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Melissa

Montgomery, AL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Pretty, but too slow"
    Overall

    I loved the main characters, and I really wanted to like this book, but it moved too slowly for me: I prefer audiobooks with a quicker pace. Still, the characters are well-developed, and the narrative structure is interesting and effective.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Promises to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night-that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year. Callie's younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook.

    glamazon says: "Good book, too many recipes!"
    "Modern, lovely, and emotional"
    Overall

    This book was all the things I want an audiobook to be: rich and deep, with complex characters and a good pace. The story is heartbreaking, and it unfolds in such a way that you feel the shock and sadness along with the characters. It's classic Jane Green, but it's relevant and modern, too.

    The recipes are a lovely touch, too, but I had to buy the printed book to get them completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When their friend Tom is killed in a terrorist attack, a group gathers to mourn, and as they do, they rediscover the power of friendship, the politics of change, and the true meaning of midlife crisis. Mesmerizing and deliciously appealing, Second Chance will strike a chord with anyone who is still trying to figure life out.

    Melissa says: "Moves too slow"
    "Moves too slow"
    Overall

    Despite the fact that I usually really enjoy Jane Green's novels, I couldn't get into this one. As usual with her fiction, the pace is slow and more character-driven -- but these characters didn't appeal to me at all, and the only one I felt some interest in was the one who died at the start of the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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