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Leslie T Pearson

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  • Digging In

  • A Novel
  • By: Loretta Nyhan
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

Paige Moresco found her true love in eighth grade - and lost him two years ago. Since his death, she’s been sleepwalking through life, barely holding on for the sake of her teenage son. Her house is a wreck, the grass is overrun with weeds, and she’s at risk of losing her job. As Paige stares at her neglected lawn, she knows she’s hit rock bottom. So she does something entirely unexpected: she begins to dig. As the hole gets bigger, Paige decides to turn her entire yard into a vegetable garden. Something big is beginning to take root - both in her garden and in herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm glad I finished this book.

  • By KrsTea on 08-05-18

Terrible language.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

I cannot even finish this book. I got about a third of the way and just got to tired of the crude language I couldn’t finish it.

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,328

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

Sanderson did it again!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

I was worried when I finished the original Mistborn series, because I loved them deeply. I was informed of this off-shoot series and was blown away once more by how great Sanderson is!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Terrible language.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

What disappointed you about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry?

The terrible language. I feel any writer that has to express emotions by using disgusting language isn't a good writer and does not use the English language very well.

What could Gabrielle Zevin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Found better words to express emotions.

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

It was the same story line as one of my favorite movies, A Simple Twist of Fate" which was based on the classic Silas Mariner.

Any additional comments?

I wish book sellers had some kind of rating system so I could know in advance of buying a book, that it had strong offensive language. It would be extremely helpful.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Brat Farrar the most enjoyable?

She is one of the best mystery writers around and all of her characters are great, even the bad guys! I think the narrator helped develop the characters through her performance!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brat Farrar?

The two voices in Brats head trying to convince him whether to do the right or the wrong thing.

Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

I loved aunt Beatrice and Eleanor. She made them seem so compassionate and strong women at the same time.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Couldn't stop unless I was forced to!

Any additional comments?

I wish there were more of Josephine Tey's books available in audio form!!!!! (Hint, hint).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dead As a Doornail

  • When The Fat Ladies Sing, Book 3
  • By: Linda Kozar
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita's plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe's dream home is found dead. To top it all off, the money from the high school band's fundraiser has disappeared. Before Lovita walks down the aisle, the girls have to nail a killer, uncover missing band fundraiser money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the town of Wachita. Piece of cake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun who did it.

  • By Jean on 09-11-16

New mystery series to me.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

What did you love best about Dead As a Doornail?

This was a fun mystery! Although it was the 3rd in the series, it was my first and I am excited to start at the beginning. Fun characters, good mystery, although it was kind of predictable, no surprise ending but still good. ,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead As a Doornail?

I just enjoyed the friendship between the two main characters.

What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

I thought the narrator was really good with all the personalities and accents, except maybe Hudson, who I couldn't figure out where he was from until near the end when It was mentioned. But it was still fine since she had a distinct "voice" for him. I will read the first two after listening to this!

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

Not really.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022

The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith's answer to Maupin

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

Too many loose ends.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

I didn't feel like all the story lines were completed and some left me hanging. But I liked it, just wished it continued 2 more chapters to tie up the loose ends.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,304

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

Language

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-15

I hate having to listen or read the "f"
word. I'm beginning to think many current authors don't have a good command of the English language if that is the only word they can fit into sentences. Seriously, use your imagination!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,909
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,266
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,307

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What would have made The Casual Vacancy better?

Clean up the language, and adult situations.

What was most disappointing about J. K. Rowling’s story?

I felt she had to cram every disgusting theme into the first 4 chapters to prove it was so far from her last series that it couldn't be compared. It was so gross that I only made it to the 4th chapter got before deleteing it. If that is what her "adult" books are going to be like I will never read or listen to one. I guess she didn't have the writing skills to make an interesting story without the filth.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was fine for having terrible material

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

Most of the first 4 chapters since I couldn't lmake it past that.

Any additional comments?

Waste of money and time!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful