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Allie

culver city, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 7 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 294 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1149)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Bad Translation"
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    The book was entertaining, but the story had gaps and characters weren't well-developed. Next time, I'll go with Tana French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Tom Perrotta's thirtysomething parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There's Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms of the playground; Sarah, a lapsed feminist with a bisexual past, who seems to have stumbled into a traditional marriage; Richard, Sarah's husband, who has found himself more and more involved with a fantasy life on the Internet than with the flesh and blood in his own house; and Mary Ann, who thinks she has it all figured out.

    Ashley says: "Distracting..."
    "Hilarious!"
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    To my surprise, I really enjoyed this book because suburbia, in my opinion, doesn't always lend itself well as a good, non-cliche subject. His humor reminds me a little of Nick Hornby. I thought Perrotta handled his characters with insight and empathy, without sugar coating some of their banal choices, with a very funny turn of phrase and insight. I can't wait to read his other books.
    You could hear the narrator's whistles and swallowing noises in the first part of the book, but then they receded. He probably had his mic on too loud. Oh well, I got used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brandi Glanville
    • Narrated By Brandi Glanville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    On the heels of her New York Times best-selling book Drinking and Tweeting, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville takes readers on a wild ride through her dating life in this highly entertaining relationship book. Drinking and Dating chronicles Glanville’s misadventures stumbling through today’s dating world. From social media blunders to bedroom escapades, Brandi withholds nothing. Each chapter is inspired by a relationship encounter she has had since her sensational divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian.

    sara says: "Time I'll never get back... dont waste your money."
    "Hilarious, light-hearted fun"
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    I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected vulgarity but this was very entertaining and not over the top. AUDIBLE, have her record her first book PLEASE!! It was a New York Times best-seller, apparently.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "I don't Always Write Reviews, But When I do.."
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    ...You Know the Book is Superb.

    This book turned me into a huge Sullivan fan. Gorgeous writing, refreshing plot, realistic characters, far from cliche.
    I'm neither Irish nor from the East Coast, but Sullivan basically described my family and some of the people In my life-that's how nuanced and realistic her characters are. And that's why they are likable-because they are relatable, they are real. Sullivan's psychological insight into family dynamics and dysfunction is a real talent. She provides an unbiased view into characters' motives and motivations and reveals how simple misunderstandings and differences of character can develop into feuds and hurts, and also, how simply sometimes they can resolve- how funny life can be.
    Caveat: The narrator spoke slowly and overly dramatically. I got used to her mid-novel though, so don't let that detract you from purchasing this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mermaids

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patty Dann
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    So begins this extraordinary first novel about one wild year in the life of 14-year-old Charlotte Flax, when she and her sister Kate move with Mrs. Flax into a sleepy 1960's Massachusetts town. Mrs. Flax is a woman who wears polka-dot dresses and serves hors d'oeuvres for dinner every night, and Kate is a child who basically wants to be a fish. And then there's Charlotte, who in Patty Dann's hands, is transformed into a young woman of infinite whim and variety.

    Daryl says: "Finally!"
    "Artful, Confusing"
    Overall
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    Beautiful writing, abrupt ending, not enough insight into characters, too plot-driven. Memorable, but unfilfilling...I'm still on the fence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Fidelity

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By David Cale
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store in London. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection?

    Andrew says: "A G"
    "Realistic, Hilarious Writing & Fantastic Narrator"
    Overall
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    Yes, as some of the listeners have pointed out, the narrator's take on the Southern accent was lacking. Luckily, those were a minor character's few lines. The rest he did beautifully-the main character's middle class British, the intonations of his ex-girlfriends, and he especially brought his employees' comical speech to life. I absolutely loved him.

    Nick Hornby, of course, is brilliant. A listener commented that this novel is basically about men being pigs. That listener completely missed the point and took the book too literally. This is about how selfish and misguided we all can be in relationships and life-how at our most basic, we all ask-what's in this for me, can I get better? Hornby does this artfully, with British self-deprecating, practical, tongue-in-cheek humor, with great understanding of people and relationships, and with realism. You won't find corny sentimentality here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Funny, Heart-wrenching, Honest"
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    One of my favorite books. Great writing, believable plot. Beautiful story, made me cry in the end. Not rom-com-y, which I hate in books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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