I actually purchased this book to read one summer, but kept putting it off until I decided I should just listen to it instead. I'm glad I did as I probably would have never finished it, had I started to read it myself.
I love Jane Austen and thought the idea of her as a vampire novel, and interesting. The story starts off interesting enough, but starts to drag in the middle, so much so that I almost didn't finish listening. I found myself without anything else on my playlist and decided I would go ahead and finish it on the first leg of a long car ride. And, it does get better. I'm glad I finished it. The story picked up about half way through and became a lot more enjoyable. The narrator did an excellent job, she is terrific with accents, thus making the characters much more vivid.
I'd recommend if the subject Really appeals to you and you can make a go of it in one shot, thus getting over the 'dull bits' with relative ease.
I've listened to quite a few 'memoirs' by funny women in the last several months and I have say that this one, while not the most bazaar, was defiantly the hardest to believe. Ali Wentworth has had some life, and she does a great job reading her own work (which can't be said for all authors, as we know). She was very entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud at several parts. Her experiences seem almost too crazy/grand/awful to be true, but they are, of course.
I do wish, which is why I only gave her book a 4, that she had put all these stories in order. She'll be reading about an experience as a child, and in the next chapter jump to adulthood, and then the next chapter will be about college. I understand that each chapter was about certain experiences, but they could have, nonetheless, been put into chronological order, just too make the listening (or reading, I'm sure) smoother.
Apart from that, I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed Tina Fey, Jenny Lawson (Jenny's was more back-woods odd, where Ali upper-crust-odd), or Rachel Dratch. (Would recommend all of those if you haven't had the pleasure yet, too!)
I was looking for a book that my mother and I could listen to on a road trip. Although we both enjoy audiobooks, we like very different genres. I read the description and thought it sounded like something we both might like. I was right.
The narration is good, she doesn't change her voice too much, especially between the women, but it really didn't both either of us. Most of all, we both laughed out lou several times, it is very funny. She isn't shy to curse, though, so if hearing the F word bothers you, this book probably isn't for you.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the movie Money Pit and any John Hughes film. We loved it, especially the ending, was really great.
I do enjoy listening to sci-fi YA novels, even though I'm much closer to 35 than 15, and this one was no exception. This is a lighter addition to the genre, not nearly as dark as Divergent, or thought provoking as The Hunger Games, but will still easily keep your attention and cause a few "extended driveway moments", so you can finish a scene or chapter.
The narrator did an excellent job, even adding accents when appropriate and making an effort to have males sound like males, which wasn't easy since her voice perfectly matched the 16 year old heroine.
The book was fast moving, kept me interested on my 6 hour trip, as well as drives back and forth to work until I'd finished it. I did purchase the next book in the series and hope the 3rd, which is due for release this summer, will be read by the same narrator.
Well worth a credit and your time, since you've found your way to this page and are already thinking this sounds like a book you'd be interested in listening to.
If you've already listened to the Hunger Games trilogy, then you should be warned that this book, while similar in concept, is not as good. If you have yet to listen to the HG, I suggest you use a credit for this book, listen to it, then do yourself a favor and buy the HG trilogy.
While the story is entertaining and imaginative, it does not have the depth and broadness of characters found in HG. I feel that, sadly, after listening to this book, any book in this genre will not compare to the Hunger Games trilogy.
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