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Andrea

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United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 465 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (460)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "I enjoyed this book...unlike others"
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    I knew all along this was a 5 book series, so I wasn't bent out of shape by the cliffhanger ending as some people were. There were far more frustrating and bad people in this one - bad for bad's sake, but I'm sure they'll get what's coming to them in the final book. That's what happens in Jeffrey Archer books, and that's why I like them. This book seemed like a "set up" book in the series - not a ton of action, but laying the groundwork for the final conclusion. To look at a totally different book in a totally different series, it made me think of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." I was super annoyed with that one when i read it, but it helped to move the greater story along.

    I already have ideas about what will happen in the next two. My biggest worry is that Archer might pass before the series has finished being written. He's not that young, and I'd hate to be so invested and have no opportunity of finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16919)
    Performance
    (12832)
    Story
    (12766)

    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"
    "Be prepared to rewind a lot!"
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    This book left me laughing so hard I had to rewind multiple times so I wouldn't miss anything. It was hysterical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love.

    Andrea says: "I wish the Christmas Secret were still a secret"
    "I wish the Christmas Secret were still a secret"
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    Ugh, this was a silly, schmaltzy book. I didn't care for the main character, which set the book off on a bad note for me. There were many highly unbelievable elements to the story, like the single mom who kept complaining about how old and worn down she was (she was 27!) and the 24 year old accounting hot shot who was was being hotly pursued by top level firms. The whole thing seemed to pander to a sentimental simpleton.

    That said, I was hoping to like this book. I like to "read" sweet and sentimental Christmas books during the holidays, but this one was not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15090)
    Performance
    (13665)
    Story
    (13760)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Loved it, and went in with a chip on my shoulder!"
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    I saw all the great reviews and for some reason was still afraid this would be a poor Hunger Games ripoff. True, both books take place in a dystopian future world, but the stories are quite different, though both feature young female protagonists. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, which was engrossing, exciting and left me wanting more. I can't wait for the follow up books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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