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Leslie

Latham, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 521 titles in library
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  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (248)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "Repetitive, repetitive, and repetitive"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been nice if anything ever happened.


    Would you ever listen to anything by D. B. Jackson again?

    Not until he learns that the correct pronunciations of breeches is "britches". He uses similar simplistic pronunciations of waistcoat and victuals. If you're going to narrate a period novel, please send 10 minutes with the dictionary first.


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

    The premise is an interesting one and some of the minor characters are quite interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (335)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "No more R. G. Browne for me"
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    What disappointed you about The Innocent Ones?

    I very much disliked slogging through nearly 100 chapters of a derivative "amnesia" thriller only to have a new character--a child, no less!-- appear around Chapter 99 to explain all the goings-on to the adults. Isn't the point of this sort of book for the protagonists to figure it out for themselves?


    Has The Innocent Ones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre but certainly this author.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    I love Scott Brick so I wouldn't change anything. I did wonder how he kept from laughing at some of the more ridiculous moments though.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Innocent Ones?

    The last interaction between the sisters which is completely unbelievable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1050)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Why isn't this classified as Romance?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is basically a dressed up Harlequin romance. A more developed plot whose resolution isn't obvious halfway through would suit me better.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susanna Kearsley? Why or why not?

    Since this is a recent effort, not an early work, no.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Ms. Kellgren's narration was superb and the accents were so lovely I can't pick a favorite.


    Did The Firebird inspire you to do anything?

    Other than rolling my eyes really hard several times, no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1053)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "One of the books I recommend to all my friends"
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    What made the experience of listening to 600 Hours of Edward the most enjoyable?

    Learning to love Edward despite his quirks and watching him grow.


    What other book might you compare 600 Hours of Edward to and why?

    This one is one of a kind.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Edward, of course. :-)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The letter Edward receives.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a hidden gem. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "Warning: Paranormal ahead"
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    Would you try another book from Aric Davis and/or Luke Daniels?

    I've listened to Luke Daniels many times and always enjoyed him but there's not much he can do with cardboard, unlikable characters and a ridiculous plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Aric Davis again?

    Highly doubtful


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did his best with what there was to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. This book was published in 2012 but we are supposed to believe that the general public still perceives tattooed people as one step up from carnie workers. Mike and Deb are one-sided and unlikable. The reactions of the girls' parents are primarily implausible.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should have labeled this as paranormal fiction. The current summary along with the fiction categorization are misleading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (176)

    On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

    Ms Mare says: "Weekend Warriors"
    "Worst book I've ever bought"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Audible blurb does not make it clear that this book is about a group of women who take cold-blooded, graphic revenge on men. Apparently tracking down rapists, drugging them and castrating them is empowering and even light-hearted. In addition, the author couldn't be bothered to do a 3 minute Google search on anything. Belgian Malinois dogs do not weigh 110 pounds unless they're 35 pounds or more overweight. Even a really good make-up artist cannot make Caucasian and African-American women up well enough to pass as Chinese IN China. "Biker dive bars" rarely serve "luscious steaks, plump baked potatoes and delicious salads". The whole book is completely implausible and often laughable, not in a good way.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Fern Michaels again?

    No way. No possible way.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Laural Merlington?

    Maybe. Her accents were over the top and seemed to come and go. There are many better narrators.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Weekend Warriors?

    All of them.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (3991)
    Story
    (3992)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Possibly the stupidest book I've ever finished"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Crais--no. I only finished this one to see how bad it would get.
    MacLeod Andrews--yes. He did a fine job, the material wasn't his fault.


    What could Robert Crais have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Treated his reader as an intelligent adult. I don't need passages like "Scott James had a message on his answering machine from Jana Crowley (I can't recall the character's acutal name). "Hi, Scott, this is Jana Crowley." Really, Mr. Crais? Also, take it from this actual dog trainer, the training scenes and the dog's reactions were ludicrous.


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

    It was short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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