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Ciara

Sunnyside, NY, USA

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  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "A bit repetitive"
    Overall

    If you've read his other works, you will see how repetitive he is when discussing his life lessons. I didn't find the material to be fresh. Also his narration is stilted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (277)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    A fascinating and compelling bittersweet story of growing up poor. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet and Low: A Family Story

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rich Cohen
    • Narrated By Rich Cohen
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and Sweet'N Low, converting his Brooklyn cafeteria into a factory and amassing the great fortune that would destroy his family.

    Rick says: "Leaves a bitter aftertaste"
    "Bad narration"
    Overall

    I found the narration to be monotone and stilted so I could not get past the first thirty minutes. But even with those minutes, I wasn't convinced that I should care about this fmaily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetness in the Belly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Camilla Gibb
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    When Lilly is eight years old, her pot-smoking hippie British parents leave her at a Sufi shrine in Morocco and inform her they will be back to collect her in three days. Three weeks later, she learns they've been murdered. Lilly fills that haunted hollow in her life with intense study and memorization of the Qur'an under the patient care of the Sufi saint's disciple she was entrusted to.

    Ciara says: "Bittersweet Tale"
    "Bittersweet Tale"
    Overall

    It took me awhile to get into it, but eventually the story drew me in. The author does a great job of illustrating Muslim life in Ethiopia in the 1970s and how the political upheaval changed the country forever. Good history lesson for those in the western world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lovers and Players

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power, mega money, and two murders equal one reckless week in New York. Lovers and Players takes you on a high-powered trip from Park Avenue to Brooklyn. Jackie Collins is back in her most deliciously scandalous novel yet. And she's giving her readers a revealing look into the private realms of her fabulously rich and sexy cast of characters.

    D. Arena says: "Perfect as usual!"
    "Narration bad"
    Overall

    I could not even get through the first twenty minutes. The narrator does a bad job of representing the character's voices and she is annoying to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of the Story

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

    Laurie says: "Listen a Little Longer.."
    "Whiney Characters"
    Overall

    The entire time I listened to this, the characters drove me nuts with their constant complaining. Her other books are better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Cute Love Story"
    Overall

    I love Sophie Kinsella for her lighthearted stories. This is an amusing tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Cheesy Ending"
    Overall

    I was enthralled through most of the book. Definitely interesting to hear how the rich live in NY, but the ending I found to be cornball.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L'Affaire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diane Johnson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    When Amy Hawkins, a young dot-com executive from California who has made her fortune at the top of NASDAQ, overhears a pair of elderly and thus much wiser socialites decry the new generation for their incompetence in all things worldly, she sets off for Europe to find culture, her roots, and maybe a cause to devote her considerable fortune to.

    Julia says: "A wonderful comedy of manners"
    "Ending predictable"
    Overall

    Overall this is an interesting book and paints a good picture of the main characters and their interaction with each other. However I did find that the ending fell flat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Great Romp; wonderfully performed"
    "Hated it"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of the Bridget Jones books, but this one pales in comparision. The entire story is absurd.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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