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Molly

Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 19 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glennon Melton
    • Narrated By Glennon Melton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (41)

    Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty. Glennon Melton became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences, her hilarious and poignant observations were read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, quoted in The New York Times, and have inspired a social movement.

    Molly says: "Get Ready to Exercise your Bookmarks"
    "Get Ready to Exercise your Bookmarks"
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    This book has been overwhelmingly insightful for me. I have placed more bookmarks in this single book than I have in my entire Audible library combined. It is touching, funny at times, sad at times, and overall, it's real in a way that I hadn't anticipated. Listen to this book. Read this book. Some part of it will speak to you. I would also like to note that I am the LEAST religious person on the face of the earth--generally, mentions of god in literature make me cringe, but not in this book. The author talks about her relationship with god in a way that is so open and so far from judgmental that I am entirely comfortable with her frequent references.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
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    Barbara O’Neal’s novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness. Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone.

    Regina says: "Good story but predictable"
    "Very Enjoyable Light Listen"
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    This was exactly what I hoped it would be. I've read several of O'Neal's other novels, and have enjoyed them all. I love the attention to detail. The characters all become so real and relatable. I found myself rooting for all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1571)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Give the Oscar to the Book - Forget the Movie!"
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    I am so glad I read this book before I saw the movie - they are night and day! I am amazed at the differences. I really loved everything about this audiobook. The writing is excellent, and the narrator makes it all so real. The author does an amazing job developing his characters - you really feel like you know them. The story has so many twists and turns as it unfolds that it's easy to lose yourself in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: How to Stay Sane and Care for Yourself from Pre-conception Through Birth, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rachel Pepper
    • Narrated By Angela Ellis
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
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    (5)

    The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians covers everything you need to make the thrilling and challenging journey to motherhood: from choosing a donor to tracking fertility to signing the right papers on the dotted lines. Rachel Pepper's lively, easy-to-read guide is the first place to go for up-to-date information and sage advice on everything from sex in the sixth month to negotiating family roles. Why a second edition? When the acclaimed first edition appeared, the author's daughter was only a few months old. This new edition takes into account the parenting know-how Pepper has developed over the intervening years.

    Kirstin says: "Very Helpful!"
    "Good Information, but I prefer the Paper Verion"
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    This book contains both excellent factual information AND a lot of personal opinion and experience. Take it with a grain of salt. Still, I found the information valuable, and the resources listed throughout are fantastic. As far as the audiobook version goes, the narration isn't great, and I really recommend having a printed copy to refer to--you'll get more out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (527)

    Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

    Jeanette says: "Lovely Book"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I really enjoyed this book. At first, it seems like Marian is totally shallow, but we get to watch her evolve into something deeper and more complex as the story unfolds. In the end, I was really rooting for her, and she didn't let me down.

    I thought the writer handled the complexity of adoption nicely, although I have no personal experience with the subject. I found it to be insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (645)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Shallow and Disappointing"
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    I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't live up to the hype. I might have had more appreciation for it if I had read the actual book rather than listening to the author's narration of it. I really disliked the narration. What disappointed me most was just how superficial it all seemed to me. I expected something deep and enlightening, but this wasn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1757)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Relatable no matter your age"
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    I loved this book in high school, but I was wary of re-reading it as an adult. I'm so glad I was wrong. The narration was fantastic - Noah Galvin's reading really grabs you and takes you into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (616)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Definitely YA Fiction, but I Still Enjoyed it"
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    This book is essentially the young adult version of Groundhog Day. Instead of a grouchy Bill Murray, the main character is a seemingly shallow (mean girl-esque) teenager. I really struggled to get through the beginning of this book. The girls are the epitome of everything I hated about high school, and I was so sick of revisiting Valentine's Day over and over again--but somewhere along the line, in the midst of my eye rolling, I found myself stuck. I couldn't stop listening. The book deals with teen sex and drinking, and if you're sensitive to either subject, you may not appreciate how it was handled, but the moral at the end of the story (this is YA fiction, after all) is crystal clear.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1529)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Renewed my Love of the Series"
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    I've been getting a bit sick of the repetition in this series--the last few books haven't really captured my interest--but I loved this one. Even though Stephanie is up to her usual antics, the writing was good and the story was interesting. Everything felt well rounded. Lorelei King does a great job reading--it's easy to forget that you're listening to an audiobook. The characters' voices are so fantastic (as usual.) If you've come this far in the series, I don't think you'll be disappointed by #19.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5768)
    Performance
    (4993)
    Story
    (4987)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Starts slow, but don't let that stop you"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    Walter's writing is really superb. He truly makes you feel as if you are in Italy in 1962--you really get a feel for the era.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    His voice is melodic--he was so pleasant to listen to. Very relaxing.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that I didn't fall in love with this book until I was about 2/3 of the way through, but I really, truly loved it. I love the characters' messy lives and the way they all intertwine in a way that is so real. A first, the skipping around bothered me a bit, but I can't imagine the story unfolding ay other way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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