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Julie

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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (3107)
    Story
    (3121)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "A tear-jerker with lovely characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It would definitely depend on the friend. The topic is depressing, but the author does a nice job crafting some really unique, believable characters. She also confronts head-on that there just is no silver lining to some situations, which some people might struggle with.


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

    I was not totally pleased, though admittedly, I can't really imagine how I would have liked it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    You will cry, you will consider really big, difficult questions, and you will cry again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (465)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "Hopeful, hilarious look at feminism and femininity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does How to Be a Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been my favorite audiobook. Caitlin's delivery makes her words that much more relatable and funny. There were many times I didn't want to leave the car.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read many feminist texts, but this is the first that actually gave me hope about the fate of feminism and women in general. She balances the hysterical with the poignant and moving, and makes some truly excellent points in ways I've not heard before. There is something for everyone here.


    What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

    Caitlin's voice is such a part of her writing that hearing her read it makes it so much more effective.


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

    "Not for grandma, unless your grandma enjoys shocking vulgarity."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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