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paxaw

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19079)
    Performance
    (14842)
    Story
    (14792)

    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"
    "Enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Smart. Encouraging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I really enjoyed the section where Fey spoke about the Presidential election and playing Palin. I found it truely interesting how much thought and effort went into that role, particularly the decision to let Palin on SNL. As someone who followed the election, I took her performance at face value and never thought about the vast amount of contemplation that goes into the sketch creation process. Seeing the flip side of the coin increases my appreciation of Fey and others, particularly the ground-breaking women, in comedy.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reads, much like a stand-up session from Fey. Lots of little loosely-connected humerous stories over the course of her life and career. For that reason, it was easy to listen in the car in small amounts, because you didn't have to recall the previous stories. Fey talks fast, so I found myself rewinding a lot, but I will definitely go back for a second listen. Overall, this is a great book. Funny, sassy, honest, and even motivating. Classic Fey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Teton Sunrise: Teton Romance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peggy L. Henderson
    • Narrated By Steve Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Evelyn Lewis' secret dream of marrying her brother's best friend is shattered when he leaves their hometown to seek his fortune elsewhere. For six long years, she's waited and wondered if he would return. After the shocking murder of her parents, her brother is the only family she has left. Refusing to accept a betrothal to a man she doesn't love, she decides to take control of her destiny and confront her parents' killer.

    Breakaway671 says: "Couldn't wait to hear more!"
    "So confused!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not at all. The storyline and plot were wonderful. There were unexpected twists and turns and this definitely wasn't your cookie-cutter romanance, HOWEVER, I know third graders who could write better than this lady. The dialogue is forced and robotic. There is too much telling and not enough showing. She weaves a story then doesn't trust the reader to make the connections she has provided, and ruins it all by spelling every little thing out. I don't understand...she's got the hard part down pat. The storyline, the characters...they're all interesting and she makes me WANT to listen to the next in the series, but I just don't know if I can stomach any more of the "and then this happened" style that she is so fond of. I hope she takes some workshops and improves upon this bc she has the potential to be great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurent, even though some of the french he spoke was incorrect. :) I just liked his personality, simple enough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the surprise visitor (no spoilers) shows up on the mountain bc I wasn't expecting it and the author impressed me.


    Was Teton Sunrise worth the listening time?

    I never gave it my full attention due to the previously stated reasons, so yes. I was still able to get the gist (the good part) of the story while only half paying attention to the awful sentence structure and forced storytelling. I listened while baking and doung laundry.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was great. He made the best of junky material. Would absolutely listen to him again. He was able to do accents (not perfect, but really good) and different voices, including female voices. Also, his normal speaking voice is enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Last: Lucky Harbor, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob. A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the beauty caught his eye.

    LeftyMom says: "Story OK, narrator not"
    "Least favorite of LH so far"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, in fact I found myself doing other things while listening. I had to often rewind bc my brain traveled off.


    What was most disappointing about Jill Shalvis’s story?

    Hands down, the character development. Matt's character especially was all over the board. He wanted just sex, no emotions, yet he was upset that sex was so emotionless for Amy. He didn't want a relationship, he did, he didn't. I understand making characters well rounded and flawed, but these two were so flip floppy that it was hard to get a sense of who they truely were. Storyline was pretty boring too and scenes seemed to unroll in a forced or unreal mannor. I've liked Shalvis's other books much better. This one felt like it was written on a deadline.


    What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

    I need more than three words here. Many reviewers are upset with EB's reading. She isn't horrible, but the previous narrator was AWESOM, so by comparison, EB was really hard to listen to. My biggest complaint is...the odd pauses...you think....she has come to the end.....of a senentence, but then....there is more left to say. It was annoying. I will agree with others who have said that she completely ruined the old raspy lady whos name I cant think of...Louise?


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

    If this were a movie it would be a made for tv special. It's not interesting enough for film.


    Any additional comments?

    I am reeeeally sick of reading about fb. Is she getting a kickback or something?? Enough already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky in Love: A Lucky Harbor Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone....

    SIMARA says: "Lucky me that I got this book!"
    "Weird"
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    Where does Lucky in Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I had a love/hate realationship with this book and I'm not sure why. Overall I liked it a lot, but there were often times when I felt like the characters were being unrealistic or acting odd.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky in Love?

    This book had a lot of forced "coincidences" or perfect set-ups that I found disappointing. One thing I like a lot was the fact that the two main characters got together pretty immediately. Some books drag it out so long it becomes unrealistic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Suehyla El Attar?

    Yes, I like her voice a lot a she does decent male voices. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was the very audible "g" she put on allll of her words. e.g.: "lookhinG" "walkhinG"... Very odd. There were a lot of very common words that she had a weird way of prounoucing. I am guessing that English is maybe a second language for her. That being said, it wasn't enough to take away from the story, and I would listen to her again, for sure.


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

    No, it had boring parts and fast parts. Something I could set down, but also something that I wanted to pick back up.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my 4th book by this author...all have been humerous, but I very often found myself giggling or gasping aloud!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    The proof is irrefutable: Jill Shalvis is a USA Today best-selling author whose romantic fiction is one part steam, one part soul-lifting laughter. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor, Washington, and vows to channel her inner tough girl—and land the man of her dreams.

