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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17681)
    Performance
    (13539)
    Story
    (13484)

    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"
    "Great book--great listen!"
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    She's just amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! She takes us from her life as a kid in Philly to writing/starring/producing 30 Rock with the sharp wit and self deprecation that we've come to know her for. It's especially interesting to listen to what's going on behind the scenes at SNL or 30 Rock and how certain decisions were made (Sarah Palin, casting 30 Rock, etc...)

    And of course, her asides are hilarious.

    Loved it!

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2416)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Standard Harlan Cobe book--good! An easy listen."
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    This book felt a little like an older HC book, Tell No One. Both really enjoyable and the Scott Brick/Harlan Coben combo is always a good listen, but it's a standard HC mystery/thriller. I'm looking forward to the next Myron Bolitar book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (921)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "pretty good...."
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    The storyline of a magician becoming a food taster to save her own life was pretty interesting and it has that other worldly quality about it---where you don't know what the time period is or where the setting takes place. I always enjoy reading the first installment in a series, when you get the sense of a persons evolution. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for light, interesting fair that doesn't scream chick-lit.

    I'm not a big fan of Gabra Zackman, because she isn't great with male voices and tends to make some men sound like frat boys-- It's a little jarring in a story like this. However, she was great as Valleck and pretty good at conveying Yelenas voice.

    I think it's misleading to put this in the romance category, though. This is unlike any other book you would find in the romance section and is very light in that department. I think the characters have one scene that is really just glossed over--it's really PG13, as far as these things go.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2291)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Slow and steady story with excellent narrator!"
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    Susanna Kearsley can clearly write, but the overall, the book was good....not great.

    I think the storyline was not that interesting to me. But, Roslyn Landor----wow! She did at least 5 accents in this story--male, female, young, old--and did it all flawlessly! She is truly amazing and bumped a mediocre story up a few notches.

    It's worth a listen, just to hear her excellent narration.

    1 of 1 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
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    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."
    "Meh....just okay."
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    this is another one of those "middle of the road" books. Nothing actually bad and not exactly boring, but....not much happens. A group of women that are friends, help one of them out, have problems that each are struggling with individually, get caught for helping the friend, get in a fight and then make up. The End.

    At times, I felt that the author just skimmed over each character and didn't make their struggles interesting enough to engage me.

    It passed the time, but is not memorable. Narration was probably the best part of the whole experience.

    Eh.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10913)
    Performance
    (9885)
    Story
    (9966)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Excellent continuation!"
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    Insurgent was as good as Divergent, picking up right where we left off and then ending with a bang--what a cliffhanger! It was action packed and full of intrigue!

    I really enjoyed how Tris' character is evolving, as well as her relationship with Four. She is more focused and less tentative. They questions each others motives a lot and it seems their relationship is hanging by a thread at points, but it all comes to a head with a very satisfying outcome.

    We learn a lot of about the different factions and how they operate. We also learn why Tris has aptitude for 3 factions.

    Can't wait for the last book!

    2 of 3 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
    (1462)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1308)

    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"
    "Another silly romance made worse by bad narrator"
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    This book was dumb and predictable. Like another reviewer said, it's a cookie cutter romance. You know exactly what is going to happen to this couple from the very first page. I usually don't mind books like that, because it passes the time. But, the narrator really made it worse. She's reads breathily--like she's a character from Dynasty or some other over the top drama--and she sounds like she has a cold for the first 3/4 of the book. Didn't anyone else notice that? It's so odd!!

    Also, parts of the book didn't make sense--why doesn't Alexa know more about Nick's life, when her best friend is his sister? Why doesn't she want Nick to know the money is for her parents house, but it's okay to think it was for her bookstore?

    There are definitely far better chick-lit/romance books out there.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (16829)
    Performance
    (15226)
    Story
    (15352)

    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."
    "SO SO Good!!"
    Overall
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    It's difficult to listen to a YA novel about dystopian society without comparing it to the Hunger Games, but it's not a bad thing-- and in this case, The Divergent series is just as good. Like HG, there is a 16 year old heroine, a young love interest, society separated into groups with different specialties and a underlying discontent with the way they are governed.

