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USA | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 81 ratings
  • 449 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015

  • Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles

    Folly Beach is the land of Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Cate never thought she'd wind up in a tiny cottage on this breathtakingly lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, leaving Cate homeless, broke, and unmoored. Yet Folly Beach holds more than just memories. Once upon a time another woman found unexpected bliss and comfort within its welcoming arms. An artist, writer, and colleague of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly....

    Stachowski says: "could not finish it.."

    If you loved the early DBF books, you will probably be suckered in to this one just as I was...but I truly regret buying this book. The story was not entertaining at all to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Life List: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lori Nelson Spielman
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at 34, Brett seems to have it all—a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, passes away, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.

    Karen says: "Preposterous storyline"
    "Truly Terrible."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator's tone was off putting and whiny, the plot was unbelievable. I can't think of anyone I'd less like to know than the main character, Brett.

    What could Lori Nelson Spielman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'm supposed to believe that mother and child were so terribly close...yet she would make the decision to rock her beloved child's world from the grave? At a time when she was already bereaved? A truly loving mother would have had these conversations with her child before she was gone. Anything else is just for shock value. And the idea that some of these goals could be accomplished in a year is just ridiculous.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Gibel’s performances?

    Not likely.

    What character would you cut from The Life List?

    Brett, unfortunately. Maybe Catherine's story would be more interesting?

    Any additional comments?

    To cap it all off, they never say what her inheritance actually is...maybe it's supposed to be enough that it's all tied up otherwise with a pretty red bow, but I wanted to know what she got!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Sparkly says: "Surprisingly tender."

    Bourdain has turned into a caricature of himself. I have listened to Kitchen Confidential countless times and love his voice and storytelling style. But Medium Raw (much like No Reservations) only features the character "Anthony Bourdain" instead of the real person we all fell for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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