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Mary Lawson

SHREVEPORT, LA, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Baby Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart.

    Jenna says: "Try the version read by Cynthia Nixon"
    "Interesting opinions..."
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Giffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have read Something Borrowed, Love the One You're With, and Heart of the Matter. Emily Giffin writes about horrible people, but she makes you like them!


    What aspect of Christine Marshall’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought the narration was average. I did not listen to Cynthia Nixon read this, but I did listen to her read Heart of the Matter. I do think she could have added more of a "snarky" tone/attitude to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I got exactly what I expected with this book. It was time for an easy listen; so, I went searching for a fluff book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16219)
    Performance
    (13480)
    Story
    (14105)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Ana is YOUNG and INEXPERIENCED!!!"
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    The first narration did sound young, but Ana is young. I really do not understand all the complaining about the narration. I listened to three hours before the change and the remainder of the book after the remastering. I have listened to much worse.

    The talk shows are calling this "mommy porn". I find the label amusing but fitting to the book. This book made me blush more than once, and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next. The All American Rejects song "Dirty Little Secret" comes to mind. Fifty Shades of Grey is a nice bit of erotica.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (710)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Not gripping at all...."
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    What could Juliet Blackwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I felt like she was trying to make her voice sound sexy. In doing this, she made herself difficult to understand and a bit monotone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a somewhat interesting mystery, but I didn't think so until I finished the book.


    Any additional comments?

    My mind wandered constantly during this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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