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Geri-Ann

Venice, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Trading Up

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Candace Bushnell
    • Narrated By Mira Sorvino
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Janey Wilcox wants to be on top. Not since author Candace Bushnell created Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City has there been a heroine like Janey Wilcox. Janey is a beautiful yet struggling social climber determined to survive in New York City society. Listeners first met Janey in Bushnell's international best seller 4 Blondes. Now, everyone's favorite character is back, with a major modeling contract, a Porsche Boxster, and big plans.

    Susan says: "Don't waste your time."
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a great fan of "Sex and the City," and was greatly looking forward to reading this book. What a disappointment! It was shallow, cliched, and rather boring. I gave it two stars because I did finish the book, but I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock the Heart: Black Falcon Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michelle A. Valentine
    • Narrated By Aletha George
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she's forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

    Alana Lee Rock says: "Diary of a Doormat KILLED this Book"
    "Trite and Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why is it that characters all have to be the best looking, sexiest, best lovers, etc? I'd much prefer to read a book about regular people. This did have some decent sex scenes, but overall, I found it trite and predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrong Bed, Right Guy: Come Undone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Katee Robert
    • Narrated By Kasha Kensington
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (393)

    Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she's been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he's completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother's matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan - buy some lingerie and climb into her boss' bed. The plan goes brilliantly...until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead. Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started.

    Ebony says: "Wrong Might Be Right"
    "A Predictable Romantic Fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like a fantasy world where "bad boys" are really sweet and sensitive … not to mention, rich … and are the most incredible and expert lovers with no thought for their own pleasure, only yours … this is the book for you. It has some pretty good erotic scenes, but as a story, it was predictable and unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sissy Spacek
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

    DCHank says: "Charming and lovable"
    "Spacek succeeded too well."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sissy Spacek is a major movie star who wanted to show how ordinary she is. (See the title.) After reading the book, I am impressed with how she has managed to maintain a fairly normal life -- long-term marriage, children, living a life outside of Hollywood. The problem is that I found the details of her ordinary life rather dull. She is a competent writer, but not a great one, so the ordinary details of her life are just not that interesting. Much of the book is about her family background, her childhood, her pets and her relatives and neighbors. The stories, the way they are told, would be of zero interest if they weren't about a movie star. I did enjoy hearing about the making of her movies -- the unordinary part of her life -- but that constituted no more than half the book, and probably a lot less. I also was not impressed with her performance as a reader. I know this may be an unfair criticism ... after all, she's the author talking about her own life! But she has a slow southern drawl; I kept wanting to tell her to speed it up. To sum it up, I liked Sissy Spacek, it was interesting hearing about her experiences making movies, but she succeeded too well in showing how "ordinary" her life is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lead Me On

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (227)

    After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!

    Geri-Ann says: "Trite and Predicable"
    "Trite and Predicable"
    Overall

    I hated this book, and if I hadn't spent money on it and needed something to entertain me while driving, I would have stopped reading it after the first couple of chapters. The ending was so predictable, even for a romance. The main character was an idiot; I just wanted to slap her. The whole story was completely unbelievable. I shouldn't have wasted my time along with my money. The reader was good, however.

    9 of 10 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"
    "What a wonderful book!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I loved the way it presented the perspective of both the wife and the other woman so honestly and well. I didn't know whom to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

    Geri-Ann says: "So Disappointed!"
    "So Disappointed!"
    Overall

    I was so disappointed when I read this book. I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. I love how she gets us into the minds of her characters, and enables us to see things from their perspective. I can't believe she wrote this book. The topic -- spouse abuse -- is one I would expect her to handle. But it might as well have been a Harlequin novel. So shallow. I ordered it, despite the bad reviews, because the main character is an anthropologist. I'm an anthropologist. I thought, if nothing else, that would make it interesting. It didn't. It's as if she took one anthropology class, and didn't do all that well in it. If you love Jodi Pocoult, avoid this book!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3138)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1315)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Wonderful Book!"
    Overall

    I'm not sure why I ordered this book, because it's not the kind of book I usually get -- but I'm SO glad I did. I loved this book!! And the readers were fantastic. They really added to the listening experience. I hated for the book to be over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (565)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "So stupid"
    Overall

    I guess it's my fault for not realizing that this was actually written by Nora Roberts. It is a romance novel, thinly disguised as a murder mystery. I've never read a mystery that has so little action and so much talking talking talking. The fact that it's set in some undisclosed future time and has technology we don't have and uses slang that doesn't yet exist may have been done to be clever, but I found it just annoying. The characters were two-dimensional. The main character's husband was the most clever, handsome, and rich guy ever ... and yes, he was totally devoted to his wife and always there when she needed him. Give me a break! My advice -- unless you've read this author before and like her, don't bother to read this book.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Better as a Short Story"
    Overall

    While the basic plot idea is interesting and would make a great short story, this long book was alternately boring and interesting. In any case, however, I would much rather read this book than listen to it. There are long strings of information -- lots of 9 digit numbers, names of tests, etc. that one would skim over in a book. When it's being read to you, however, that's not possible. There were times I wanted to scream. Lincoln Child is much better when he coauthors with Douglas Preston.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (2000)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "A Great Read!"
    Overall

    I normally don't read non-fiction. I listen to books on tape (or electronic format) while I drive, and I prefer mindless entertainment. I'm a fan of mysteries. I got this book because my husband (we commute together) really wanted to read it. I was surprised to find that I loved it! There was a great mystery/thriller "plot" alongside a fascinating historical account of the Chicago World's Fair. It made our most recent trip to Chicago much more meaningful to know so much of the history of the city.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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