Audio books give my eyes a break...
The relationship development between Lucy and Marva. Lucy was a simple organizer who needed a job bad. She found one with an eccentric hoarder. Lucy knew she was in over her head and if not for her once serious relationship with an ex, (A relationship which ended because of Lucy being in denial/ignorance about how to help her drug addicted son) wouldn't have been able to pull it off. I was appreciative of the fact there were very few expletives and no over the top sex scenes.
Actually I have two...When Lucy changes her mind about selling the mustang, the trigger which finally brings her to a solid conclusion about her life and relationship with her son....hilarious and moving. And the scenario surrounding getting in to see women freshly tossed....too funny!
Any scene with Marva, I though she was a refreshing character.
Finding out the cause of Marva's hoarding. Everyone has a reason for doing what they do, like hoarding... and hers was as touching as any real life hoarders.You must have great patience to deal with people in general but especially those who have problems like hoarding....Lucy's relationship to her son may have help her in this job.
I've concluded Xe Sands voice(s) sound better suited for erotica. I found her voices annoying ... she sounds as though she never has enough air to complete a sentence...as if she's in pain or on the toilet, disinterested or tired. I looked her up...her voice is quoted as being "like slow whiskey and chocolate" I listen to her different dialects, also read and listened to a few articles of her being interviewed and I think she is excellent at what she does (and I see she does read in the erotica genre which she seems to like along with first person narration)....however, I can only take her in small doses. Overall I gave this book high stars because the story was witty, funny, well written and believable.
I really enjoyed her first book, so I was expecting a little more from this one. It was a little boring....kind of slow...I think much of this can be attributed to the narrator, though.
Listen at your own risk.
I am about half way thru this book and the story is okay but the reader is awful. I don't know if I am going to be able to finish listening to the book. Before buying this audible listen to a preview.
this timely story -- kids and elders with addictions -- makes one think about their own families. Psychology of hoarding makes one think about what is important -- and what are we teaching our children.
If you can get past the breathy voice of the narrator, the story keeps you interested. Good overall story.
I must first admit, I didn't really read enough of the book description before reading/listening it. I thought it was a self-help on organizing and de-cluttering. So imagine my very PLEASANT surprise to find a charming, witty story, wrapped around a reclusive, elderly, artist with a hoarding problem. LOVED this book and as a FANTASTIC side effect, it's inspired me to clear out all my old crap too! Jill is a new author to me, but I intend to read all her other books and will be the first in line to read a sequel or anything else she publishes! Great job narrating by Xe Sands too!
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
I loved it! it was sad and funny too! It is a great look into the psyche of a hoarder, and brought the reality of dealing with an addicted family member to light.
I lost patience with the stupidity of the main character, a woman with few qualifications who somehow got a book published about cleaning and organizing. She is supposed to be an expert in her field but fails to recognize valuable objects and collectibles. She was clueless in so many ways. The narrator was semi annoying but I gave her a 4.
I expected this book to be more about letting go of things but it seemed to be so superficial. Glad I only paid $5 for it.
Well written, the narrator suited the storyline well, enjoyable overall, and would read more by the same author.
No I haven't but enjoyed the performance.
A little of both...
The character development was interesting,the story flowed easily, I got caught up in the story and didn't want to stop listening.
I have to say that it was difficult to stick with it due to the narration! I usually don't want my car trip to end because I don't want to stop listening to my book of the moment, but this one makes me glad to have a break from the annoying narration.