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Sobriquet

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  • Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Becky Aikman
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    In her 40s - a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role - Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.

    Sobriquet says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    What disappointed you about Saturday Night Widows?

    It was promising at the beginning, but I lost interest I mean ;I could not have cared *less* about these women by the third chapter. The writing and narration was mawkish and overwrought, fraught with ham fisted analogies between art and self growth. She bored me silly describing what each woman wore from shoes to earings;and her insights into each woman were cliched and superficial making it difficult to relate to the self awareness they developed.
    "We would have memories, we would one day say to each other 'Remember Marcia and the day she defied gravity with the Hula Hoop at the Spa Weekend?" Am I supposed to care about that? Perhaps I would have, had I known more about Marcia than her boots and haircut.Having lost my husband, I don't think this would inspire or comfort your average grieving widow. How many of us could afford to take several trips across the world within a year, and stay at spas and five star hotels?


    Has Saturday Night Widows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. As a rule I like memoirs, unfortunately, being through something terrible does not by itself make you an interesting writer. Give me Mary Karr!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Marie Lee?

    Someone with a grittier more earthy voice. Her lilt added to the overall mawkish feel of the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chanel Bonfire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wendy Lawless
    • Narrated By Wendy Lawless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    By the time Wendy Lawless turned 17, she'd known for quite some time that she didn't have a normal mother. But that didn't stop her from wanting one.... Georgann Rea didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings; she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She went through men like Kleenex, and didn't like dogs or children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match.

    Sobriquet says: "Not an Engaging Listen"
    "Not an Engaging Listen"
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    What would have made Chanel Bonfire better?


    Unless the reader is interested in all tales of abusive childhoods and alcoholic parents, or has no knowledge of what torment can occur within a family; I doubt this will be found anything special.
    This is nothing you wouldn't hear in an A.A meeting, or from a friend. The author's mother was beautiful, but that, and the title seem to be a marketing ploy to make an otherwise unremarkable book sound unique.

    Sadly, stories like this abound. To make a lasting mark, in my opinion the author needs to intuitively add insights, wisdom, and have almost a poetic sensibility. Hearing "I felt sad" "I felt guilty" isn't evocative when it's used almost solely to describe emotion.

    Overall this was a collection of events told so dispassionately, I felt as if I'd tuned into a radio interview I'd have on in the background only until the dishes were finished.


    Has Chanel Bonfire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Wendy Lawless’s performance?

    It was like listening to an average student reading a High School essay aloud.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Disappointment, and of course a generalized, detached sadness that anyone has to go through this, including her mother,who, while obviously unfit to be a mother, was mentally unwell, and had suffered abuse herself. She wasn't having any fun either.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7548)
    Performance
    (6572)
    Story
    (6562)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Did I Download the Wrong book?"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    Definitely not.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Everything. Flat, predictable, cardboard characters, a silly storyline. I'm not against escapist fiction as a whole, however this book annoyed me so much I wanted to escape from it. After part one I realized there was no point in enduring it. I kept waiting for it to become interesting as it had recieved excellent reviews.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the best part of the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Witness?

    All of it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20059)
    Performance
    (17960)
    Story
    (18023)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    ""R" Rated Nancy Drew."
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I was suprised at the rave reviews this book received. I admire the witty and original dialogue of Flynn's characters, and her acute insight into human nature, but I found the book tedious and predictable.

    Noir is not a word I would use to describe it. I found it stilted, overworked and lacking the intricacies, nuance and character depth I associate with books deserving of that label. This is no Hitchcock, or Poe
    To me it was Nancy Drew for readers over 20.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performances were good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    There are so many I couldn't actually be specific.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did not allow enough room for the readers imagination - or mine anyway: Because of this I was aware I was listening to a book the entire time rather than entering the world of the author created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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