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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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  • 43 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 170 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Turning Forty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mike Gayle
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Matt Beckford's sole ambition is to turn forty with his life sorted. With a Porsche on the drive and a high-flying job, it looks like things are perfect. But when Matt's wife unexpectedly calls time on their marriage, a chain of events is set in motion that very quickly sees him facing forty broke, homeless and completely alone. But all is not lost because Matt has a plan…

    Leisha says: "Really really good"
    "Really really good"
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    Such a good story. I don't usually pick stories narrated by men but this was a gem. Its the count-down to turning 40 with all the hic-ups inbetween. Highly recommended

    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
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (681)

    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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    Story

    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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    Performance
    Story

    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
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    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
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    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
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    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
  • The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. It's nothing personal, she tells Josh, but she just doesn't do dates. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why.

    Aimee says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Great as always"
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    Great read - Sophie is a photographer and has moved to Cornwall to set up her own business. She catches the eye of Josh who co-owns a local hotel with his grandmother Dot. Sophie however has vowed to stay away from relationships ie Josh to which I had to find out why!!

    Then there is Sophie’s best friend Tula, Josh’s fun loving friend Riley, Dot and her ex-husband Lawrence, and local author Marguerite. All have their own sub-plots and dramas which are perfectly woven throughout the story.

    Its an enjoyable read/listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Age We're Living In

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Wilson
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    George Worth is a grumpy lifestyle columnist. He hates fashion, mobile phones, computers and Young People. At night he goes home to a borrowed Labrador and feelings of guilt about his dead wife. Justin Smith is a Young Person. A bright newcomer, he’s always on his mobile to his girlfriend, surfing the Net and keeping abreast of the latest trends. Then comes the day when Justin’s girlfriend throws him out and he finds himself having to share a flat with George. As the women around them watch and wonder, both men start to work out what really matters among the distractions of modern life.

    Leisha says: "Highly recommended"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was so different but so enjoyable. Its grumpy old man George, befriending male Gen Y plus a couple of years Justin. It took a couple of chapters to get use to the writing/narration but after say 15 mins, I was glued. It was lovely to see how, although both guys are so different, enhance each other's lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me and Mr Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lucy Diamond
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Meet the women in love with the very different Jones brothers: Izzy is determined to escape her troubled past, but flirtatious Charlie is causing complications. Alicia’s been happily married to loyal Hugh for years but secretly craves excitement. Emma’s relationship with David was once fun and romantic but trying for a baby has taken its toll. As the future of the family’s B&B becomes uncertain, Izzy, Alicia and Emma are thrown together unexpectedly.…

    Leisha says: "Excellent-though a bit more serious than expected"
    "Excellent-though a bit more serious than expected"
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    Really good story. Kept me interested from the beginning. Clear and really interesting characters. Wee bit more serious than expected but that was the key to keeping me interested. Highly recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Autumn Crush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate. Along comes Floz, raw from her own relationship split. When Juliet's brother, Guy, meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. Can Guy turn Floz's affection for his family into love for him? Guy's best friend, Steve, has always had a crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, they end up in bed. Convinced that Juliet doesn't feel the same way he does, Steve agrees to a “just-sex” relationship until they find their dream partners.

    Jan says: "Milly Johnson must Have"
    "Cant Fault Milly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As always, great book to listen to. Newly divorced Juliet needs a flatmate, Floz moves in and become friends.

    Juliet's twin brother Gus meets Floz and falls hard but just cant do anything right. Gus' best mate Steve has been in love with Juliet for years but she hates him even though every other female falls for him.

    With Juliet's feisty temperament and Floz' quieter, calmer personality they make a great pair. Floz actually has a dark history so you really hope all goes well for her. The wooing of the 2 girls by Steve and Gus is just hilarious.

    They get more and more desperate in their plans, which of course then go even more desperately wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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