Linda in Omaha
I was hooked when I listened to the sample. She wrote a searing letter about her husband, whom she had just learned was having an affair, in e-mail and hit "send to all." The fun starts there. There were sad moments, but for the most part this was about a woman who learned very quickly how to stand on her own two feet and go on. Really enjoyed it.
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I loved the main Characters wit. She cracked me up.
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I loved the main Characters developement. She is Awesome witty,frank and such a
I thought I would buy this book for some light humorous easy listening and with the high ratings, decided to give this a try. Well, the first few chapters or so may have held my attention fairly well with some mild amusement and curiosity. Beyond that, the entire story line and writing took a nosedive into meaningless humorless drivel - boring plot and boring writing. Any humor in the book quickly lost its appeal as it was based on self-absorbed snarky jabs wallowing in the protagonist's whiny self pity, effectively whined by the narrator's ultimately grating voice. The writer's "humor" rapidly declined from any use of clever language and relied on attempting humor based upon nastiness in thoughts and words. Had this been a 2 hour short story, it may have been able to rate higher for me as an amusing brief diversion. As a full novel, it became painful boring and humorless listening which I was unable to endure and consequently i did not finish the book...I struggled through about 2/3 or 3/4 of the book, hoping for improvement which was at that point an unrealistic outcome. I decided my time and brain power could be utilized much more valuably and enjoyably with other endeavors or books.
Perhaps there is some sort of redeeming ending to the story, but the writing and story content in getting there were simply not worth my time. The portions of the story where Lacey is learning to write a novel (an endeavor based upon her ability to rake her cheating husband over the coals via writing his company newsletter) were extraordinarily uninteresting as were her "friends with benefits" relationship and sexual encounters with her new neighbor. The purpose of the sex scenes seemed to be trying to make a boring story more interesting, but they did not achieve that goal.
The narration became mostly annoying and grating to me. I felt the narration was as one dimensional as the book. Her vocal intonation was effectively whiny sounding, but to listen to that throughout for the primary character also diminished my listening experience along with the writing and story content. I have not heard this narrator (Amanda Ronconi) before and would not seek out books narrated by her in the future, though her narration could be more appealing for a different book or story. The most painful part of her narration for me was her portrayal of the male characters, especially Lacey's love interest, Monroe, since he is the primary male character. In her portrayal, the male voice sounded strained and constipated because of apparently forcing her voice into an unnatural vocal range. My personal preference for narrating of the opposite sex is when the reader maintains an unforced and more natural vocal range as otherwise the effect is very unappealing and makes listening more difficult to enjoy (conversely...such as some male narrators creating female voices who all sound like wimpy airheads is equally unpleasant).
I do not anticipate purchasing more books by Molly Harper and I definitely hope to use Audible's return policy for this one!
It was a very entertaining book. Her whit kept me wanting to listen.
Her sense of humor. She was screwing up perfectly and hilariously to keep her real.
Completely different then the Jane Jameson series, but no less. Its is absolutely hilarious. And I am only about halfway through it. Amanda Ronconi as always delivers a stellar performance and you can really feel the character through her narration. If you are looking for a good book to keep you snickering throughout it, I highly recommend it. At just over 8 hours it is relatively short but definitely worth it.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Fast. Fun. Interesting. Rewarding read. Feel good book without being one bit sappy. I liked it. Will continue reading this series.
Obviously, this is a "moving-on" story, funny in places, predictable in others. I was slightly annoyed by the narrator's voice. Narration has such a big impact on the story; this is told by an age appropriate woman, but I still found her distracting. That said, I'm not in my thirties, so take it for what it's worth.
The story follows the revelation of a jerk of a husband who is cheating on a woman who had not yet found herself. This is her story of testing the water of life, without the social crutch of a husband, even if he was a jerk.
This book was a fun read or the genre that I would call a beach book!
Not terribly taxing mentally but something that you don't want to end.
Briefly, the book is about a young woman, Lacey, whose husband, Mike, cheats on her with his bimbo secretary. Lacey ends up telling everyone on the company email list both what he did and that she is leaving him in an emailed newsletter that she wrote. After Lacey leaves, Mike moves his secretary into the family home.
The only issue I had in the story is the blame that Lacey and everyone seems to put on her, rather than on the cheating scumbag. Seems like the entire town thinks that she should forgive him and stay married.
I find that the reader can make or break a book, and Amanda Ronconi made the book. In fact, I will look for other books read by her.
I had never read Molly Harper and was looking for something light after a slew of heavy books. Though the story was somewhat basic and a bit predictable, the writing was sharp, engaging and witty. And, the characters were all quirky and interesting. Amanda Ronconi's narration was spot on. Perfect chick lit!