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TYLER, TX, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 53 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

    Penny says: "Depressing"
    "Not what I expected."
    What was most disappointing about Ann Brashares’s story?

    I read the Sisterhood books in high school, so I was excited to catch up with the girls as adults. I agree with a lot of other reviewers that it's just too sad and depressing. The story drug on and on and I found myself not paying attention. I wish I wouldn't have listened and remembered the characters they way they were. Loved the concept but could have been a much better story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Twist after twist after twist"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story is narrated by the two main characters-Amy and Nick-so I enjoyed the use of both male and female narrators. They were wonderfully expressive and I don't think you would get that from just reading the book.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just when you think you've got the story figured out...there is a twist! Nothing predictable here.

    Any additional comments?

    A very good story-you might be surprised to find some of yourself in an unlikable character-Flynn made them so relatable you don't know who you want to side with. Very enjoyable, my favorite listen in a long time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skinnydipping: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bethenny Frankel
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This outrageously entertaining and bawdy roman à clef from reality TV star Bethenny Frankel follows a business-savvy, would-be actress in hot pursuit of the perfect man, the perfect job, and the perfect body. Burning through men like she burns through calories, our sexy, loud-mouthed heroine grasps at any opportunity that might take her to the top. Listeners will jump at the chance to hear about the thrilling highs and cringe-worthy lows of Bethenny’s first shaky steps into adulthood, told here in a fictional format.

    K. Jacobson says: "An amusing story that may have already been told"
    "Fun listen for Bethenny fans"
    Would you listen to Skinnydipping again? Why?

    Yes-it was entertaining and fun. The narrarator was fantastic and was able to keep with Bethenny's, er Faith's, sharp tounge.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Girl Gone

    What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If you are a fan of Bethenny's, January LaVoy brings Faith, the character based on Bethenny, to life. Super fun, great voices, spot on Bethenny.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    The first and second part are very disjointed. Very little from the first part carries over or leads up to the second part. You are left wondering what happened to characters that were given lots of focus. I'm sure this is in part due to this strange mix of autobiography and fiction. There is also a huge gap between where part one ends and part two begins...I'm learning every minute detail of the character's love life in part one and we skip over a MARRIAGE between parts one and two? Strange. Of course being a fan of Bethenny, I understand this is a part of her life she'd like to skim past. Overall I liked it, because I love Bethenny. Although I kind of wish she would have stuck more to an accurate portrayal of her story, or invented something new altogether. The mix is a little odd and left me wondering quite a bit about what is fact and what is fiction. An entertaining and light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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