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Ashley

RIVER RIDGE, LA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Tempest-tost: The Salterton Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play's opening night.

    Mary says: "First of the first (and shows it)"
    "Ok at best"
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    This book had some moments that were delightful, but nothing that I would say "You HAVE to read this!!!!" to a friend. There was nothing offensively bad, but nothing really memorable or exciting about this book for me. I could see how someone would enjoy it, but I was ready for it to end. I didn't really connect with or "like" any of the characters. This book was just OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dutch: Dutch Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Teri Woods
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The first volume of a trilogy, Dutch follows the criminal career of street hood James Bernard Jr., a.k.a. Dutch. Even while stealing cars, Dutch knew he was destined for more, and it wasn’t long before he saw his chance to seize power in New Jersey. Now a Jersey kingpin, Dutch is coming under fire from an upstart DA—but it won’t be easy to take down this streetwise criminal.

    ALLYSON says: "OMG!"
    "Good story about the streets"
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    So, I have just read Teri Wood's "True to the Game" and was completely swept up. I decided to try out "Dutch" because it was on sale. I'm glad I did. I thought he story was interesting and gritty, the characters ruthless and raw. I did not like this book as much as "True to the Game" or "White Lines" (both beginning trilogy books about hustling on the streets) but I would definitely recommend. I also have a strong suspicion that this will be one of those trilogies where each one gets better and better. There's a lot of room left for character growth and development and plot twists and turns. I am sure Ms. Woods will deliver. check this out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sideways

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rex Pickett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country.

    C. D Strother says: "if you liked the movie, you will like the book"
    "very funny, at times frustrating, but always good"
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    I think that was the point. These characters aren't always "likable" but I really enjoyed the book. You are transported to the wine country and watch these guys continually make the wrong the decisions but you're rooting for them. I would definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (316)

    Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

    Dornetta says: "A very compelling story"
    "lurrrved this book"
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    I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I loved it and was completely transported to the back in the day drug game. I love African-American literature and this was no disapointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love, and Musical Theatre

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Seth Rudetsky
    • Narrated By Seth Rudetsky, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, and others
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Stephen Sheerin was born to play on Broadway - or at least, under it. He's a musician, a conductor, and his dream is to music-direct a big Broadway musical. After years of toiling in the pit of some of the best-loved (and loathed) hits on the Great White Way, he's just been given his big break. Can life really be going that well? Of course not.

    Michael says: "A *must-have* for any fan of Broadway or humor!"
    "Ahhhhmazing"
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    If you are a fan of Seth Rudetsky on XM then you will love this book. Be warned, and I say this with love...It is very "gay" This is about musical theater people! :) But seriously the main character is a gay man and he is hilarious. I loved this book. I loved listening to Seth. It was fabulous, and I'd recommend it...just not to my southern grandmother. And definitely not to someone who has no interest in musical theater. I was a theater and art major so this was right up my ally. Really funny and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Another Bad Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

    SIMARA says: "Second chance love with a ghostly twist..."
    "Cute and light and fun"
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    This isn't the book you want if you are in the mood for some deep soul searching. But if a fun, playful love story with likable characters and some semi-steamy love scenes (that don't cross the boundries of taste, but still have some heat) are what you are in the mood for, pick this up. Jennifer Crusie is still my favorite in this genre, but this book was a good non-Crusie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Borrowed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (333)

    Rachel has always been a good girl--until her 30th birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé Dex. Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for Dex. She prays for fate to intervene, but when she makes a choice she discovers that the lines between right and wrong are blurry, endings aren't always neat, and you have to risk all to win true happiness.

    Aimee says: "Ugh..."
    "Better than I expected"
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    I was all set up to hate this book and think it was cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't the best book I've ever read, or even the best chick lit, but it was solid and enjoyable and entertaining. I will read the other books in this series. I would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "Fabulous"
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    You cannot go wrong with a book by Jennifer Weiner. This was no exception. I loved it. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3337)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1416)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "So long and not intersting"
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    I love Stephen King. I love long books. I like the 20+ hour ones, but this was a severe struggle. I don't know why but I honestly couldn't connect with the story or characters. Listen to another King. This isn't horrible, but I would much much much prefer another King, like 11-22-63.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exiled

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Vanessa Caine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep.

    CAROLYN says: "Ms Banks - you naughty naughty woman !!"
    "So cheesy"
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    This was so cheesy it was painful. I couldn't get over how boring and cheesy this was. Don't waste your time. There is other good romances and erotica out there, and this is not it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (372)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Read this!"
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    I connected with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing that would have made it better is if Andre would have narrated himself. Erik Davies was very good and I have no complaints, but I found myself wondering what Andre would have sounded like. Great book. Really interesting even for non-tennis buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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