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Miranda

The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Heather McDonald
    • Narrated By Heather McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    In her hilarious New York Times best seller You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up - even a pretend grown-up - has its challenges. Heather’s a working mom with parents who live next door, a sister who keeps asking for one of her still-fertile eggs, and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.

    Tricia says: "Irritating"
    "Pretty Fun Listen!"
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    Would you listen to My Inappropriate Life again? Why?

    I might. It made me laugh out loud. I especially liked the Facebook story. Pretty darn hilarious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wasn't ready for it to end. I felt like I was losing a really super cool friend.


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

    Yeah, I listened to it in 2 days.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as she tried to make Chelsea Handler look good I really don't think I would be able to tolerate her. I don't care how many trips she paid for her staff, she seems like she thinks she is way more important than she actually is.

    I really liked the part where someone said it was totally fine that her son prefers the Ipad to actual writing. Every kid is different and it seems like at least a few people in her life are giving her sound advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Finneyfrock
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year. But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia's quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she's forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

    Miranda says: "Great Teen Lit for Young and Young at Heart"
    "Great Teen Lit for Young and Young at Heart"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, I only listened to the audio. But I really liked the spunk in the narrators voice.


    What other book might you compare The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door to and why?

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I really liked that one too. The movie is good too.


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

    If only I had time. :) Took me about 4 days, but I listened at every free moment I had.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to teen lit like this allows me to remember what it was like being 13. I didn't have the internet and cell phones in high school (early 90s). I cannot imagine how hard it is to navigate social scenes now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2536)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Fat? Really? So what am I?"
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    Would you recommend Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yeah, sure. She's funny in an introspective self degradating kind of way.


    Any additional comments?

    She talks about how chubby she is. She's a size 8. SERIOUSLY MINDY?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Great Book From Multiple Perspectives"
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    What did you love best about Anywhere But Here?

    I really enjoyed how the book was written giving the perspectives of several different generations of the family. It gave the story so much more depth and texture than if the author had taken a single perspective approach. The author created a storyline that drew me in and made me feel emotionally attached to the characters.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the main characters voices but Ms. Rudd over emphasized the endingS of wordS so ofteN that it drove me nuts. There were times I had to force myself to keep listening because it was so irritating. She didn't do it until around chapter 3. I guess someone must have critiqued her work and told her to be more clear or something? Either way, it was bad advice.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    If any of you have known someone whose entire personality and mood could flip on a dime and suddenly YOU are to blame for everything wrong in their life you will be able to appreciate the main character in the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sprout

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dale Peck
    • Narrated By Ted Coluca
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Sprout Bradford has a secret. It's not what you think he'll tell you he's gay. He'll tell you about his dads drinking and his mother's death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds he's had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.

    marie says: "Excellent Coming of Age Story"
    "Good read but a little uncomfortable."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time spent listening to books is always well spent. Even bad books teach me new things.


    Would you recommend Sprout to your friends? Why or why not?

    I thought about how I would review this book for a long time. I don't want to give anyone the idea that I do not love my gay friends, becaue I love ALL of my friends. But the only way to truly review this book is with the truth about how it made me feel. Hopefully my honesty is appreciated and not taken as offensive. So here goes...

    Most of my friends would not like this book. A few would, but not many. I have to be honest. This book is a story about two teenage boys having an intimate relationship and sexual acts are described in detail. There are parts of the book that made me squirm a little mainly because I have never heard or read any sort of literature describing homosexual intimacy. It gave me a chance to reflect on how I felt about my reaction to it. Books that make you self reflect are always a good thing. I learned alot about myself and how I view the world around me by reading this book.

    That being said. This book is certainly not for everyone and that's okay.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the parts of the book where sprout was at school and interacting with other students.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1297)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Good but a bit depressing."
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    If you could sum up The Good House in three words, what would they be?

    Depressing. Gloomy. Dreary.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change it really. I said it was depressing, but stories about alcoholics generally are.


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

    No. Too depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I mention that this book is depressing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27147)
    Performance
    (20978)
    Story
    (21184)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "So-So, Should Have Been Better"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss. Of course.


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice was too adultlike. It should have been narrated by a teenager.


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

    Yes, I wanted it to be over. I was ready for the series to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This third and final book was sort of a letdown because it was so predictable. Either way, I enjoyed the series. I just wish the ending would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1652)
    Story
    (1656)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "GREAT!"
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    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I thought the voices were great. Especially the doctor. Great job!


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

    If I had time I would have. I finished it in under 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I liked the ending. The women in the book, except the mom, were very abrasive and mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1875)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
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    If you could sum up The Perks of Being a Wallflower in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Shocking. Insightful.


    What other book might you compare The Perks of Being a Wallflower to and why?

    It's kind of like reading someones diary but in a different way.


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

    It reminded me that this is a teenage boy writing the letters. His voice lent an innocence to the letters that I may not have had if I had read it myself.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and why?

    I really like Charlie. He's honest and innocent.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a 38 year old mom of two teenagers, a boy and a girl. Sometimes I read teen lit so I can be reminded of how teen minds really work. This book was a little shocking but probably not too far off the mark for many teens.I found it interesting that this book takes place in the early 90s. That's when I was in school. Some of the things mentioned in the book seem a bit more like today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism - and her way of life - can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

    John B. Zerkel says: "After being hooked by Silver Linings playbook....."
    "Heartwarming"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sorta Like a Rock Star?

    I love how Amber shortens everyones names to their initials. I also love how she relates to people most teenagers would avoid.


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

    I have not but I will now!


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

    The parts where she was interacting with the people in the rest home were heartwarming. I loved the battlel.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is probably written for teens but I'm 38 and I really liked it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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