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Leslie

LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3719)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1884)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES!"
    Overall

    If you're a fan of Harry Potter or other mythical creatures, this is definitely a great book to read. This book is aimed at young readers, but I'm 27 with no kids and still enjoy the book immensely. It brings to life Greek mythology to life and if you do have kids, it's a form of entertainment that you can enjoy together in the car, in the house, everywhere! SPOILER: The main character of this book is Percy Jackson, a kid with ADHD, who thinks he is going crazy after slaying his math teacher with a ballpoint pen. He turns out to be a demigod whose father is Poseidon, one of the "big three" gods who had entered into a pact never to have children. Book one in the series follows Jackson's antics with friends Grover and Annabeth as they journey to Los Angeles to try to retrieve Zeus's masterbolt. In the end, Percy and friends overcome, but it's the beginning of the end because his friend Luke is pulling together demigods to challenge the gods and raise Kronos and the titans to overcome the Greek gods on Mount Olympus (which hovers over the Empire State building and has a special elevator that takes riders to the 600th floor).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Shadows: Georgina Kincaid, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (525)

    Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals - all child's play to a succubus like her. Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse - that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses.

    Shelley says: "Didn't want it to end!"
    "Ready for the last book!"
    Overall

    This book was extremely intense. If you have followed Georgina Kincaid through the ups and downs of her crazy succubus life, this book is no different. SPOILER ALERT!! Georgina is suffering in the wake of her friend Maddie and love Seth's wedding. Maddie wants to involve Georgina in every little detail in addition to making her a bridesmaid in the fateful day. In addition to that, she is living with Roman, a man who swore he would kill her, though the advances he is making certainly are not those of a man looking to kill her. Instead, it seems he wants to love her. With her depressing life, she falls into the arms of dream creatures who manipulate her existence. No longer in the world of her friends, she is forced to relive memories, some of which never happened, and some of which have endings contrary to the reality she knows, though her grasp on reality is tenuous at best. In the end Seth, against all odds, is able to find her in the dreaming world and bring her back to this one. Leaving Maddie and hiding in Mexico, Georgina finds him and rekindles their romance. Upon returning to Seattle though, she discovers a photographer took a picture of the two of them in a romantic kiss, spilling it in a magazine leading to their ostracization in the bookstore where Georgina works and Seth writes. The last scene leaves the door wide open for a happy ending for the couple in the next book. Great writing, even better narrating, makes this a MUST READ for all paranormal readers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (815)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "Horrible narrator ruins the book"
    Overall

    I first read this book on Kindle and fell in love with Sophie Katz. I have tried 3 times to listen to this book, but the narrator is so dry and boring that I can't make it through more than 5 minutes without wanting to pull my hair out and scream. I highly recommend the book as a great summer read, but don't waste your money or credit on this version of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkfever: Fever, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1118)

    MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

    Dana says: "Stick with it!"
    "Wonderful start to a wonderful series"
    Overall

    This book is Moning's first attempt at first person perspective writing and she has hit this story out of the park. SUMMARY (POTENTIAL SPOILERS): MacKayla Lane is a beautiful happy southern belle until she gets the call that will forever change her life. Her sister Alina has been brutally murdered in Dublin while studying abroad. Even though against her parents' wishes, she herself goes to Dublin to try to get the cold case reopened. While there, she meets enigmatic bookstore owner, Jericho Barrons. Unsure of who trust or what she is, she discovers she has the ability to see through Fae glamour. Barrons takes her on a crazy ride, stealing Fae relics, and testing her resolve. With a cast of good and bad fairies, other women with her talent, and the sexual tension with Barrons makes for a great foundation for the series to expand upon. While Moning says this is a book of hope, slowly the pink facade Mac brought to Dublin begins to turn dark, making the resolution in Shadowfever that much sweeter! Hang on and enjoy the ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodfever: Fever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (899)

    MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the world of the Fae and of Man.

    Annie says: "Kept me interested"
    "Great series"
    Overall

    This is the second book in Moning's Fever series. The narrator for this series changes midway through. If you can endure the narrator for the first book and this book, it gets much better near the end when she incorporates both a male and female reader to help differentiate the parts.This book continues to follow MacKayla Lane on her journey through Dublin seeking revenge for her sister Alina's death. She finally has accepted her role in the end of the world, fae takeover seeming to overrun Dublin. In the end, she finally encounters the Sinsar Dubh, forever changing the road she has to take to ensure both her survival and the survival of the human race.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6783)
    Performance
    (5163)
    Story
    (5243)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Unexpected good times"
    Overall

    The first 30 minutes of this audiobook was on my Android App when I downloaded and I was hooked. I downloaded this book, and was amazed at the authenticity the author has in dealing with historical issues. I am a history major myself and actually enjoyed some of the details that were put in, obviously after lots of hard work sifting through pages of history in dusty library shelves. The narrator was excellent and made the story even more engrossing and impacting than just the words printed on paper could have conveyed to me. SPOILER: The premise of this story is that Lincoln's mother was killed by a vampire and Lincoln proceeds to exact his revenge on every vampire he can find in his Indiana frontier. Taught by a vampire who feels the need to cull bad vamps from the world, Henry sends Abraham all over the country hunting down and killing evil vampires. Though his political career seems to halt many of these trips, in the end, Henry turns Lincoln after his assassination, leading to an ending that will leave you smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

    A User says: "Fangtastic!"
    "Love the story, the narrator, not so much"
    Overall

    Anyone who is familiar with Charlaine Harris's storyline following barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse definitely needs to listen to this book. I had already read the series on my Kindle when I was turned on to the Audible.com site. While not my first purchase, it was one of the first and I haven't been disappointed. Since I'm a fast, and somewhat sloppy reader, listening to the well paced book actually helped me to pick out details I had missed in the first reading.

    The narrator I found a bit boring at times and sincerely wished that Mrs. Harris would have used two narrators, one male and one female, as another favorite author has done. The high pitched narrator doesn't always successfully distinguish the male characters by her voice and you have to listen closely to make sure you know who is speaking.

    Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a great book to listen to by the pool this summer. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth (The Audiobook) Free Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    The eagerly awaited new audiobook from the Emmy-winning, Oscar-hosting, Daily Show-anchoring Jon Stewart - the man behind the megaseller America (The Book). Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race.

    John says: "Stick to TV"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall

    This was one of the funniest books I've listened to in very long time. I was extremely disappointed when I reached the end, and can't wait to download the rest ASAP. With Jon Stewart narrating he can bring to life the words he wrote, making this fantastic! Can't wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1090)

    Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical? But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic.

    Jessica says: "Another great paranormal series!"
    "Surprisingly Great Listen"
    Overall

    I bought this book on a whim during one of Audible's sales months ago. Running out of listening material, I put this book on a few days ago and I have not been able to turn it off since. The author's visual imagery is stunning and leaves me open mouthed by the unusual, yet apt, descriptions which are made.

    All in all the book is fast paced, though I did find the plot a little predictable. This book surprised me by ending with true romance which was a wonderful twist. The narrator was excellent and I can't wait to read book 2... If only my credits would get here sooner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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