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Leigh

Folsom, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 4 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 320 titles in library
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  • Family Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Amy Quint
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (115)

    From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.

    Kathi says: "Two families' lives in shock"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Bringing back the old Jane Green and getting a narrator who didn't sound like she was on the verge of laughing hysterically all the time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Green again?

    Right now, probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Amy Quint’s performance?

    Her narration always felt contrived and like she thought everything was funny.


    What character would you cut from Family Pictures?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Huge disappointment and waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Bay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Stan Pretty, Nicolette McKenzie
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change. Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves - if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel.

    Leigh says: "Not her best."
    "Not her best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. Usually love anything JoJo writes but this fell a little short.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The underlying storyline about the preservation of our precious sea life.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I feel the narration was at the core of what ruined this book. Why there was a man narrating so much when most of the characters were female is beyond me. And a mature man should never try to do an adolescent girl's voice. It was very distracting for me.


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

    No...actually I found it pretty mundane.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually if I don't care for a book I will just stop reading and return it unfinished...something I do now because there is so much out there to read. I kept going with this book though because it was a Moyes book and she is one of my favorites. I am glad I read it through but was also glad when I was through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (2892)
    Story
    (2894)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "A Conundrum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    I love Tana Wood's way of writing and I loved the narration.


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

    An overall sense of the place and time. Important for someone like me who has never visited those parts of the world.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a mixture of love and hate. I thought overall it was a great read until the end. But then, like so many other readers of this same book, it lost all its magic. Not solving Rob's personal mystery was very disappointing and left a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully, it will be taken care of in a future book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Front

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

    Elizabeth says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Hannah Not at Her Best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Home Front? What did you like least?

    Weak storyline - characters not very likeable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kristin Hannah before, how does this one compare?

    Not high on my list of her books.


    Any additional comments?

    I gravitate toward KH's writing but this one left me wanting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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