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Melissa

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  • Love and Devotion

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erica James
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    At the age of thirty two, Harriet Swift thinks she has the perfect life - a satisfying career, her own flat and a new boyfriend who respects her need for her own space. But when tragedy strikes and her only sister is killed in a car crash, Harriet is forced to give up her well-ordered life and to help her parents look after her orphaned niece and nephew. Moving back to her childhood home and sacrificing so much doesn't come easy and before long Harriet discovers things about her family she never believed possible...

    richard/sharon says: "Engrossing, complicated story"
    "From sad to hopeful."
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    Where does Love and Devotion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can not even rank it because I have listened to so many. But I have to say I listened to this book after reading a book that was really heavy and somewhat sad. I thought this would be a serious book but a little lighter than the one I had just finished. It was lighter but it had a definite direction and storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character were the children. They were adorable and sensitive at times.


    What about Jilly Bond’s performance did you like?

    She was good and kept it interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh at times and there were times where I was close to tears. its difficult because I listen to it during my commute so I couldn't just cry while driving but I did tear up a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good book, its not a happy go lucky story. It has some dififcult moments but they all make sense within the story line. Its was a quick listen as well. And that's a compliment because I have purchased books that I have had a difficult time listiening to and finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One & Only: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (415)

    Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas - a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

    K G says: "The narrator mispronounced "Giffin""
    "The One & Only book I did not like by Emily Giffin"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, its not one of my favorites. The story although solid is muttled by over emphasizing things. In the beginning of the book the main character Shay is obvious in the direction she is headed. And at that point the book remained obvious and the plot remained obvious.


    If you’ve listened to books by Emily Giffin before, how does this one compare?

    This book was not one of my favorite Emily Giffin books and it was not one of my favorite books period. The story line was solid to a point but the direction of the book and the constant way she swooned over one of the characters was not realistic in some ways. And as a girl who cheered for a Big 10 school and knows Big 10 Football, it was tiring the over use of football lingo.


    What does Sofia Willingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a southern person I could relate to her southern accent. She honestly did a good job with what she was given.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If the character had not been so infatuated with the other character from the onset and if they had just formed a friendship based on the fact he worked with her and spent time with her and had just lost his wife. If it wasn't beat into the ground that she initially had this overwhelming crush on this man, that made it unbelievable and predictable. If the story had taken a similar route, removing the over saturated infatuation for the coach and keeping her relationship with the pro football player and bringing them together from those circumstances instead of over emphasizing her infatuation for Coach Carr. It would have made me feel more sympathetic for both characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is solid but the direction Emily Giffin chose to take on the storyline made the book hard to believe and difficult to enjoy. There were also other factors within the book that made it unrealistic and like a tree filled with sap, messy.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (591)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Unexpected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Weight of Blood to be better than the print version?

    The good thing about the print version is that you can basically put your own voice to each character. In the beginning of a book in print I don't have a defined voice but when I get to know the character I start to picture their voice, behavior and mannerisms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lila was my favorite character. At first I did not realize how Lila and Lucy connected. But then it all worked out and it was if Lila was guiding Lucy at some points in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmm that is difficult because the content was quite difficult and sometimes difficult to find any comfort while listening to the story. But if I have to choose it was when Lila is saved from the garage.


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

    When Lila felt that she could actually have a home in a place where she felt so uncomfortable, she was willing to make it work for her child and family.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was surprising in several ways. Its not a book that is full of fluff and good vibes. The content is somewhat uncomfortable at times however, that makes you want to know how it all turns out in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5551)
    Performance
    (4887)
    Story
    (4903)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Definitely and unexpected secret"
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    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting
    Suspenseful
    Chilling


    What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

    The only book that comes to mind is a book I listened to recently called. 'The Last Letter from Your Lover'. I picked this book because it too has a mysterious element and a few surprises as well.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was my first book narrated by Caroline Lee.


