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Alison

I'm an Aspen, CO based journalist/aspiring novelist and love to listen to popular fiction to get a sense of what's currently on the market!

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  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Merritt Wever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Brooke was drawn to the soulful, enigmatic Julian Alter the very first time she heard him perform “Hallelujah” at a dark East Village dive bar. Now five years married, Brooke balances two jobs—as a nutritionist at NYU Hospital and as a consultant to an Upper East Side girls’ school, where privilege gone wrong and disordered eating run rampant—in order to help support her husband’s dream of making it in the music world.

    Cathy says: "Another great Weisberger novel"
    "LIke watching TV, very entertaining!"
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    A light listen, but very entertaining. Who doesn't love fantasizing about what it would be like for their boyfriend to become rock stars overnight? This is Weisberger at her best -- exposing an insider's view on a glamorous world most people can only dream about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (703)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Kaui Hart Hemmings needs to write more books!"
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    What did you love best about The Descendants?

    Always blown away when a female author can write from a first-person, male point of view. This beautiful, subtle story about family and tragedy and the nuances of familial love and the complexity of marriage is a rare, delicious find. Also love the sense of place -- like spending time in Hawaii ... I never wanted to leave! Kaui Hart Hemmings is the first writer I've found in a long time that I want to see more from. She's outstanding.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Possibilities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    In the idyllic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her 22-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Sarah is surprised, then, when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.

    glamazon says: "Not of "The Descendants" caliber"
    "Total perfection"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Possibilities the most enjoyable?

    I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with all the characters and I didn't want the story to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's rare to have a narrator who is so honest, authentic, raw and real. Love love loved her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction between Sarah and Kit was extraordinary--I loved the confusion of emotions that flashed between them but also the true love.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Kaui Hemming's next book -- she is a brilliant writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother, Mother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Koren Zailckas
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch's determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn't been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

    Vivi says: "Decent read, but predictable."
    "Haunting and fun -- a great listen!"
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    Great writing, great story,and a cast of wonderfully disturbing characters. Narrator was great, too. Best book I've listened to in a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (259)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "Great premise, unexpected plot twist, a fun listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved the premise for this story and the irony inherent in a marriage counselor whose husband ends up being a murderous adulterer. Also always fun to see a perfect character get dragged through the mud. Some sections of the book were slow, though. The plot was so good you just wanted to get back to it whenever the story deviated to background.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a fun story to listen to. There's a lot of reference to that Upper East Side lifestyle we've all seen a million times, so that part gets a little tedious as its very unoriginal but the plot is fun. There were times I wished it moved a little faster, but she did have me hooked enough to want to know what happens.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Certain Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin, Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel - a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life - became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married and has settled into a life that's wonderfully predictable. As preparations for her daughter Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception - the story her mother hid.

    Melissa says: "Well Good in Bed sequel"
    "Way too long, not enough action ..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have read/listened to a lot of Jennifer Weiner's books and she is an amazing talent, but after so many books her themes start to get a little repetitive: the Jewish mother, Philadelphia, fat girls, girls with some kind of deformity, Princeton, etc. I know this was supposed to be a sequel to "Good in Bed" and while the characters were well-rounded, the plot was so slow it took a lot of patience to make it to the last third of the book when something finally happens.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Weiner’s story?

    A weak plot with too much character development and background and not enough action. Jennifer Weiner loves to delve into the life story of all of her characters, and that can get tedious sometimes. This book moves painfully slow, like a long trip in the car.


    Which character – as performed by Julie Dretzin and Rachel Botchan – was your favorite?

    I didn't love either character. Joy was probably more fun in terms of her misadventures but she also had a lot of behavior and wisdom not believable for a 13 year old. And Cannie was annoyingly stiff and conservative considering where she came from. You would think she'd be able to meet her daughter halfway without having her run away from home before she conceded to buying her a damn dress.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do love Jennifer Weiner's writing but after listening to a few of her more recent books, they're starting to all sound the same with themes obviously borrowed from Weiner's own life being used over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe try the abridged version...?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Groundswell

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Katie Lee
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Sometimes the biggest ripples come from the smallest events. Like the day that Emma Guthrie, drop-out college student, walks into world-famous movie star Garrett Walker's trailer, and walks out on her way to becoming Mrs. Emma Walker, wife of an A-list actor. With her husband's encouragement, Emma pens a screenplay based on her life, which becomes a blockbuster sensation. Through it all, Garrett is her ally and her mentor... until Emma discovers an incriminating text message on Garrett's cell phone.

    Alison says: "Really fun beach read about an escape to the beach"
    "Really fun beach read about an escape to the beach"
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    This was a light listen but a lot of fun. Anyone who has been to Sayulita or learned to suf will appreciate this book. And who hasn't thought about dropping everything after a breakup and running away to a little beach town in Mexico? Really entertaining and fun,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Downward Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Edward Vilga
    • Narrated By J. Paul Guimont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Downward Dog tells the tale of a handsome Bad Boy who becomes a yoga instructor while trying to redeem his womanizing ways and win the forgiveness of the only woman he’s ever really loved. Down on his luck, thanks to a failed nightlife venture, our hero’s stuck with massive debt and broken dreams. His only safe haven is the yoga world, and when his well-connected best buddy launches his yoga career among New York City's elite, our working-class hero becomes a guru to society’s top one percent, a wolf let loose amongst a flock of comely sheep.

    Alison says: "Chick lit for guys"
    "Chick lit for guys"
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    Any additional comments?

    At first I hated the main character of this book and had a hard time listening. Then I realized there was a sort of self-depracating humor about the character that becomes more apparent as the book progresses, that the whole story is making fun of what a Yoga Teacher typically represents -- a lot of contradictions at the very least. Fun to have a male protagonist who is somewhat exploited. In the end, it was an enjoyable, funny, and somewhat illuminating book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (294)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Another disappointing sequel."
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    Llke so many other wildly popular series, Bridget Jones should have quit while she was ahead and let us remember her as a relatable singleton. Bridget Jones as a widow is almost too painful to contemplate and beyond awkward. Hard not to imagine the actors in the movies, as if often the case with best sellers turned Major Motion Picture. But I really wish they would have left this one alone ... sort of sad to end it on such a weak note.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (618)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "Another great book by Liane Mariarty!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love this author and narrator team and have listened to other novels they've teamed up on. Moriarty has a knack for coming up with these wildly creative and original premises for her novels and this one is no different. Wonderful characters and compelling stories make all her books a joy to listen to. I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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