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Diana

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  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (558)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Very enjoyable listen"
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    I really enjoyed this book. As someone who LOVED Gone Girl I was intrigued to listen to something similar. The reviews of readers that said it was not as good as Gone Girl, made me hesitate in purchasing this book. I am so glad I went ahead and got it! It may not have been quite as good, but I think it was a solid, stand alone book that kept my interest and gave me the back and forth perceptive that I had enjoyed with Gone Girl.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast of Champions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

    Glenn says: "My favorite Vonnegut book"
    "Guess you have to already be a fan"
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    One of the most pointless and annoying books I've read. After reading the great reviews, I gave it a try as my first Vonnegut book. I will not be reading any more of his works. Painful to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4772)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1432)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Praying for the end!"
    Overall

    The only thing I was praying for was the end of this book! I forced myself to finish it, thinking it would get better....it didn't! I just kept thinking there must be something to this book if it had such high ratings and The Oprah loved it, but I could just never find it. The author went into excruciating detail on the most ridiculous things that only she could care about-very boring and slow. Save yourself!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (535)

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "Expecting so much, what a let down"
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    I love Chelsea and was excited to get this book. Sadly, it was one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I would have loved to have quit after the first few chapters but it's my personal commitment that if I'm going to review something I should at least finish it. Well, it never got better. I am not easily offended and the first half of the book was just gross and crass--not the least bit entertaining. If anything you felt sorry for her. Then, the last half was just plain boring. I'm sure she has led an exciting life and to think she found a publisher to put out these particular stories is amazing--don't waist your time or money--just check out her show.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (435)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Sadly dissapointed"
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    I had seen the mixed reviews of this book, but decided to give it a try. Sadly, it was not worth my time. The author does have some special moments in her book that you can really connect to, but they are very few and far between. In fact, the majority of the book is spent in excruciating details of her privileged life and vacations with her family. It's almost as if she goes out of her way to "brag" about her lifestyle and left me feeling alienated unless I was in the "in" crowd of NY and CA. For instance, she can't just say she walked her dog. She has to say she walked her "Bouvier", which I had to google to even figure out what breed she was referring to. The sad part is after all these ridiculous details, she never sums up her point or what she's learned- or if she does, it's lost in the repetition of all her memories. The good parts could have been summed up in about 15 minutes--so the rest of the time it is a waste. I did suffer thru the entire book just to be fair--and it never got better. Trust the people who give this book a bad rating--they're right!!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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