated by the author repeating things over and over and the "mystery" was rather transparent. This could have been edited down a lot more. I found myself sometimes thinking: "Yeah, we get it—now get on with the story!" There was a lot of build up to a revelation that was pretty obvious. There was a small twist to mystery that I hadn't guessed, but overall, no surprises.

    In spite of the complaints above, the characters and world are pretty well-developed and I found it a relief after wading through a number of really bad fantasy and paranormal romances I've listened to recently to just read a nice, decently written fairy tale.

    I wish this story's plot was a little more complex, but it was a pleasant and refreshing book and I will be checking out more by this author. This is a good book to listen to while you are doing something else.

    The narration is excellent. All three do a good job and it was nice having different narrators reading the 3 main characters' perspectives.t

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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