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Chercheuse

San Jose, CA, US | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 566 titles in library
  • 73 purchased in 2014
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  • Scandalous Desires: Maiden Lane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (410)

    Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.

    Angela says: "Magnificent Journey!"
    "Just Could Not Get Into It"
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    I thought I would be drawn into this book right away but the plot seems very similar to some of Lisa Kleypas' books. I only listened to about an hour or less. If I could return this book, I would. The reader seems excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "Could Not Get Past the First Two Hours"
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    Jenna Lamia, who did an absolutely brilliant job reading "The Help," here does an annoying to the point of nauseating interpretation of a Texas belle. Frede, the main character, cannot believe that her hitherto unimpeachable standing in her Junior League social circle is threatened by her husband's defection. Over and again Frede says something to the effect of 'surely my previous reputation will carry me through, it's me, Frede Ware.' Perhaps the fault is also with the writing but Lamia's reading was a deal-breaker for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

    Travis says: "Such a disappointment after "Big Little Lies""
    "Could Not Get Past the Narration"
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    The narrator reads in a kind of tense flatness distorting what seems like an odd, unappealing story. I did not get very far into the book. Cannot tell if a different narrator would have made the story more palatable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Sebba
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Here is the first full-scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century, a character who figured prominently in the blockbuster film The King’s Speech. This is the story of the American divorcée notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.

    Gwynne says: "A fascinating read..."
    "Primary Source Dullness"
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    The first part of the book covering Simpson's early years does give some sense of Wallis Simpson's early life experience and character. From the moment Simpson hooks up with the then king, the book goes downhill and becomes a collection of letter excerpts from Wallis herself and others witness to her life. All sense of Wallis' character and experience is lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with an Erotic Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Eve Sinclair
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Everyone is familiar with Charlotte Brontë's passionate, but restrained novel in which the plain, yet spirited governess Jane Eyre falls for the arrogant Mr. Rochester. It’s a novel that simmers with sexual tension but never quite reaches the boiling point. Which is to be expected. After all, the original was written in 1847. That was then. This is now. And in JANE EYRE LAID BARE, author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer.

    Chercheuse says: "Shallow Characters and Plot"
    "Shallow Characters and Plot"
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    I'm not familiar with the original Jane Eyre so I am basing this on the book's own merits. Jane's character is completely unbelievable - her obsession with Mr. Rochester - her overactive sexuality that comes from nowhere. Mr. Rochester is laughably one-dimensional. The ending is not credible. The book was saved by Penelope Rawlins' wonderful performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (616)

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "Well Written, Engaging, Yet Unrealistic"
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    This book was the most like a non-Harlequin story among the Megan Hart works I've downloaded. The sex was sometimes a bit gratuitous but mostly it enhanced the plot. Filled with details of the main character's mostly ordinary life. The plot was pretty much completely unbelievable but it was nevertheless entertaining. Smoothly crafted listen with a most excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savannah Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Eloise Foley, known to her friends as Weezie, has been through the divorce from hell. Her ex-husband Tal (aka Talmadge Evans III) was awarded their house in Savannah's historic district, the house that Weezie had spent years painstakingly restoring to its original splendor. Weezie was awarded the two-bedroom carriage house on the same property. Each was sure the other would sell. But Tal has taken up residence in the main house with his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos.

    Chercheuse says: "Boring Conversation, Unappealing Characters"
    "Boring Conversation, Unappealing Characters"
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    I don't understand all the rave reviews of this book. It is filled with pure conversation that leads nowhere, about trivial, non-plot-driving matters. Much conversation and description about antiques, furniture, buildings. The main character, Wheezie, is totally unappealing as are the other characters. The narrator does their southern accents in a way that makes them sound like African-Americans when many of them are supposed to be quintessentially wasp. Nauseating would be an appropriate adjective here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Cecelia Frontero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (235)

    When ex-Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor...right?

    MaxineSap says: "exciting"
    "Good Character Development"
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    Nice character dynamic. Mallery's books are always predictable but enjoyable. A little bit of danger occurs in this story as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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