    Tris Prior is a strong character and while here motivations were not always clear to me, I feel like that spoke to the unsure, 16 year old person she is. She knows that she is different, but not sure why that is a bad thing and how this can be helpful to her as she struggles through initiation into her new faction, the Dauntless. What we learn is that she has a previously unheard of aptitude for 3 of the 4 factions, and is therefore more perceptive, well rounded, empathetic, etc... It's what makes her a strong candidate for any group that she decides to join. As civil unrest comes to a head and her fellow Dauntless members are manipulated, it's Tris that has the courage to fight, even when her aggressors are bigger and more powerful.

    The story moves at a brisk pace and the relationship/friends that are introduced really support Tris' character development. It was a great listen! Veronica Roth really brings readers/listeners on her side and feel for this character.

    Emma Galvin was excellent as Tris! She brought each male and female character to life and knew how to emote and "act" just the right amount and at the appropriate time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Light and sweet"
    Overall
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    This is a story about rediscovering lost love and friendship.

    AnnaJane and Mason used to be married, so when she finds herself at Mason's wedding, she starts thinking about what happened to end their marriage and how she still loves him--despite being engaged to another man, as well. The story is about Annajane and Mason, but also small town living, the south and friendship. Conflict comes at Annajane and Mason in the form of their fiancees, family members and the business that Mason's family owns and which employs all the locals.

    Kathleen McInerney did a great job with the Southern accent and distinguishing between different characters.

    It's not deep, but it's well told and good chick-lit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (520)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
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    If you are someone who enjoys books about relationships & character studies, then this is the book for you. It's about what happens when a relationship ends, one party refuses to accept it, and how this affects the other persons new relationship.

    Saskia and Patrick dated for 3 years. When he broke up with her, she simply refused be left and begins stalking him and his son. It's not with any violence--she just refuses to let him forget her, them, what they were. When Patrick falls in love with Ellen, she wants to get to know Ellen, as well and proceeds to, under the guise of a new client at Ellen's hypnotherapy practice. It's a story with lots of layers--Saskia and Patrick, Ellen's burgeoning interest in Saskia, Patrick and his family, Saski and Patrick's son, Ellen and her family, Saskia and her mother, Saskia and her lack of friends......they all play into the why's of how this 3 year stalking begins and ultimately what ends it.

    It was funny, sad, interesting and insightful. Liane Moriarty really let's you get into the heads of Saskia and Ellen and what drives them and how they view their relationship with Patrick. She somehow made Saskia's stalking seem innocent and funny and a mind-game all at the same time. I felt for her and was appalled by her behavior at the same time.

    Tamara Lovatt Smith's narration was excellent! She somehow walked the fine line between making Saskia likable and just short of manic. She really captured all of the characters well--so hard to do, especially in a book with many characters of different ages.

    Loved it!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4183)
    Performance
    (3789)
    Story
    (3803)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "cheesy! don't get all the great reviews."
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    I like a sex driven book as much as the next person, but this book was just ridiculous and so cheesy! I purchased it based on all of the stellar reviews, but it had me laughing at it during some points. It felt like it was written by an old-fashioned person's idea of what a relationship like that would be like, what talking dirty sounds like, etc... For me, the thing that makes a book like this enjoyable is when the relationship is the foundation and the sex/conflict is more secondary and used to further that relationship. But every time there was an issue, Gideon would respond with, "you need to get laid." Like....all the time. And there wasn't very much dialogue to establish their relationship in the first place. Plus, it was the same descriptive scene over and over and over...and over again. Kinda silly.

    I didn't buy into it.

    Jill Redfields narration was a mixed bag. She was pretty good as Ava, but whenever she was channeling Gideon, she sounded like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. ha ha! I kept expecting her to say, "Precious...! Preeeecious!" It was pretty bad and spot on. It had me laughing.

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful

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