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Leslie

Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

West Roxbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 47 reviews
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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Very interesting historical account"
    Overall

    After 9/11 I read and read and read trying to find a reason for "why" these radical Muslims hate us. This book gives an insightful history of Bin-Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and others involved in the current "jihad" against the West. It gives a history of many countries in the region, most notably Egypt's political struggles and how Saudi Arabia went from sand to wealth and the elder Bin-Laden's role in its development.

    If you are looking for answers as to why 9/11 happened, well I don't think any sane person will ever have that answer. If you are looking for a history of how distorted ideologies created such monsters, then you will get that from this book.

    Anyone interested in learning more about a region, the evolution of a very distorted ideology, and in my opinion, the destruction of a peaceful religion, you will be satisfied with what you learn.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (760)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "How do you review blah?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not a great book, not the worst book. Anyone working at a company could totally relate and perhaps envision their own IT guy as the main character.


    Was Attachments worth the listening time?

    It is a light book. It is nothing special, but it won't be your worst listen either. It was good enough that I finished listening to it, but I find myself at a loss to find a lot of good ways to describe the story...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dwayne Alexander Smith
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He's dazzled by what they've accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all - no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions.

    Jen says: "Exciting Social Conscience Twister"
    "Bizarre to say the least"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storyline I just found to be bizarre. I would hardly call it a "Thriller". At no time did I find myself sitting on the edge of my seat. It is a strange reverse slavery themed book. It literally was if it was a written by someone who still has not gotten over the fact that slavery existed in this country and is angry.


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

    The only reason that I didn't give it one star was that I enjoyed the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard C. Morais
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1053)

    Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

    R. L. Royce says: "YIkes, I don't speak French"
    "What a fabulous, fun, story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This was just a great story. Yes, there were some sad parts, but all in all, it was a fun, upbeat listen. I LOVED the father. He was hilarious! I actually didn't know what to expect from this book but it was a great family story, and about following one's passions in life.

    The narrator was superb! He did a great job with accents and differentiations of characters.

    I am actually very anxious to see the movie now and see how it compares to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3075)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2816)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "First Book by this Author and LOVED IT!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has a little bit of everything - drama, mystery, love...I questioned whether or not I would like this book since it is set in Australia. I tend to enjoy books more when I have traveled to the country they are taking place in and I can visualize an area.

    I absolutely loved this book and it could have taken place on Mars. The location was so unimportant to the story. The character development, I felt was strong throughout the book.

    The narrator was fantastic! A+ for this book. Have just started her latest and so far, I am not liking it as much as this one, but we will see how it goes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

    Obviously, Trivia Night


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Try to Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Holly Brown
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

    Kate says: "Tedious Melodrama"
    "Solid listen - Will appeal to fans of Gone Girl"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It was a good listen. It was a bit predictable at times, but I still wasn't positive on how it was going to end until it ended. I agree with a previous reviewer that at times the mother was a bit annoying, however the story was about her too, not just the daughter. The father didn't develop into a strong character but that may have been intentional and meant to be part of the overall problem. It kept me engaged to and from my long commute.

    It alternated chapters between the mother's view of what was going on and what was happening to the daughter. "B" was appropriately creepy from the start. While not as strong as Flynn's Gone Girl, I think if you liked that book, you would like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Along with their husbands, Amanda, Karen, and Georgia are a close-knit circle of friends enjoying seemingly ideal lives in an upscale neighborhood. But when they learn that their lovely younger neighbor, widowed for a year and presumably still unattached, is pregnant, the strains and imperfections of their lives come into full focus. As they ponder who the father might be, each of the women harbors suspicions about her own husband - and each is forced to a crisis point that will strengthen or shatter her marriage.

    Diane says: "slow starter"
    "Kept me wondering!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Whose kid was it???!!! I was guessing (and guessing wrong) the whole book. It was a nice story, and I could relate to the close knit neighborhood. Little bit of everything - romance, scandal, mystery...Typical chick lit! Definitely enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (990)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Loved it - almost stopped it - loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    So I thought the book started out strong and that the main character's illness was an interesting twist. I was really enjoying it. Somewhere in the middle, it would be on and I wouldn't even be paying attention. It was dragging for me. All of a sudden it picked up in a whirlwind and I found myself eager to listen. All in all, a really good listen. It is hard to go wrong with Scott Brick as a narrator. He always delivers a solid performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Palmer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives.

    Leslie says: "First half was very good - then enter Roy"
    "First half was very good - then enter Roy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is a good narrator and I generally enjoy his readings.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the story had me really engaged - the second half had me wanting it to end. It became stupid and rediculous. It could have ended a lot sooner than it did. The author tried to do too much - a romance - a tragedy - corporate thriller - crime story all in one and I don't think it worked. Once the character Roy came in, the author lost me. The fact that Lily wasn't pregnant was evident to anyone with a brain in the first chapter. I would try another one of his novels, before crossing this author off my list, but this was underwhelming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "His best yet!!!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Suspicion?

    The twists and turns


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book! The story was nothing short of addicting. I found myself wanting to get in the car and go to work in the morning (usually I only want to go home from work LOL)! I loved the plot and it was so suspenseful and kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it figured out - BOOM another twist. Paranoia was always my favorite book by him until now. This blew it away. If you are a Finder fan - hit buy. You will not be disappointed with this one!.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4642)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1925)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Just listented to it for a second time"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book years ago, but recently started going back and listening to my Nelson Demille audiobooks again. I have never done that before, and I have to say, I found it just as enjoyable the second time around. When you follow and author and certain characters, I think there are certain things about them, their relationships, where they came from that a listener forgets (at least this listener forgets!). It was great to refresh on the characters. It is a such an amazing, fast-paced story and you can't go wrong with anything Scott Brick reads!

    I would say, if you are a Demille fan and you haven't listened to this, why? If you have listened to it, listen again. You will enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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