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Leslie

I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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  • 71 reviews
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  • 289 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Clock Strikes Twelve

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    New Year’s Eve, 1940, is unusual for the Paradine family. Departing from tradition, James Paradine makes a speech that changes the course of many lives. Valuable documents have disappeared. A member of the family has taken them. The culprit has until midnight to confess and return the papers. A few minutes after 12 James Paradine is dead. It is left to Miss Silver to disentangle the threads that bind the Paradine family in a strange web of dislike, hatred, and fear.

    Constance says: "Excellent classic mystery"
    "A disappointed fan"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If this had been my first Patricia Wentworth read, it would be my last. This is my forth Miss Silver novel. I don't know if it was that there were too many characters, or if it was the convoluted storyline. But, I could sympathize with none of the characters. I had to make myself finish the story, and I had to re-start the story I don't know how many times. Halfway to the end I didn't know what was going on, and I didn't care


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Wentworth’s story?

    No, not one of her best.


    What three words best describe Diana Bishop’s performance?

    No


    Did The Clock Strikes Twelve inspire you to do anything?

    Good narration


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kimberly Derting
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    When 16-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas 'n' Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed…yet she hasn't aged a day. Everything else about Kyra's old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

    Howard says: "Disappearance, return, young love, pursuit & more"
    "An Uneven story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't a complete waste of time. It was a compelling concept. 16 year old Kyra disappears on day. and then reappears 5 years later. While the rest of the world has moved on, Kyra remains 16 years old. Her parents have divorced, her mother's remarried. Her boyfriend is now dating her best friend. His little brother is now 17, and has become quite the stud. The only person who seems SUPER concerned with her disappearance is her father, and he's been labeled as a nut-case. This part of the story seems pretty good. Where, What, How and Why did this happen to Kyra?
    Then it gets all convoluted. G-Men, underground space aliens, fellow abductees. The second half of the book just gets too bogged down. .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kimberly Derting again?

    Yes


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Good performance,


    Was The Taking worth the listening time?

    Yes, good potential, I would even follow the story, just to get some closure.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the second book is more focused

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Falls: Ordinary Secrets: Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Olivia Newport
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Thirty years of small-town secrets - now the key to the mystery is gone. The small town of Hidden Falls is abuzz. Former students, friends, and loved ones are prepping for tonight's big event to honor Ted Quinn's many years of compassionate service. Quinn is reluctant about a night in the spotlight - but is tenderly prodded by Sylvia, mayor of Hidden Falls and Quinn's dearest friend and confidante.

    Leslie says: "hmm, tell me more"
    "hmm, tell me more"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Hidden Falls: Ordinary Secrets again? Why?

    This was a good teaser, Starts off kinda slow. But takes off near the end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It seems to be an OK story. Slowly picks up. I like this in a narrative, sometimes. I like a story that builds.


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

    No.This is my first


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

    Hmmm, No I think this story has more to say I sometimes like to take my time on a good mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the full story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Freddy: Tooth Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Abby Klein
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting punched in the face at recess, and even bigger trouble, with Mom!

    Jenny Chang says: "Fred Berman is one of the best sound artist"
    "Freddy's right on time"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Ready, Freddy?

    Sweet, funny, nothing offensive. Ready Freddy came right one time for my son's first tooth! This story made it easier for him to process the event.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Freddy, of course!


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

    Oliver lends the character lots of personality.


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

    Nothing extreme. Just lots of laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    Ready Freddy is a family favorite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jiggy McCue: The Killer Underpants

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Lawrence
    • Narrated By Kris Marshall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The underpants from hell - that's what Jiggy calls them, and not just because they look so gross. No, these pants are evil. And they're in control. Oh him. Of his life! Can Jiggy get to the bottom of his problem before it's too late?

    Leslie says: "Tighty Whities"
    "Tighty Whities"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My 9 year old loves it, and so did I! Jiggy comes off a bit snarky. Which kept me from giving it 5 stars. He's just slightly disrespectful, something I wouldn't necessarily want my son to emulate. Also, some of the jokes went over his head. But that's ok. Overall it was a funny, and adventurous story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ex-Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Candice Dow
    • Narrated By Krystal King, Lisa Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    With her sizzling tales, fan-favorite author Candice Dow has carved a niche for herself in the romance genre. Radio host Ayana Blue has grown popular by doling out relationship advice - and she’s created a career that affords her many of the finer things in life. With everything coming up roses, sharing a night of passion with hunky Cameron seems like the sweetest, richest icing on the cake - but then Ayana learns that Cameron is married.

