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Allyson

Mom of three

Atlanta, GA, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 15 ratings
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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2711)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2064)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to And One Last Thing... the most enjoyable?

    The main character was unfiltered, acting out like most of us want to do when wronged.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And One Last Thing...?

    The opening scene was great.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator captured the women's voices fairly well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Amish Gathering: Life In Lancaster County

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Beth Wiseman
    • Narrated By Debra Solberg
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Each year at wintertime, Rebecca Miller mourns the loss of her twin sister, who was killed in a skating accident. Ben Weaver has been her friend, but this winter he’s vowed to melt her heart -frozen with grief - and make her his wife.

    Allyson says: "Unexpectedly Good, Start with Part 2"
    "Unexpectedly Good, Start with Part 2"
    Overall

    I chose this book because it was on sale and appeared to have unique and wholesome love story. The stories were simple, and even though I knew how they would end, I enjoyed each of the three stories. The narration was not very animated, but it suited the audiobook.

    The only other issue was the order of the stories. For some reason, the stories were loaded backwards so that the first story should have been last and so on. It didn't really materially affect the plots, but there are references of characters from the interconnected storylines that make more sense if read in the proper order.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "Lots of Cursing"
    Overall

    Okay, I guess I should have expected this given the title, but seriously, listening to this book was like watching an episode of the Sopranos. The book had an outrageous plot and some pretty funny scenes, the characters were interesting and overall this was just like other Jennifer Crusie books. If you don't mind the cursing and enjoyed other Crusie novels then you will probably enjoy this one too. Oh yeah, the narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (344)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Faking It although it was not my favorite Crusie book. The narration did not take away from the story. The characters are definitely different. If you are looking for a light, easy summer listen this will foot the bill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As Sure as the Dawn: The Mark of the Lion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (320)

    Atretes, a German barbarian who has won his freedom in the Roman arena, finds his life changed forever by an encounter with a young Christian woman. Atretes vows to move heaven and earth to find his son--the baby he thought was dead, and take him back to Germany. Only one thing stands in his way: Rizpah, the Christian widow who has cared for the child since his birth.

    David says: "Why only the third book available?"
    "Good wrap up"
    Overall

    This story was much like the other books in this trilogy. I appreciated the biblical references and spiritual encouragement. The narrator did an outstanding job creating distinct voices and bringing life to the story. I was not disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (683)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Fun, fun, fun!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book and did not want it to end. I'm ready for the sequel. The story line was quirky and characters were fun. Great diversion and light listen. This was the first Crusie novel for me but won't be the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26711)
    Performance
    (13346)
    Story
    (13390)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the rating and other reviews. I was not disappointed. The voices were perfect and added a lot to the audiobook. The story was far more appealing than I thought it could be. By the end, I was literally on the edge of my seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (286)

    At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

    Shelly says: "Need tissues for this one"
    "Just okay"
    Overall

    I wanted to read the book because of the movie, but there were some significant differences. The book provided less of a love story than I expected. I was actually a little disappointed by the story as told in the book. The narrator did a good job, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dear John

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life - until he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist.

    A User says: "As always my favorite"
    "Easy Listen & Good Narration"
    Overall

    The 2010 movie inspired me to read/listen to this book. I am a sucker for love stories, and the book was much better than the movie! The characters are better developed, and the plot line is more believable. I have listened to the book at least twice and still love it. The narrator did a great job with all the characters. This is a light book; if you are looking for a sweet love story with complications, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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