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Kelli Leigh

Madison, WI
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  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,632

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Small Towns Hold Deep Secrets! Great Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

I wasn't sure what to expect, but this little mystery set in a small town in Ireland really stole my heart! Most of the story is told by the rotund, but handsome lone cop who has found himself with a set of mysterious bones that have been dug up on an old farm, and he must, somehow, get to the bottom of a decades-old crime.

But small towns hold many secrets, don't they? The perpsective shifts between a handful pf residents, all with their own story to tell. Things they don't want found out. Graham Norton lets you peek in on everyone's hidden lives while keeping you guessing about what really DID happen way back when.

So, who is responsible for the bones dug up on the old farm? You will have to get the book to find out!

  • A Dangerous Collaboration

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This series is better with each new book

  • By Lenny on 04-09-19

Deanna Raybourn Has Done It Again!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Deanna Raybourn's 4th book in her Veronica Speedwell series was a pleasure from beginning to end. She loves to change up the settings and this time it was a castle on an island in Cornwall, which was really a character itself.
I have said it before and I will say it again: There are few authors who can write dialogue as well as Deanna Raybourn. The banter between Veronica and Stoker is so fun to listen to and read. In general, I missed them and was so happy when A Dangerous Collaboration was finally released!

I enjoyed the mystery and the characters, I was happy that Stoker's brother played a larger role in this book, as he pops in and out of the other books but he's a main player here.
I always get the audiobooks because the reader, Angele Masters is superb! Hands down my favorite reader. I have listened to books simply because she was the reader and have never been disapointed.

Get this book, you won't regret it! And if you haven't read/listened to any other of Deanna Raybourn's books, you really should!

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,263

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting but brutal

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 12-09-12

Dark and Compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This book definitely draws you in. It's dark, deep, and satisfying. I normally don't like multiple readers, but this really worked. I liked the fact that the perspective shifts back and forth between characters-- you get to see the same events from different character's viewpoints. I was quite suprprised by the twist as well. Readers were excellent. I would recommend.

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

I enjoyed this book, but....

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

First, I have to say this was a good book, and I enjoyed listening quite a bit. Did it completely blow me away? No, but I really did like it. Other commenters have said it was really slow moving, but I didn't find it so. At least not any more than other audiobooks. When a book is read aloud, it does take longer as books are written to be read, not necessarily spoken. So it can feel sluggish. Once I got into it, I found myself eager to get a chance to listen some more. The romance was predictable but sweet, as most historical romances/mysteries tend to be. I laughed out loud quite a few times. Overall, a good story!
But... one thing that I didn't love was the narration of the American characters. I'm not sure what she was going for but it was almost painful at times to listen to. All of those characters sounded identical and I never really was able to figure out who was talking. Also, those characters never realy "solidified" for me, I couldn't picture them at all.
Her British narration was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.
I will definitely read the other books inthe series, but probably not listen to the audiobook if it's the same narrator.

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  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,187

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Finally, Her Side of the Story!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to finally hear Hillary's side of things. I don't always like author readers but I really enjoyed her narration.

  • A Treacherous Curse

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can't resist the allure of an exotic mystery - particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I rarely give a book a 5, but....

  • By bigdjunta on 04-27-18

Deanna Raybourn Has Done It Again!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Deanna Raybourn has a way with words! That's just fact. Her ability to create delicious dialogue and description is unparalleled in this genre.

I have ready pretty much everything she has written and I have to say, I enjoy listening to the audiobooks even more than reading (which I also love to do) because Angela Masters is SO GOOD at bringing these characters to life.

As usual, Raybourn brings suspence, romance, delectable characters, and witty fast-paced storyline.

I didn't want it to end! Already looking forward to the next in this series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and well-plotted Regency Romance

  • By Hope on 09-17-15

A Satisfying Hstorical Romance and Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I really liked this book. The main character is sympathetic and you are really rooting for her. I thought the reader did a great job as well. I listened to this while painting my kitchen and it's "light" enough to be able to something else without having to stop and rewind.

It's a fun, light romp, and if you are into these types of books, you will probably like this one as well.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,245

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Gangs, Rappers, Suspense, Mental Illness and Dogs

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Overall I like this book. I found the setting and especially the main character, IQ, to be unique and refreshing. There's a nice little twist at the end that is pretty satisfying as well.

As a dog lover, advocate, and rescuer, sometimes the pitbull storyline got under my skin, although Ide works hard to incorporate a sympathetic if not fully well-rounded perspective on the breed. But it was still a little hard to listen to on occasion.

I really loved the character of Datsun, he made me laugh A LOT. And IQ, our hero, has lots of layers that I found very interesting and relatable on many levels.

I think the reader was pretty good, his voice was easy to listen to and didn't grate on my nerves like some have. One criticism is that I couldn't always tell the difference beterrn the characters, especially IQ and Datsun (sp?).

This book won't change your life, but it's a fun listen.

  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,523

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A series that just gets better

  • By Barbara on 02-01-11

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I really enjoyed this book. The heroine is spunky, fiesty and a little flawed. The story was good, and the setting of Austrailia was unique. Just enough steamy passion to give it some romantic flavor.
I do wish the reader would have spoken in an Australian accent for those characters. Everyone, British and Australian spoke with a British accent, which was a bit of a bummer. Her reading other than that was really good.

I recommend this book if you like light, fun, fast-paced and a bit of sexy intrigue.

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

Enthralling Storyline and Intersting Characters.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you listen to A Perilous Undertaking again? Why?

I don't generally listen to them more than once since my queue is always full of books to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the characters, they are very eccentric and although the main character can be an overbearing and bratty sometimes, (it's true) I like that Raybourn went "all in" with her main characters, sometimes verging on absurd, but it works. The dilaogue/banter between the characters is delicious to listen to and to read.

What about Angele Masters’s performance did you like?

How she handled all of the often quick and witty (often with multiple voices and accents) dialogue--which is more challenging than paragraphs of prose. Very smoothe and clear. At first I wasn't sure how I fel about her gravelly Stoker, but after I got to know the character, it grew on me, and it fits. I look forward to the next book in the series, she really did a great job.

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

I think some of the more tender moments when Veronica and Stoker both have their guards down, and we can see them forming a lasting connection. Especially since he's so rough and tumble it's nice to see his soft side. And for Veronica to be quiet for a moment. :)

Any additional comments?

Deanna Raybourn is one of my favorite authors and I think the great performances by the readers really enhance the stories and have really done justice to the books. Highly recommend!

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