    Kenyetta says: "Candice Did It Again!"
    "Better the second time around"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I actually read this story twice. For some reason, I didn't really care for it the first time. I didn't like the stereotypical set-up of the 2 wives.
    Ayana Blue come off as too perfect and proper. and Yasmine, the Ex-wife come off as
    koo-koo crazy! Their personalities were really off-putting.
    But, on the second reading, i got more into the story. Which was quite good. Lots of good twists. Good ending, worth the re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomato Can Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Mary Pilon
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Charlie Rowan was a small-time cage fighter in rural Michigan who couldn't get a break.

    His punches weren't landing. He owed money to impatient people. He needed to start over, but he didn't know how.

    Then, at home on the sofa, he came up with a plan.

    Original long-form journalism from The New York Times, read by the actor Bobby Cannavale.

    Raleigh says: "the good, the bad and the ugly"
    "True Crime episode"
    Overall
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    This story reads like one of those "true crime" episodes on tv.
    Sad-sack Charlie Rowan's life has always been on the "dead-end" track. He's a cage-fighter that fights for free, he owes some small time drug dealers some cash. So he decides to make the dash by playing dead. Only problem is, he doesn't leave the very small town in which he resides. To earn some cash to "maybe" leave town, Short-sighted Charlie decides to hold up a gun store.
    It kind of goes down hill from there. Sort of a "how not to live your life " story. A bit dry in it's set up and delivery. But pretty good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (315)

    Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

    Katherine says: "Hooked"
    "Bring on episode 2!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, Thank you Audible, for giving us this opportunity! Had this not been in the "freebies" list I might have overlooked this GREAT opening episode
    This was a really good first run. Individuals across the country wake up to a seemingly empty world, The story is very much in the style of Stephen King. The author really fleshed out his characters, which to me is very important to a story. There's even a serial killer! Anyway, the big mystery is, of course, What happened. Is it an alien invasion? Some strange world war? Or what?
    I know its not an original concept, but thus far, it's a really good story! I look forward to part 2.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant: New Species, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (746)

    Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way but she never imagined a sexy, lion man-beast in her future. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too terrified to even flee. Valiant hates humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he starts rethinking. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let her go. One thought will change his life. MINE!

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo good! MINE!!!"
    "Animal Love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Laurann Dohner and/or Vanessa Chambers?

    NO. Not if any of them are like this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know, maybe something that has DIALOG.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Anything would be better. This "You Jane, Me Tarzan' thing is NOT for me. And some female readers do a good job with male voices, this isn't one of them.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Ummmm, NO


    Any additional comments?

    This was mostly my fault. I came into this knowing that this is not my usual forte. But I wanted some light reading. After scanning the reviews, and hearing that this was better than the previous books, I decided to give it a try. Wow, I'd hate to read the other books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Day of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nash
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    To impress her boss, Linda Rogers eagerly volunteers to take in a foster child for the holiday season. She's well-organized in and outside the office; the addition of a child? A simple matter of blocking out the hours in her day planner and laying in a few supplies. Never mind that she's single. Never mind that she's never cared to have a lasting relationship or build a family. Housing seven-year-old Lucy Green for Christmas is simply to boost Linda up the next career step, nothing more.

    rick says: "No Matter How Hard You Push it; it Doesn't Stay Do"
    "I'm Impressed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh, Yes. This was a book I picked up on a whim, as a trade for another that didn't quite fit. I'm glad I did. The author actually did her research on a subject, foster care,that I don't know much about. You always hear these dramatic, horrible stories about greedy foster parents or out of control, throw-away children. But she made it real, Potential parents who have holes in there lives and children who need a safe place and someone who cares


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was a lot to like. So informative. And like I said, realistic people. The main character, Linda, is a single, super-organised ambitious person. She keeps everyone at arms length. To impress her boss, she volunteers for a short-term fostering program that he sponsors.The story takes you through the Process. The classes, the security checks, home inspection, etc. The reader, along with everyone in the story, expects her to withdraw. She doesn't even have a pet! She's constantly reminded of the disruption having a child, although a temporary, one would cause to her life.Admirably, she sticks to it. And even grows to anticipate the addition. When she finally meet Lucy, the child, she see alot of herself in her. Withdrawn, shy, damaged. Through the whole process she grows. She has to face some serious demons.


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

    She did a great job representing both adults and children.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to give so much away. But with this story it's not what was said, it's how it was dealt with. The author kept it "real" and informative too. It was touching without being heavy-handed. I will definitely be reading more form her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

    Kate says: "Nothing Unnatural about Phryne"
    "Thoroughly Modern Phryne"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not a thing. a delightful read.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing was the VERY modern view the author took on the time. The way it dealt with women in the church and homosexuality.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    I think it would be Phryne. She has strength, beauty, charm and cash to back it up.


    Could you see Unnatural Habits being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Hum. A mini-series would be interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this series is worth exploring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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