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Julia

COSTA MESA, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Goodnight Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade....

    Kim says: "Great Book! Very funny!"
    "Boring Slow Plot"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Weiner and/or Johanna Parker?

    No


    What could Jennifer Weiner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus more on the plot and move it foward sooner...shorten long wordy descriptions of things.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did relate to a few wisecracks referring to maternal self-neglect like skipping showers and being covered with kid's food!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so boring I finally just gave up and moved onto a new book.The plot moves very very slowly - packed with flashbacks to the main character's painful childhood.Maybe it gets better, but I just didn't have the patience to listen any further.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And Then it Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Linda Green
    • Narrated By Suzie Aitcheson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found her Mr Right. Twenty years on they remain blissfully in love. She has the man she adores, a gorgeous daughter, a great job and a dream home. But Mel's seemingly perfect life is spoilt by a dark secret and a niggling fear that her good fortune can't last for ever. Despite her husband Adam telling her to live for the present and stop worrying about the future, Mel can't shake the feeling that someone is about to call time on their happiness. And then it happens.

    Leisha says: "HAVENT YET FININSHED BUT LOVE THIS STORY"
    "Tragedy is Main Theme"
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    Wow - this book was not at all what I expected. It is a story of an unfathomable catastrophe that happens to a family of 3 - Mel, Adam, and 4-year old daughter Maya. The family is put to the test and defines a whole new level of level and commitment.

    Based on my last read of Linda Green ("Things I Wish I'd Known", awesome book!), I expected a story of intrigue with a bit of humor - well, there is some humor in this book, but it is dark humor. The primary story line is very sad. For me, having a husband and 4 year old daughter myself - it was just too depressing to put my head in this family's life.

    Having said that - if you enjoy the inspiration of undying love and commitment, of rebuilding your life after tragedy, this book will not disappoint. I could not wait to see what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Things I Wish I'd Known

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Green
    • Narrated By Suzy Aitchison
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Claire Cooper was 15 she'd swear on her Wham! album that: big hair and rah-rah skirts were here to stay; Spandau Ballet would never split up; she would marry her idol, heart-throb footballer Andy Pailes. Fast forward 20 years and things haven't gone quite to plan. And when Claire discovers the 'dream list' she wrote as a teenager, she realises how far removed her life is from the one she'd imagined.

    Julia says: "Suspenseful - Great Plot"
    "Suspenseful - Great Plot"
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    This is one of my favorite audio books!

    The timeline jumps back and forth between the 15 year old Claire in 1985 and 38 year old Claire in present day.

    15 year old Claire has the rare privilege of meeting a local celebrity on whom she has a teen crush. That meeting sparks a turn of events that impacts the rest of her life as well as those around her. As the layers of the story unravel, you see how the events in her teenage life shape her as an adult. Now she has a chance to meet him again. Two adults on a more equal playing field. Fascinating dynamic.

    It is a story of friendship, love, family, career, adolescent dreams, and the reality of adulthood.

    Great plot - not predictable at all. The suspense is built skillfully... I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Great humorous moments. This is not a standard chick lit romance - much more substance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking of You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Jem has headed off to university, leaving single mum Ginny with a severe case of empty-nest syndrome. To make matters worse, the first gorgeous man she's clapped eyes on in years has just accused Ginny of shoplifting. She decides to advertise for a lodger, but what she gets is lovelorn Laurel, who can only talk about her ex-boyfriend. But Laurel has a dangerously charming brother, Perry, and with the offer of a great new job on top of that, things seem to be looking up.

    Elizabeth says: "Great mother and daughter story"
    "Entertaining but Other Mansell Books are Better"
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    I enjoyed this book, but glad it wasn’t the first Jill Mansell book I've listened to...I like the others a lot more. In this one, there's a bit of a theme betrayal, and some of the male characters are real jerks. These themes are not common to Mansell's writing…I'm glad!

    Having said that, hearing the internal conversations in the minds of the mother and daughter are hilarious - wanting some things so badly, but trying to play it cool on the outside - funny in a slightly neurotic, awkward, Bridget Jones-y way.

    One thing the publisher's description doesn't really make clear is that about half the book is about Jem's adventures in college, the other half is about Ginny's life as an empty-nester. The two story lines intersect and then veer off again in a fun way.

    The Jem scenes remind me of my college days, and the Ginny scenes make me picture what life will be like when my kids are all grown. Both fun places to visit via fiction!

