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Pamela

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  • Her Two Dads

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By Jenny Urban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Srikkanth Bhattacharya is a quintessential gay bachelor and perfectly happy about it—until he gets a call from the local hospital telling him his best friend died in childbirth. Sri had agreed to provide the sperm to make Jill's dream of motherhood come true, but he'd never expected to have to make decisions for a baby girl. He intends to place her with an adoptive family, but once he sees her, Sri can’t bring himself to do it, so now he’s struggling to learn how to deal with a newborn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Surprisingly realistic"
    "Too Bad About The Two Dads"
    Overall

    This book reads like a fictionalized version of one of those glossy pastel brochures called "Guide To The Two Dad Family" or in an edgier style "What it's like to be a co-Daddy". There really is no story, in the sense that a real story has characters with personalities, tastes, histories and interests and this is just a bare, simplistic account in which nothing is really going on except the very quotidian life of two dads and their baby. And there's a visit from a social services rep to get the intrusive, more conservative point of view from city/county bureaucracy Or maybe it's the neighbors that object to the two-dad lifestyle, I'm not sure, I didn't get that far.

    It's unfortunate because this "story" has a lot of potential for a much more interesting take on the adventures of this family, and could have been a lot more fun to read. They could be out to dinner in an Ethiopian restaurant for example, or they could have family members to do things with, or they could have work situations - The explicit sex was completely unnecessary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (641)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    richard says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Shallow and Generic"
    Overall

    This book was not as advertised. I expected more explorations of the PTSD phenomenon and how it affected the protagonist's present life, rather than a long story of a knock-down, drag-out garden variety kidnapping, complete with archetypical male misogynist behavior. Way too much profanity - I don't mind the f-word now and then, when it's appropriate, but when every other word is an f-word or other hostile profanity, used as an adjective by the main character in her therapy sessions, it's way too much. The character's cookie-cutter variety of hostility against therapy and therapists was also very generic and tiresome.

    Added in was the narrator's flat delivery and speed reading. She sounded as though someone was forcing her to read the words and she was just going through the motions. Disappointing, this novel could have been so much more.

    28 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (125)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    Overall

    Will you please stop featuring such appealing novels only available in abridged format? I am continually stumped as to why oh why anyone with a brain would even bother to read an abridged novel. Several times I have found on your site what promised to be a good read, but only available in the abridged version, and I have gone to the competition and rented the unabridged cassettes. Please stop the insanity!

    135 of 142 people found this review helpful

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