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Richard

Carnation, WA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Wanted to love it - just didn't"
    Overall

    WASP marries daughter of Korean immigrants and goes into business with his in-laws by purchasing a deli. Sounds fun, right? Sounds like great potential for story telling, right? Sounds as if the clash between uptight Caucasian son-in-law, Asian in-laws, and various employees and customers of all races and cultures would be interesting, insightful and amusing, right?

    Well, it's not. The author seems to be trying for some sort of deprecating humor; listing his inability to use the cash register, ordering "yuppie" high end items that would never find a buyer in his deli, sells alcohol to a minor, and on and on. He comes off as rather dull, not funny.

    He talks about his voyage to self-discovery, but I guess I missed the part where he boarded this boat.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • This Charming Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The lives of four very different women have been shaped - and battered - by one charming man…Ireland's debonair politician Paddy de Courcy - the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin" - has captured tabloid headlines and the imagination of his country with his charm and charisma. But the crushed hearts he's left behind him reveal more about his character than his winning, vote getting smile. Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia have all suffered from his selfishness and cruelty.

    Richard says: "I just don't get it"
    "I just don't get it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What is with the crazy shorthand way of speaking in the first four chapters? It's so very annoying to listen to. Has Lola never heard of using a preposition? A pronoun? What was the author thinking? Example, "Just goes show looks aren't everything", or "Is quite large size but will see what can do."

    And, I've only listened to the first four chapters, but toward of the end of the fourth chapter, all of a sudden the narration changes from the first to the third person. And it seems to be a totally different story.

    Toward the end of the fourth chapter Lola is talking with Noel about helping him "track down clothes in difficult to find sizes", and in mid-sentence, it changes to a discussion in the third person with totally different characters. I kept going back, thinking there was some sort of problem with my computer.

    Is this an error with the Audible version? Or is it supposed to make no sense?

    Highly recommend you not waste your credits.

    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
    Overall
    (15677)
    Performance
    (13904)
    Story
    (13939)

    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!"
    "I am never ever ever listening again. Like, ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first two thirds of this book are good, though the characters are totally unlikeable. Hopefully, most of us do not identify in a positive way with a psychopath.

    Working in this field, I totally believe that Amy's parents, two psychologists, are so far in denial that they cannot identify this psychopathology in their own daughter. And anyway, what would they do without their cash cow? Their "Amazing Amy" books seem to be a passive aggressive approach to child rearing, as any time Amy has a "problem", it appears they write a book where Amazing Amy always makes the correct choice; the choice that Amy has failed to make in "real life":

    Nick has plenty of problems of his own. He seems to be almost a shadow person, as if he has no true identity without another. First his twin sister, and then Amy. Nick is passive, weak, unsympathetic and just plain boring.

    When the "plot twist" is revealed, the book starts getting a bit annoying and going downhill. One wonders how people can be so stupid, until one remembers you are not dealing with particularly healthy people in the first place.

    And the ending? A total disaster. It's as if the author just ran out of steam. What little sympathy I had for Nick was totally gone. He wants to raise a child with this walking psychopath? The fact that he didn't immediately leave when Amy made her appearance shows just how disturbed Nick himself is.

    I fear it will not go well for these two or their child. Hopefully, the author will not feel compelled to write a sequel. If she does, I am pretty sure I will not feel compelled to listen to it.

    This book left me with an "icky" feeling. Almost as if I needed to shower. I guess the most positive thing I can say is that it actually is a good warning that the people we interact with in life may not be as healthy as they appear. Think about it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Replacement Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eileen Goudge
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Camille Harte makes her living as a matchmaker. When she receives the diagnosis she's dreaded and learns she has only six months to live, she decides to do the unthinkable: Find a replacement wife for her husband. It's a set-up only international mega-bestseller Eileen Goudge could concoct. Goudge's consistent sixteen New York Times bestsellers include Garden of Lies, Once in a Blue Moon, Woman in Red, Domestic Affairs, and The Diary.

    glamazon says: "Either the best idea or the worst idea..."
    "Truly Awful. Don't waste your credits."
    Overall
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    What a tedious, predictable soap opera. A successful career woman (Camille), with two beautiful homes, a handsome, "George Clooney" lookalike for a husband (Edward), and a darling son and daughter, battles cancer. Camille (please Eileen, don't insult our intelligence in the future with such an obvious name choice) decides to find a wife to replace her after she dies.

    I guess she assumes that after her husband loses his wife, and his children lose their mother, they will immediately embrace wife/mommy #2 and then the good times will roll. No mourning period necessary.

    Although Hubby is initially against this crazy plan, he eventually gives in to Camille, (what, he has no backbone?), and surprisingly hearts are broken and he ends up having an affair with another woman (Angie), who works as a caterer hired by Camille for her matchmaking parties. Sure didn't see that one coming.

    And then, miracle of miracles, a new experimental drug treatment puts Camille's cancer in remission. Oh no! Hubby has fallen in love with Angie! Although he tries to hold the marriage together by dumping Angie and attending counseling sessions with Camille, he just can't get the new and improved model out of his mind.

    Dearest readers, can you guess how this story ends? Camille and Edward divorce, and the handsome doctor marries Angie, who is expecting a baby at the end of the story. Camille realizes that although she is alone now, she's been given a new start and life goes on.

    I could not sympathize with, nor did I like any of the characters in this book. Camille is a control freak who was trying to manipulate her husband's and children's lives from the grave, Edward is a self-absorbed narcissist, but then so is Angie, who uses every excuse in the book to rationalize her behavior as a cheater.

    A total waste of time, and the only reason I finished this book was that I didn't want to feel as if I'd wasted my credit. Now I realize I've lost 17 hours of my life I'll never get back. Don't waste your time or your Audible credits. There are much better books out there.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie. Her favorite word is “MINE!”

    James Gordon says: "I'm So Embarrassed!"
    "An Utter Waste of Time! Grow up Becky!"
    Overall

    I loved the first Shopaholic books, but wonder if this immature woman will ever grow up. The charm has worn off Becky for me. I cannot imagine what Luke sees in this compulsive shopper. Will Becky ever learn that happiness is not found in her next purchase?

    She hasn't changed since the first book; merely grown more tedious and boring. She lies constantly and we are to to find this charming, and to sympathize with her "problems"? In the midst of a financial crisis, Becky's main concern is throwing an elaborate and over-the-top birthday party for Luke? Can you imagine the negative press he would receive for this?

    Life is supposed to be about growing up and changing, yet Becky remains as childish as ever.

    The ideal next book (and you know there will be one) should be about Luke realizing what a crazy person he is married to and filing for divorce. Becky, I am officially "divorcing" you. This is the last Shopaholic book for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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