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Leisha

Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!

AMAROO, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 48 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Things I Wish I'd Known

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Green
    • Narrated By Suzy Aitchison
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Claire Cooper was 15 she'd swear on her Wham! album that: big hair and rah-rah skirts were here to stay; Spandau Ballet would never split up; she would marry her idol, heart-throb footballer Andy Pailes. Fast forward 20 years and things haven't gone quite to plan. And when Claire discovers the 'dream list' she wrote as a teenager, she realises how far removed her life is from the one she'd imagined.

    Julia says: "Suspenseful - Great Plot"
    "Bit slow @ first but ended up VERY ENJOYABLE"
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    A nice story about friendship and relationships which are told as flashbacks. Always enjoyable - reading about a 30 year old and flashing back to her as a 15 year old with a few laughs in between.

    As the description points out, Claire leads a normal life but when she reads a "Life List" she made as a teenager, she thinks she made have missed out on things. She sets out to fix this and hunts down her old best friend as well as an old flame.

    The story was enjoyable, it just took me about an hour to really get into it. As always, narration by Suzy Aitchison is great.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    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.

    Leisha says: "Disappointed .. just could get into it"
    "Disappointed .. just could get into it"
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    I didnt get too far into this book so i shouldnt judge .. maybe 4 chapters ... but i just couldnt get into it. I wasnt use to the Aussie accented narration (even though i am one!) and i found the story boring.

    Disappointed as i have loved all of Jojo's. Other books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Notting Hill with Four Weddings...Actually

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ali McNamara
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Movie addict Scarlett O'Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she's dreamed of - but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread. Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie - life couldn't be better. But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous.

    Toby says: "Not as enjoyable as the real movies"
    "Enjoyable but took a few chapters to engross me"
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    Enjoyable .. have read the other books so was familiar with the story but it did take me a bit to really get into it and have that .. "I wonder what's going to happen next" feeling. I would still recommend it as a light listen to/read. Just keep in mind its a very light story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1466)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "DIDNT WANT IT TO STOP IT WAS SO GOOD"
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    Based on an absolute love of dogs and recommendations from others, i downloaded this book and so glad i did. It was wonderful. I didnt want it to end but it could have finished at any point as it was such a satisfying read. It just got better and better ... Yes, a couple of tears but worth it. Its a must and a re-listen to!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic to the Stars: Shopaholic, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Becky and her two-year-old daughter, Minnie, have relocated to L.A. to join her husband, Luke, who is there to handle PR for famous actress Sage Seymour. Becky can't wait to start living the A-list lifestyle, complete with celebrity sightings, yoga retreats, and shopping trips to Rodeo Drive. But she really hopes to become a personal stylist - Sage's personal stylist - if only Luke would set up an introduction.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Cliffhanger!"
    "Enjoyable but a continuation of an old story"
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    Would recommend this book as a casual read but it is one of many in the series and the story is wearing a bit thin. But in saying that, i would still read the next installment (if there is one)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (370)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    FanB14 says: "What's so Great About Jennifer?"
    "ALWAYS A WINNER"
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    As always with Jojo Moyes, this was a great story. No need for a synopsis just to say highly recommended from a reader who found this author purely based on other reviews which were all correct. She has a way of writing which is so engrossing but still an easy enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (948)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "I WAS READY TO GIVE THIS 5 STARS BEFORE FINISHING"
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    What a great writer ... how can you write a story about a road trip and mathmatics, and make it exciting and fun .. but this author can.

    Such a great listen to. I was glued from the beginning. The loveable Mum and 2 kids from the wrong side battling life. A rich depressed guy in lots of trouble with his IT business.

    They end up in a road trip together to fulfil the dream of the daughter, living in the once luxury car, battling a farting dog, food poisoning, motion sickness ... its warts and all

    But the bond that develops is just lovely .. its a great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Margaret James
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Cat Aston’s fiancé has done a runner, just before she wins a fairy-tale wedding in a luxury hotel! Adam Lawley was left devastated when his girlfriend turned down his heartfelt proposal. He's made a vow never to fall in love again. So, when Cat and Adam meet, they shouldn't even consider falling in love. But for some reason they can't stop thinking about each other…

    Leisha says: "OK .. NOT REALLY RIVETTING"
    "OK .. NOT REALLY RIVETTING"
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    Basic story, 2 people coming out of their own failed romances, rocky start, they are happy then an expected hic-up strikes.

    Easy to get through ... story was very normal, nothing exciting. I kept waiting for something really exciting to happen but it just didnt.

    Got through it ... not a keeper

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Devotion

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erica James
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    At the age of thirty two, Harriet Swift thinks she has the perfect life - a satisfying career, her own flat and a new boyfriend who respects her need for her own space. But when tragedy strikes and her only sister is killed in a car crash, Harriet is forced to give up her well-ordered life and to help her parents look after her orphaned niece and nephew. Moving back to her childhood home and sacrificing so much doesn't come easy and before long Harriet discovers things about her family she never believed possible...

    richard/sharon says: "Engrossing, complicated story"
    "Good reviews but not for me .. bit dull"
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    I know this book has received great reviews but i found it quite dull. Ive had a poor run lately in my picking of audio books so was determined to give this one every chance but it was an effort. Im not saying it was bad, i just found it boring .. no "what going to happen next" or "cant wait to resume where i left off". I just listened to the lives of the characters and waited for the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: Cupcake Café Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jenny Colgan
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She's much better at baking than she is at filing, so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster.

    Robin says: "a fun bit of fluff"
    "Nice, not great but quite good"
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    I know this book was a finalist in the recent ChitLit awards and yes it was enjoyable but there was that extra something missing. I wasn't hanging out to find out what happens next .. I was quite happy to keep listening and plodding on with the story and just waiting for the end.

    Not saying it wasn't enjoyable. You'll get cake recipes and cooking tips and the story itself was OK but just average. Girl loses job, spends her redundancy on opening up a cake store, makes new friends, learns from her old grandpa, meets a guy etc

    Nice story .. I actually listened to most of it whilst cooking but at times, had to make myself focus on the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Park

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Willow Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It’s been a while, but Lara Carson’s back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn 18 years ago without a word to anyone. Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara’s back and able to share her happiness. Evie’s about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks…. Then there’s Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how’s Flynn going to react when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him?

    Jan says: "Usual Jill Mansell, terrific."
    "Absolutely loved it!"
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    Jill Mansell books are always a sure bet - this one in particular.

    After Lara's mother died, her father took up with another woman and married her. Neither are nice people and eventually, Lara is thrown out of the house at aged 16.

    She lives with her Aunt for many years and eventually returns "home" upon the death of her father. She discovers she has inherited her family home and decides to move in and get a job.

    Switch to her old boyfriend, Flynn, single & handsome and wants to pick up where they left off years ago.

    On top of this, there is Lara's teenage daughter ......

    Then there is Harry, Lara's friend who owns an old fashion clothing store with troubles of his own - ie in the form of a popular rap star (sounds odd but really works) who is filming his own reality show.

    Then there is Lara's best friend, Evie who is about to get married but everything begins to fall apart.

    This is such a good book with beautiful charaters. Its a must to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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