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Malie

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  • Murder of a Botoxed Blonde: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend Trixie Frayne convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped, and roasted - until a murder ruins the good time.

    Beatrice says: "A new spa means a new murder in Scrumble River"
    "Dare to Spa"
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    Where does Murder of a Botoxed Blonde rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book in the middle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a very good mystery that kept you reading. Although some of the story line I thought was unrealistic. But if you take it for face value the story is still good.


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

    The voices really bring the story to life and you feel what the character is feeling. It helps to differenciate the characters with the different voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4530)
    Performance
    (3764)
    Story
    (3784)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Murder in a small town"
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    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Violent youths, back stories, teeth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    The description of the main character and how she would cut herself.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Every small town has its skeletons.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant story line. You never expect who the killer is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19881)
    Performance
    (17799)
    Story
    (17860)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Murder Mystery Psyco Twist!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Never read the book, so can't compare.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    Momento maybe? I don't usually read mysteries.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was more of surprise. What you are reading at the beginning turns out o be fake, so you are finding out half way through that the characters have completely different personalities than you thought! It was a very unique way of writing that I thoguht was brilliant!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is brilliantly written giving twists and turns that you don't see coming. The characters aren't who you think they are!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistletoe and Margaritas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (828)

    Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.

    Phoebe E. Stell says: "Just one more reason Audible is the best!"
    "Average Soap Opera"
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    What disappointed you about Mistletoe and Margaritas?

    This wasn't a bad book by any means. I just felt the story line wasn't very special. It is kind of something you would see on a soap opera. Boy likes girl, but is afraid to tell her. No one wants to ruin friendship. Bla, bla, bla.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    What character would you cut from Mistletoe and Margaritas?

    I wouldn't cut any of the characters. They all had a purpose.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4438)
    Performance
    (4023)
    Story
    (4038)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "So much better than Shades of Grey!"
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    If you could sum up Bared to You in three words, what would they be?

    steamy


    What other book might you compare Bared to You to and why?

    This book is similar to Shades of Grey in that the male character is a control freak, but in a more normal way. He doesn't have some S&M fetish or anything like that. He's just a type A personality. Both characters do had a past that causes conflict and they have to work on communicating with one another.


    Which character – as performed by Jill Redfield – was your favorite?

    I thought all of the characters were well written and performed well. You could really hear the difference in personality when spoken by performer. You felt like you were watching a play.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't want to put this book down! The seans were so vivid and raw.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Interesting view into Hollywood sidcom start ups"
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    If you could sum up The Next Best Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, realistic love, & heart wrenching.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Best Thing?

    If you are looking for a love story that doesn't include buff hunks and sexy females this is for you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the interview scene with funny quirky back and forth between the main character and her soon to be love interest.


    If you could take any character from The Next Best Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character. She is funny, insecure like the rest of us, and sincere.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this scared woman has overcome her insecurity to live her life in the middle of Babelon among the pretty people of Hollywood, and still hold true to herself. I love that her happily ever after isn't another made up hunky man that every woman is going to drool over. It is a realistic romanic love affair that will leave you dreaming that it could happen to you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (775)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Good Inspiring book"
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    Would you listen to The Steve Jobs Way again? Why?

    No. I rarely listen to the same thing twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author who played himself. He was Steve's righ hand man for several years and he gave good insite into how Steve Job's ran things and what he expected out of people.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was expected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good in Bed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Paula Cale
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    The day Cannie Shapiro, a savvy, intelligent, plus-sized pop culture reporter, opens 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. Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and introduces you to a heroine you'll never forget.

    T. Freeman says: "A Genuine Surprise"
    "Not a light hearted read"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was looking for a light chic-flick type book to read and this one just had a very dark undertone with the main character almost loosing her baby and depression, etc.


    Has Good in Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I won't be reading anything else from this author.


    Have you listened to any of Paula Cale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. THe voice was fine. No complaints.


    What character would you cut from Good in Bed?

    None. I just wasn't looking for such a serious story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18720)
    Performance
    (14513)
    Story
    (14454)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny Girl Made Good"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I would recommend it to someone else, but I wouldn't listen to it twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I liked all her stories about rising up through the ranks of comedy as a woman.


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only seen her on SNL and in a couple of movies. This just gave a better overall idea of what she is like in real life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tina Faye, as real as it gets.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very funny autobiography of her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ex-Debutante

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks until, one day, she gets an urgent call from her mother.

    Beth says: "Fun and a Delight"
    "Texas Ex's!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who has ever been to Texas or is from there. This story was absolutely hysterical! I am an ex-Texas girl myself, and this book brought back so many memories of typical Texas ladies and expectations, etc. The author clearly did her homework.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Te4xas is one of the only places that has kept their old traditions of debutaunte life. It gave a true rendition of this tradition and added a great romantic back story.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud in some parts, and keep flipping the pages.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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