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allison

MONTEREY,LA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 638 titles in library
  • 81 purchased in 2014
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  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "For me...So So"
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    I have read many of Oprahs book club books so I was a little disappointed by this one. Don't get me wrong it was very well written and the narrators were great but the story itself wasn't as intriguing to me as other book club books have been. I usually find books written like this one a refreshing change (each chapter is its own little story adding to the 1 big story) but with this book I felt like I never really got invested in any one character which made me not invested in the overall big story. I finished listening, it was entertaining but it did not resound with me in the way I thought it would.

    I believe that personally I am not in a place in my life to fully appreciate this book which is why I do not discourage anyone from giving this book a shot. I think there are tons of people out there who will really "get" this book.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Bestseller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.

    S says: "Meh....just okay."
    "Easy and enjoyable Chick Lit"
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    As per the summary this book is about 4 writer friends. 1 of the friends has hit hard times and owes 1 more book to her publishing house before they drop her for good. For several reasons she has trouble writing the book so her 3 friends join forces with her to help her write it. This story is told from the POV of all 4 characters which I always like. Each woman has her own set of life issues she is dealing with which all come to a head when the book they write becomes a bestseller.
    I found this book thoroughly entertaining, though it is pretty predictable chick lit. But, it's aways motivating to see women find their own inner strength and sense of self and this book does not disappoint in that aspect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (3471)
    Story
    (3466)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Did not see the ending coming..."
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    which is awesome!! I enjoy guessing the ends of suspenseful books and being right but I think I enjoy being wrong more! This book had me pretty much from the start. I listened to it in 2 days so it obviously had something. I did not like the narrator at first but he grows on you, although even after finishing the book I don't feel like his voice matched the character of Andy Barber (total personal opinion, he by no means takes anything away from the book). This story moved fast and kept my mind turning. It is a different spin on court type dramas, and I enjoyed the court scenes although I felt some points became repetitive at times (which i'm sure is what happens in real court cases!)

    Its hard to say much more without a spoiler alert so I will just say more than credit worthy and leave it at that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those We Love Most

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lee Woodruff
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes. Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends.

    glamazon says: "Graceful Dealings With Difficult Dilemmas"
    "Pass"
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    So all I have to say is got within 1-1/2 hours of finishing this book and stopped. I really didn't care how it ended because I feel like I spent the whole book waiting for it to start. It has some interesting aspects about marriage, infidelity, loss of a child etc however I didn't feel like I was getting any new insights from these characters experiences. I listen to a lot of books where these sorts of life-topics come up and I listen to them because I feel they can give me insight into other points of view of life problems. As I said above this one did not offer me anything new and so for me not worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1962)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "I put this book off for a long time....."
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    it just didn't appeal to me for whatever reason. Finally I downloaded it out of desperation for anything to listen to. And I am so glad I did. This was a great listen, I truly enjoyed this book. Its a great story, and not as predictable as i thought it would be from the description. I like that it takes place over a pretty long span of time and you get to watch Cora change into a strong woman. I loved that transformation for her. Although Louise Brooks was more of a platform for the main character of Cora's growth I found that aspect of the book really interesting too. I def googled Louise Brooks a few times during my listen out of sheer curiosity to see what she looked like and to read a little more about her life.


    Elizabeth McGovern was awesome with her Kansas accent for Cora and Louise as well as all the other characters. Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1669)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Total WTF book..Loved It!"
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    This book is totally nuts, totally! I enjoyed every minute of listening to it even though I am not totally sure wtf happened. I laughed out loud at times due to this books very clever dry humor (my kind of humor). The narrator was perfect. His voice was exactly what i would have imagined Davids voice to be like. His sarcasm was spot on and I think listening to this book may help people hear the authors sarcastic tone where they may have otherwise missed it in actually reading it. I have found myself still pondering stuff from this book a few weeks after listening to it which for me is the sign of a great book.

    This book may not be for everyone but if you liked 14, and Mr. Penumbra this is worth your credit!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1357)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Heartbreakingly Happy"
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    I loved this book. I enjoyed listening to Arthur as much as I enjoyed listening to Kell and usually I tend to like 1 characters POV more than another. Both of these guys are so heartbroken but also so desperately hopeful that you cant help but have hope for them.

    As always Kirby Heyborn was great and i thought Keith Szarabajka was such a wonderful match for the character of Arthur.

    So, i don't write many reviews although I am always listening to books. I think my new years resolution is to start writing reviews here because I rely heavily on my fellow Audible members for recommendations. That said, listen to this book. well worth a credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Francine Prose
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Grover Gardner, Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jack is spending the summer on a private island far from modern conveniences. No Wi-Fi, no cell service, no one else on the island but a housekeeper and the two very peculiar children in his care. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something cold, something more sinister than even the dark house itself. Soon, he feels terribly isolated and alone. Yet he is not alone. The house has visitors - peering in the windows, staring from across the shore. But why doesn't anyone else see them...? And what do they want?

    allison says: "I'm not a "teen” but I really enjoyed this book"
    "I'm not a "teen” but I really enjoyed this book"
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    Ok, so I listen to A LOT of books. Probably 2-3 a week (I am currently doing DIY projects at our little house on the bayou in Louisiana). I listen to several genres and often have to try out new stuff because of how often I listen. I never write reviews although I am not sure why as I find the reviews very helpful when choosing a book. I figured tonight I would write one since when I purchased this book last night it had no reviews. I am far from being a teen (aaagggghhh) and I am not really sure this should be classified as a teen book. This was a great mystery/wtf is going on book. I found myself telling my cats all my theories as I listened to this (my husband is away!) and truthfully after finishing I'm still not sure what actually happened. Usually that frustrates me but I find these are the kind of books that stay with me for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this listen, and Kirby Heyborne did a great job as always of narrating this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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