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Alison

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2191)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Never a dull moment!"
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    Where does Where'd You Go, Bernadette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was funny from start to finish! Funny, sad and oddly relatable.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    A less intense Gone, Girl.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrations I've ever heard. She was funny and different between characters without being hokey.


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bernadette, obviously! There would be consistent conversation. We're both snarky and long winded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Herman Koch
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high-profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

    Simone says: "I am all over the place with this one!"
    "Wasn't sure where it was going..."
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    This is my first novel by Herman Koch. I had no idea where it was going. But I'm glad I hung in there. The first half was slow... painfully. It was kind of like American Psycho goes doctor without the blood and chainsaws. But in the end it's a story of a sad broken family, lead by a narcissistic, scary physician.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Where was the revenge!?"
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    Which character – as performed by Megan Hilty – was your favorite?

    Megan Hilty was the best thing about this book!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Such a disappointment. It was an epilogue not a sequel! Especially such a highly anticipated follow-up 10... I repeat 10 years in the making! Blah! Honestly, Lauren Weisberger could have saved us all the expense and made this an epilogue at the end of The Devil Wears Prada the book or one of those "the credit" snazzy things they do after movies. It did not need to be an entire book. It was a waste.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (575)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "Intense. Odd. Don't expect it to be like the movie"
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    What did you like best about American Psycho? What did you like least?

    I think it would almost be sick to say what I like best about American Psycho because its sooooo deranged. This is one of those novels where you question the sanity of the author because it's just that twisted. So I guess what I like "best" is the authors ability to completely step outside of himself (hopefully) and bring to life a homicidal sociopath like Patrick Bateman. I tend to agree with most of the other reviewers when they say that the descriptions of what everyone is wearing gets to be a little much. There gets to be a point where it's almost laughable. But at the same time, I get the need for it. It's so Patrick.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I mean, how could you not choose Patrick. Even though there are many characters, Patrick is really the only character.


    Which character – as performed by Pablo Schreiber – was your favorite?

    I thought the narration was some of the best I've ever heard. I've listened to a bunch of books but Pablo's take on Patrick was on point.


    Was American Psycho worth the listening time?

    There were points that I didn't know if I could finish it mostly because it's slightly repetitive. Dinners, AMEX, labels, cocktails, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of the movie don't expect too many similarities. Where the movie and novel share the same title. Easton's Bateman is so much more crude, violent, foul mouthed then depicted in the movie. The movie only scratches the surface of the characters, the murder, the gore, the language. So if you think you've got the stomach for it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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