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Kari

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  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (479)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "One of the funniest and most uplifting books yet!!"
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    What did you love best about Can You Keep a Secret??

    The whole thing. Loved when her friend asked to go over the numbers in front of him, and then later when he asked her for the leopold file.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Can You Keep a Secret??

    the work picnic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The work picnic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ABSOLUTELY. Read it in one sitting in college, and listened to it in one sitting several times since.


    Any additional comments?

    Need more books like this!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Birds and the Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Becky Hindley
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

    Jan says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Decent enough of a story..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    more plot twists, more "hold your breath to see how it works out" moments...


    If you’ve listened to books by Milly Johnson before, how does this one compare?

    this is my first book by this author....


    Have you listened to any of Becky Hindley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is my first book by this performer...


    Could you see The Birds and the Bees being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not without more drama and suspense...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15707)
    Performance
    (13006)
    Story
    (13641)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "a horrible story about broken people"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Umm... not sure beyond just not writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. It's a story of a strong girl who allows herself to be controlled by a broken boy. I see that every day at a women's shelter... I don't want to read about it too.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeanne Marie Laskas
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    These stories are about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them. Laskas spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long-haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. All are part of hidden America, and you will be amazed by what Laskas tells you about them.

    Kari says: "Love it... Love her... Check out everything!!!"
    "Love it... Love her... Check out everything!!!"
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    Would you listen to Hidden America again? Why?

    Yes, already have listened to it twice now.


    What other book might you compare Hidden America to and why?

    50 acres and a poodle.


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

    Intonation and personalization.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved when she worked at the gun store, and in seeing how her view points changed. I loved how she described it so much that I actually stopped and wrote it down... Shooting a gun is like one big gorgeous sneeze. I love it. So true.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to see more by this author. I read 50 acres and a poodle in college and have been looking for it on audio ever since. JML is a great and fantastic author who puts heart and mind and soul (and a healthy, healthy dose of humor) into her stories and writings. You simply cannot have too many of her books to offer.

    1 of 1 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
    (804)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (341)

    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"
    "It was just okay... Not really a believable story"
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    What would have made Lady Be Good better?

    It was a funny book, but not really a believable plot line.


    Has Lady Be Good turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she's in the store and throwing everything in her cart that could possibly make her look bad and then his response when he's teasing her about it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yeah, it had funny parts and moments...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (600)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Entertaining and affable read..."
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    Would you listen to The Great Escape again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it at least twice now. I love how it's the story of a meek girl finding herself, and love viper.


    What other book might you compare The Great Escape to and why?

    50 acres and a poodle
    Twenties girl
    I've got your number
    Undomestic Goddess
    When in doubt add butter
    Busy woman seeks wife


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he pulls up on the motorcycle and says "sup?" Too great of a response!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When in Doubt, Add Butter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.

    Erin DeAnjou says: "Predictable but Very Enjoyable"
    "Such a great and entertaining "read""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved it and loved how the main characters didn't know each other but still interacted in meaningful ways.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    When she's sitting in front of his door, trying to call her client.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she knocks over the water on the note, and he hands her a landscapers? card in the grocery store.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. absolutely. I've actually listened to it several times now.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, good job, can't wait for more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Likeonomics: The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust, Influencing Behavior, and Inspiring Action

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rohit Bhargava
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    People decide who to trust, what advice to heed, and which individuals to forge personal or transactional relationships with based on a simple metric of believability. Success, in turn, comes from understanding one basic principle: how to be more trusted. Likeonomics offers a new vision of a world beyond Facebook where personal relationships, likeability, brutal honesty, extreme simplicity, and basic humanity are behind everything from multi-million dollar mergers to record-breaking product sales.

    Kari says: "not a great book"
    "not a great book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    maybe anyone who can't do a simple google search on their own. I thought it would be a teaching book, but instead it's hundreds of examples of people who have done things the author likes. It's like having someone read you the encyclopedia... not really teaching you, just saying "here's a whole lot of people who did it" before you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    nothing by this author.


    Have you listened to any of Christine Marshall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I guess if you want to be entertained by a list of people who are successful, but not really taught anything...


    Any additional comments?

    I thought we could return books we didn't like. I was planning on returning this one. Where is that feature?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Ways to Create Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sam Beckford, Steve Chandler
    • Narrated By Steve Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    These 100 eye-opening ways to create wealth are drawn from the author's successful careers, with many touching personal stories as well as stories and examples from the hundreds of clients these master coaches have advised. This book is chock full of ways to make money, deepen life's pleasure, increase personal wage-earning power, and start fresh entrepreneurial ideas right at home.

    Thomas says: "A MUST HAVE!"
    "This was an awesome and genuine "read""
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    Would you listen to 100 Ways to Create Wealth again? Why?

    absolutely, have already listened to it a few times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really any different characters to remember, I like the way it was written so genuinely, it's like being in a room with a best friend and just chatting and sharing ideas. Sitting at the feet of wisdom so to speak.


    Which character – as performed by Steve Chandler – was your favorite?

    see above


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    too many to count, and continuing to grow as I keep listening to it over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    When's the next book, I'll buy anything he writes (they write) ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1139)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "could have done without so much cussing!!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    fewer use of f*ck and god damn.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was funny and real in a world where everyone is afraid to speak their minds for fear of repercussions by whiny people who are too uptight to laugh at their own selves.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Schemmel’s performance?

    It was great...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sh-t My Dad Says?

    Just the prolific amount of cussing.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been just as funny without so much use of f*ck and god damn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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