I read these books backwards--starting with "shopaholic ties the knot" and proceeded backwards to this one. I thought "ties the knot" was hilarious, but in this first book Becky is little more that a compulsive liar, who only lives to buy stuff she doesn't need and then wonders how she spent so much money. I really just wanted to smack her and make her tell the truth. So annoying. Skip this one and just read "Ties the Knot."
This book is a gem! I am usually a fan of non-fiction, and it takes something pretty good to get 5 stars from me...but I really loved this book! It has to count for something that I read it coming off of "The Help," which stole my heart. And it's highly possible I was in need of something light, but when a book makes me laugh out loud, I know it's a good one! I love the narrator, who absolutely breathes life into Rebecca, and makes her so very lovable! I saw her as an appendage of, or at least a good friend to, Bridget Jones, and wished I knew her personally.
Surely, even the most penurious and self disciplined of us, can see just a little something of ourselves in "Becks." Wonderful story, which I couldn't recommend more highly for a fun read and a respite from the stress and worries of every-day life! I am a new fan of Sophie Kinsella!
Because I enjoyed the author's other 2 books, Can You Keep a Secret and especially, The Undomestic Goddess, I took a risk on this one. I also loved Emily Gray's narration of Soulless. However, this protagonist is so dumb I finally had to stop listening before I had finished part 1. Maybe other people who shop for entertainment or escape or a thrill can relate more to this one. Emily Gray's narration did not impress me, either. Not this time.
I would listen to another book narrated by Emily Gray, but I would not listen to another book by Sophie Kinsella.
I picked this book because the movie version was so amusing. I was hoping to read the book and find more fun and amusement. What I found was a story that just went on way too long and there was not enough substance. This story was a lot more entertaining as a movie.
While listening to this book, I found myself getting frustrated with the stupidity of the main character. I think that means that the writer did a good job protraying the main character because it evoked emotion from me. But, it also means I won't listen to another book by Sophie Kinsella because ultimately, I want to be happy and sad and excited, etc. when I listen to a book, not frustrated. Emily Gray, Narrator, has a beautiful voice. Perfect english accent!
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
I had my reservations about this book, but I gave it a shot and really enjoyed the story. I loved hearing Becky's thoughts and can relate to her seeing something she wants to buy and not having the money for it, but buying it anyway.
I remember being in that situation at one time myself, although, actually anticipating name-brand purchases, wasn't my deal. I appreciated her inner growth and the dawning understanding of what she was doing and needed to do to fix it.
Rebecca has got some guts too. Speaking her mind, yet not saying it in a nasty way, just being truthful.
Loved and appreciated the humor of this book. I plan on listening to the next several in the series with hopes that Emily Gray is the reader because I have loved her since the Thursday Next Novels. She's awesome!! Thanks Sophie Kinsella for a great read.
I am ashamed to admit that I purchased it. The only thing worse than admitting that I purchased it was actually listening to it. If you enjoy listening to someone read the advertisements in a fashion magazine (albeit in a lovely British accent), then this is the book for you. The character has the maturity level of a 12 year old and the credit line of an adult. I think the story was supposed to be funny. I wasn't able to find the humor in it. Avoid this book at all costs.
A quick, light hearted read. Some parts you think "how can she be so stupid?" while other parts you can't help to laugh out loud. Most of the time you can guess what is going to happen, eliminating the element of surprise. Even though the end left me asking some unanswered, I probably wouldn't continue on in the confessions series. All in all, it was an entertaining listen.
What a delightful over-the top, tongue-in-cheek romp. Perhaps the reviewer who considered this pure drivel is not appreciative of this type of British humour, but I found it to be a wonderful escape. Most of us have been naughty once or twice, and Rebecca Bloomwood is our poster girl. I rated it four stars because it was a little slow to get into, but by the end I could hardly wait to find out how she could ever find a solution to her troubles. Remember, this is fiction!