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Annie

Alameda, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
  • 37 ratings
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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2524)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2585)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1298)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Charming!"
    Overall

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26732)
    Performance
    (13369)
    Story
    (13413)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Can't stop listening..."
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Love the story, but not so much the narrator"
    Overall

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Totally absorbed with the characters and story"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Fair Lazy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Readers and listeners have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces.

    Yolanda Stiger says: "hilarious"
    "Disappointing.... (but terrific narrator!)"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nanny Returns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Nan is back. After living abroad for 12 years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse. To compound the mounting chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now 16 years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago.

    Joe says: "Ok"
    "Spoiled by narrator"
    Overall

    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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale from Behind the Hollywood Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    In The Second Assistant, readers across the country found a heroine they loved to love in Lizzie Miller, the smart and witty East Coast girl clinging for dear life to the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder. But no more coffee runs and sorting thumbtacks by color for Lizzie; she's been promoted. As first assistant to Scott Wagner, now president of The Agency and one of Hollywood's premiere movers and shakers, she's making decisions and learning the ins and outs of the business.

    Brittany says: "Loved it!"
    "Much better than Second Assistant"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear. In this sparkling novel, the wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet on Tuesday nights to trade shoes. In the process, they form friendships that will help each of them to triumph over her problems, from secret pasts to blackmail, bankrupcy, and dating.

    Stephanie says: "Chic Lit with character development"
    "Interesting characters"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "Too bad it's abridged"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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