Hoboken, NJ | Member Since 2013
I read Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless in rapid succession. It was my first time reading a romance novel, and I was a little wary to start. It was also during a time in my life when I was experiencing personal loss, and desperately needed to escape reality. These books helped me do just that – I was completely absorbed.
It’s a tough call, but Thoughtless might be my favorite of the three. I love the agonizing back and forth between Kiera and Kellan, and their journey to each other. These books are unbelievably addicting – I hope the author decides to write more with the characters. I’ll even take an Anna/Griffin spin-off.
The narration wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The Kiera in my mind didn’t always match up with the Kiera I was hearing, and I would have preferred more “acting.” Nevertheless, I appreciated getting to enjoy this world in another medium. It helped me pick up on a few subtleties I missed the first time.
Nicola Marter has a gift - when she touches an object, she can see into its past. When she beholds a small wooden carving called the "Firebird," her abilities transport her to 18th century Russia, where she finds young Anna Moray, one of the object's original owners. As impressive as time travel is, what I kept marveling at was author Susanna Kearsley's writing. She effortlessly entwines two narratives in The Firebird, and manages to make them equally compelling. Her beautiful, rich prose created such vivid images in my mind (enhanced by the always excellent narrator, Katherine Kellgren), that I feel as though I have actually met all of the characters and seen the places we journey to in this book. As soon as I finished listening, I immediately downloaded The Winter Sea, so that I could learn even more about Anna's family. Suffice it to say, Kearsley is quickly becoming my new favorite author.
This was my first time listening to a legal thriller, and I can safely say I'm hooked. I had always shied away from the genre, assuming that the plots were too fantastical - but this story has a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, creating a relevancy that will attract both newbies like me and established thriller fans. Mitzner delivers a character driven narrative, while seamlessly blending romance, criminal law, and suspense, keeping me guessing until the very end. Kevin T. Collins does a marvelous job narrating - the emotion that he pours into each character captivated me from the start. I felt all of the triumphs and setbacks of the case, and I found myself deeply invested in its outcome. I really hope that this duo works together again, but in the meantime I'm going hunting for more from both the author and the narrator.
I read Bossypants when it first came out a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I remember laughing out loud at Tina’s sarcastic voice and unapologetic recounting of her glamorous childhood (see that – sarcasm. Tina would get it). I can’t believe it took me so long to listen to the audiobook. Actually hearing her tell these stories made them all the more funny.
I admire her confidence, and even found it a little infectious while listening to her. It’s refreshing to hear someone be so secure in who they are, and who they were – and her story is just so relatable.
I also became super envious of her little shout-outs to Amy Poehler. How can I get in on that friendship? It made me long for their SNL days. I hope they work together again soon…maybe on an audiobook? I’ll take another co-hosting awards show gig at the very least.
My one complaint is that the audio seems to fade out a bit at the end of each chapter, and you lose a little of what Tina says. But she’s just so endearing, I can’t stay mad for long.
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