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Margarita

All business but contemporary fun!

New York, NY | Member Since 2014

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  • The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Turney Duff
    • Narrated By Turney Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

    Courtney says: "Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street""
    "An amazing heart felt story of escaping Wall st."
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    What did you love best about The Buy Side?

    The author is just brilliant, amazing humor, great story telling, takes you inside the "dirty" side of Wall St but with an unpretentious tone that is so needed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archer's Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mia Sheridan
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

    Amazon Customer says: "Must have! !"
    "3.5 silent stars for Archer!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Archer's story is about survival after a horrendous fate when he was 7, that cost him his voice and left him under the care of a scatterbrained uncle. Archer was a loner, until the day Bree came into his life and changed everything. They started off with an awkward friendship that evolved into passion and later into love. The book invoked many emotions, from sympathy, to distress and joy. Props for the emotional aspect.

    The story was a bit overdone however and difficult to believe into. Archer's transformation towards understanding Bree was very believable but then he takes off and comes back (spoiler alert!) in a suite and ready to run the whole town? Now that is a HEA. Well, it kept me turning the page, so there is that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heading Out to Wonderful

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (28)

    In 1948, a mysterious and charismatic man arrives in a small Virginia town carrying two suitcases - one contains his worldly possessions, the other is full of money. He soon inserts himself into the town's daily life, taking a job in the local butcher shop and befriending the owner and his wife and their son. But the passion that develops between the man and the wife of the town's wealthiest citizen sets in motion a series of events that not only upset the quiet town but threaten to destroy both him and the woman.

    MissSusie66 says: "Not an easy read but beautifully written"
    "Narration ruined the book!"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Goolrick and/or Norman Dietz?

    Norman's throaty wet voice completely ruined this for me. It was unbearable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Comments for the book- excluding narration:
    What a beautiful, understated prose style that was! The words brought every scene into focus, like a movie progressing right in front of my eyes. Many of the book's characters were extremely likable, like sweet Alma that is always right (!), the boy that loved Charlie so much, the old twin ladies and of course Charlie. So what give the book only 3.5 stars? Because of a couple of things. There were many pages of introspection from the narrator, who you dont know who it is until the very end. Those passages made no sense and would have been better off cut. The book left loose ends, like where did Charlie and his money came from? Why did he run away? We never find out. As for the climax of the story... I felt very unprepared for it. Surprise is one thing. But there were no indications that would have lead us to believe what Charlie did. Especially in front of Sam, traumatizing him for life. The one thing to take away is the beautiful prose that transported to you seamlessly into that era, that town, that life... even for a little while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (445)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Elizabeth says: "The bad reviews are true, alas...."
    "Don grows on you even more - Rosie, however, sinks"
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    Any additional comments?

    Don and Rosie are expecting a child. They moved to NYC and starting a new life there. However, everything starts to fall apart as the pregnancy is a surprise to Don and he takes time, in his own way, to process the event. His struggle to arouse an emotional response to the unborn child is pushing him and Rosie apart. Don takes extraordinary steps to become involved in the process. He learns everything about obstetrics, pregnancy prep, giving birth, breastfeeding, etc. He does however hide these from Rosie how becomes detached with his behavior (not wanting to touch the belly- Don doesn't see the point in his way of mind). It seems that the whole problem is lack of communication, rather than a real problem in my view. Yes is not emotional, but he does care. Rosie is distant and cruel. Sorry but I couldn't stand her. I think we just had too little information on what she was thinking and how she was reacting throughout this, to understand her POV.

    It did feel over the top. Don did not need to solve 5 people's life-altering problems to make a point that he is a caring person.

    You still love Don. A little more, perhaps. The stars go to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Angel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of “Miss Karen Billings,” who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But “Miss Billings” has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still.

    Michelle says: "Read this before Prince of Dreams!"
    "Not a fan of LK's early work."
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a big LK fan and was very surprised in how much I disliked this book.

