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Loreen

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  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eve Brown Waite
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him literally to the ends of the earth.

    criswithcurls says: "One of the best memoirs I have ever read!"
    "Skip this one"
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    I have read/listened to dozens of memoirs, bios, and auto-bios. Never have I not liked a person so much. For someone who wants to join the Peace Corp and save the world - Eve complains, whines, and carries on as if she didn't expect to be in a third world country surrounded by people who think white people are strange and don't speak English.

    The only reason I finished this book was because I hoped at some point along the way she would redeem herself of the constant moaning and grousing - but no - she surprised me and ended up worse.

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  • People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jen Mann
    • Narrated By Renée Chambliss
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jen Mann doesn't have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays.

    Jen F says: "Love the writing - HATE the narrator!"
    "Find something else...."
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    What disappointed you about People I Want to Punch in the Throat?

    Very disappointed... I've listened to many "guilty pleasure" memoirs, and this is a toss up for worst memoir ever (tied with First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life byEve Brown-Waite).

    The chapters didn't really blend together and in one case - she's talking about hating pill-popping mommies in one chapter but the very next she's trying to become one.

    The stories were somewhat cute - but the random way they were thrown together and the way they were laid out didn't make for a great read. Maybe this was a book better suited to actual reading instead of listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jen Mann again?

    Maybe. I was not happy with the narrator. I'm not sure if it was an accent or just her was of speaking - but there were certain words she would say (almost always at the end of sentence) which made me cringe. Of course - it could have been the material. There were several parts written playwrite style which must have been difficult... but - her voice wasn't snarky enough to carry the zinger lines or to swear.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad Audible offers refunds.

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