Like so many, many, others, I have been a huge fan of the Shopaholic series from the start. Of course, the stories are fanciful (these are characters in a book, not 'ripped from the headlines'). But up until now, each chapter in the series has contained enough relatable truths to lead the reader to believe, "well, this seems farfetched, but if the stars aligned, i suppose it could happen."But not this time.Mini Shopaholic doesn't simply ask you to suspend disbelief... you're also asked to suspend any notion of reality. Somehow the author has transformed her lead character (Becky Brandon) from being an immature, but well meaning, young woman to a narcissistic sociopath, and along the way all elements of 'likeability' have been stripped from the character.The story moves from one crisis to the next, and at every turn, you can't help but think, "wait... i already know how this is going to turn out... Becky will be unastonishingly self-absorbed and try to use magical-thinking to pretend no problem exists, or make the problem go away... and when it doesn't, she'll feel awful and dreadful and then do the exact same thing the next time."Perhaps the challenge is how to continue a tradition of stories that rely on behavior considered 'charming' for a young adult, but disturbing and 'self-destructive' for someone with a two-year old. Or perhaps its that I've grown up, just a bit, and Shopaholic hasn't.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I started this audiobook three different times. The narrator is not wonderful out of the gate. In addition, having read all of the Shopaholic series, I was thinking that this line was done. The third try was the charm, though. I stuck with it and it turns out that the story is hilarious. Becky Bloomwood is still maddeningly irresponsible, unrealistic and silly. She is still funny, endearing and well meaning. And the character portrait of Eleanor, the Ice witch MIL is deeper than I expected for lite chick-lit. A good relaxing read, like mental candy.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook as I love chick lit. I love hearing how the heroine thinks and the letters that are written back to her from others. Maybe it helps that I am not a shopaholic, so I find it very funny. I am certainly not a qualified critic of English literature, but I know what draws me in and keeps me entertained as I perform crafts such as sewing while I listen.
The way everything tends to work out for the heroine, despite her quirky way of thinking.
Definitely the British voice. I feel as if I am listening to a funny movie.
This was an annoying book to listen to. The woman doing the child's voice made me cringe. This is best read and not listened to...hearing a child whine and cry isn't my thing, but hey...to each her/his own...
I used to like the shopaholic series. Then I lost my job, and somehow listening to someone whine about not being able to buy the latest Gucci or Louis Vuitton just wasn't funny any more. The gags in this one are cringe-worthy and the narrator's voice high-pitched and annoying. The entire book is basically a repitition of all the books before--Becky does inappropriate things, embarrases herself in public, is greedy and materialistic and self-absorbed, yet always ends up getting what she wants. The worst book in the series, if you ask me.
I am usually a fan, so was sad when this book took a downward spiral into a whiny mess.
I'm sorry to say that my review isn't complete. I only vote for the narrator who is absolutely wrong for this book. I can't stand her and so I can't go on listening to see if I like the book or not. I already don't like it. Money down the drain in my opinion this one. Can you please release a different version where my favorite Emily Gray is reading? Maybe in my head Emily Gray IS Rebecca and I can't get used to anybody else, I'm really sorry Ms. Landor.
I've read and heard all the Shopaholic books, and I too am disappointed that Becky never learns from her mistakes or her past. I found this book to be more of a series of disjointed scenes rather than having an overarching story, and I just got tired of Becky's blindness to herself and her lies to her family and friends. I'm sorry to say that this series hasn't gotten better with age (the first two were my favorites), and it's getting harder to care about Becky anymore. :-(
I look to Audible reviews for information on how the narration is, not the story, because it's so hard to find that anywhere else. So as far as the book itself goes, I'll only say that I love the Shopaholic books, I think they're really funny and yes compulsive debtors do think the way she does, all the time; I love this particular one, and found the story arcs really satisfying; and I do hope that someday she allows Becky to get into recovery and grow past the Shopaholic thing!
Now for the audiobook. I haven't been listening to audiobooks long, but I've listened to quite a range so far and this is the best of them all. Most narrators at least try to make the characters sound different, but even good narrators often have difficulty with different genders. By contrast, Landor's male characters have such great, authentically male-sounding voices that I repeatedly checked to see if there were two narrators working on this book!
She does a great job on every gender, accent, and age. The worst thing I can say about her work is that Danny's American accent is sometimes a trifle Britishy. But he's also very pompous, and in Americans that often ends up coming off a little Britishy. We want to sound posh too!
I feel like I understand the characters better from her reading, and I've been reading these books on my own since they came out.
Probably the best thing I can say about this audiobook is that I listened to it even though I had just read the book on my own, and I loved it completely anyway - and I want to listen to it again soon! Normally, I wouldn't want to re-read a book for ages. Total ear candy.