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melissa

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (972)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Add it to your library you'll not be sorry..."
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    Narration by Jenna Lamia is spectacular - I didn't want it to end. It's a touching story well written by Sue Monk Kidd. It's another one of those "can't put down" or "kept me up late listening" type of books. I would listen on the subway and could easily miss my stop as I would get so involved in anticipation of what was next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1172)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "A good book, but perhaps one's enough"
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    I was drawn in by the storyline of a recent widow looking for a change. I enjoyed the story and her new life that came full circle. It was a bit steamy in section, which was welcome and I found I became more interested as the book went along.

    Having enjoyed Virgin River, I picked up a second from this series [Promise Canyon] and found, while the plot was different, it had the making of 'the same book'... girl looking to build her life, boy becomes attracted, girl denys and pushes away, boy persists, girl gives in, finds love, finds life, etc, etc....I think I've uncovered the formula of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "A light summer book..."
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    This was an easy listen, done by Jenna Lamia [secret life of bees] who I find soothing to listen to. The book had a bit more storyline than I had initially thought. You'll not be any closer to "self actualization" after this book but amused, relaxed and entertained.... likely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What I Saw and How I Lied

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Judy Blundell
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Evie slowly finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies in this brilliant mystery that won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

    Frances says: "I couldn't stop listening!!!"
    "Slow start... but worth the listen"
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    This was a good book once I got going. It has a slightly slow start and it wasn't until a few chapters in that I was invested in the storyline and looked forward to each opportunity I had to listen. Narrators voice was okay, but nothing terribly warm or engaging about her when she did the voices of other characters in the book. Overall enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Q & A (filmed as Slumdog Millionaire)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (108)

    Adapted For The Film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have accused him of cheating his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was adopted as a foundling orphan by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hit man; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cry and laugh"
    "Very engaging"
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    Hadn't seen the movie so had no idea what to expect. It was exceptionally well read - with various authentic accents. The teasing nature of the storyline keeps you wanting to know more about his journey. It's books like this that keep me addicted to audible.com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19081)
    Performance
    (14844)
    Story
    (14794)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Very entertaining..."
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    Tina Fey has an excellent reading voice and Bossypants was easy to listen too. The story was a rollercoaster of hillarious down to funny or amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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