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Anna

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  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jenny McCarthy
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    From the experience of her own difficult pregnancy, MTV star Jenny McCarthy has fashioned the best-selling pregnancy/childbirth book of the last several decades. A delightful mixture of raw humor and serious advice, Belly Laughs tells you what you can really expect when you're expecting. Every imaginable topic related to pregnancy is covered, including whole chapters on morning sickness ("Barf-O-Rama"), cellulite gain, baby kicks, dreams, water retention, hot flashes, and more.

    Sandra says: "Humorous, Light and Educational"
    "HI-larious!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Belly Laughs to be better than the print version?

    Well, I never read the print version but I don't think I missed anything. The narrator was magnificent. The structure was stimulating. Her charming portrayal of some of the more horrific experiences of the pregnant truly puts an expecting mother at ease


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Belly Laughs?

    The cheerfully appropriate use of literary device added a colour to the audio second to none. The most memorable for me would probably be "Niagara Flow" and "Psycho Chick". Jenny made it so easy for me to identify with the representation of her experiences even though I can't say that I've had it that rough


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    de Cuir brings splendorous colour to the anecdotes Jenny so expertly pens. Her tone is most appropriate to bring the shades and hues as the author puts forward her own experience in her own words for the world to have


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Belly Laughs?

    Truthfully, most of what Jenny noted I've already been or had my fair share of day dreams and nightmares about their impending occurrence. All the same, it was absolutely refreshing to hear it put forward in such a humourous context


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (548)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Anti Mumbo Jumbo"
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    What did you love best about You are a Badass?

    How she integrates her anecdotes and the urgency in her tone


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You are a Badass?

    When she lapsed into Black American lingo. Made it fun and frankly how her points hit home


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    How she did like scenarios and then the fact that she was totally right. Remember though...she's right. Trust me


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You're a Badass


    Any additional comments?

    Its one to keep and re listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witness in Death: In Death, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    Opening night at New York's New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high profile, celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she's also a witness - and when the press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there's more media spotlight than either can handle.

    Liz says: "Another good Dallas"
    "THE ROMANTIC DINNER"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rarely am I lost for words but OMG!!! There is no warm blooded human being, friend or foe that I would not allow to share and yet envy the passionate pleasure that is Witness in Death: In Death, Book 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a devoted liege I often imagine that this is the apex of Nora's artistic prowess and with every book she proves me a blithering idiot...lol


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Eve


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make this book into a movie for the injustice that would be exacted by the pedestrian directorship of some famous Director.


    Any additional comments?

    Its fifty books but don't give up. I guarantee no matter how flabbergasted you are now it will always get better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

    SIMARA says: "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
    "Much Ado About Elephants"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Countess Conspiracy the most enjoyable?

    The hidden yet remarkable humor and passionate interest woVen by the intentional creation of the flow of the title's plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    The harsh beauty of each character's profile and their expression of it towards each other and Rosalyn Landor of course.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her usual immaculate standard of captivating narration


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Green House with Sebastian and Violet


    Any additional comments?

    Courtney Milan is a little knowN author with deserves much acclaim for her perfect selection of the narrator for the delivery of these stories. Landor does not have a vintage tone but the discourse helps her efforts along with admirable brilliance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snowbound in Maine: An Erotic Christmas Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Alexia A. Wells
    • Narrated By Lila Fallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Snowed in on Christmas Eve in her remote Maine cottage, Lisette Quentin was grateful for the peaceful and quiet break from her hectic life. It was just what she needed, but what she wanted was another matter. There was only thing on her Christmas wish list, a sexy hunk with a heart of gold who was crazy about her and knew how to satisfy her. Too much to hope for, she knew. But on Christmas, magic can happen and anything is possible.

    Anna says: "Narrator SUCKS!"
    "Narrator SUCKS!"
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    Would you try another book from Alexia A. Wells and/or Lila Fallon?

    Definitely will make a note to never purchase another book narrated by Lila Fallon UGH!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is good. not great...not amazing. Typical


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lila Fallon’s performances?

    NO! Never.. she sounds like child in a play trying to impersonate an adult


    Could you see Snowbound in Maine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, a nice story pummeled by someone who should not even be telling time out loud SIGH

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture in Death: In Death, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1067)

    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

    MARCIA says: "GOING BACK TO #4 AFTER LISTENING TO MOST RECENT"
    "Does it all"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rapture in Death to be better than the print version?

    I have no interest in the print version. Not when Susan Ericksen is the narrator


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

    Most definitely! I was prompted to do this review because in the midst of the entire plot J.D. gave us a glance into the most cheerful debate of Nature vs Nurture while putting invaluable detail into the characters of Riana and Dr Mira.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I must confess I am not finished with this volume but I must say this Nature vs Nature plug had me pleasantly surprised


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

    Absolutely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Little Pigs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By James Marshall
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    James Marshall retells the familiar tale in which one of three pigs survives a wolf's attacks by using his head.

    Anna says: "My son loves it...can't get enough"
    "My son loves it...can't get enough"
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    What did you love best about The Three Little Pigs?

    The narration and sound effects eally engage my son; and he is only four months old


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Little Pigs?

    The mild twist in the ending...*laughs*


    What about Fritz Weaver’s performance did you like?

    The simple and appropriate inflections in his tone as he presented the plot


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh YES! When the pig rolled down the hill in the butter churn


    Any additional comments?

    Other authors and narrators could take a fine lesson in how to present books for children from this spectacular piece of work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duchess War: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly - so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

    Lia says: "Very Clever Story!"
    "The narrator makes the story...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend anyone who values the power of great phonetic pronunciation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subtlety of the most apparent intimacy of the main characters makes the main sub plot though serious quite gentle.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to Rosalyn Landor and I will say that I will now search for her performances with great intent.


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

    I would have absolutely loved to have listened to this book start to finish


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Some stories become favored childhood classics with good reason, such as the tale of Goldilocks. Here, in an abundantly funny retelling, the time honored drama unfolds. This outrageously frilly, jump-roping Goldilocks skips through the bears' house, reciting saucy rhymes as she goes.

    Another outstanding collaboration from Caralyn and Mark Buehner, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is perfect for sharing with children, adults, and fairy-tale collectors alike.

    Caroline says: "Great for 3 year olds"
    "Good Stuff..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Goldilocks and the Three Bears the most enjoyable?

    well read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

    the ending which is a bit different from the way I read it as a child but still very good


    What does Cassandra Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the presentation of such a simple fable is greatly enhanced by the narrators ability to capture the emotion and intensity of each character's words and the vivid portrayal of their actions


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

    It was well work my time and my baby loved it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Bland.....Heartwrenchingly disappointing"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It really isn't about the story. I watched the movie and I thought it was sensational!!! So I thought, I could really do justice to this title by getting the book and as is customary there would be those little things in the book that weren't on the screen. Was I wrong!!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have sounded a lot more interested in the content he was delivering. Ten minutes into a 2hr plus set of content I was still wondering if I was listening to the introduction....Nope! It was the actual 'book'...smh


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

    DISAPPOINTED. I'm glad I had downloaded another book with it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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