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Leah

Young Adult and Brit Lit aficionado.

Rock Falls, IL, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Gideon the Cutpurse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Linda Buckley-Archer
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides in dense underbrush from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the 21st century, thanks to an experiment Kate's father was running with an antigravity machine.

    Anne says: "Like Harry Potter, it's great lit for any age!"
    "One of the best I've heard!"
    Overall

    This is definitely one of the very best audio books I've heard. The narrator's voice is warm and engaging. He does a great job with the characters and accents. The plot is exceptional. I've read all three of these books, now, and this is definitely the best! The author does a great job connecting a modern audience to an 18th C England.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1425)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Even better as an audio book."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes. The voices are so warm and expressive and fit the characters so well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative is really compelling and full of real-life drama and comedy.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They really fit the characters well and made them come alive. I enjoyed reading the book, but listening to it was even better. They brought out nuances in the story that I hadn't picked up on just reading.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and why?

    Dosey! He's understated, but always there. He's the heart.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book enough. The narrative is somehow sweeping and detailed all at once. The humor is very clever and real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (959)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Felt like an old fairy tale."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Howl's Moving Castle again? Why?

    I already have. Because it's understated, but still really moves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Watching the characters grow without them realizing how they were changing.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Howl. He was hilarious--he never said anything nice, but was one of the kindest, wisest characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The happily ever after she was never looking for.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't even remember why I bought this. I had never heard of it or the author before. But I love, love, love it. The characters, in a magical and unrealistic setting, are very real and accessible and likable. The plot is unexpected and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4137)
    Performance
    (2982)
    Story
    (3018)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Junk food."
    Overall
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    What would have made City of Bones better?

    It's like another Twilight. I wanted to slap Clarey as much as I ever wanted to slap Bella. And yet.......it was impossible to stop listening. I hate myself for listening to it, but also felt compelled to continue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cassandra Clare again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Everyone in the book sounded bored.


    What character would you cut from City of Bones?

    Hmmm.....Clarey.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I disliked the book, at the end, I was still very tempted to listen to the next one. I don't know how this happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (405)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "Alan Bradley wins, again."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to I Am Half-Sick of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    Flavia de Luce is SUCH a distinct, complete, enjoyable character. I work with kids her age, and she would fit right in. As the ring leader.


    What other book might you compare I Am Half-Sick of Shadows to and why?

    I want to say Miss Marple, but it is so, so, so much better than Miss Marple.


    What aspect of Jayne Entwistle’s performance would you have changed?

    There is something about her tone that just doesn't sit quite right and her Flavia sounds like a much younger petulant child....at the same time, though....she grows on you. I haven't listened to all five Alan Bradley Flavia books and I don't mind it at all, now. It was initially very off-putting, though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Flavia to the rescue.


    Any additional comments?

    Really can't recommend Alan Bradley's books enough. Very original. Very real. The relationship between the sisters in spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Century #2: Star of Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Pierdomenico Baccalario
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    New York City, March 15Another mysterious artifact reunites Harvey from New York, Elettra from Rome, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai in their attempt to save the world. When they meet people who knew Alfred Van Der Berger, the murdered professor who sent them on their quest in Rome, they realize that the challenge is far from over. And when they discover a series of four postcards written in code years ago by the professor himself, their destiny becomes even clearer.

    Leah says: "P.D. Baccalario is really, really smart."
    "P.D. Baccalario is really, really smart."
    Overall
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    Where does Century #2: Star of Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20 audio books I've listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Century #2: Star of Stone?

    Learning about Harvey's abilities.


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

    No.


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

    It often made me go, "Whoa!" The plot is a bit implausible, but then...the whole premise is. It keeps going in directions I don't expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyable, lots of action, lots of learning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Six Not-Quite-New Stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Holidays on Ice in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious, scandalous, worrisome


    What did you like best about this story?

    David is a great story-teller and is self-deprecating and proud all in one go.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being a Christmas elf.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    These stories are great, but they are not all new. They have been in other publications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starcross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Philip Reeve
    • Narrated By Greg Steinbruner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The extraordinary adventure of that book continues in Starcross, as Art and Myrtle receive an ominous warning from an ancient superhuman (their mum). The solar system is on the brink of invasion - from highly intelligent hats from the future!

    Leah says: "Not great quality"
    "Not great quality"
    Overall

    The recording is a little tinny or something in this recording, I found it difficult to listen to due to acoustics. I've listened to all his other books with the same narrator with no problem. Perhaps it was the sound quality, but I also found this plot less engaging than the others. Still worth a listen, but not as magical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (225)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "Abridged version works"
    Overall

    I haven't read the original, but I didn't notice any plot holes due to adbridgement. Richard Armitage does a really wonderful job with the different voices and contrary to a previous reviewer, I can detect no lisp.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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