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Beth

Windsor, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • 3 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 273 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27348)
    Performance
    (13957)
    Story
    (14004)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Simply the BEST audiobook I've ever heard!!!"
    Overall

    This book was unbelievable. I'm sure it's wonderful to read, but listening to it was magical. The voices completely jibe with how your imagine the characters really are, which makes this book so compelling I never wanted it to end. The story is gripping, the characters are wonderful, and your allegiance to, and empathy for, certain characters is so natural that finishing the book felt like I should be hugging them each goodbye.

    I listen to audiobooks while I'm swimming laps (with my underwater kit!), and my 30-minute swims turned into 45 and 60 minutes for the last 4 hours of this book

    77 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Nanny Abuse"
    Overall

    While I found the book enjoyable, my frustration grew as the level of abuse endured by Nanny increased throughout. The problem is, she was so abused by the Xs that it was no longer funny, and toward the end, I went from finding her to be a loving, amusing character to a downright pathetic individual who could really benefit from some counseling. In fact, her evident self-loathing-- who else would put up with this kind of abuse?-- got in the way of my enjoyment of what was otherwise a fun "listen."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (656)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "This story was meant to be listened to!"
    Overall

    What a fun book to listen to! I have been a Carl Hiaasen fan for years and can't tell if this is one of his better books, or perhaps his work was just meant to be read aloud. Nevertheless, this one was laugh-out-loud funny, due largely in part to the clever choices the narrator made with respect to intonations, accents, affectations, puases, etc. Treat yurself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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