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Krista

Garnet Valley, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Joy Luck Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    In 1949, four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play Mah Jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. Nearly 40 years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Great Book, Horrible Reader"
    "Narrating is uneven at best!"
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    I loved this book and also liked the movie but since it's been so long since I read it I thought that it would be nice to listen to it. Although the narrator does a decent job of reading in the Chinese mothers' and daughters' voices, and a passable job reading in the voice of the Chinese men, all of the other voices are painful to listen to. Every other character sounds like Kermit the Frog or a Valley Girl or Kermit the Frog doing an impression of a Valley Girl. By the time the second part started, I couldn't wait for it to end. There were also numerous occurrences where the voice was clearly re-dubbed and the narrator did not do a good job of sticking with the correct intonation. Overall, if you loved the book, skip the audiobook. You are better off imagining the characters voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1995)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! THIS IS HORRIBLE!"
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    I have listened to dozens of books and have never written a review. I'm just not the reviewing type. However, I am compelled to write now because this BY FAR the WORST book I have ever listened to!! If there was a way to demand my money back from Audible, I would be doing that right now. The author's voice is annoying and the stories that she tells range from stupid to ridiculous. They aren't even kind of entertaining. If what she is saying is even close to the truth, the author should be locked up and submitted to intensive therapy immediately. The fact that she is a mother and is a lunatic is frightening, not funny. And the fact that she can't end most stories without a PS and a PPS and a PPPS and a PPPPS and that even after the 6th PPPPPPS the ending is completely moronic and uninteresting makes the listening brutal. If you are looking for a biography or a memoir there are so many better options. This is pure stupidity. Don't waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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