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Ima Shoppher

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Houston, TX | Member Since 2013

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  • Every Crooked Nanny: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (350)

    After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

    Laura says: "For light entertainment - Also reviews explained"
    "I LOVE Mary Kay Andrews!"
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    What did you love best about Every Crooked Nanny?

    Great story - easy listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are top notch!


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    She is an amazing narrator.


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

    I laughed out loud several times - you fall in love with all the characters!


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the money!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11035)
    Performance
    (10129)
    Story
    (10182)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "I laughed and I cried - so much"
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Their love is the kind that lives on


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel Grace - strong and beautiful, optimistic yet honest with herself and those who surround her.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job on vocals. Really portrayed the feelings and emotions.


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

    I had every reaction possible to this book - but mostly sobbed uncontrollably


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read - thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Never After: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of house mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth.... Keeping Rita Fontaine, a washed-up 1960s teenage rock star, out of jail is a tough job. It's nothing less than murder when Stu Hightower, the vain, temperamental president of a thriving Atlanta recording company, is found murdered in the den of his posh home. His only companions are the slug in his heart and Rita, dead drunk and looking guilty.

    Beatrice says: "I want more of this series"
    "Wrapping it up successfully"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Happy Never After to be better than the print version?

    yes - just adore listening to these books


    What did you like best about this story?

    you get closure on every level


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    She is an excellent narrator - really brings the story and the characters to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Callahan sleeping in her van and covered in bites to spy on Mac


    Any additional comments?

    What a way to sum up this excellent series. I have a book hangover and would happily purchase another in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homemade Sin: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (101)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. Some people might call Callahan Garrity nosy, but she prefers to think of her tendency toward snooping as a healthy interest in the truth. So when news reaches her of her cousin Patti's death during a carjacking, Callahan shakes off her House Mouse cleaning uniform to don her detective's cap.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Callahan is at it again!"
    "Callahan is at it again!"
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    If you could sum up Homemade Sin in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, exciting, non-stop


    What did you like best about this story?

    Callahan is a great main character - you are really drawn to her and hanging on her every thought.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    Callahan's mother - hands down the funniest character!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Entire story has your heart - the little boy in this book makes me want to hug him.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent 3rd book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Live and Die in Dixie: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (128)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. From her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan has excelled at mopping up messes of all kinds. But she has no idea what she's getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield. The first day on the job, she and her crew are on the trail of a stolen Civil War diary.

    Blue says: "Narrator/editor should have checked"
    "Callahan has my heart!"
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    Where does To Live and Die in Dixie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love the southern location and great story lines


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

    Hillary is a great narrator - I would listen to all of her performances!


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

    I laughed out loud several times!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth the money - great 2nd book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17871)
    Performance
    (13717)
    Story
    (13662)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Tina is a gem!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey - hands down.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    not sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the story about her climbing the mountain with the boy she lusted after - only to be horribly shot down.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tina and her husband have a very sweet - and funny - relationship. It's very nice to listen to the stories and banter between the two.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listen - short and sweet! Great way to get into audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (2198)
    Story
    (2207)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    Erin says: "Thank Goodness It's NOT Over yet!!"
    "Smoking hot"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Entwined With You to be better than the print version?

    No - I'd much rather go back and read the print version


    What other book might you compare Entwined With You to and why?

    50 shades of grey series


    What aspect of Jill Redfield’s performance would you have changed?

    She doesn't do a great male voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just the hot sex scenes ;)


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good listen - certainly a bit risque but with a sweet twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tina Reber
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (572)

    Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans... and finds much more than he expected. Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in

    Candateshia Pafford says: "OMG! So unexpected! So GOOOOOOD!!!!"
    "A very long love story..."
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    What did you like best about Love Unscripted? What did you like least?

    The story is sweet enough, but it does have a tendency to drag on.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Love the movie star meets quiet girl aspect - hate all the uncertainty of the main character after


    What aspect of Madeleine Maby’s performance would you have changed?

    She was just okay - better voices would be required for another listen.


    Could you see Love Unscripted being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I think it's already been done a thousand times


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing like the 50 shades series - doesn't quite give you what you are looking for in a romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "A perfect way to wrap up in Prada"
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    If you could sum up Revenge Wears Prada in three words, what would they be?

    Stylish real closure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy is a class act in a fashion clad world. She brings a realistic air to the story and keeps you engaged.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There was very little definition in voices between characters, which was a let down.


    If you could take any character from Revenge Wears Prada out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andy of course - to discuss mommy attire and sleep schedules.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good read and great finale to the devil in Prada

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Social War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jodi Wing
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Jamey's company has just acquired Pacificus Entertainment, and a condition of the deal is that he assume the position of CEO and orchestrate the company's turn-around. Soon, the unwitting newlyweds find themselves in a technicolor high-stakes social war, pursued by ruthless power-brokers in the film demimonde. Now, Stacey must navigate a sea of confusing social obstacles, packs of wild coyotes (literally), and extremely bad behavior.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Slow to start - but a good read overall"
    "Slow to start - but a good read overall"
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    Where does The Art of Social War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good listen - I love Hillary Huber as she is an excellent narrator. I would recommend it, but it wouldn't be my first pick.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the antagonists in this story - you love to hate them!


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Everything! She does a great job, easily defines characters and makes you want to listen.


    If you could rename The Art of Social War, what would you call it?

    The name is fitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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