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Laurie

Albany, CA, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Allison Pearson
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    The surprise hit of the year, Allison Pearson's debut novel is garnering critical and fan raves. Publishers Weekly calls I Don't Know How She Does It "delightfully fast moving...with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones," and Booklist applauds this "compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny."

    A User says: "I Don't Know How She Does It"
    "Entertaining, not deep..."
    Overall

    If you're looking for a book that gives you a real insight into the life of a working mom of two, this gives you a pretty good idea... but if you're looking for this book to give you insight and ANSWERS, it won't do that. Duh, it's a work of fiction. It is, however, entertaining, although a tad tedious and run-on at times. It's the perfect book to listen to as you wash dishes and vacuum...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    T.C. Boyle has crafted a captivating tale with memorable characters and a rollicking plot that will delight both his longtime devotees and a legion of new fans. The Inner Circle is a love story narrated by John Milk, a virginal young man, who in 1940 accepts a job as an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a charming professor of zoology at Indiana University who has just discovered his life's true calling: sex.

    Bill Jr. says: "Boyle interrogates the interrogator"
    "Not sex-shy or just freakish?"
    Overall

    Granted, this book held my attention for its many hours, although sometimes the dishes I was washing were more interesting. It has some very slow parts, and is a bit predictable, but the subject matter is definitely interesting. This book made me think about the separation of sex and science, and it gave a whole new meaning to "taking one's work home". Yes, some parts were disturbing, especially the musicale scene in the final 90 minutes (which gave me real heebie-jeebies), but I never thought it was gratuitous. Instead, the book has left me wondering what the real Kinsey was like...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Tracie Bennett
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones.- the basis for the film starring Renee Zellweger. And don't miss the sequel: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

    A J says: "Better heard than read."
    "V. V. HYSTERICAL"
    Overall

    I tried reading this book a few years ago, but never finished it. I also never saw the movie (can't stand Renee Zellwegger.) Needless to say, I decided to give it a listen and I really enjoyed it. The narrator is absolutely perfect... anyone with such an engaging English accent who can snort (literally) with laughter gets a huge thumbs up from me (plus a few snorts of laughter.) Definitely fun and great for a laugh!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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