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Colorado | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 383 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • What I Did for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do?

    Michelene says: "Good not Great!"
    "Not SEP's best and with a mediocre narrator"

    I've enjoyed most of SEP's books, but this one lacked the humor that I was expecting. Maybe it was the narrator. She added a whine to the characters that drove me nuts. If SEP uses the same narrator for her next book, I will definitely pass. This was one of my least favorite books from SEP. The characters didn't seem to be all that likeable. To me, the book dragged on and on until everything ended in a rush. I'll still buy her next book, but without the anticipation I usually have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Love Amanda Ronconi ... but not this time"
    If you’ve listened to books by Molly Harper before, how does this one compare?

    Honestly, I haven't finished it yet. I am having a very hard time getting interested in the storyline and the characters. So far I'd have to say this is my least favorite.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed Ms Ronconi in Molly Harper's other books, but not this one. There was a mention in the book about the main character having a mix of accents, but that couldn't explain this mess of accents. Ms Ronconi seems to frequently forget the accent(s), then remember for a few minutes and then slip back to her regular voice. I find it jarring and very distracting. I think it would have been much more successful if Ms Harper had written Nola's character with with only one accent for Ms Ronconi to deal with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Class

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton.

    Susan says: "Wonderful romance with a twist"
    "One of my favorite Balogh books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Matter of Class to be better than the print version?

    Not so much. Though the narrator wasn't awful, she definitely is not one of my favorites.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns.

    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Oh... just didn't much care for her style.

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

    The ending.

    Any additional comments?

    It's one of those stories I enjoyed as much, if not more, the second time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Julia Whelan or Kirby Heyborne. I thought they each did an excellent job, especially Ms. Whelan. I will most likely give Gillian Flynn another try once the disappointment from this book has eased.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found the ending (actually the last third of the book) very disappointing. It seemed rushed, improbable, and lacking the detail that might support it.

    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I slightly preferred Ms. Whelan's performance, but both were excellent. Truthfully, by the end of the book I was sick of all the characters.

    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes, for the most part.

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the alternating narration and felt the story wouldn't have worked without it. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the novel much more than the last third. I almost wish I had stopped listening and made up my own ending. Just wasn't a satisfying or believable conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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