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leslie

Seven Hills, Ohio | Member Since 2010

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  • The Portable Door

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Holt
    • Narrated By Ray Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins.

    leslie says: "A weird one but worth it"
    "A weird one but worth it"
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    It took me a little while to get into this story, but once I did, I found it fun and interesting. Really rather a delightful listen. The narrator was good too - brought the fun out in the book! If you want something fun, a little odd, and imaginative, give this a go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1425)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "The backstory of the Civil War"
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    It's difficult to find a perspective on the Civil War and Lincoln that hasn't already been exposed. However, Kearns Goodwin manages to do just that. It's the backstory that hasn't been told in one complete narrative. She stays remarkably on track by focusing on the players in the cabinet and Lincoln. There are also sub-characters she provides with remarkable interest - like Chase's daughter and the two secretary's to Lincoln. There are other small players who add to the story but Kearns Goodwin never strays from from the main thread. This book is a phenomenal listen.

    My only criticism is for the reader. Toren, while fitting the narrative with a fine, strong, persuasive voice, at times is too precious with her pronunciation. The read is sometimes stilted and stiff seeming to try to give gravity to the story where her natural voice already accomplished the task. I don't think Lincoln would have tried to be so reverent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars - Chateau Marmont

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Raymond Sarlot
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Raymond Sarlot bought the Chateau Marmont in 1975, but what was originally a business purchase became a love affair as he delved into the hotel's incredible history. From its perch overlooking the Sunset Strip, the glamorous Marmont reigned for decades as the spot for artists, writers, musicians, and actors of every stripe and remains a home-away-from-home for A-listers like Scarlett Johansson and Johnny Depp. Here, Sarlot and coauthor Fred E. Basten share a wealth of scandalous and intriguing tales about them all.

    leslie says: "Stepping back in time"
    "Stepping back in time"
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    I know LA and it was great to picture it as it developed through the life and times of the Chateau. This is a beautiful blend of architecture and how it is meaningful to the lives of people and shapes and makes a contribution a place. I found the reading wonderful - a lovely voice, and the author paints a clear picture of the interior as well as the surrounding grounds as they play a part in the history of Hollywood's industry as a company town. I loved it and listened to it over and over. Great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love the One You're With

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface, it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget. This is the story about why we choose to love the ones we love, and why we just can't forget the ones who aren't right for us.

    leslie says: "Got Sucked In..."
    "Got Sucked In..."
    Overall

    I'm not sure why I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was, but I was totally sucked into this book and unable to stop listening. I took it in the car, walked around with it on my ipod as I did my chores in the house and yard, and listened to it falling asleep at night. It sounds absolutely pathetic of me - that I have no life - but this was a great listen! Loved it. Also, the short interview with the author at the end was a really nice touch. Thanks Audible. Now I'm looking for another book by the same author. ps: the narrator did a fabulous job, too. She hit just the right tone, good rate of speech, and her characters were distinct and easily identifiable. Well done. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Family: Abigail & John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two). Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.

    leslie says: ""Real History""
    ""Real History""
    Overall

    I wanted to find out more about Abigail Adams and in the process found out so much more about the times in which she lived, her character, her contribution to the founding of our country, and of course, her relationship to her husband. This book has inspired me to listen to more about our founding fathers and their lives that I am now searching for other books of the people mentioned in the book such as Franklin, Hamilton, Jay, Washington, et al. The best part of the book however, was that it showed all these people as humans and the struggles, risks, loves, foibles, and especially politics - that surprisingly, were no different from our political traumas of today. To think that Franklin's home in Paris had a spy on his staff was astounding. It's a GREAT listen with wonderful narration. It's now one of my favorites and have listened to it over and over to pick up more and more.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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