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Mon

12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "This sucked!"
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    I was so excited to listen to this audio as I believed it would be just as good as the "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Outlander." It wasn't. There is no comparison. I loved both and Overseas was a major disappointment.

    Overseas is totally ridiculous and as someone who loves hot cheese, I can confidently write that this was TOTALLY ridiculous. There was nothing cheesy fun about this audio and there is nothing interesting about the main characters. In fact, I wanted them to go away and die on Wall Street. Seriously. I labored to finish this audio. I hated it. The main characters are flat and boring and perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Boring!!!!

    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to "get" this book but it was so flat with zero character development. It was all very juvenile. The story is super mushy with some pretty bad dialogue. The only thing interesting about this audio is that they time travel. I tried, and I tried and this book wasn't for me. Overseas? Meh..

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost and Miss Demure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Jackson
    • Narrated By Alison Edwards
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Restorer Karo Follett quit her previous position with a potato salad flourish that haunts her as she became a pariah though her cause was just. She struggles with finding a new position and finally scores work on a remote plantation, Belle Ange in Virginia. She immediately travels to her new job site before her employer might change their mind. She arrives at her destination during a torrent. At the front gate, lightning hits her. Suddenly Karo sees an apparition having trysts like an eighteenth-century Marquis de Sade.

    bluebelle says: "Surprisingly Excellant!"
    "Horny Ghost Story gets 3.5"
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    Would you try another book from Melanie Jackson and/or Alison Edwards?

    Yes definitely. I did enjoy this book even if it was lacking a little in story. It felt incomplete and at times disjointed but it was still interesting and fun. I enjoyed the characters, the horny ghost, the creepy house and the romance. I give it 3.5.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked to learn more about Hugh, the horny ghost and more history about the house.


    Any additional comments?

    A fun "light" spooky read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Story of O

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Pauline Reage
    • Narrated By Käthe Mazur
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.

    Kimberly says: "This is not 50 Shades"
    "Can we say intense?"
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    Would you listen to Story of O again? Why?

    Not sure if i would listen to it again but I am glad that I finally gave this audio a go. It's intense, disturbing, sad, and seductive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know if I liked any of the characters. I found Jacqueline's character to be very interesting because she was so different from O. She was not so willing to bend and while O called her selfish, Jacqueline had a sense for self preservation. "O" had zero inkling to save her self and truly and literally was a submissive.


    What does Käthe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was perfect. She read each word slowly and deliberately. I got sucked in and thought that Kathe Mazur's voice cut through the tragedy and lulled you into "O's" tale. It was a very hypnotic listen.


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

    Yes it was intense and spellbinding. It was a psychological journey and makes all the FSOG books look so trite because this story is the real deal. Don't get me wrong, I read FSOG and it's light and fluffy and shinny. The Story of O doesn't do a damn thing to make you feel good or try to entertain you. It has a strange voyeuristic feel - you are watching or reading something that you shouldn't and what is happening behind closed doors isn't really meant for you, yet you can't stop listening or watching. It has that quality to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The last scene where O is displayed for all to see as nothing more than Sir Stephen's object, his toy, his person was so tragic. She allowed all this and became nothing more than an owl, an object; a thing to be used in any which way for love. She gave everything away and had nothing left to give. I finished this book about 5 days ago and still can't get the images out of mind. It's a powerful read and I think it's worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Mon says: "Sad Drunken Sap"
    "Sad Drunken Sap"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yea, I really liked this listen. At only 26 Doug has fallen hard for Hailey only to become a widower a few years later. At 29 he is a step father, well sort of; he is terribly depressed and drunk all the time. He is consumed by grief and unable to cope with being responsible for himself let alone another person. Now this should make for just a sad, sad, tale but Jonathan Tropper has a brilliant way of making you laugh and pulling you in because there is more to Doug than just grief. He has a lovable family with big personalities; a stoner stepson that is so broken and sweet and just missing his mom; and Hailey's ex whom, well, he doesn't have many redeeming characterists. And there is Doug and his "total" journey which includes everything from sadness, laugh out loud moments to my favorite- going down memory lane and getting to know Hailey a bit. The book also definitely had some great tips about what NOT to ask someone going thru grief.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to a Widower?

    When he's caught in bed, drunk in his tighty whiteys, with a bottle between his legs and a picture of his date on his chest. Oh did I mention that this was at his blind date's house? I cringed for him, then laughed!!


    What does Eric Ruben bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice!


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome listen and not a waste of time or credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1807)

    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"
    "Warm Fuzzies!"
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    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5! I really fell in love with this audiobook. While the story deals with a very serious topic the writing was its opposite; it was so light, comical and warm. Because of that, there were times I forgot about Will's affliction and intention. It was such a sweet, tragic, and heart warming story about love and acceptance, even if that means accepting an outcome you don't want. This is a strong story with strong character development and it just pulls at your heartstrings and it totally and completed sucked me in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part of this story is the honest friendship that develops between Will and Lou. It felt authentic and I loved how they slowly broke down barriers and bared their souls - for me that's the making of a real love story.


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

    Oh the narration was great. This whole audio was 5+ stars. If I could rate it higher I would.


    Who was the most memorable character of Me Before You and why?

