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Kate

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Big Girl Panties: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephanie Evanovich
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (129)

    Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back - and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age 32. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Humor and Life Lessons!"
    "If you're looking for smut, you've found it!"
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    I liked the title of this book so much and when I saw the Evanovich name, I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't expecting classic literature, but I REALLY wasn't expecting smut either.

    Thirty minutes into the book, I turned it off. It. Was That. Bad. I just couldn't handle the longest sex scene in history any longer. A couple weeks later, I thought I'd try again, just in case. I mean, my Audible books are valuable to me! Made it another ten minutes before I pressed the button and turned it off for good.

    Writing was very, very basic. Nothing special at all. Story line was non-existent. Characters made me cringe and want to run away.

    This book has absolutely nothing, save its title, to recommend it. Save your Audible credit for something worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (185)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"
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    What creativity from Edward Kelsey Moore! Loved the image (literal and figurative!) of Eleanor Roosevelt! The characters were quirky, fun and REAL. I felt like I could run into one of them on the street and know exactly who it was.

    Story was interesting and pacing moved along well. It wasn't packed with action, but that totally worked for me since I adore character-based literature.

    I'll definitely be looking for other works by Moore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magnolia Wednesdays

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Käthe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    At 41, Vivian Armstrong Gray's life as an investigative journalist is crumbling. Humiliated after taking a bullet in her backside during an exposé, Vivi learns that she's pregnant, jobless, and very hormonal. This explains why she says "yes" to a dreadful job covering suburban living back home in Georgia, a column she must write incognito. Down South, it's her sister's ballroom dance studio that becomes her undercover spot where she learns about the local life - and where unexpected friendships develop.

    Kate says: "Painful. And not in a good way."
    "Painful. And not in a good way."
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    What could Wendy Wax have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story line has promise, but it just goes on and on and on. I'm well into the second half and I feel like the story should be getting somewhere. But the main character, Vivian, just goes through the same routine over and over again. She doesn't grow or learn, nor does she seem to want to. As a result, the reader must muddle through her agonizingly bad decisions. There's one single thread of the story that I'm interested in reading the conclusion, but I don't think I can bring myself to continue the story. It's. That. Painful.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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