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This is probably one of my favorite light hearted listens. Can You Keep a Secret certainly isn't a deep book, but it definitely is a fun listen.
I thought Kate Reading was perfect in her audio presentation. She captured the spirit of the book perfectly.
This was the first of Sophie Kinsella books that I had listened too. I so enjoyed Can You Keep a Secret that I chose another Kinsella book for my next listen. Unfortunately my next choice didn't hold a candle compared to Secret. For a fun, chick lit, laugh out loud book Can You Keep a Secret scores an A+.
I would rate it as one of my favorite listens. I found myself wanting to listen to "just one chapter more", and was sad to have the story finished.
I found myself many times laughing out loud at Hildy's comments. However I almost had to pull my car over I was laughing so hard when Hildy dropped her keys off her office porch and decided to jump down after them. Then there were the tender moments, the sweet memories with her husband, Frankie and even Peter as a boy.
To my knowledge I've not listened to Mary Beth Hurt before. She was perfect for this audiobook. She WAS Hildy!
Ann Leary has written a fabulous book on alcoholism. Together with the performance by Mary Beth Hurt, this is not a book to be missed. Both the author and the narrator brought to life the many funny, tender, sad and reflective moments in The Good House. It's can be sad to finish a really good book, but Ann Leary did a great job ending Hildy's story.
I have already recommended this book, audio and otherwise, to many people. I'm glad I listened to the book over actually reading it for two reasons. First the narration is perfect. Jim Broadbent does a wonderful job capturing the emotions of the different characters,as well as differentiating between them. Secondly if I had the book I would have been tempted to look ahead and thus spoil part of the tale for myself.
Harold, how could one listen to this book and not love dear Harold. But then Harold's wife and neighbor prove quite lovable, and determined as well.
I actually had to pull my car over due to tears in my eyes, but it would give the story away if I said when. It was a family matter that I didn't see coming, hadn't figured out, that revealed itself towards the very end of the story.
I hesitated listening to this book due to the strange subject matter. Finally I figured so many listeners couldn't be wrong, and I'm glad to say they weren't. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a beautiful story, and now a favorite audio book of mine.
Chasing Fireflies was a bargain book I took a chance on, and I'm glad I did. While the book may not rank in my top ten books, I found it to be an enjoyable listen. The beginning was a bit slow, and perhaps even confusing, but soon everything made sense. It was one of those times where actually having the book to refer back to would have helped.
I liked how the author brought to light the difficulties of older children in foster care, as well as all the red tape etc involved. The narrator did a good job as well. Overall the story was a sweet one, and I would try another of the author's books.
The story was okay but the author certainly had to stretch a point or two, or more, to make it work. Even then several elements of the story just didn't make sense.
The narration was fine.
I did complete the book, though the plot became tiresome at times. Mostly I wanted to see if I was correct about the "who done it", and I was. The sex was a little raunchy and I had to make sure no one else was within hearing that might be offended.
I loved every minute of listening to Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I was looking forward to another great listen with The Undomestic Goddess but found the book disappointing.
The story line behind Undomestic Goddess was just plain dumb, and way, way too predictable.
I will try another of Kinsella's books. I just hope it is a better listen than The Undomestic Goddess.
The book has many intertwining characters, which as the story progressed I wanted to learn of their next difficulty or triumph. At times it was hard to sort out, or remember, what was what and whom was benefiting or harming whom, because of the length of the book. However by the end it all made sense.
There were a couple of times I thought about abandoning my listen, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I may even listen to book 2 after a break.
Jenna Lamia's southern accent was appropriate and easy to listen to.
I think I would pass on another book by this author.
Heavens no, let's not see a follow up.
The first part of this story was good, but as time went on...the story didn't. The story was like listening to a song where the chorus goes on and on. It was fun to listen to the first time or two or even three but then, you've heard enough and want a different verse.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author wove the different characters and their stories together through out the the book.
The ending of the story. Weaving together all the various characters and their stories was very well done, and an excellent way to conclude Beautiful Ruins.
A better way to word this question would be...What about Edoardo Ballerini's performance DIDN'T I like? Ballerini did a fantastic job.
An evening with Dee and Pascalli would be delightful.
Beautiful Ruins was a wonderful book to listen to. Edoardo Ballerini did a fantastic job narrating the book. I was sorry to have the story end.
It's probably one of those 6 in one hand, half dozen in the other hand type of decisions. The story remains the same either way.
The humor throughout the story was the best feature.
There were a few "laugh out loud" moments.
I found the story a bit drug out. The basic premise, the storyline so to speak, was good. However it did feel to me that filler was added to increase the page count.
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