    The love that develops between Will and Lou was.....heartwretchingly wonderful! I loved that they gave each other so much. She gave him back his identity as a man and brought him joy and he gave her friendship, support and a future.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth the credit, the time and the heart pulling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    Jordy says: "Think Wallbanger meets Beautiful Bastard...."
    "Ready for Book 2!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was such a fun, lighthearted, sexy listen. I especially enjoyed that this romance unfolds through the eyes of Drew, a total alpha. I think that's what made this book memorable. For the first time, he has to earn the girl and listening to his journey is super funny. I found this book completely entertaining. I love stories about reformed a-holes!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Drew begins watching romance chick films to figure out how to "get the girl."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm ready for book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kevin Kwan
    • Narrated By Lynn Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

    Teresa says: "Narration is horrible"
    "Entertaining, Fun Listen"
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    If you could sum up Crazy Rich Asians in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the Credit!


    What other book might you compare Crazy Rich Asians to and why?

    This book is totally entertaining, and it is all about money, eye candy, jet setting and living LARGE! It's not deep but that's ok - it's entertaining, and the family dynamics among the crazy rich are interesting. I also liked the love story story between Rachel and Nick. I liked both characters and was rooting for them throughout the book. This book is a little like Devil Wears Prada in tone and absorption. Again, not deep but very very entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rachel Chu deals with the fish incident. She takes the high road and I admired her for dealing with the non stop backstabbing and gossip. She was the recipient of some serious mean girl action.


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

    I really enjoyed this book - it's the perfect beach read type book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to see more Kevin Kwan audio books in the future!

    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
    (1490)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1347)

    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"
    "Better than the Movie"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    When Tiffany begins to act as the intermediary and reads Nickie's letters to Pat. This was an important turning point in the story - I started to sympathize with his obsession of Nickie. Why? Well, there was finally a dialogue - Nickie was responding to his letters and his sadness over the loss of their marriage. This point in the story justified Pat's longing and belief that he and Nickie had a chance. It was only momentarily but there was this moment of suspended belief. When the letters began, there was a glimpse and reason to believe that their love was reciprocal. It was again a fleeting moment in the story. The dynamic between Tiffany, Pat and Nickie is explored at this point in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Pat - he was dynamic and depressed. Ray Porter was able to convey both desperation and elation.


    If you could take any character from The Silver Linings Playbook out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    no one- all too crazy for me. His mom would cry when anything heartwarming happening; his dad is just an on'ry asshole and his brothers are nice but still...brothers. Personally, I have my own and if i want a brother over for dinner, I'll just invite him. He's enough of a brother! I don't need more characters to add to the table.


    Any additional comments?

    so good. the movie, as far as i am concerned sucks. I haven't been able to finish it. I say, read /listen to this and skip the movie. The audio is pretty awesome and i really enjoyed listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (808)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Special, Sweet Read"
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    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    This was such a sweet read, and I loved it. Don and Rosie from the get go are interesting , funny and lovable. Don, a successful geneticist who falls somewhere on the Aspergers continuum is searching for the perfect partner so he begins the wife project - a questionnaire designed to eliminate unsuitable matches. Is it successful? Of course not. And here we meet Rosie - the wildcard. She never completes the questionnaire and finds it insulting. In fact she only meets him because a fellow colleague recommends Don to assist her in determining her real father. She smokes, she drinks, she has wild red hair, works at a bar, is mathematically illiterate and Don in all his awkward weirdness becomes the man for her and she for him. Don is so sweet and falls hard - this is a quirky, funny love story and I am sad it ended!


    Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No and he was great. His voice added to the story- he was Don.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I smiled and laughed and lost sleep!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth the credit.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (812)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Lia says: "Steamy Sex - Sweet Romance"
    "Makes FSOG look like child's play"
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    If you could sum up Backstage Pass in three words, what would they be?

    hot, sweaty, sex


    Would you recommend Backstage Pass to your friends? Why or why not?

    Oh yea - serioulsy, If you are ok with explicit, exhibitionist sex scenes then here you have it my friends. Seriously, this book made FSOG look like a teaser. The story is interesting enough and the hook up scenes are really all that!


    Which character – as performed by Justine O. Keef – was your favorite?

    I really liked Brian - the lovelorn lead guitarist who always falls in love with the wrong kind of girl. He was sweet and let Myrna have her way and gave her the freedom both sexually and emotionally to do whatever, and I mean, whatever she wanted.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I needed to breath between chapters. ha!


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth the credit! It's a hot read.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1111)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "A Great Surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good House to be better than the print version?

    Yes because Mary Beth Hurt was amazing - she brought the characters in this book to life, especially Hildy's character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hildy's character was written so perfectly. She is lovely and delusional, dynamic and flawed; and still so beautiful all the while living in total denial. It was sort of spell binding hearing Hildy go through this process of self discovery - really discovering that she is in fact a total alcoholic. I was GLUED to this story, and Hildy is just one of the many lovely characters in this audio. The book is rich!


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Mary Beth Hurt brought ALL that is Hildy Good to life in her performance. Hildy is a full character and the narrator captured her demons and spirit and made her relateable. I laughed so much and also held my breath a few times. It was a brilliant performance.


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

    Wendover spelled out in bottles of red wine.
    I think Meryl Streep or Angelica Houston would be PERFECT as Hildy and Kate Winslet would make a good Rebecca because she is a bewitching character. Kate Winslet looks so proper and perfect, (just like Rebecca) but I think she could bring on the crazy in a heart beat (just like Rebecca). Count me in. When's the movie?


    Any additional comments?

    The town itself is its own character allowing folks to be quirky and loving, independent and woven. There is so much to like about The Good House so go ahead and download it. It's worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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