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pattigurl

Plantation, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Perfect Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francesca Clementis
    • Narrated By Rachel Atkins
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Jenny and Mark have been together since they were at school. Now they are getting a divorce - largely, it would appear, because it is easier than answering difficult questions. (For example, why has it taken them 15 years to get married?) Only Jenny and Mark are determined that their carefully planned separation will lead to the world's first truly amicable divorce. But Jenny and Mark's friends and family are not so happy about their plans for a 'perfect divorce'. They find their loyalties divided.

    pattigurl says: "Absolutely hilarious."
    "Absolutely hilarious."
    Overall

    I'm an American but I love British wit and this book is full of it. The author has written very well and the narrator does a very good job expressing the characters.

    The idea that one person can cause shakeups in all of her relationships by either disclosing or not disclosing certain information is really believable and unbelievable at the same time.

    This was a very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stuck In Downward Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chantel Guertin
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mara Brennan is about to unravel. Three days after her twenty-eighth birthday, her boyfriend dumps her, leaving her with nothing but a basement apartment, a futon and a pile of unpaid bills. On top of that, her job, working as a receptionist at a cosmetic surgery clinic is a nightmare; her boss is a tyrant; and her friends have gotten ahead of her in the game of life. Mara realizes it's time for an identity makeover. She devises the OM List, a personal pathway to perfection inspired by her best friends, Olivia and Mitz, and her newfound love for yoga.

    pattigurl says: "Good story about maturity, friendships, and findi"
    "Good story about maturity, friendships, and findi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stuck In Downward Dog to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.

    When I was listening to this, I kept thinking to myself how clueless can a grown woman be? But then I reflected on my own life and realized I didn't always have the answers and were at times just as clueless.
    Godd story about maturity, friendships, and finding one's joy in life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stuck In Downward Dog?

    The dinner party incident.


    Which character – as performed by Morgan Hallett – was your favorite?

    I liked the main character's friend. He was honest and true.


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

    I can't say that I could listen to this all in one sitting but I could listen to it for a long duration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changing Lanes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathleen Long
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Abby Halladay has the perfect life. Or, rather, she will…as long as everything goes exactly according to plan. Abby never leaves anything to chance — not her job as a syndicated columnist, not her engagement to her fiancé, Fred, and certainly not her impending wedding in Paris (New Jersey, that is).Unfortunately for Abby, even the best-laid plans often go awry — like when Fred runs away to Paris (France, that is), her column is canned, and her dream home is diagnosed with termites. Forced to move back in with her parents and drive her dad’s cab, Abby’s perfect life has now officially become the perfect disaster. Then a funny thing happens. Slowly but surely, Abby begins letting go of her dreams of perfection. As she does, the messy, imperfect life she thought she never wanted starts to feel exactly like the one she needs. Poignant and heartfelt, Changing Lanes celebrates the unexpected joys of everyday life — and the enduring promise of second chances.

    pattigurl says: "It wasn't bad but wasn't great..."
    "It wasn't bad but wasn't great..."
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    Would you try another book from Kathleen Long and/or Tanya Eby?

    I would.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen Long before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't but again I would try to listen to another.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did Changing Lanes inspire you to do anything?

    I do think it was somewhat inspiring. Nothing seemed to go well for the character and I thought that was very realistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "I liked the artist character"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was realistic.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was good. I didn't really dislike much of it.


    Did Objects of My Affection inspire you to do anything?

    I can't say that it did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Katie Ashley
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She's running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there's always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

    Leesa says: "Baby making"
    "That's not an ending!!!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Honestly, everything was great up until the ending. It was like dropping off a cliff. Highly disappointing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have no idea but a modern romance or a modern story about women in their 40's.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmm, this book is kind of sappy and predictable so I can't say that I have a favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NOT WITH THAT ENDING.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dina Silver
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, Chloe has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds - a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds' eldest son, Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.

    Jordy says: "Finding Bliss is an emotionally charged book!"
    "Disappointing ending"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Finding Bliss in three words, what would they be?

    Good enough story to feel like an escape while listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the modern day feel.


    What about Cristina Panfilio’s performance did you like?

    She has a great voice and does well doing other characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some emotional moments for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't fond of the open ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Tiny Cracks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stella Maddox
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Stella Maddox is approaching forty. After sacrificing her career to become a stay-at-home mom, her marriage and life disintegrate. Birthdays don't bother her, but screaming kids, superficial friends, and grey hairs do. She compromises her spirit over and over, and finds herself slipping through the cracks as her family's lives take priority over her own.

    She strikes up a friendship with her neighbor's college-age son, Tad.

    pattigurl says: "The premise became annoying...."
    "The premise became annoying...."
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    What did you like best about A Thousand Tiny Cracks? What did you like least?

    At first I thought this was a story I could relate to and I enjoyed it for the most part. But midway, the character annoyed me. I mean I found the character complaining on and on about how alone she felt nauseating after a while. And to have an affair with a younger man only to realize in the end she needed a job for fulfillment?

    I saw it through the end but I did not feel sorry for the character at all.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have so many in my library that I'm at a loss but it has to have a more spirited and intelligent character not so needy and emotional.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Midway through it became more of a boring monologue from a spoiled housewife.


    Did A Thousand Tiny Cracks inspire you to do anything?

    It just made me realize how stupid some women are.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (460)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "It kept me interested."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to And When She Was Good the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. Looking forward to hearing more work she's done.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laura Lippman before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book from this author but I intend on listening more now that I've listened to this one.


    What does Linda Emond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed her voice. Not too much inflection but not too boring and she differentiates characters well without trying too hard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought some things were unrealistic but sometimes even the truth is unrealistic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Always Something There to Remind Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Can you ever really know if love is true? And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it? Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything--dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over.

    Missy says: "For all those with a romantic heart..."
    "The story really made me lose faith in women"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For a sappy woman I guess but not for the realist.


    What was most disappointing about Beth Harbison’s story?

    It was interesting but to hear of a woman pining away for a man who didn't care enough to be honest with her is just terribly disappointing in this day and age. Who is that foolish in life? Aren't women over the fairy tale already?


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Cam is the best and most realistic character. Out of the mouths of babes, they say.


    Could you see Always Something There to Remind Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The story is very Hollywood.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Accidental Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. He’s channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions - success as a screenwriter and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, starring Regina and leading man Johnny Bergs, James receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations.

    Sheba says: "A Great Story and a Great Read!"
    "I was with this until this demi-god..."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about An Accidental Affair? What did you like least?

    The narrator is awesome. Very good diction and command of language. Great with accents. A good storyteller.But really? Some corny writer kills a known family of thugs? So unrealistic that it's actually funny that the writer thought readers wold be bowled over by it.


    Would you recommend An Accidental Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure but some of my friends would be just as disappointed by the ending.


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

    I've not listened to him but love his voice.


    Could you see An Accidental Affair being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes since Americans seem to love the unrealistic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Beautiful to Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Diana Appleyard
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Sara never doubted her husband, the successful, handsome Matt. Then his best friend blurts out the horrible truth - that he has a bright young girlfriend to match his glittering career. Unable to bear the pain and humiliation, Sara decides to get away - to Cornwall, where in a dilapidated cottage by the sea she hopes to find...healing? Or a new life?

    Penny says: "A Sure "5""
    "Great story until the ending..."
    Overall

    You're left completely wondering what's next with all the characters. I felt it was way too incomplete...like the story just cut off.

    But the narrator is wonderful and the writer is good at detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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