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Leslie

Sausalito, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 45 reviews
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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (3800)
    Story
    (3798)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Excellent! Story was riveting."
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Dog Lover's Must


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    When Maggie the dog explores her new home. We experience it from her point of view as a dog.


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

    I believe this is the first thing I've listened to narrated by him. The narration is excellent. This book deserves to be listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene in Afghanistan with the dog, Maggie. My eyes teared up!


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a fantastic movie! I hope it gets made someday.

    2 of 2 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
    (417)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (376)

    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.

    Bruce 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
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    Tabitha @ Not Yet Read says: "A true fairytale, dark and yet full of light"
    "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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Too Deep: Others of Edenton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandy L. Rivers
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen Storyteller Productions
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. On yet another depressing night, he is viciously attacked by vampires. Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind. Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission.

    Dennis (Julie) Garrett says: "Wow What a Story!!!"
    "Bad writing, story and narration"
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    I got tthis based on the glowing reviews. I guess people look for different things in a book. This is one of the worst books I've listened to. I've listened to 3.5 hours thinking I'd give it a chance and was doing a task and wanted to liten to something, but I don't think I can finish it. I generally expect these type of novels to be escapist and formulaic, but this one doesn't have anything to redeem it. The dialogue is uninspired and the characters flat. The narration is also quite bad. The main character isn't too bad, but most of the other women sound like you would expect a Barbie doll to sound and the male lead voice is terrible. Sounds more like an elderly uncle than a man in his prime. I will run, run from any other books by this author or read by this narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9276)
    Performance
    (8355)
    Story
    (8363)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "21 hours flew by. Very enjoyable."
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    I agree with other reviewers that this is Grisham at his best. This story just flows along effortlessly and kept me completely engaged. I have to admit I had an idea of how the story would end long before the final revelations, but I usually guess the ending of most mysteries. It was still a great story. Absolutely worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (720)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Good story, educational."
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    As usual, Grisham deliveres a well-written story. This was also very educational about the conditions of coal miners in the Apalachian mountains. Wow.
    I hesitate to criticize the depth of information, but it sometimes made the story itself drag a little and at times felt more like a journalistic exposé than a novel. It was still a good story, but I listened to Sycamore Row right after and that story flows much smoother than this one. Don't let that stop you from listening to this if you like Grisham novels, just an observation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (740)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "A page turner - some poetic license required"
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    I always turn to Lisa Gardner when I want what I consider a classical page-turner. I know she's going to spin a good yarn with a lot of suspense. This story was interesting. On a literary level, I thought the story had a symmetry and symbology that was intriguing. I won't expand upon that because it would give the plot away. As a story, it stretches plausibility pretty far - but hey - most likely you are looking for an entertaining who-dunnit and on that level, it's a winner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawley Book of the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chrysler Szarlan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Revelation "Reve" Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real. Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered....

    April says: "Debut Novel extraordinary!"
    "Almost 4 stars"
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    I hesitated about giving this a 3 star or a 4 star review. It is an engaging story and definitely held my interest. I thought her descriptions of her children and animals to have rich details that brought them to life. I've held back the 4th star because even though this is an enjoyable story, I thought the storyline and plot development could have been a little stronger. It sometimes meanders and is a bit weak on developing a believable magical world. Even in fantasy, it seems to me there should be "rules" about the magic in it. This kind of seemed to meander around and pull ideas out at random.

    Still, for an entertaining story it's worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2791)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Can't put it down - but easy to guess ending"
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    Kate Morton's books are delightfully written with wonderful characters and interesting social and historical views. She always weaves together characters and plots that span decades.

    I have to say though that I can usually figure out the endings pretty early on in her stories. I figured out the "surprise" ending about 9 hours before the end of the book. Even with that, though I couldn't stop listening. I ended up spending the entire day in bed! I suppose that this shows how strong her characters and story is that I don't mind that the mystery part isn't the most important part of the story.

    Caroline Lee's narration is excellent as usual.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (673)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "A Fun Find"
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    Glad I followed the reviews and picked this up. I needed a lightweight mystery to entertain me while I do some mindless photo retouching. This fit the bill. A good romp with a burglar / mystery writer anti-hero.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (3601)
    Story
    (3600)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Series is a Winner"
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    I really enjoyed The first book in this series and this was just as satisfying. The detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott are characters that really come to life.

    The writing is good, the narration is excellent. I was sad when this came to an end and can't wait for the next installment. One of the best reads on Audible. Highly recommend.

    One tiny thing I didn't like. Each chapter begins with a quote from another book. I found them annoying. If I were reading the book, I could choose to read them or not and to possibly peek back at the end of the chapter to see how they were pertinent. In an audio book, they take on too much weight and didn't make a lot of sense to me. Minor annoyance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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