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  • So Much for My Happy Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    When her boyfriend of three months, Tad Showers, proposes, 26-year-old April thinks that everything in her life is finally falling into place. Between her flaky, tree-hugging mother and her she-devil boss, marriage seems like the place she'll find love and security. Tad's exactly the kind of man April wants: smart, ambitious, and wildly romantic.

    TRACY says: "Good Book SoSo Narrator"
    "Waste of a credit"
    Overall

    I know I must have read the other reviews before deciding to pick this book. I was in the mood for some light listening to break up the otherwise dreary time spent commuting, and though others commented on how bad the reader was I kind of figured how bad could she really be? Well, now I know.

    The story may be just swell but the reader is so dreadful she really detracts from the whole listening experience. In fact, she was so bad I stopped listening on the 3rd CD. I just couldn't take it anymore.

    Don't waste your time, money, or even a free credit on this book.

    I gave it one star and then wished I'd given it no stars.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "self indulgence on the part of the author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Shame on whoever let the author read the book. Listening to the first half, read beautifully by Annabella Sciorra, the story was a delight. I couldn't wait to listen. Then, for no apparent reason, half way through the story the author took over. Her tone was dull, her Italian did not compare to that of Ms. Sciorra. In short, I couldn't wait to get to the end so I wouldn't have to listen to her anymore.

    I got this book based on the recommendations of a friend who had read the book, and wished I'd read the reviews before wasting the credit. I'd have enjoyed it a lot more in print because of the author's narration.

    In short, I highly recommend the story but not this audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (446)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Hmmmmm...."
    Overall

    Normally, I love Kate Reading as a reader, but for this one she was a poor choice. Her voice is too mature for the characters. One in particular ended up sounding like my 80 year old mother in law.

    The story is as you'd expect from Sophie Kinsella. Light and enjoyable. And normally I find that a reader can enhance the story. In this case, sadly, it was the opposite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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