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  • Good in Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writitng about other people's lives in the pages of the Philadlphia Examiner. But the day she opened up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever.

    Kickez says: "Pretty Serious Stuff...."
    "Amusing, sympathetic and instructive"
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    Would you listen to Good in Bed again? Why?

    I have listened to this book and its sequel, "A Certain Girl" twice now. I love the character Cannie and the sympathetic approach to large women Jennifer Weiner provides. The instruction for me is the description of Jewish traditions in a very understandable way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Now, this is hard. Cannie would be my favorite with close behind Maxie and Peter.


    What does Laura Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does the different voices clear so you know who is speaking but not distracting. Great narrator for this book and its sequel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Definitely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (569)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Enchanting Professor McGuire :)"
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    I had no problem with the narrator. This is a simple romance and as far as I was concerned was a fun listen, requiring little sophistication in narration. The romance in this first book of a quartet was very enjoyable and Carter, the man in this first romance was charming, vulnerable but very self assured about what he wanted in Mac.
    No surprises in this series but fun listens and fun character development. Will never be recommended reading from a scholarly perspective but I have enjoyed listening a few times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katy Butler
    • Narrated By Katy Butler
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Like so many of us, award-winning writer Katy Butler always assumed her aging parents would experience healthy, active retirements before dying peacefully at home. Then her father suffered a stroke that left him incapable of easily finishing a sentence or showering without assistance. Her mother was thrust into full-time caregiving, and Katy became one of the 24 million Americans who help care for aging parents. In an effort to correct a minor and non - life threatening heart arrhythmia, doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker.

    Wendy says: "The most important book I've read in recent memory"
    "facing and managing end of life issues today"
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    This book presents both the very personal anguish of helping one's loved ones through the end of life and the economic drivers behind some life saving medical treatments and the conflicts inherently involved.
    I strongly recommend this book to anyone brushed by the topics of aging, dying, illness and choosing medical interventions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Mystic Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    On the day her daughter leaves for college, Anne Colwater's husband of 20 years announces he wants a divorce. Her roles of wife and mother suddenly gone, Annie retreats to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington, to heal. There she finds her old friend Nick, suddenly widowed and unable to cope with his emotionally scarred young daughter, Izzie.

    John says: "Another Excellent Novel/Listen From Kristin Hannah"
    "coming of age at 40"
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    Would you listen to On Mystic Lake again? Why?

    I enjoyed the narrator very much. She added to character development as much as the story offered.
    In a nutshell, Annie is a woman who did everything "right" in her role as mother and wife only to be discarded by her rich and arrogant husband a few minutes after they sent their only child off to Europe to study. She returns to her home town, finds her anger, her high school first love in difficult situation, is able to help him and his 6 year old daughter heal from a major trauma, and realize that she lost her personhood to marriage and motherhood. I have listened to it a few times as I really appreciate the transformation of Annie from modern woman passive to modern woman awake.


    What other book might you compare On Mystic Lake to and why?

    There are so many novels that deal with this theme it would be hard to choose.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character development is helped so much by her narrative.


    If you could take any character from On Mystic Lake out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Terry, the best friend. Zany but wise and a very good friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14379)
    Performance
    (11791)
    Story
    (12419)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "A few listens necessary"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Character development and the underlying fairy tale~
    Yes, the writing is repetitive, the narration like finger nails on a chalkboard at times and the descriptions cloying at times. However, once you get through your irritation about these you might find, like I did, some strong character development. I found Anna and Christian interesting. Of course they are unreal to a great extent but over the series Ms. James does manage to allow each of them some personal growth. For me, I knew so little about the BDSM "life style", I may have even learned a lot. Realistic? No idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The most obvious, of course, is Anna revealing her virginity.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Only and I mean ONLY if there was just one character would I subject myself to the torture of her extreme and unpleasant rendering of most of the characters other than Anna and even then the whininess could be grating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to the book like it is a fairy tale, full of extreme and repeated situations and some attractive characters. Don't worry about the literary value. Not the point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mimi Alford
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy Administration had reinvigorated the capital and the country - and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Mimi made an impression on Kennedy's inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself....

    faye says: "Disturbing"
    "Yikes!"
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    I am old enough to remember the Kennedy "Camelot" story and where I was when I heard that Kennedy had been shot. I have heard rumors and stories about what a womanizer he was alleged to be but this book makes it all so much more real.
    I guess we all need to draw our own conclusions about Jack Kennedy. I enjoyed listening to the story but it almost seemed like a fairy tale - so bold!!
    Good to hear that Ms. Alford has come through intact and she can now tell her story. Fortunately, I think she is a good and thoughtful writer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Narrated By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

    Naturalbohemian says: "Everything is disturbing about this book..."
    "probably biased but fascinating listen"
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    The truth of the Madoff story will not be known for decades. Stephanie Madoff Mack tells a personal and very difficult tale from her own perspective and experience. I enjoyed listening to this book and feel very badly for all the people whose lives have been so very damaged by the actions of Bernie Madoff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Marry a Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vicky Dreiling
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (389)

    In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

    Dalia says: "My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)"
    "Cute and clever, fun for a romance novel"
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    Didn't take long to figure out how this was going to end and the two main characters were fun and quite principled for all their folly. Good listening for a somewhat mindless novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1886)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "INTERESTING BUT LESS COMPELLING THAN PRESENTED"
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    Told from parents' perspective and from their interpretation of their son's comments. Sounds like parents are strong fundamentalist Christians who interpreted son's experiences from a strictly biblical point of view. I felt like I was listening to a sermon more than a small child's story though it was very interesting and not without merit.
    Cannot explain why but I did not care for the narrator or the style of writing. Often I listen to my books a few times but I don't think I will revisit this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Rid of Bradley

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement. When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs 24-hour police protection.

    murboyd says: "give me a different voice!"
    "enjoyable, not Jennifer Cruise's best`"
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    Enjoyable but doesn't reach Jennifer Cruise's usually more provocative level of topics and writing. I listened to this book as I was doing my Christmas shopping and don't think I missed much.
    Still, a good chick romantic novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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