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Stephanie

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  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear. In this sparkling novel, the wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet on Tuesday nights to trade shoes. In the process, they form friendships that will help each of them to triumph over her problems, from secret pasts to blackmail, bankrupcy, and dating.

    Stephanie says: "Chic Lit with character development"
    "Chic Lit with character development"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book because the characters are not outrageous stereotypes. These women are more like you and me than is the norm in Chic Lit. The characters change and grow throughout the book and they do not depend (too much) on men rescuing them from their troubles. I loved getting to know these women and cheered for them when they changed their lives for the better. I also love shoes, which predisposed me to like this novel. This book is slower paced than you might be used to for this genre, but give these characters a chance and they will win you over with their regular gal charms.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Mia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ilana Fox
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    When frumpy Jo Hill lands a position as a PA at Gloss magazine, it's the job of her dreams - but it soon becomes a nightmare. As a mousy secretary with a passion for giant bags of Maltesers and comfy shoes, Jo doesn't fit in at the uber-chic office. But she has a plan.

    Stephanie says: "SECOND CHANCE"
    "Predictable but enjoyable"
    Overall

    I was not expecting much when I downloaded this audiobook having never heard of this author. When you have chronic insomnia and it is two AM, well a girl needs some Chick lit to help her through the night. The first scene in the book made me cringe but I stuck it out and the book became interesting and I got invested in the characters. I enjoyed this novel but then again I am so sleep deprived perhaps I am not a reliable reviewer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Just Happened: A Chronicle from the Information Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As one of our leading science writers, James Gleick has always been ahead of the curve. He chronicled the genius of the great physicist Richard Feynman and explained chaos theory in a way all of us could understand. Now, in a collection of previously published pieces, he muses on the Internet revolution that has taken place all around us.

    Stephanie says: "Past it's prime"
    "Past it's prime"
    Overall

    This would have been a great read some years ago, but the information age has progressed so rapidly that it is now largely outdated. Come back in twenty years and it will be interesting as a chronicle of the early years; now it is just old news.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "Worthy Successor to Gates of Fire"
    Overall

    Who better than the author of Gates of Fire to do justice to the enigmatic character of Alexander? For those who are fascinated and horrified at the same time by detailed and accurate descriptions of ancient warfare, this is your book. Lacking all the formulaic elements that can destroy otherwise good historical fiction (love interests and/or comic relief from sidekicks that did not really exist, etc.) this is a bare bones descriptions of a great man at war with himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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