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Andre M. Gorelkin

Vanessa G

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  • When in Doubt, Add Butter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At 37, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full. For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past.

    Erin DeAnjou says: "Predictable but Very Enjoyable"
    "Delish!"
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    What did you love best about When in Doubt, Add Butter?

    'When in Doubt, Add Butter' is a light-hearted, lovely read.
    It is not an overly complex plot, but there is enough interest to keep the reader listening.
    Orlagh Cassidy is a terrific narrator-- her voice is enjoyable and she modulates her delivery to keep the reader interested.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't name just one character who was a favorite in this book, I had many favorites-- there were many likeable and interesting characters...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1024)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "I could not get through this book to the end"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book.
    It went on too long and the narration is irritating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sophie Kinsella again?

    I have enjoyed reading many Sophie Kinsella books-- but this one put me off.
    I didn't care for the main character and I just wanted it to be over already.
    I wish knew what happened at the end, but I didn't care anymore and couldn't finish it!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jayne Entwistle’s performances?

    Duly warned by numerous reviews of Jayne Entwistle-- I went in knowing that her voice could be grating. Eventually: I had enough of hearing the high pitched bubble gum delivery. It just was too much for me.


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

    No- I really wanted to shake the main character and tell her to stop being such a fool for a good part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story dragged on -- I think the editor was a bit too indulgent on this one. I could not finish the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thin, Rich, Pretty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Hope In a Jar, Secrets of a Shoe Addict, and Shoe Addicts Anonymous, comes a novel about old rivalries, deep secrets, and the three things all women wish they were.

    Elaine Fauchoux says: "Good book"
    "Every woman can relate to this book"
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    What did you love best about Thin, Rich, Pretty?

    This book spoke to me both from my childhood (camping) days and as an adult. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and seeing their development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed seeing the characters develop over the years and learn to deal with their own issues-- this book is about embracing your true self.


    If you could rename Thin, Rich, Pretty, what would you call it?

    I think 'Thin, Rich, Pretty' is an appropriate title!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to any person looking for a fairly light read- Beth Harbison delivers each time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6041)
    Performance
    (5603)
    Story
    (5621)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "My first Steven King read- Amazing!"
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    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping. Frightening. Touching.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton brought the story to life, portrayed the characters in a way that made sense and brought many accents and little tweaks to his narration that made this an excellent listen.


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Daniel Torrance, of course!
    I went back and listened to 'The Shining' after 'Doctor Sleep'-- but Dan is such a compelling and moving character.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been a horror genre fan- but Steven King is a masterful story-teller. I did find the description of the 'True Knot's' torture tactics to be disturbing- but not so much that I would tell anyone to avoid the book. Just be warned that torture is depicted in this book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (2534)
    Story
    (2518)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "More Mick!"
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    If you could sum up The Gods of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

    A classically enjoyable Michael Connelly novel-- pleasingly set in the universe of all things Connelly… even Harry Bosch makes a brief appearance, which is always a fun little gift!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Once again: Michael Connelly delivers. His fans will not be disappointed-- I love the Mickey Haller character, despite his overblown guilt about his work. I guess the tension between his guilt, his talent, his love for the law and the desire to connect with his daughter and Maggie are really what he is all about…


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    I love how Peter Giles voices Mickey Haller. But his entire narration is truly excellent, he is a born narrator and brings the story and characters to life.


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

    I definitely could have listened all the way through… I have that sense with every Connelly book. His books are a roller coaster ride and incredibly entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss out of all of Michael Connelly's work- the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Haller) and his other stand-alone works.
    If you haven't ever read a Bosch book, I strongly recommend starting from book 1… you'll be hooked, but never sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5886)
    Performance
    (5356)
    Story
    (5370)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Not compelling"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this title because of the hype-- but Rowling was much more compelling in the Harry Potter series than in this genre. Disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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