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Bonnie

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  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (264)

    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!"
    "Held my interest but not a favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book focuses on the relationship between a damaged but determined young woman, the grandmother who raised her, and the Hollywood types that she longs to become a part of. The story held my interest, but I wanted the "flashbacks" to move a little faster. The pitfalls of romantic coming-of-age rang true, mostly. I felt the ending dragged out a bit... but was glad to have the story come full circle. Olivia Thrilby sounded authentic as the narrator's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (514)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Didn't do it for me."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wanted so badly to like this book but I just couldn't. After a few stops and starts, I finally made myself listen to the whole thing. I found the characters somewhat unlikeable, and in places, the story tedious. And then, toward the end, I just got mad at the turns the plot took. The narration was fine, although so quiet in places it made listening in the car difficult. Other reviews seem very positive so I'm not sure why it's not clicking for me but I just plain didn't like it and was actually glad it was over so I could remove it from my listening device and feel like I got my money's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6690)
    Performance
    (4671)
    Story
    (4656)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Heartbreaking yet compelling"
    Overall
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    Story

    This was one of those books that made me sit in the car and listen, wear my headphones all the way into the office, and listen more during every bathroom break. I knew the subject matter would be difficult but the good reviews drew me in and I am so glad. The characters are so real I can picture each in my head. The slaves are depicted as compassionate, intelligent, and determined. The "white" characters are multi-dimensional and deal with their own difficulties. With every twist of the story, I was more invested in the outcome. The narrators both did a wonderful job in voices that seemed true to the characters they depicted. The climax was heartbreaking but left room for hope. I was so disappointed when the book ended... I may have to go back and read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (958)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Just not the book for me"
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    I can't remember why I ordered this book in the first place... perhaps a sale? Anyway, it was a bad pick for me. I enjoy escaping into a good story but this one was so annoying and all over the place. I disliked most of the characters with the exception of Tobias, with whom we barely scratch the surface. The rules of the "magic" seemed like the author just made it up as she went and then broke her own rules. The main character was silly and I just wanted her to go away. The narration was not my style either. I had trouble sticking with this book through the end and was glad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (773)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Entertaining for the commute"
    Overall
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    Although not outstanding or particularly memorable, I did enjoy the story and it kept my attention during the commute. However, it wasn't the kind of book that made me plug in the iPhone as soon as I got home to continue the listen. The narrator did a nice job although I found the men's dialog a bit strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3714)
    Performance
    (3313)
    Story
    (3325)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A great story, well told"
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    My husband and I listened to this book during a road trip and loved it! The book is divided into four parts. The first describes the end of the Civil War and sets the stage for the sentiment around Lincoln's assassination. The middle of the book describes the plot against Lincoln and his movements leading up to the fateful evening. The story of what happened after the actual shooting is something I had not heard before. And the last part describes the chase to capture and bring to justice the conspirators.

    The story reads like a suspense thriller rather than a history lesson, and yet I learned a lot about this traumatic period of American history. Bill O’Reilly tells the story without judgment against the union or the confederacy. He does a great job with the narration, too, despite some jarring, repeated mispronunciations that surprised us (hence the 4 stars on performance... otherwise it would have been 5). But I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys not just history, but also suspense thrillers and detective stories. Great job, Mr. O’Reilly!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1372)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Don't fear the tears..."
    Overall

    I normally avoid dog stories because I can't stand the inevitable sad moments when we have to say goodbye. This book was different... although one particular goodbye scene stirred the emotions a bit, the others were sweet and matter-of-fact. That fact that this dog has four lives helped. I loved the story as told from the perspective of the dog, and how he achieved his ultimate purpose in the end. I recommend this as a great "listen" for all dog lovers!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Abbie Fox hasn't seen her father or two younger sisters in almost two years, during which time she has jetted around the world and experienced life, if not love. But now Lily, the baby of the family, is sending Abbie urgent e-mails begging her to return home to Nantucket. Their middle sister, Emma, has taken to her bed, emotionally devastated after the loss of her high-powered stockbroker's job and a shockingly unexpected break-up with her fiance.

    rosalee says: "Nice Surprise"
    "An enjoyable book, with some flaws"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book, a story of three sisters and their father falling in and out of love over the course of a summer. Some things about the story were a little too "pat"-- some plot themes seemed familiar and repetitive with other things I've read or movies I've seen. There were some laugh-out-loud moments and a few moments when I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. I did not enjoy the narration; Ms. White's voice a little too "arresting" and sometimes just comes off as tired. But overall, an enjoyable summer "read."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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