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Carolyn

APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • If You Were Here

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    The fiction debut of the New York Times best-selling author of My Fair Lazy. Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying - but always funny - process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous.

    Carolyn says: "A Jen Lancaster disappointment"
    "A Jen Lancaster disappointment"
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    I'm a Jen Lancaster fan and I have to say, this book is most unlike her. It's a boring tale of home improvements. It's like listening to a narration of a hundred episodes off HGTV. I'm about 6 hours into it and I've found myself turning it off several times because it was just too difficult to listen to. Actually, that would be an understatement. I have turned it off because it was downright annoying. I've yet to discover the storyline or a plot. If you like to listen about home redecorating and home remodel ad nauseum, this is your book. Otherwise, save your money and your sanity and just find another book :(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1116)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "Yet again, Ms. Jackson doesn't disappoint"
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    I've been a fan of Joshilyn Jackson since I read Gods In Alabama so I've read or listened to all of her books. A Grown-up Kind of Pretty, as a story, is every bit as fantastic as Gods In Alabama, taking unexpected twists and turns. But when the story is read by Ms. Jackson, A Grown-up Kind of Pretty feels like more than a story. It feels like you are witnessing the events with your own eyes. Ms. Jackson has a wonderful, soothing voice and I just love her accent.

    I can't wait for the next one! C'mon Joshilyn, write me another one! I'll keep listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26012)
    Performance
    (12666)
    Story
    (12708)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Riveting! A definite MUST-read (or hear)"
    Overall

    I cannot say enough great things about this book. I'm now listening to it for the 2nd time and plan on reading it in print as well. You will fall in love with most of the characters and be disgusted with a few of the others. The voices of the narrators capture the character's personalities flawlessly. The author claims to have been afraid to write in the voices of black women in the 1960's and maybe she missed the mark, I don't know. I only know that I was 100% convinced and loved this book from beginning to very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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