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Patricia

Philadelphia, PA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Anyone But You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders, and the ubiquitous dog Fred - not to mention her suddenly raging hormones - 40-year-old Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But the more silver-haired stiffs she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

    Bonnie says: "Jennifer Crusie knows how to have fun"
    "As memorable as a Hollywood Classic Movie"
    Overall

    Listening to this is like watching one of the great Hollywood classic movies: The characters are smart and witty, the dialogue snappy...and you'll fall in love with Fred. I will definitely be listening to this one again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Wedding: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (185)

    After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid - the gorgeous best man. She's stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn't mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are.... Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed.

    Houston mom says: "Best story yet"
    "Sexy and fun. Already listened multiple times."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have not loved all of the other books in this series but this one gives me hope. The dialogue and interaction between the two leads is lots of fun and entertaining. And since I have found some of the FBI scenarios in previous books to be a bit contrived, I appreciated that they were used sparingly in this book.

    Not sure if JJ will continue with this series but if she does, I hope the future books are like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "Good story but needed a professional reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story of LTCM is fascinating, especially for financial scandal junkies who have plowed through books on Enron, Madoff etc. This story is well paced and easy to follow - no small feat given the dry nature of the subject matter HOWEVER, this audiobook could have been greatly improved by a professional reader. Having the writer read it does not do it justice. He has a limited vocal range. The publisher would be wise to re-issue this recording with another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of Greed: The Unshredded Truth from an Enron Insider

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Brian Cruver
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Brian Cruver first entered the Enron's office complex, in March 2001. He was an eager MBA ready to cash in as a new hire with one of America's most highly valued companies. But, from his first day - when his new boss warned him, "there was a mix-up in the hiring process," but that it was "no big deal...just think of it like you're adopted" - to his last, when he and his colleagues were given thirty minutes to leave the building, Cruver found himself enmeshed in a business cult that each day grew only more bizarre.

    Patricia says: "Compelling companion to your Enron library"
    "Compelling companion to your Enron library"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Brian Cruver's book gives insight on the Enron scandal not found in other books, such as The Smartest Guys in the Room and Conspiracy of Fools. It's the insight of the low-level employee who just wants to go to work and be part of the Enron success story and ends up being a witness to/casualty of the collapse. It's helpful, but not essential, to read the other books first for details on the reasons why Enron fell apart because Cruver's take is more memoir than business analysis. You're not going to understand the ins and outs of the off-balance sheet transactions from reading this book alone. If that's your goal, read the others first. Having read the others and being ready to move past the financial minutiae, I found Cruver's take to be refreshingly lighter, snarkier and relatable.

    His description of Enron employees helping each other with their resumes while watching ESPN on the expensive TV screens on the trading floor in the final days of the company's existence is both surreal and startlingly believable to anyone who's worked in corporate America. The narrator does an excellent job in matching the tone of Cruver's text. I actually rate him higher than the narrator of Conspiracy of Fools. If you have a fascination with the Enron story, as I do, this one is worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (288)

    Daisy Flattery is a free spirit with a soft spot for strays and a weakness for a good story. Why else would she agree to the outrageous charade offered by her buttoned-down workaholic neighbor, Linc Blaise? The history professor needs to have a fiancée in order to capture his dream job, and Daisy is game to play the role. But something funny happens on their way to the altar that changes everything.

    Laura says: "The Listener"
    "Delicious, sweet, frothy tale..."
    Overall

    Witty, fun read with characters you will like. Great for a car trip, afternoon at the beach, or plane ride. The narrator is one of the best I've heard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ex-Debutante

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks until, one day, she gets an urgent call from her mother.

    Beth says: "Fun and a Delight"
    "Very funny, very touching"
    Overall

    This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I didn't expect to like the main character or her trunk-ful of family drama as much as I did.

    This was a very satisfying audiobook, great for a long trip or afternoon on the beach.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (629)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    "Refreshingly Different..."
    Overall

    Even though it was written over a decade ago, this is still a refreshingly different kind of romance novel. Phoebe is unlike any heroine I've read about before or since and she taught me a lot about how we categorize people based on very limited information. Kudos to Susan Elizabeth Phillips for creating a character and a situation that was so wholly unexpected and a lot of fun to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (668)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "You will laugh...a lot!"
    Overall

    Less than one chapter into this book, I was laughing so hard at the dialogue that my husband asked me if I was OK. SEP's characters are always great but Dean and Blue really take it to the next level. The supporting cast in this one is also amazing. This is really a tale about a family as a opposed to your run of the mill romance novel. Kudos to SEP for bringing more to the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (931)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Still laughing..."
    Overall

    I have listened to three SEP books and this is still my favorite, likely because Annabelle is my favorite heroine. She's funny, witty and irreverent. The narrator seems to key into her really well.

    There are some fall-down funny moments in this book that you will want to hear again and again.

    I also love the little "bonus" romances in SEP's books. Once you've read some of her stuff you will know what I mean.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Be Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (334)

    Lady Emma Wells-Finch comes to Texas on a mission: she has two weeks to ruin her reputation. The only thing that will save her from losing everything is complete and utter disgrace. World famous playboy-athlete Kenny Traveler has been blackmailed into chauffeuring Lady Emma around. He needs to prove himself completely respectable to get back into his game. And when a gorgeous man who can't afford another scandal meets a hardheaded woman who's determined to cause one, anything can happen...even love.

    mia says: "Another great book by SEP"
    "Cracked. Me. Up."
    Overall

    What a wonderful and complex cast of characters! With this book, you don't just get a heroine who dance around their attraction for one another for several hours, you get a whole town full of interesting and complex people who you care about, root for and despise. I loved the main characters but by the end I was wishing that Dex and Tori in particular had their own book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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