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Cheryl

I like a little bit of everything but I'm really into romance of most types, fantasy and sci fi.

Bronx, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Corset Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man - a real-life duke - is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset....

    Jennifer says: "Funny, Sexy and a little surprising - Spoiler-ish"
    "Hilarious!"
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Corset Diaries?

    The situations and the characters. There was always something going on and the main character's thought processes kept me laughing.


    What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice was animated and it gave me a feel for the characters. There was a distinction between each one and I wasn't confused as to whom was talking. She gave Tessa a voice that went along with her whole persona.


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

    Laugh out loud funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the main character. She was like a fish out of water and it showed. She didn't put on any airs and she was confused as someone in her situation would be. She took a risk and was dealing with the complications that arose from that decision.

    Her weight issues were also realistic. Not every plus size woman is blasé about her weight. She was self conscious but not stupidly so. I can dig it.

    This book is fun. It's not drama and it's not heavy. It's lighthearted and a great way to pass the time. So if you are looking for meat and substance I suggest you go elsewhere. This is pure dessert.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7867)
    Performance
    (7132)
    Story
    (7152)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Story
    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    Everything. The "did anyone do it?" mystery. The characters themselves. It was a full story with fleshed out characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well, it kept me thinking hard. That's the best way to put it without giving anything away.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice. He read to me like I read to my children. He never confused the characters so I always knew who was talking.


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

    It made me smirk and shake my head at times. There were situations where I was like "been there, done that, know someone like that." Feelings that brought the story more alive


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful mystery. I'm glad J. K. Rowlings was able to get this out. The reading public can be so fickle and ruinous, at times forcing writers to be pigeonholed into certain genres if they want to sell. It effectively kills the creative spirit that cranks really great stories out. If she would have written this under her name there would have been one line repeated over and over in reviews... It's not Harry Potter.

    In ending, give it a go! It's a gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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