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Lana

Edmonton, AB, Canada

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  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Buy the Abridged Version"
    Overall

    I never read/listen to abridged novels because, as an English PhD, I cannot bear to let someone else decide what is not relevant. However, in this case, I wish I had listened to the other reviewer and bought the abridged version. There is a mildly interesting story here, but it is burried under so many self-indulgent narrative tangents that it gets lost. There are WAY too many details about characters and places that really do not add anything to the novel and slacken the tautness of the narrative.

    I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book, in any form, but I think it would be enjoyable abridged.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brandi Glanville
    • Narrated By Brandi Glanville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    On the heels of her New York Times best-selling book Drinking and Tweeting, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville takes readers on a wild ride through her dating life in this highly entertaining relationship book. Drinking and Dating chronicles Glanville’s misadventures stumbling through today’s dating world. From social media blunders to bedroom escapades, Brandi withholds nothing. Each chapter is inspired by a relationship encounter she has had since her sensational divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian.

    Hal says: "The Perfect Parody of the American Way of Life"
    "Hashtag! Pointless, Boring, & Embarassing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Maybe if I had the tranquilizers & drinking habits of Brandi.


    What was most disappointing about Brandi Glanville’s story?

    That it was published.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If she was sober.

    The woman ends every second sentence by saying "hashtag!" Like "hashtag car sex" & "hashtag I like my wine."

    There is nothing that could improve the performance.


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

    Shame at having bought it. Despair for the publishing industry. Anger at her sexism & racism. Sadness for her children who will be taunted by their peers w info from this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is unbearable--it's not funny, insightful or even amusing. clearly this book's publication is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Beautiful Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Helen Schulman
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    When the Bergamots move from comfortable suburban Ithaca to New York City, they’re not sure how well they will adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of the well-to-do Upper West Side. But soon Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying six-year-old Coco around town.

    SomervilleWhereElse says: "So so"
    "A short story, not a novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Helen Schulman and/or Hillary Huber?

    The narrator is superb and the story is compelling--but then it stops short. Right when things become interesting and complicated, the author employs a cheap narrative trick and the novel just ends. This results in it feeling like a short story (written by a writer with a deadline) instead of a rich novel. I was really dissapointed as the story was just fantastic and the characters layered.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Schulman again?

    Yes.


    Was This Beautiful Life worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it stopped short.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (376)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "Fantastic Comparison of "Western" and "Chinese"..."
    Overall

    ...parenting.

    An amusing, smart and unapologetic indictment of "Western" parenting. Chua avoids navel gazing and, instead, offers a sharp analysis of the downfalls of both pushing too hard and not pushing hard enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (350)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Interesting but Not Compelling"
    Overall

    This is a pleasant audiobook. It's not as insightful or enjoyable as Eat, Pray, Love, but a few of the chapters are quite funny. Gilbert does not offer any new insights into marriage, and she does not touch the inherent sexism of the institution, but she does a decent job navel gazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marti Rulli, Dennis Davern
    • Narrated By Lindsay Johnson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour is the long-awaited, detailed account of events that led to the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood off the coast of Catalina Island on November 28, 1981. It is a story told by a haunted witness to that fateful evening: Dennis Davern, the young captain of Splendour, the yacht belonging to Wood and husband Robert Wagner.

    Phyllis says: "good read -"
    "Dissapointing and Self-Serving"
    Overall

    I am a film prof and avid reader of Classic Hollywood film star bios. This was the first one that made me nauseous. Written by a rookie writer capitalizing on her friendship with Speldour's captain, 80% of the book rationalizes why the captain did not come forward sooner with details about the night Natalie died and, instead, chose to LIE about it for 27 years. The author becomes complicit in this line and there are dozens of excuses given why it's okay (he was scared! I needed to protect our friendship! We were worried about Natalie's daughters!) but ALL of them underscore how self-serving these two are.

    I'm sad that I paid money for something that exploits Wood's memory and capitalizes on her death. There is nothing new here about her films or her life, other than a few details about her relatonship with Wagner. Other than that, it's 50% about how much Natalie liked her boat captain and what a great guy he is, 30% is rationalizing covering up a murder, 10% about the friedsship between the author and captain and 10% mildly interesting stuff.

    It's not a boring listen and the narrator is great, but I don't know how anyone can get into a book that is so clearly caplitalizing on a murder--27 years later.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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