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Pamela

edina, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (322)

    Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.

    Vinessa says: "Better than expected"
    "something blue by emily giffin"
    Overall

    I will admit that I wasn't "too thrilled" to read a story about a self-centerd "drama queen" who has lived a (so-called) charmed life - but I loved the other 2 novels I read by emily giffin - and I was "intrigued" by he whole Darcy character (even though I related much more to the Rachel character in "something borrowed"). But... as I started listening - I got caught up in the story so quickly - that I couldn't stop! The first half of the book was a bit "much"" (having to listen to Darcy's "wines "and "wants" ) but when she got to London - and started hanging with "Ethan" was worth the wait. As I continued to listen - I felt as though I knew these characters personally - as I laughed and cryed throughout the second half of the story. I really reccomend this book - especially for those who think that people "can't change" - bercause after reading/listening to this story - you will see that everyone has a "good side" and can "change" if they really want to.
    Pam - Edina, Mn.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (144)

    When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart.

    laall says: "Annoying"
    "Really?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not sure Lisa Scottoline really wrote this book??? It read like a Danielle Steel novel - SLOW and Boring!! I didn't even finish listening since it was predictable - and monotonous - that I found myself drifting and thinking of "when is this going to be over?"
    What happened to the suspense novelist that I love????

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1295)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read other reviews before I decided to download this book - and all were good - but that doesn't always mean that I'm going to enjoy it. Well - this book was worth the "try"!
    Interesting story - great narration - just plain - ol Good!
    The characters were very "true" to life - (slightly "flawed" - like us everyday people) - that I thought at first that this book was more of a "memoir" and not a novel. I highly recommend this listen - and I look forward to more from the author .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (353)

    Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

    M. Chinander says: "Wow"
    "Don't waste a credit on this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read/listened to many of Sparks books - and as time goes on - they become more predictable and slower - and slower........ I didn't even finish the story - since I found myself drifting and thinking of when is this going to be over. So - I moved on and went to another book. Not only was it slow and monotonous - but depressing as well. The narrator was good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth in Advertising: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Kenney
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

    phil b says: "Great Stuff"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this book was going to be an "insider" tell-all about the advertising world - but - it ended up being a real "story" - that just happens to be about a man in the advertising field.

    Yes -it does give "tid-bits" into what goes on behind the scenes (at an ad agency) - but it is more focused on the main characters past "demons" and why he is the way he is.

    It was a good - easy read - and if you are "stuck" as to what to listen to - it's worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Book

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Deborah Copaken Kogan
    • Narrated By Kate Udall, Susan Bennet, Jennifer Cohn, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Clover, Addison, Mia, and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Clover, homeschooled on a commune by mixed-race parents, felt woefully out of place. Addison yearned to shed the burden of her Mayflower heritage. Mia mined the depths of her suburban ennui to enact brilliant performances on the Harvard stage. Jane, an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, made sense of her fractured world through words. Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall.

    Pamela says: "interesting listen!"
    "interesting listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to "escape" to reality - this is the listen for you. This story mimics real life "troubles" that we all face everyday. There isn't any "wow" moment - but in the end - everything works out - (just like in life).
    I enjoyed the story - the narrators were great - and over-all it was a very good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8849)
    Performance
    (7691)
    Story
    (7701)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "getting a little "predictable""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got addicted to this series after listening to book 1 - so I immediately downloaded book 2.
    Yes - it was "okay" - but towards the middle/end it was pretty predictable.
    Becca Battoe was okay -starting to get on my nerves a bit - Thankfully - the "sex" wasn't
    as "much" as in the first book - (enough already! - we all know what it's like when you are attracted to someone - in the beginning of a relationship - ). I will say that it's pretty un-likely that a 22year old (Ana) can be so "mature" and know so much about life - (I remember when I was 22 - and getting married - etc - wasn't really "high" on my priority list - even if some "billionaire" fell for me - especially one with all his "problems") - and it's even more un-believable that a fresh out of college graduate would get promoted only after 2 weeks at a new job - to "editor " - please!
    So - there are a lot of "really?" going on in this book - but.....I'm glad I listened anyway.
    I will say - that I needed a break after the 2nd book - not sure when I'll get up the "courage" to start on the last book.

    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
    (15276)
    Performance
    (12606)
    Story
    (13246)

    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"
    ""addicting"!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hesitant to listen to this series - because of the reviews that people wrote about the narrator (Becca Battoe) - but I wanted to listen to what everyone was talking about.
    The beginning was a little slow - but after the first couple of hours the story kicked in - and wow!! Lots and lots of graphic sex - in great detail I might add. Yes - it made me think back to "the days" of being "young" and the start of a relationship - (what else do people do who are extremely attracted to one another and are first starting out together?) - Yes - it got a bit "much" - and the kinky - screwed up Christian is a little un-nerving (and you have to wonder why any woman would stay with someone who wanted to spank and hit/punish her??) - so that was disturbing as well (...yes - his good looks, his money - etc is all great - but........ ). I thought Becca Batoe did a really good job - and was very convincing as Ana - and Christian - not sure why everyone else made such a "fuss" about her????? I got sucked in .... and couldn't wait to start the 2nd book!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Nanny Saw

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Fiona Neill
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    It's the summer of 2008. For the past decade, Nick and Bryony Skinner and their four children have ridden high on the economic boom, but their luck is about to run out. Suddenly, the privileged family finds itself at the center of a financial scandal: their Central London house is besieged by the press, Nick disappears, and Bryony and the children become virtual prisoners in their own home. And Ali, their trusted nanny, watches it all. As the babysitter, she brings a unique insider-outsider perspective to the family, seeing far more than even the family itself is capable of.

    Michael says: "Dramatic, irresistible narration of scandal"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story was pretty good - reading about the rich and spoiled (in London) - a nice "twist" to it as well. It makes you wonder - how "much" money can destroy people - and how much "stuff" do people really need?? How about just being happy and healthy? You can only hire people to do "so much" - and money can't buy you happiness - is the lesson I got from the story. The narration was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (540)

    Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

    Jeanette says: "Lovely Book"
    "quite enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love Emily Giffin's books! I wish she could crank out more then one every few years!
    Her characters are so real and believable - and her subject matters are real as well. Yes - it's pretty much "chick -lit" but - that doesn't bother me (since I'm a "chick"). The narrator was awesome as well!! I will admit - that when I saw what the book was about (the subject matter - about - giving up a child for adoption) - I was slightly hesitant as to if I was going to like the book/story very much. But I got sucked in immediately! I also like that the author brings back old characters from her other novels. Great book to get lost in!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartbroken: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real, generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She's in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map.

    Pamela says: "an okay book - not as good as her first novel."
    "an okay book - not as good as her first novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Heartbroken? What did you like least?

    good character development - but - I was always waiting for "something" to happen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I guess the most interesting was about "Birdie" the mother of the Heart family. The least interesting was about "Lulu" - a spoiled - beautiful teenager - and all of her "manipulations".


    What aspect of Amanda Carlin’s performance would you have changed?

    none - it was good


    Was Heartbroken worth the listening time?

    hummm............. I guess - a little slow. I wasn't as "anxious" to listen to it everyday (on my run) like I usually am with other really good novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Better off listening to Unger's first book "Beautiful Lies" - now that was an awesome page turner - I'm still "waiting" for her to write another one like that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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