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Andrea M. Olivier

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Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Close Your Eyes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amanda Eyre Ward
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan, Phoebe Zimmermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe. But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke to discover their mother's body....

    Andrea M. Olivier says: "Ugh."
    "Ugh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ugh. I did not like this at all.

    It was so short, it could almost qualify as a short story. While I have no problems with short stories, I do have a problem when I pay for something that is considered a novel, and is not. But, I am not even considering this in my review. That was just a bit of an annoyance.

    The writing was juvenile. The conversations were very unnatural. If the author would have read these aloud, she probably would have noticed.

    The scenes with the therapist were terribly unrealistic. I've had my fare share of experience with therapists, and this did not ring true at all. I know everyone's experience will be different, but no, not even remotely buying it.

    I don't know if it's because I live in Austin, but the way the author used the city was just done so heavy-handedly. I still liked hearing about my local haunts, but you can get more creative than that.

    Audiobook version comment - very mediocre narrators. But, then again, it was a mediocre book.

    I feel like I could just ramble on with stuff I don't like, so I'm just going to stop now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Sheffield
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    When he turned 13 in 1980, Rob Sheffield had a lot to learn about women, love, music and himself, and in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran we get a glimpse into his transformation from pasty, geeky "hermit boy" into a young man with his first girlfriend, his first apartment, and a sense of the world.

    Tricia - Audible says: "Before there was Team Edward...there was Team John"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At first I found the book extremely funny and I loved all the 80s references and music. However, about halfway through the book I seem to hit a wall and just didn't really feel the need to continue. A couple days later, I pushed myself past that wall and finished it. Not really sure what that was about, but overall the book was light, quick, and not awful. Overall disappointing though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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