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Leigh Bartley

Atlanta, GA
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  • And Again

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Chiarella
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda - four terminally ill patients - have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves - without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared; their fingerprints are different; their vision is impeccable; and, most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I hoped

  • By Alice on 01-15-16

There's no "there" there

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-16

I kept waiting for something big to happen... And nothing. Very disappointing.
Oh and there's nothing more annoying than to hear a female narrator attempt to "sound" like a male character.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,006

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

Seriously? Two narrators?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

The narration is SO bad --times two! WTF were they thinking by employing TWO narrators who interact with each other? This sounds like a really cheesey radio drama. I'm surprised they didn't include sound effects. UGH. Avoid this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Wine of Angels

  • By: Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ruth on 03-07-12

Horrible doesn't begin to describe the narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-15

As any Audible customer will tell you, the narrator makes or breaks the book --no matter how great the book is. Perhaps I've been spoiled by listening to that AMAZING Davina Porter who narrates the Outlander series. Rebecca Lacey is NO Davina Porter. In fact, she's one of the worst narrators I've encountered. She simply does not know how to distinguish the characters from one another. You have no idea which character is talking.. I can't even finish listening to this book.

  • Mary Ann in Autumn

  • A Tales of the City Novel
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Has Done It Again!

  • By Keith on 01-10-11

So good to hear from dear old friends

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-13

These characters are like dear old friends.. It's always great to hear how they're doing and what they've been up to... Thank you Mr. Maupin for getting us caught up... Always good to hear from my dear, old friends from Barbary Lane...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,972

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

(AKA "The Republican Handbook on Women")

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Amazing book --made even MORE amazing by the incredible Claire Danes narration.

This book is nearly prophetic as our country tiptoes closer and closer to a theocracy. No one would have believed you in 1985 that in the 21st century OUR country would be redefining rape, would legislate unnecessary invasive medical procedures against women who want to control their own reproductive rights, or would argue about protecting women from violence because such legislation protects the "wrong" type of women (?)... Surely by the 21st century, such things would be seem outlandish and Orwellian!

Little did we know, that in 2013 we are not that far from a Gileadian future.

Listening to Ms. Danes bring this book to life made it nearly impossible for me to pause the narration... I didn't want the book to end..

This is a must-read for every woman --and man.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,911
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,926

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

AMAZING!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-11

This book is SO well-written and superbly performed by the narrators --I felt like I could actually see it all taking place. I don't know how badly Hollywood is going to mess up the big-screen adaption of this book, so DEFINITELY listen to this audiobook before you see the movie!

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,176

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of Money

  • By Cynthia on 05-21-12

A Must Read --I mean, MUST LISTEN!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

Color me impressed. I always thought she was talented --NOW I KNOW how VERY talented she is. If you sorta like her, read this book: You will fall in love with her. If you already love her, then this book simply seals the deal! I highly recommend this book!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forged

  • Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 510

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Faith shaking

  • By Fletch on 09-05-12

Bart Ehrman never disappoints

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

Excellent book! Like his other books, this one is just as informative and enlightening --it's kind of like brain food! Definitely a must-have to your audiobook library.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin

  • A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years
  • By: Frank Bailey, Ken Morris, Jeanne Devon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived "enemies" and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By John S. on 06-06-11

And the puzzle pieces fall into place...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

I still don't understand how or why people get sucked into her cult of personality. I guess if you're an evangelical it makes sense: (You already believe it batsh*ttery theology, so why not blindly follow Sarah?) And as you will learn, the Palin-bots (her campaign workers/staff) and the Palin fans-- are ALL evangelical Christians.
Frank Bailey is no mental giant and schemer. This really isn't an "O-woe-is-me-Sarah-deceived-me" attempt to make tons of money --although, he will. This book is simply his story from his experiences and more importantly --from his email correspondences with Palin!
I have to say I came away from this book being amazed at how media savvy Sarah Palin is. I don't equate this savviness with the standard/commonly recognized definition of intelligence. She has some odd social intelligence. She knows how to manipulate the average, unread, uneducated, ill-informed American citizenry into loving her.
Read this book and get some insights into the Cult of Palin --and then be sure to vote Democrat in 2012!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Believing Brain

  • From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
  • By: Michael Shermer
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 867

In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great material. Not-so-great narration.

  • By Leigh Bartley on 06-17-11

Great material. Not-so-great narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

Michael Shermer is a very smart man. He gives great interviews and speeches --but that doesn't mean he should have narrated his own book. (Just because you CAN read doesn't mean you should do it aloud.)

The production is kind of shoddy too --you can hear pages being turned; he mispronounces a few words and slightly stumbles over others; and then there's the obnoxious use of music that is used to introduce and end chapters.

Aside from those flaws, it's a very informative book. Like I said: Shermer is a VERY smart man and he does a very thorough job of presenting his research and material. I would recommend it.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful