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Rebecca

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  • Primates of Park Avenue: Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (736)

    Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

    Elle says: "Feels like girl talk"
    "Good read, great narrator"
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    Really interesting insights and a great read. Sometimes the anthropological angle felt like a stretch. GREAT narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Young Jane Young: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss - who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married - and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the congressman doesn't take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late-night talk show punchline; she is slut shamed and considered a blight on politics in general. How does one go on after this?

    em g says: "DNF not for me"
    "Best book of the summer!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES (see below)


    What did you like best about this story?

    My mother and grandmother are elected officials and I'm currently volunteering on a congressional campaign (for a woman) and this was just so emotionally accurate. Although there were parts where you had to suspend your disbelief for sure, the writing was so able to capture the emotion of mother/daughter relationships, elections, public perceptions, and just what it's like to be a woman. i literally could not stop listening to this book and finished it in about two days. the ending made me cry, and i can't remember the last time that happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any number of ruby's emails, but my favorite line was probably "i don't know if it's normal in my country for event planners to run for mayor."

    i also LOVED the chapter in which ruby forges an extremely unlikely friendship.


    If you could rename Young Jane Young, what would you call it?

    "i don't know if it's normal in my country for event planners to fur mayor" :)


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Class Mom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laurie Gelman
    • Narrated By Laurie Gelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (259)

    Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom - or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max - this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA president sees her as the "wisest" candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

    shopfromhome says: "Save your money!"
    "Fun read - stay with it!"
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    At first I found this book kind of annoying, and I was put off by an author narrating her own novel but then the whole thing grew on me! Really fun, wild ride of a read. Would highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wife of Noble Character: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Yvonne Georgina Puig
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Thirty-year-old Vivienne Cally is wealthy in name only. Orphaned as a child and raised by a cold but regal aunt, Vivienne was taught to rely on her beauty and Texas tradition, and is expected to marry a wealthy and respectable man who will honor the Cally name. Friends with Houston's richest and most prominent families, she's a beloved fixture at the social events big and small, and she suffers no shortage of access to some of the city's most eligible bachelors.

    lmb5 says: "So charming"
    "Great narration and excellent story"
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    Really enjoyed this listen though I found the ending to be a little disappointing. I was really impressed with the narration - the narrator had the perfect southern draw.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You'll Grow Out of It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jessi Klein
    • Narrated By Jessi Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1749)

    In You'll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein offers - through an incisive collection of real-life stories - a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man", attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" (" miss sounds like you weigh 99 pounds").

    Sarah F. says: "I like this woman so much!"
    "Favorite book of the year"
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    Such a talented story teller and really enjoyed listening to this. Half way through, it becomes a little navel gazing but is still a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (2051)
    Story
    (2056)

    This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

    Canadian eReader says: "Where are my beloved characters? Not in here"
    "Great read"
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    Actually haven't read pride & prejudice in full but loved this. Don't think EVERYTHING made sense this day in age though. Felt a lot like a Jennifer wiener which isn't a bad thing (in fact is a great thing) but it's very different from Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep which is one of my all time favorites

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Emily Gould
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at 30, they're at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern striver still mourning a years-old romantic catastrophe. Amy is an East Coast princess whose luck and charm have too long allowed her to cruise through life. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-20s. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant.

    erin says: "IMPORTANT"
    "Decent, well narrated"
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    Great narrator, but the characters were kinda irritating. Something about it drew me in though, so would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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