    The story is about a young Russian Aristocratic lady that gets sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. She escapes to England where she ends up as a governess for a wealthy man's 14 year old child.
    My main issue was with the male lead. The man, Lord Stokehurst, is widowed and has lost one arm, in a heroic attempt to save his late wife. That made his, of course, stronger and more detached, which I accepted. However, throughout the book, he was shown as heartless, unfair, manipulative and flat out constantly aroused. The worst thing of all, Anastasia's age, 18, (which you could tell she was this young from her actions), was too close for comfort to his daugther's age. I kept telling Anastasia to run as far away from him as possible. She didn't and he seduced her before they were even married. Sorry. I really didn't feel this one.

    Lisa Kleypas' later work (e.g. The Hathaways) is far superior to this early book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
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    (1668)
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    (1673)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "Not my favorite MH book"
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    Would you try another book from Molly Harper and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    I would certainly try another audiobook from this duo. Molly Harper's witty sense of humor is too good to pass and Amanda delivers it seamlessly.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is about a group of young professionals who try to restore a haunted house. There were two interlinked stories about two couples-to-be, which I think detracted from what should have been a Nina & Deacon story. The story of the ghosts was somewhat convoluted too, which made this not as an easy read as typical for the author.
    LOL moments, check. Romance without exaggerated feelings, Check. I will return to her vampire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1049)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Mel says: "Difference of Opinion"
    "2.5 stars for the Paying Guests"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author cut the last third of the book, this would have been a much better experience. The trial was just over-stretched, to the point that it really didn't matter what happened next, since the author showed an irreconcilable chasm between the heroines. Thus, the very last paragraph of the book did not make sense at all for me. It was not believable.


    What aspect of Juliet Stevenson’s performance would you have changed?

    The constant whispering was making it difficult to hear the dialogue when outside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1208)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Nice Historical Highland Romance"
    "3.5 stars for this funny and sweet book!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would really want to learn about Ian a bit more. I feel like there was so much more to his character that we didn't see. He almost acted as a secondary character.


    Any additional comments?

    Judith is a beautiful young English woman who has grown up with a verbally abusive uncle and indifferent mother. She stays loyal to her childhood friend who married in the Highlands and goes to her when she is about to give birth. She meets Ian McClean on the way, and throws him off with her sweet, tender manner yet strength to speak up and do the right thing, that he stands no chance :). The plot had many developments to keep you entertained until the very end. It was funny and sweet. My main issue with the story was that everything turned out too good to be true, in all respects, which took away the believability of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (823)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "I wanted to love this book..."
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    What did you like best about Devil's Bride? What did you like least?

    I wanted to like this book because as soon as you start reading you see its beautiful prose and a plot that throws you into a murdered body and the male and female leads stranded in a cottage for the night. However, the story's pace decelerates and stays flat until the very end. I am also sorry to say but I KNEW who the murderer is from the time he first appeared in the book. The hints were so obvious that it completely ruined the suspense.



    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No. The narration was completely over the top.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10244)
    Performance
    (7219)
    Story
    (7211)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Claire returns to the past-the adventure continues"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was another emotional roller coaster. Claire make another life-altering decision to leave her grown up daughter behind, albeit at the good hands of the Reverend's nephew and passes through the stones yet again to find Jamie, after discovering that he did not die at Culloden. The re-union is not what you would expect as Jamie's life in the past 20 years is slowly uncovered and their deepest fears and uncertainties are brought to life. Through their travels they get to know each other yet again and accept the consequences of their actions. This book has a great many new characters and transports you to places unknown.

    Diana Gabaldon has easily landed on my top 3 authors of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12404)
    Performance
    (8804)
    Story
    (8831)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Tears, laughter and world-wind adventures!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The very first chapter of the book was extremely emotional for me. Diana, as always, did a phenomenal job describing the pain, nostalgia, heart-ache and all these soul wrenching emotions Claire was going through, even after 20 years from their separation.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the structure of the book a bit unorthodox. The first part was very emotional but anchored you to the reality of the situation. Then the story continues with Claire and Jamie's adventure in Paris, trying to stop the rising from happening. Knowing the end, or thinking that you knew detracted part of the suspense. Having said that, the story telling was mesmerizing and their love stronger than the page before. Simply fantastic series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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