    Elizabeth says: "Not for me"
    "Easy listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Simply Irresistible the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the style of the author. I decided shortly into this book that I would continue on with the series. Easy dialog and I frequently found myself giggling aloud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Simply Irresistible?

    I just finished it and I really can't pick out anything I would call memorable. This wasn't an earth- shattering listen. It is more of a nice easy listen, requiring little thought. Nothing wrong with that.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Celeste Ciulla?

    I am, bc I am buying the next in the series, but she is not my favorite. Her normal speaking voice is actually quite lovely. She uses good inflection, pauses, and emotion in her voice. The part I found irriatating was the inconsistency of the characters. I couldn't decided if Jax sounded more like a douchy prep or a raspy sea captain. If Ciulla could nail down more solid voices, I think it would only improve the story. She wasn't horrible though. Certainly not bad enough to prevent listening.


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

    It was pretty funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I found some passages a little trite, but afterall it's the genre. Worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    Rachel Gibson’s “eloquent prose” (Publishers Weekly) has earned the author a number of coveted awards, including the RITA, Golden Heart, and National Reader’s Choice. Nothing But Trouble features an injured,prickly Seattle Chinooks hockey player who is none too pleased to be bedridden.

    LeftyMom says: "I love this trouble!"
    "So boring, I just don't care"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I don't care at all about the characters. There is no storyline development. It feels as though the characters are just chess pieces being moved about. I stopped listening with 2 hours left and just can't bring myself to get back to it.


    What could Rachel Gibson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Everything just seems so forced. It needs to flow better.


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

    Its been a while since I've listened but I dont recall the narrator being bad or annoying. A bad one will kill the story, but the story died on it's own here.


    Was Nothing but Trouble worth the listening time?

    Not for me. I hope others have better luck.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1172)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Narrator ruins the characters"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not...maybe it written form. I think the book is better written than it appears. There are a lot of funny lines, but they are delivered in such a way that they are ruined. If Robyn Carr ever reads this....Please stop using the term "deep kisses"!! It's corny enough by itself, but when read by 'Glenda the Good Witch', it's just too much!! LOL!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Let me begin by saying the narrator has a GREAT voice and I would love to listen to her read if she could only figure out the appropriate inflection to use. Her delivery made funny lines in the book fall flat and also gave the book a boring, dragging feel. She read things so slowly and with such a Fairy Godmother tone to her voice, I was honestly waiting to hear her say, 'At the sound of the chime, turn the page,'. I felt like the author intended for the main character to be stronger than the somewhat whiny-yet-calm tone she was given. The love scenes were awkward and embarrarassing to listen to, as if read by a Kindergarten teacher, haha. The thing is, the narrartor has a great voice and is pretty talented. She wasn't bad, I just found that her style was off for this particular reading. Almost like she had a voice in her head and tried to get the character to fit it, instead of the other way around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1641)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Wish this series didn't end"
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    What did you love best about The Perfect Hope?

    I love how interwoven all the characters are. They feel really real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Been a while, so I don't remember her name, but the gal that owns the pizza shop...because she is casual, and quirky, and strong.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators voice is extremely sexy. Does men and women with no trouble. Will be looking for more work by him. Wish he did more Nora Roberts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1367)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Breathy Narrator Completely Horrible"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marriage Bargain to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version, but as my problem is the narration, and not the story, I'd say, heck no!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Alexis, is more fleshed out than the others, so I guess her.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Coleen Marlo?

    Anyone who is able to read and carry inflection like a normal person and not some breathy, gauzy, over-actress. She makes a good story with pretty solid dialogue and writing into a dramatic, corny, over-the-top foo-foo piece. I'm not even done with the book yet, but instead of concentrating on the story, I find my mind wandering to the review I'm going to write about the God-awful narration. Hopefully warning others will allow me to regain my focus, as the story inself has merit. I am excited that the series is completed by a different, hopefully better, narrator.


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

    No, but the longer you listen the easier it is to ignore the horrible narrartion, so I would recommend listening in long chunks. Every time I come back to lsten after a few days, I'm always like, 'oh yeah, this crap again'. Seriously, she sounds like a 13 year old using her "adult sexy voice".


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3770)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1510)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Thinking of returning..."
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Maybe in print, not on audible...credits are too precious


    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to the first few chapters, so maybe I am not giving it a proper chance. I just can't bring myself to continue listening. It's dull and just not what I expected.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pact

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (297)

    The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

    Patti says: "Getting Repetitive"
    "Painfully good"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found the story to be really confusing in the beginning and I even started over a few times. I kept mixingup the characters. Once I figured things out though, the story and narration were great. The story was moving to the point of tears and downright painful to listen to at times, but I'm glad I did. I listened to this title over a year ago and still find myself thinking about it from time to time. Very thought-provoking. Also the narrator does a great job, especially with the female voices, which I didn't expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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