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Deborah

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  • Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career - her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life…starting now. With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store.

    Blanche says: "Love!Love!!Love!!!"
    "Predictable"
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    I couldn't wait for this book to become available, but unfortunately I was disappointed by it. Very predictable. I will admit that I actually fell asleep several times listening to this book and missed hearing several chapters, but got to the end of the book without feeling like I needed to go back and listen to the chapters I slept through.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (477)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Fajola Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "I have to agree, not as advertised"
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    I got this book because I was anxious to see the movie and am waiting for it to be released on DVD.

    I have to agree with the other reviews that express a disappointment with the title and the publisher's summary. Perhaps it would have been better titled "Michael, Fifty Years of Looking for Closure".

    Yes, it was a shocking and moving story at points, but I would of liked to hear less about Michael or at least more about what Philomena was experiencing.

    I fast forwarded through many chapters about Michael's political career, because I just didn't find his personal life or working career of interest, and I was growing tired of the author injecting his thinly disguised political views.

    I so wanted to hear more about Philomena and what was going on in her life, what she was thinking but that was thrown in at the end.

    I don't think I will be seeing the movie now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nantucket Nights: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories, and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. But on one of those bonding nights, one of their trio swims out from the shore and doesn't return. After the surviving friends emerge from their grief, they realize that the repercussions of their loss go far beyond their little circle, and they begin to uncover layers of secrets - and their connections to each other - that were never revealed on the beach.

    Leah says: "Excellent story line in beautiful Nantucket!"
    "It's Hard For Me to Rate This One"
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    It's hard for me to give this book a rating. I finished it, so at least it delivered on some level. However, Elin Hilderbrand seems to have a knack for creating characters that I do not like. I didn't like any of the 3 women main characters in this book, but I stuck with the book to see what happened, and because a friend of mine recommended the book. I started another book written by the same author, and about 1/3 of the way through, again, I decided I didn't like any of the characters, didn't care what happened to them, and didn't finish the book.

    I don't think I will be spending any more money on Elin Hilderbrand books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8662)
    Performance
    (7812)
    Story
    (7816)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Kept me interested"
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    The story kept me interested. The narrator was excellent. I would of liked an epilogue to know how Jake and his family were impacted by the results of the trial, but maybe that is being held for another book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (583)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Rebecca says: "Um... well... that was... hmmm..."
    "A Stinker Even at Double Speed"
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    I loved the Shopaholic series and enjoyed a few of Sophie Kinsella's other books, but even as fiction I have to say this book was shallow, pointless and painful to listen to, a real stinker. I couldn't stand any of the characters.

    At one point while I was listening, I just blurted out loud, "For pity sakes, just go to a cheap motel and put me out of my misery". Luckily I was alone at home at the time.

    The female characters were just whiny and dysfunctional. I even listened to the book at double speed just hoping to get it over with.

    I have vowed not to pay for another Sophie Kinsella book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Family Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Amy Quint
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (111)

    From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.

    Kathi says: "Two families' lives in shock"
    "Likable Characters"
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    Although I knew what the family secret would be before I even started reading the book, I did enjoy the book. I grew to like the characters and was anxious to get to the end of the book to see how the story ended for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Navel Gazing: One Woman’s Quest for a Size Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anne H. Putnam
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cannon
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For anyone who's ever avoided the mirror, skipped swimming or got stuck in a dress in a changing room... Almost every woman worries about her weight. For Anne H Putnam, it became unavoidable: by the age of seventeen she weighed over twenty stone and had tried everything, from dieting to fat camp to wearing big t-shirts. When she decided to have weight-loss surgery, she thought everything would change.

    Deborah says: "Glad It's Over"
    "Glad It's Over"
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    Tedious, tortuous listen about a spoiled, incredibly crude, amazingly self-absorbed individual. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I have been over weight all my life, but I guess I can give this book credit for keeping me from ever thinking about having gastric bypass surgery.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Busy Woman Seeks Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Because she's too busy bringing home the bacon to cook it. On the surface, Alex Hill is every inch the polished, high-flying marketing executive of a global sportswear company. But things are not quite as they appear; she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the rubbish bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch.

    Stacy says: "Busy Woman Seeks Wife"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    Predictable - but a fun listen

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tavern on Maple Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sharon Owens
    • Narrated By Caroline Winterson
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    An irresistible novel brimming with wit, warmth, and Irish humor, about the married owners of a friendly tavern in Belfast and the intimate lives of the customers and employees who band together to save it from demolition.

    Janee says: "Wonderful Book & Wonderful Narrator"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    A pleasant little story, nothing exciting, but it kept me entertained. I like the way the author develops each character, and they each become a little story of their own within the overall story. I enjoyed this book enough to get another book by the author. I am currently listening to The Tea House On Mulberry Street.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deja View

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Alice and Charlie have the perfect marriage. They must have because everyone keeps telling them so. In fact, Alice's whole life is sussed. Two adorable children, one adoring husband, one nanny, one cleaner, one lovely house. And latterly a glamorous new job. What's not to be ecstatic about? And then a new couple moves in across the road: a very perfect, impeccable, tiny stranger with a Gwyneth Paltrow accent and a man Alice hasn't seen since she was 20.

    Deborah says: "Nothing Memorable for Me"
    "Nothing Memorable for Me"
    Overall

    I started and then dropped this book twice. The third time I finally finished it. It was not till the very end of the book that I really cared what happened to the main character. I think the book could have been half the length. There was too much time spent describing Sidney’s job, and the people that she worked with. Those parts, for me, were just mind numbingly boring.

    I think the book had too many characters for me, or maybe they just weren’t developed well enough to make them memorable. For example, when they mentioned the character Miles, I had to quickly ask myself if Miles was Sidney’s brother or her brother-in-law. No, lets see, Michael was her brother-in-law, Miles was her brother.

    This book was just okay, nothing memorable for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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