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Jennifer

Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2701)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Such an engaging and moving book"
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    When I first downloaded this book I dismissed it as chick lit, not exactly heavy lifting, and thought it would be something mindless to listen to during my commute.

    Once I got further into it, I realized the book had a lot of depth, and I could not put it down. I brought my iPod in from my car so I could listen to it at home 3 nights. I finished it a week ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. This was a really engrossing book. I can't remember the last time I've been so personally invested in fictional characters, or that I've cried so hard over a book. I just wish I hadn't finished it so I could still be listening to it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cartwheel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jennifer duBois
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.

    Debbie says: "Wonderful Book!"
    "Buenos Aires Short-Changed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in part out of interest in the subject matter, and in part because it was set in one of my favorite cities. After reading, I was surprised to learn that the author had even been to Buenos Aires. Rather, she throws out names of streets and locations, or cultural or political issues, totally out of context. It's as though she was given a list of hot topics in Argentina and tried to force them into the book without learning what they meant.

    For example, there's a scene where Maureen gives a taxi driver a 20 peso note, and Andrew is certain that the wads of bills she will receive for change will contain counterfeits. First, 20 pesos is worth about $2-4 US, depending on the ever fluctuating exchange rate, and she wouldn't be getting change in bills, if any change at all, because taxi rides are more expensive than that. Also, bills that small aren't forged. This is beyond nit-picky, but it matters because it was a series of false comments on the city geared to paint it in a negative light.

    I don't suppose this would bother many people other than me, and if her description of the city weren't so critical it wouldn't bother me as much. But I feel that she maligns and misrepresents a wonderful city because she did not take the opportunity to learn about it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Surprisingly Bad"
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    What disappointed you about Revenge Wears Prada?

    The heroine was completely unlikeable. She was self-centered, harsh and unforgiving. Also, the plot really went nowhere. The disjointed book meandered about and totally lacked focus. I liked The Devil Wears Prada and was looking forward to the sequel, but I wish I had not read this as I just hated Nady Sachs. By the end I was pulling for Miranda Priestly.


    Has Revenge Wears Prada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, but has turned me of of this author


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator seemed to have no connection with the story she was telling. She used this faux chipper tone to describe serious scenes, and was just far too "precious."


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. frustration. anger at the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (499)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Insufferable"
    Overall

    It's hard to describe how much I hated this book. It had so much potential, and the celebrities and authors who did cameo appearances are some of my favorites. But this book was a flop from start to finish. First, the author/narrator's voice is grating. The guest appearances are awkward. The subject matter is fairly interesting, but not presented in a fresh or amusing way. The author is heavy handed in injecting her political views into the piece and insulting those who are not in lock-step agreement. She is the most painfully politically correct author I've ever encountered (she was aghast when a church choir of 30 only had two African American members) I am not a religious person, but even I found her derisive tone when discussing religion offensive. Overall, I wasted a lot of time listening to this book hoping it would get better and that I would at least learn something, and I'd like that time back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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