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Middle School Language Arts Teacher. GA Flautist

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  • The Accidental Bestseller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.

    S says: "Meh....just okay."
    "Good book, but not quite as good as the Ocean Book"
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    If you could sum up The Accidental Bestseller in three words, what would they be?

    A group of women that all have writing in common come together for a writing awards ceremony. They are all facing difficult situations and possible failing writing careers. These women become supportive of each other as they come to understand the challenges that each other face.


    What other book might you compare The Accidental Bestseller to and why?

    Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach just because it discussed the lives of four completely diffferent people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps looking into the life of the character that lived with her mother and children.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not as much as I did the other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I was slightly disappointed in this book. Perhaps because I had high hopes compared to the other two books I'd read. It is still a good read and I would recommend it, just not as highly as the other ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Not what I expected- in a great way!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I had always heard references to this book & never knew what they were talking about. I am so glad I read this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godfather?

    The description of the relationship of the family.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favorite?

    The main character by far. I expected blood & gore, but it was not that by any means. The language was not that bad either, which I was glad about.


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

    This was a long book. I had to take breaks, but it had me thinking about the story in between sessions of listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than I expected. Hint: the next two don't hold a candle to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "Need to follow perspectives"
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    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a good book, and I'd probably place in the top quarter to middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    They were all performed very well. I couldn't really say which one was the best.


    If you could take any character from Who Asked You? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tammy. She is able to see what is going on pretty much all around.


    Any additional comments?

    This was pretty much up front and honest about two boys being cared for by their grandmother living on a restricted income. It made me realize that what they referred to as "the hood" was really just a normal community with people working hard just trying to get by the best they can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (294)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Interest capturing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to all my friends. I teach middle school Language Arts. We talk about characteristics of Southern Gothic all the time. (I realize this does not fit entirely into this genre). My husband and I go to Charleston frequently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the history of the old house. The characters were well flushed out.


    Which character – as performed by Aimee Bruneau – was your favorite?

    Melanie Middleton. There wasn't enough description of Jack to know his entire personality.


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

    Yes, or I sure tried.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be interesting to perhaps write from Jacks perspective, or maybe from one of the other characters (after you've read Return to Tradd Street.) if you've read this, read Th e Girl from Lagare Street and THEN Return to Tradd Street. Happy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her.

    Cheryl says: "Another great story!"
    "Definitely holds your interes"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Return to Tradd Street to be better than the print version?

    I really liked Aimee Bruneau's narration. I drive a great deal and I also listen to audible before I go to sleep. I would say this is better than the print version.


    What other book might you compare Return to Tradd Street to and why?

    This series reminds me almost of southern Gothic. I can't think of other books like this, but I can tell you I really enjoyed this. I just wish I knew to read Girl From Lagare Street before I read this one..


    What about Aimee Bruneau’s performance did you like?

    I loved her accent. She was spot on.


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

    Yes!!!!! I love this series. I have one more book to read from this author in my library.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had known ahead of time to read The Girl From Lagare street before reading this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ocean Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They've been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

    barbara says: "Wax has talent."
    "Wax has talent."
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    What did you love best about Ocean Beach?

    I love the fact that this story has some substance to it, I was familiar with the characters AND the locations. I like books that I can listen to on my way home from work and I can escape into something I enjoy. I think I have a familiar background to Ms. Wax, since we are from the same area. I hope that more books are written using these characters. I LOVED reading about Max and the Millicent. I've been through those awful hurricanes.


    What other book might you compare Ocean Beach to and why?

    Ten Beach Road- this is book is the reason why I read this book.


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

    Yes... I like her voice.


    If you could take any character from Ocean Beach out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of them. I probably could relate to Maddie the most, being a parent.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Max's personality and the fact that he was so attached to the baby. I felt Kira was sort of a brat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Latte Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    To Clare Cosi's surprise, this fall's hottest fashion trend is anything caffeinated - because designer Lottie Harmon, a loyal coffeehouse customer, has just created an ingenious collection of coffee-inspired fashion accessories. So naturally Lottie chooses the Village Blend as the perfect backdrop for fall Fashion Week insiders to view her new line of "Java Jewelry." When barista Tucker unwittingly serves a poisonous latte to a prominent figure on the fashion scene, Clare suspects that the real target may have been Lottie. Now she must protect her thriving business, Lottie, and Tucker....

    Maggie says: "good clean mystery"
    "Mocha interesting"
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    Would you listen to Latte Trouble again? Why?

    Probably not for a while, however I would like to read the coffee house series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, however her name escapes me. I enjoyed the part of her going undercover.


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

    I never knew that much about coffee & all the flavors.


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

    No, but it was an enjoyable book for a ride home from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narrator's voice. That's a HUGE determining factor of when I choose books- plus reading the ratings to see if the story interests me.

    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
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    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."
    "if its by Wendy Wax, you know its Good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magnolia Wednesdays to be better than the print version?

    It is easy for me because I drive 40+ miles one way to work. I like having easy reads to listen to on the way home from teaching. The only drawback is the voice level seems to change with each chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    easy read. It was slightly predictable, but I enjoyed being able to get to know the characters. I like the fact that these stories aren't all about 20 something people & women who are in middle age, facing similar struggles as myself.


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

    A different voice, adds another personality. Great Yiddish interpretation!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I will have to think about this. Its not about dancing. Its about a family coming together through trials. Melanie was much more forgiving than I would have been. However, that's a good thing. The mother was a witch.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Ms. Wax needs to write a sequel. It also took me a bit to figure out why it was called Magnolia Wednesdays. When I realized, it was a silent " oh! I get it" ( aha moment).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Beach Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to each other, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover their life savings have vanished, along with their trusted financial manager - leaving them with nothing but co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house. Throwing their lots in together, they take on the challenge of restoring the historic property. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, secrets threaten to tear down their trust.

    barbara says: "Great listen"
    "Great listen"
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    What did you love best about Ten Beach Road?

    At first I wasn't sure, but as I listened, I became more interested in hearing about Avery, Nicole & Madeline. I am familiar with all the locations in the book.


    What other book might you compare Ten Beach Road to and why?

    I would like to read more of her books.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy Rubinate?

    Yes, it was interesting!


    Who was the most memorable character of Ten Beach Road and why?

    I could relate to Madeline. I am in the same age group & can relate to her circumstances.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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