Half way through the book and I'm very much enjoying the story. Jean Kwok is a vivid and descriptive story teller. Kudos to her. Can't wait to start commuting each day just to listen the story.
The narrator on the other hand...when she reads in plain English, she's terrific. But I simply cannot stand, nor understand, when she voices the characters in accents. Horrendous. The Chinese accents are monotone, robotic, broken and unauthentic. The non-Chinese characters seem to have unidentifiable accents too; not sure what kind of accents they are and why they mispronounce words. Unfortunately, the accents can be quite distracting, leaving the listener a bit confused. Without the accents, reader is great.
Looking forward to finishing the story.
Well-written, well-read, interesting stories. Actually made me go back to watch The Outsiders and About Last Night. Like Oprah said, hard to put down!
A delightful listen with a variety of rich, interesting female characters. Above all, another fantastic read by Jenna Lamia. I became a huge fan of Jenna Lamia after The Help. Another job superbly done! My next book will be another read by Jenna Lamia. (Jenna, if you're reading this --- you are a wonderful talent!! Please narrate more books!)
Hardly one third into the book and I LOVE this book. The story is engaging and the talent behind the character voices is just overflowing. The readers really bring the characters to life. So well done.
I love driving to/from work now because I get to listen to The Help.
Bravo Emily Giffin. Tugged at my heart strings for both lead characters. I was totally enthralled with the book --- totally drawn in to the story line. The alternating voices between chapters worked beautifully. One of the few books I'm thinking of listening to again.
Double bravo to Cynthia Nixon for a brilliant read.
I hope Emily Giffin is working on her next book because I can't wait.
My first Jen Lancaster book...I'm a reality tv nut and was really excited to read My Fair Lazy. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed. Had a hard time following the story, couldn't quite figure out the plot so I lost interest and didn't finish the book.
Despite the book, the narrator, however, was really terrific --- animated and spirited. She was the main reason I stuck with the book for as long as I did.
I am very disappointed... I loved loved loved reading the Nanny Diaries, and was so looking forward to listening to the book. But right off the bat I couldn't get into the story because I was distracted by the narrator. You can hear every single breath she takes, and her character voices were flat. Perhaps I am being too hard on the reader... perhaps the recording was just extra sensitive to her breathing and other lip smacking like noises. Sorry Susan Bennett...
The story was fine, but I probably wasn't paying close enough attention to enjoy it...
This book was much more entertaining than the first book, Second Assistant (but helps to read it before reading this one). The story gave a deeper insight into celebrities and movie making.
Narrator for this book made the book very enjoyable (again, better than the first book). This is the second book I've listened to narrated by Shelly Frasier, and I chose this book in great part because of her. She does a great job with the character voices without making it overly cheesy, especially with male voices.
Overall, an enjoyable story with four interesting characters with very different backgrounds coming together. I thought the author did a nice job developing these characters with entertaining storylines.
The narrator was just okay, a bit robotic at times though.
Love Kathy Griffin and thought her book was good. The book did indeed start off slow, but overall it was an enjoyable listen. I wish I could have enjoyed the entire book rather than just the abridged version.
And so glad it was narrated by KG. It was more like she was talking to you rather than reading her book to you.
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