    The plot is not predictable at all, lots of twists and turns -good!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rumour Has It

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    When newly single Tilly Cole impulsively quits her London job for a fresh start in the small town of Roxborough she finds she's arrived in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue and rampant rivalry for the most desirable men. Tilly has no intention of joining in - she's just happy with her new Girl Friday job. Then she meets Jack Lucas.

    Courtney says: "Entertaining"
    "Great Small Town Story with Lots of Characters"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the story of 4 parallel lives (families) in a small town.

    Tilly has quit her London job and takes a Girl Friday job in a remote town where she knows only one person. She navigates work, love, friends, and social life in her new small town community.

    Tilly's boss, Max, has a family of 3, including a lively 13 year daughter. The dynamics of his whole family's work, school, and romantic relationships intertwine with Tilly's life in an intriguing, frustrating, and often heart-warming way.

    Tilly's best friend Erin's life takes a turn that includes love and the most unlikely and challenging friendship anyone could imagine.

    Tilly's befriends Jack, her boss's colleague, who on the surface is a charmer with a bad reputation, but Jack has a story of his own.


    I love Jill Mansell's style. It is peppered with humor and sarcasm. Hearing the characters' internal dialog as each twist in plot happens is hilarious! Mansell reminds me a lot of Sophie Kinsella, my fav author. This book moves quickly with lots of dialog, and that's what made it so much fun to listen to for me. Good one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2685)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2040)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Everyone is Right! It's Hilarious!"
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    I chose this book because of all the great reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. The description sounds kinda cheesy, and I guess it's an accurate plot summary, but let me tell you...Molly Harper executes on the plot with amazing wit! Imagine the day-to-day repurcussions of sending a scathing email that goes viral, and becoming reluctantly infamous for it. Great premise, great story, hilarious throughout, GREAT narration! loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    In this rollicking tale, best-selling author Dixie Cash - author of My Heart May Be Broken but My Hair Still Looks Great - sets Salt Lick's own sleuthing cosmetologists on a collision course with the Big Apple. On an all-expenses-paid trip to a New York PI convention, the Texas Tornadoes hope to do some serious shopping. But that's before they stumble across a serial killer.

    Julia says: "Silly but Decent Plot"
    "Silly but Decent Plot"
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    This book was a bit silly, the theme of humor was the contrast of country Texans in NYC. Kinda like Thelma and Louise meets the Beverly Hillbillies meets the Hardy Boys.The plot had long slow built up, but for me it was worth hanging in there…toward the climax, I couldn't put it down…or, uh…whatever the audio equivalent is. Great narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4659)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1320)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Travel and Healing - Enjoyed the Travel"
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    I enjoyed this chronicle of a woman's year of travel and healing. My favorite parts were the history and first-hand accounts of each local culture and the life stories of the friends she made along the way.

    The healing seemed like a series of mind-games she played with herself, but hey - it seemed to work for her. I didn't find it narcissistic at all, I found it fascinating to get in someone's deepest thoughts like this.

    Serious theme, but with many, many light-hearted and funny moments, some even laugh-out-loud.

    But the story left me feeling unsatisfied at the end.

    Also, it took me a while to get used the sleepy-sounding style of narrating, but I grew to love the narration, filled with animated accents of the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (901)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Light Easy Listen - Very Sexy"
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    This was a nice light read, but the characters seems unrealistically cocky to me. The plot is verey focused on the romance. Lots of detailed descriptions of sexual attraction among many of the characters.

    The narrator is absolutely outstanding, best narrator I think I've ever heard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "Great! (And I'm Not Even Into Ghost Books)"
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    I don't like books featuring ghosts, but I am a Sophie Kinsella fan, so I gave this book a try. I loved it!

    I don't think the Publisher's Summary does it justice. It's not so much about a search for a necklace as it is about a career girl, recovering from a break up, who strikes up an unlikely friendship and gets a fresh perspective from an outsider on her own life. It's fun to see Lara grow and learn from this perspective, but the best part, as always with Kinsella, is the humor. What would you do if you had a friend who had special "powers"? Perform bar tricks, spy on your ex-boyfriend, find out what goes on in business meetings behind closed doors…awesome!

    Also, I see some reviewers that were annoyed by the ghost's voice, but there were only 2-3 short scenes where the voice was screechy, and I found it funny, not annoying at all. Narrator is great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Best Kinsella Book Yet!"
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    This book has been coming up as a recommendation for me for years, but I never listened to it because the plot sounded too corny.

    After reading a few other Sophie Kinsella books, I now know they are a no lose bet! This book is hilarious! It is now actually my favorite Sophie Kinsella book! I got sucked into Samantha's life and was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next! How I could care so much about a lawyer/fake housekeeper not getting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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