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  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Merritt Wever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Brooke was drawn to the soulful, enigmatic Julian Alter the very first time she heard him perform “Hallelujah” at a dark East Village dive bar. Now five years married, Brooke balances two jobs—as a nutritionist at NYU Hospital and as a consultant to an Upper East Side girls’ school, where privilege gone wrong and disordered eating run rampant—in order to help support her husband’s dream of making it in the music world.

    Cathy says: "Another great Weisberger novel"
    "Rather Slow"
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Weisberger and/or Merritt Wever?

    I would try another book from Lauren Weisberger but I think I'll stear clear of Ms. Weaver's narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Merritt Wever?

    Anyone.


    Could you see Last Night at Chateau Marmont being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably not although condensing it all into two hours or so might pick up the storyline sonewhat


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Weaver seems to be overly concerned with diction which causes her to overpronunce some words (ex: impordant for important). Her diction is probably just fine naturally without this over pronunciation.
    But most unenjoyable is her voice quality. I found I needed to listen to this audiobook with a very low volume as the voice did give me a headache, twice, Please no disrespect or offense meant toward Ms. Weaver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (855)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "Same story, different day."
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    Would you try another book from Robyn Carr and/or Therese Plummer?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    After my third Robyn Carr novel it seemed that I was listening to the sane story over and over, Man meets woman, they fall head in heels in love, marry and live happily ever after. Next generation and different names, same story. I was so looking forward to listening to all of her books too. Now I'm just disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "Coming of age"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bartender's Tale the most enjoyable?

    This is an excellent coming of age story with some of life's hard knocks. Well written, excellent stortline and very well performed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (323)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "She indeed wears Prada!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Devil Wears Prada in three words, what would they be?

    Relatable
    Frustrating
    Fun


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was so well done that she actually disappeared into the story. I forgot I was listening to a narrator and dissolved into the story.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I now want to read/listen to all of Lauren Weisberger's books. At least judging by this one, its a totally believable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1261)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "A Great Listen!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Disaster in three words, what would they be?

    Well thought out, planned and written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although she tends to seem confused at times, Abbey is my favorite character being the protagonist, nothing could swirl around without her.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    At first, her monotone bothered me. I pushed past that and just listened to a great story.


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Disaster out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abbey and Travis, just to hear their next drama.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book...a LOT! I immediately looked for another book written by Jamie McGuire only to be disappointed that there were none. At least, not on Audible. I will keep my eyes peeled though because I really like her style and well planned out script.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (625)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "A True Classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn the most enjoyable?

    Its relevance to life then and now. It's timeless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, the protagonist, Francie Nolan! Why? Because without her, the story could not exist.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    I love all of her characters, she is very good at every accent of the different immigrants of that time.


    If you could rename A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, what would you call it?

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I have not read this story sooner. I love the story and the narrator brings the story to life. I'm currently on my second listen. I'll probably listen to it over and over. I love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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