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Leslie

Sausalito, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 75 reviews
  • 194 ratings
  • 263 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2018
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  • Flame of Sevenwaters: Sevenwaters, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years, she’s returning home, having grown into a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for gentling difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.

    MissSusie66 says: "Good conclusion if a bit rushed"
    "Pleasant Ending to series"
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    Juliet Marillier stories are a pleasant listen. The stories are predictable, but most fairy tales are predicatable. Nice for those times when your soul needs a little enchantment.

    I'm not a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor. She does a good job on female voices, but I'm not wild about her male voices. They sound too sonorous. I always imagine Noah parting the red seas. I don't think the narration should scare you off, it's something I can live with - just not my favorite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn of Wonder: The Wakening, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Renshaw
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28491)
    Performance
    (26763)
    Story
    (26696)

    When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

    Heather says: "This is such a great book!!!"
    "I really tried to like this book"
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    I purchased this because of the other rave reviews. It started out great, but after a couple of hours, it became tedious. I hung in another couple of hours hoping it was just a tedious spot, but it’s dragging on and on. I went searching for other reviews and turns out I’m not the only one who finds it tedious. Others who finished the book says it doesn’t get any better, so I’m going to stop. I can’t bear to listen any longer. The story gets very tedious when he enters the academy. There are only so many schoolboy shenanigans and detailed weaponry classes I can take. It wan’t the subject matter, but the drawn out repetitiveness.I’m slogging through bored to tears I’m not someone who needs non-stop action in a book. The story just isn’t compelling enough. It feels like a story for children.. This will be only the 2nd book in around 7 years of Audible that I will return. The narration is fine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Games

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

    Wayne says: "A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!"
    "Decent classic thriller - narration good, but..."
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    I probably would have given this 3.5 stars for the story. It is engaging and kept my attention. The characters are a little flat, though. I do a lot of digital retouching that doesn’t require all of my attention, so I like these kind of engaging but not too deep stories to entertain me while I work. So, it fits the bill for what it is.

    Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I did have a bit of a problem with him as a choice for this series. The author is British and some of the book takes place in England, so I suppose they are going for the British audience. The main character as well as most of the characters are American however, so it is a little bit jarring to hear the main character talking with a British voice trying to sound American (and not pulling it off too well.) Also, there are a few expressions that are more British than American. It’s minor, but doesn’t make sense for the American character to say them. I think they could have found an excellent American performer to read this book and it would have made more sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3945)
    Performance
    (3639)
    Story
    (3642)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Mike says: "Original, emotion-driven alternative reality"
    "Mixed Reaction"
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    I’m not sure how I feel about this story. I was engrossed in the story and enjoyed it, but it is an odd world the author has developed and if you allow yourself to think about it, there is a lot that just doesn’t make sense. I don’t mean the magical parts - of course you have to go with the make believe - I mean the plot and world often have things that just don’t make sense. For instance (I don’t think this is too much of a SPOILER) The Others read lots of books and watch movies made by humans, but they only think of them as meat and don’t understand humans at all. Really, how would this be possible? Still, there was a certain charm about the story that - while not as fantastic as a lot of the reviews would have you believe - was enjoyable.

    Some reviews thought this was a Young Adult novel, but I found certain parts to be quite dark with hints at rape. It ISN’T a flimsy excuse for pornography like so many paranormal romances so maybe that’s why some classify it as young adult.

    I’m baffled by numerous reviews that say the narration is bad. I thought it was quite good and I think I’m fairly sensitive to bad narration.

    Trying to decide if I want to give the next book in the series a go. I did enjoy the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slouch Witch: The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (684)

    Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

    christa says: "Awesome book!!!"
    "Decent if you like Snark"
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    This was not bad. I enjoyed aspects of it, but I didn’t think it was as fabulous as a lot of reviews make it. If you like Molly Harper, you may like Helen Harper. There is a sassy snark to the main character. I did enjoy the cat - although it’s a small part.

