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Jessa

South Burlington, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (482)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "I think I've just had some sexism at me!"
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    What would have made How to Be a Woman better?

    The beginning of the book was wonderful. All cheery and embarrassing stories from her childhood and youth mixed in with some life lessons that she picked up the hard way. Then once we reach her early adulthood the book becomes more of a complaint about everything she doesn't like. Instead of spending six hours ranting about strip clubs, high heels, and how generally awful men are, maybe continue with the personal aspect of the story rather than aim your megaphone at anyone or thing you don't personally enjoy.


    What was most disappointing about Caitlin Moran’s story?

    The huge cliff it dropped off in the second half. The book was wonderful and funny in the beginning, but about halfway through it turned into one sexist and stereotyping rant after the other.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Be a Woman?

    The second half would have been rewritten so as not to come off as isolating all possible readers who occasionally do feminine things and don't whole themselves off in a closet doing angsty things late into their 20s.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough that I LOVED the first half, but being a woman who occassionally likes a pair of high heels, and does someday want to enjoy her wedding, and doesn't think that strip clubs and burlesque are all that different...we had some differences that in the end were irreconcilable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (606)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Disappointing Read from SEP!"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Why or why not?

    I LOVE Susan Elizabeth Phillips and have read almost all of her books so far, but this one just didn't do it for me. There was way too much unnecessary angst on Lucy's part and way too much drama on the part of Panda. Normally SEP's books hit just the right notes, but unfortunately this one just didn't sing.


    Have you listened to any of Shannon Cochran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to Shannon Cochran's performance of Call Me Irresistible and liked it, but I think part of the reason I just can't enjoy the story as much is because I love me some Anna Fields.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, and that really is a first for SEP's books. I've bought the audio version of 4 different SEP books and ended up running out to the bookstore before the day was over just so I could finish reading on my couch with a glass of wine and a book to hang on to, but this one I struggled to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually love SEP books, but this one was missing a lot of the usual romance and had most of it replaced with unnecessary drama or exaggerated emotions. And Lucy's play at the end turned me off completely to the happy ever after part. Hoping the next one is better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1168)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Hilarious and poignant!"
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    Would you listen to Year Zero again? Why?

    Year Zero was funny and full of surprises. I would definitely read it again, but mostly for the narrator's excellent portrayal of the characters. John Hodgman really brought the book and characters to life and Rob Reid wrote some wonderful pointed story lines for each of them. Great read!


    Which character – as performed by John Hodgman – was your favorite?

    The vacuum cleaner, I think his name was Ozie, was by far the funniest character John Hodgman brought to life. You could completely sense his feelings of frustration and gullibility, it was great!


    Who was the most memorable character of Year Zero and why?

    Nick Carter was the most memorable character. He was charming, dorky, dimwitted, and yet he handled the situations that arose perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious book, with a funny take on the absurdity that is copyright law (of all subjects)!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Be Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (351)

    Lady Emma Wells-Finch comes to Texas on a mission: she has two weeks to ruin her reputation. The only thing that will save her from losing everything is complete and utter disgrace. World famous playboy-athlete Kenny Traveler has been blackmailed into chauffeuring Lady Emma around. He needs to prove himself completely respectable to get back into his game. And when a gorgeous man who can't afford another scandal meets a hardheaded woman who's determined to cause one, anything can happen...even love.

    Pat says: "Delightful"
    "Typical SEP...Light and wonderful!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lady Be Good to be better than the print version?

    I own both the audio and print and I really enjoyed the audio. There are some parts that Anna Fields just brings to life in a way that I can't imagine myself doing as I read along.


    What other book might you compare Lady Be Good to and why?

    Any SEP book is going to be about the same: light, romantic, and full of fun. This may be my favorite by her, but Ain't She Sweet would be a close second.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    Anna Fields' Lady Emma was spot on. She had a bearable accent, but played all of the reserve and eventual emotion perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book, in typical SEP fashion! Thanks for the excellent read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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