    If you could take any character from The Husband's Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don't know if I would want to have dinner with any of them. The book did not leave me with questions about one particular character. Well maybe one, the dead girl. I would want to know what were her intentions that night and why did she feel the need to meet.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good story very interesting and again I have to say I have liked all of Liane Moriarty's books. I am looking forward to new releases from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Catered Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sue Margolis
    • Narrated By Sue Margolis
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tallulah's grandmother - Nana Ida- insists that her granddaughter have a big, fat, Jewish wedding, which Ida is happy to pay for. Tallulah and her fiancé prefer a small Jewish wedding, but they finally acquiesce. For six months, they have been drowning in decision making: table centre pieces (high or low?), chocolate fountain (passé?), wedding cake (does anyone actually eat it?). Everything's up for debate. The only thing Tallulah can count on is that her fiancé will show up....

    Melissa says: "Solid Sue"
    "Solid Sue"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure, I would recommend this book to a friend. I would preface it with 'Its light hearted and easy to listen to', the same as most of Sue Margolis' books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Margolis again?

    Yes I would and I have listened to other books from Sue Margolis'


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing really the narrator gave a solid performance.


    Did A Catered Affair inspire you to do anything?

    Inspired me to laugh more.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was interesting, witty and easy to listen to. You feel invested in Tullulah's future and happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1190)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "How to understand a Psycho!"
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    What did you love best about The Hypnotist's Love Story?

    It was fun and interesting how she told both sides of the story. From the point of view of Ellen the hypnotist and the point of view of the stalker Sashki. And you or I rather start to feel empathy for the stalker. Its as if she has questions and was cut off from a relationship without notice. And she can not let go but then I also understand Ellens point of view. And in the end I completely get Patrick's point of view.


    What other book might you compare The Hypnotist's Love Story to and why?

    I can't think of one that compares to this story its a unique book.


    What does Tamara Lovatt Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked her narration of the book I enjoyed listening to her tell the story and bring the characters to life off the pages.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That is not possible for me but yes I could have listened to it in one sitting if I had the time but fortunately that is not possible However, I did look forward to my commute to work and even driving longer distances did not bother me because I could listen to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I completely recommend this book its funny and interesting and sad all in one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Seriously after 14 years...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not have killed off Bridget's husband. He was what made the story click. The author wanted to shake things up by doing something dramatic. She could have had that effect without killing off Mark Darcy. They could have made the journey together and had interesting challenges without eliminating his character.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Fielding again?

    I can not say right now. It depends on what the book is about. If it is interesting and has a good story then maybe yes but I wouldn't buy it just because she wrote it.


    Have you listened to any of Samantha Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Samantha Bond previously but she did a great job.


    Could you see Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If this were to be made into a movie then once again we would have to drag out Renee Zellweger and dust her off to play the aging Bridget Jones. What's difficult is that the age that Bridget portrays in the book is significantly older than Renee Zellweger's actual age. Therefore she may not jump at the chance to portray an older woman. But is she did I think it could make a good screenplay with some changes and adjustments to the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to come off as a person bashing Fielding because she has written a solid book. Are there things that could have been different, yes most definitely. Did I feel like I had to play catch-up with the storyline and figure out ok how did we get from Point A to Point C and what happened to point B. That was difficult to do but it is a good book, not great but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3599)
    Performance
    (3169)
    Story
    (3161)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Elisabeth says: "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"
    "And then what Alice remembered"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to a friend. The story is solid and keeps you interested. At first I feel sorry for Alice because everyone is being impatient with her and not remembering that she has significant memory loss. And then she kind of accepts it and starts living again but on her terms. She doesn't have all of the baggage from before she lost her memory and she is not as angry and hurtful.


    What other book might you compare What Alice Forgot to and why?

    It is similar but more interesting than Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. Both books are about memory loss and regaining ones life. And in both books the main character goes through some growth pains. But if I remember correctly in Remember Me?, it doesn't have such a great ending.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Why I'm glad you asked.... I have listened to Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance of The Hypnotist Love Story. And I enjoyed that performance as well. She did a brilliant job in both performances.


