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Brooke

Conway, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 16 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Baby Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart.

    Jenna says: "Try the version read by Cynthia Nixon"
    "Claudia is a refreshing character!"
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    I really enjoyed the fact that the main character was definite on her child free position. This is so refreshing. I surprisingly enjoyed this book and that may be the reason why. It was very real... very life-like. Not a traditional chick-lit, more melancholy. Being 30 years old, I am encompassing all the scenarios in this book, it really hit home. Glad I listened to it! Not sure about the ending, but overall... a good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect. While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling.

    Robin says: "A good summer read (although slightly flawed)"
    "Wow!!! Loved this book!!"
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    I forgot how much I like Elin Hilderbrand... this book was so great!! The narrator was perfect for this story. Loved the characters! Going to download another Hilderbrand novel now!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smitten

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and others
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Welcome to Smitten, Vermont. With the help of four friends, it's about to become the most romantic town in America. The proposed closing of the lumber mill comes as unwelcome news for the citizens of Smitten. How will the town survive without its main employer? A close-knit group of women think they’ve got just the plan to save Smitten.

    Linda says: "A great smalltown story."
    "Cute story, but predictable."
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    Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was feel good. A bit predictable, but enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (583)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Rebecca says: "Um... well... that was... hmmm..."
    "Not my fav SK novel..."
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    This one was a bit blah for Sophie Kinsella. LOVEEE her others.. but this one was predictable and didn't have a lot of substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room Service

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Beverly Brandt
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Jet-setter Katya Morgan believes that love comes in gilt-wrapped packages. So when her father disinherits her, her first priority is to get her money and her cushy life back. But meanwhile, having no way to pay the enormous bill she racked up at the sumptuous Royal Palmetto Hotel poses a slight problem. Then Alex Sheridan, the hotel manager, has the gall to suggest that she pay off her debt by working at the hotel—as a maid!

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Couldn't get into it..."
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    I only listened to the first couple hours and just couldn't get into it. The main character is totally unlikable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shopaholic & Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Hot off the success of her best-selling Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella delivers another hilarious Becky Bloomwood novel. When last we left Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), she and Luke had just married and she'd unveiled her big honeymoon surprise...around-the-globe plane tickets. World-weary 10 months later, the newlyweds return home filled with excitement to share the details of their amazing escapades.

    Kim says: "My least favourite of the Shopaholic books"
    "Disappointed in narration..."
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    but great story, nonetheless. I was used to Emily Gray being Becky Bloomwood. I've started Shopaholic and Baby an it's a new narrator there too. All great narrations, just thought of Becky as Emily Gray! Don't know why the changes. However, I LOVEEEE the series... I can already tell I'm going to miss Becky when I'm all done!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven, Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

    Diana says: "If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . ."
    "One of my favs!"
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    I like this series a lot... but Heaven, Texas is probably one of my favorites. I love the characters in this one... and the story-line!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (593)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Cute Story! Great Narration!"
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    I got this book because it was on sale and it was so cute! A fun read! I will listen to it again. Loved the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15315)
    Performance
    (12640)
    Story
    (13281)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Narration terrible, not much substance to the plot"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    The narration was too slow. She was trying to be sexy, I suppose. I had to put it on double speed just to get through the book.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Slowwwwwww and trying to be too sexy. Not enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. Writing is terrible. Sounds like author just wanted to write a saucy novel and wrote it in one sitting (same words and phrases over and over). Will not read the other 2.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "Cute story!"
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    It took me a couple hours to get into this story, but I really enjoyed it in the end. LOVE the narrator! I was kind of sad at the end! I would recommend it. A different type of story but very enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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