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Rebecca

Auburn, AL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (288)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Funny Story!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Jennifer Weiner has a great sense of humor and it's as good as ever in The Next Best Thing. One reviewer mentioned that there was a lot of whining. Maybe so, but it's funny whining. Although it's a lighthearted story, it puts the Hollywood culture of shallow beauty into perspective, while emphasizing the importance of inner resources and heart. Some of the obstacles Ruthie (the main character) had to surmount became a bit tedious in places, but I found myself rooting for her and had a hard time putting the book down.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blowing It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Judy Astley
    • Narrated By Polly March
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Imagine – you’re in your early thirties, settled and sensible, and wanting to move up the property ladder. Your parents – approaching retirement – have an ENORMOUS house which is, let’s be honest, a bit tatty but worth squillions. Only your teenage sister Sorrel lives there now and she’s just about to go off on a gap year. So obviously there’s some money tied up there which your parents must be thinking of off-loading onto their children?Not a bit of it. The parents have every hope that they will grow old disgracefully.

    Kate says: "Enjoyable yarn"
    "Entertaining Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a lighthearted, witty look at a quirky family from multiple perspectives. The family members all have their faults, but are essentially lovable. The author, Judy Astley, is always entertaining. Polly March, the narrator, comes across as droll, but her voice is also tinged with the wisdom of experience. Blowing It is a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brightest Star in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caitriona Keyes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose?

    Jan says: "Terrible sound quality, worse narration"
    "Buy the Book"
    Overall

    The overly dramatic narration destroys Keyes' wonderful wry wit. I really wish I had just bought the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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