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

    When Alice started to warm to her husband again and then when he started to warm towards her. It was nice because you could tell they still loved each other.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good listen and I really enjoy Liane Moriarty's writing. She has another good book that I like and its The Husbands Secret. There is a different narrator but the book is again really nice and surprising.

    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
    Overall
    (28718)
    Performance
    (25359)
    Story
    (25431)

    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!"
    "Slow start, but then difficult to put down"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I liked the insight into each character. At first I want to jump through the pages and shake Nick because he seems so evasive and seems not to realize that his actions are suspicious. And then there is Amy who in the beginning seems so happy and in love and joyful. She seems to really enjoy life and respects people and family. She seems to be the girl everyone wants to be around.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    666 Park Avenue and this is only because things are not what they seem. The good is really bad and the bad turns out to be trying to do the right thing.


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

    I have always been a fan of Julia Whelan, just look at my library of books I have purchased in the past. She knows how to narrate a story and make you feel as if you are walking along the street with her or seeing things from her point of view or rather the characters point of view. But for this one I have to say that I applaud Kirby Heyborne because he made the reader literally dislike Nick in the beginning. He was critical of himself and you believed that wow this is a guy that really knows how to come off wrong, all wrong. And in the end you find yourself cheering him on and hoping he would win, yes win. When he wakes up and figures out that he has been the fool you think 'FINALLY' and you hope that he will start doing the right things and he does so you can't help but to cheer him on.


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

    A love story gone awry.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not stress enough how it was a slow book to start out and then I literally could not stop listening to the story. I found myself thinking about possible endings and what would happen if scenarios. In the end I wasn't disappointed however neither was I surprised at the outcome. Not to say that it was expected but after listening to this cat and mouse game being told, its easy to guess the last chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

    flimfrik says: "Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed."
    "This book had a huge negative distraction!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of reading and listening to good books. Books with great storylines and plots that keep you on the edge of your seat. I listen to books mainly because I like to listen to them during my commute or when I am traveling. I choose books that are interesting to listen to and have an interesting plot. So to answer the question I chose this book because of the storyline. After clicking the accepted purchase button, I continued to read other reviews. One review pointed out the accents used by the narrator in the book and how they were sometimes strange, to say the least. But to stay focused the book took a long time go get through. It was rather long and I actually stopped towards the middle and started another book, finished that book and then continued.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dakota was my favorite character. She was spunky. Dakota and Anita's accents were the only ones that truly fit the character. Georgia seemed like a white girl trying to sound black at times. James although he was an educated architect somehow the narrator made him sound uneducated and ignorant. Black men and especially educated black men do not sound like that... research please....!!! During the dialogue for James I kept thinking with this voice he should be saying "Ho de do, ho de do"(Hold the door)

    K.C. was over the top and not in a good way.

    Darwin was strange and her accent was edgy and nervous. It just didn't ring true.

    Peri the assistant in Georgia's knitting store sounded like a cross between Puerto Rican and Jamaican. But then when it is mentioned that she comes from Chicago I am left scratching my head.

    Cat her voice isn't as annoying as most and she does reconnect with Georgia.

    Marty did sound Jewish if that's even possible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices were really not good at all. I tried to focus on the plot and put the voices out of my head but especially when James and Peri spoke it was difficult. Bad scene man, bad scene.


    Was The Friday Night Knitting Club worth the listening time?

    This was a book I would prefer to read on my own.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was generally good. Some of the story was unrealistic and some was just too sappy and attempted to pull at the heart strings way too much. And the attempt to make Georgia into a Saint was annoying. The fact that they had to make the dead beat father a black man was unnecessary. I know it fit with the storyline as far as Dakota being different and wanting to know her roots. But they played James as a deadbeat dad and then gave him the voice that sounded ignorant. So that was a double scoop of unacceptable.

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