    I read a lot of reviews by British listeners who complained about the American accent. I bet they were trying to appeal to the popularity of American snarky romances. Britts, if it makes you feel any better - I listened to a book about someone from New Mexico who lived in Portland Oregon - 2 places I’m from and the narrator was a British man who mispronounced locations - so I feel for you! I know in that case that once I got past the shock of the inappropriate accent, the story was pretty good and well read - so maybe it will be the same for you with this one. If you are American, you probably won’t have any problems with this narration.

    Not sure I’ll follow up on this series. Maybe if a book is on sale and I want some easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfu*k Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gary John Bishop
    • Narrated By Gary John Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10726)
    Performance
    (9260)
    Story
    (9149)

    Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

    Kerry Strong says: "Now I'm F'd for sure!"
    "Get it. Now."
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    Really great timing for me on this book. I've been awakening to the realization that my life is NOW not in the future and it's up to me to make it what I want.

    In many ways this book is not revolutionary. We've heard much of this stuff, but it's delivered in a way that is very immediate and - I found - empowering. I just finished it and I plan on immediately re-listening to it and I'll probably listen to it many times. Not because the concepts are difficult but as a reminder. I listened to it while cleaning the kitchen and cooking.

    I'm glad the author read this. One listener said they had a hard time understanding the Scottish accent, but I found it to be quite clear. (Plus, I love Scottish accents!)

    231 of 245 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Widow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (847)

    Elementary school teacher Jacqueline "Jacks" Morales's marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was...until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn't alone.

    Montana Girl says: "Great Read"
    "Dirge For A Marriage"
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    This book was a big disappointment. The story was tedious and uninspired.

    It's SLOW. It's tedious. It's over 9 hours of mostly drawn out moaning examination of a failed marriage and affair. The mystery part is maybe 10% of the book and I guessed the "mystery" reveal coming about 10% into the book. There is nothing redeeming about this book. Save yourself a credit.

    The narration was fine, which is part of the reason I gave it overall 3 stars.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging Tree: Rivers of London, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1310)

    Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

    Tim says: "The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant"
    "Weakest of the Series"
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    I have been a fan of this series so I looked forward to this latest installment. I was disappointed and had a hard time making through the listen. I can't quite put my finger on what wasn't working, but the story just felt rather meandering and disjointed. I never got caught up in it and had to frequently re-wind to figure out what was going on. I think Ben Aaronovitch's writing might be suffering the way Dan Brown's started suffering - so much detail and side notes that the story starts almost being second to the anecdotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8127)
    Performance
    (7307)
    Story
    (7324)

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Inconsideration Rules the World says: "Editor: listen to this prior to publishing it!!"
    "Audio is fine"
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    I almost decided to get the book for this volume instead because of the reviews saying the audio is horrible. I'm glad I went ahead and got the audio book. Yes, there are times when a sentence is repeated, which is a little surprising, but it's maybe every 2 hours. Besides that, the audio is completely fine. Surprising that the production team missed it, but not a big deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Obvious Fact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2499)

    In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend, Henry Standing Bear, are called to Hulett, Wyoming - the nearest town to America's first national monument, Devils Tower - to investigate, things start getting complicated.

    C. Telfair says: "Treading Water"
    "Love the series, but this isn't his best."
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    This is one of my favorite series and as always George Guidall brings stellar narration. If you are a fan of the series, then it's worth a credit, but I have to say I didn't find this novel up to par. I think he lost me a little in the over-the-top feats of Henry Standing Bear and Vic. Johnson is taking their "awesomeness" a little too far. I can't quite put my finger on why this one didn't quite work for me - but I guess not every novel in a series can be winners. The mystery seemed a little weak in this one. Still, I'll look forward to the next novel.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2896)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Master Story Teller"
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    Kate Morton is truly a master at creating mysteries that span decades and tie a story from the past with a present story. Her descriptions and character interactions are delicious, plus you always get a bit of a history lesson, especially in a social context. While there is often a little bit of tragedy in all her stories, this one I found to be a little sadder. Not a tear-jerker, just a little sadder. It's a good story that I recommend, but if you are new to this author, you may want to start with "The Forgotten Garden."

    Caroline Lee's narration is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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