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Jim Barstow

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  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Despicable characters"
    Overall

    Ugh. The main character's primary tool when faced with a challenge is to lie. Whenever the story came to a point where the character should show some ethics, she doesn't. It makes me wonder what the author is like in real life. The books sets the stage early on, drawing a character who is unethical and unsympathetic. I figured it would end in triumph with her having a miraculous transformation. Nope. She ends up keeping most of a bribe and clearly never really learns anything.

    On top of this, it wasn't funny, it wasn't dramatic, and it wasn't even very entertaining. It pretty much was nothing.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Idyll Banter: Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Chris Bohjalian
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience.

    P. Edwards says: "So glad to be able to listen to this!"
    "There are better choices"
    Overall

    I hoped this would be similar other books of this genre like "It Takes a Village Idiot" or Noel Perrin's series. (Life in a rural setting from an ousider's perspective...) Unfortunately, the writer is a little pretentious and the reader is annoying. I'm not quite sure what it is that is annoying except that there is a little too much inflection or drama in his voice. The text varies between statistic laden lecture to cutesy anecdote.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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