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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

ratings
52
REVIEWS
40
FOLLOWING
2
FOLLOWERS
12
HELPFUL VOTES
16

  • 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
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • 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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • Me and Mr Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lucy Diamond
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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
  • A Tiny Bit Marvellous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dawn French
    • Narrated By Dawn French
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. She has become entirely grey, inside, and out. Her face has surrendered and is frightening children....

    rosie says: "A big bit marvellous."
    "Really Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dawn French's narration was great - the story is very basic, mum, daughter, son and dad - no great highlights or lowlights just very enjoyable. Did make me laugh out loud in more than a few spots - I'd highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Summer Fling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    When Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over their department, five very different women find themselves thrown together at work…Anna, 39, is left reeling after her fiancé’s departure with a younger woman. Then there’s Grace, trapped in a loveless marriage. Can she prevent 33-year-old Dawn from making the same mistake? At 28, Raychel would seem to be the happiest, with a loving husband and their cosy nest for two. But what dark secrets make Raychel so unwilling to open up?

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Overall"
    "Feel good book which i really enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I very much enjoyed this story. There were a lot of characters to remember - so it took a few chapters for it all to gel but once I got into the flow, it was excellent. The different stories of all 5 women were so interesting and kept me enthralled. Milly Johnson so knows how to write a good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie's snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him.

    Shelly says: "Great listen!"
    "Nice, not thrilling but nice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was OK - I listened to the entire book but it was missing that "whats going to happen next" feel - I didn't really bond to the characters I just plodded along with their story, figuring out myself what would happen which was quite obvious. I wouldn't say not to read it, but just don't expect much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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