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Natalie Perez

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  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (952)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "Cheesy and Predictable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot of the story is very predictable and there is a lot of repetition. The main characters are some sorts of nympho maniacs that seems unrealistically, blissfully, lovingly insatiable. The love story is very cliche and "easy".


    Has Come Away with Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I think so


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Mack – was your favorite?

    Jules


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could Herman Koch and Sam Garrett (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I felt there was no punch line for this story. I took a quiz that recommend this book for me as I love thrillers and suspense stories. I was excited but this was NOT that. There was no sudden twist and the one story that is supposed to be that "twist" just dragged on and on. And the son Michele, who loved ones were trying to protect, was an ungrateful brat that seems to be void of some basic human emotions.


    Which character – as performed by Clive Mantle – was your favorite?

    Babette


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • #GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophia Amoruso
    • Narrated By Sara Jes Austell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.

    Margaret says: "Red Bull to Sandberg's Skinny Vanilla Latte"
    "Light and Easy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of #GIRLBOSS to be better than the print version?

    Probably. Since it's not really a fiction story you don't have to worry about anyone acting badly. It was light enough for me to listen to without any issue but I don't know how much of a page-turner it would be.


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

    I didn't really have a reaction to the ending. It pretty much ends exactly as you'd expect.


    Have you listened to any of Sara Jes Austell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What did you learn from #GIRLBOSS that you would use in your daily life?

    Nothing really. This book does tell an inspiring story...but didn't really open my eyes to any new information that I could use as motivation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burial Rites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (267)

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

    Lesley says: "Nearly Perfect"
    "Hard to Follow"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Burial Rites? What did you like least?

    I thought the plot was great. However, with all the accents it was difficult for me to follow. At times I'd find myself zoning out and some other times, I just accepted that they said a word that I couldn't begin to imagine how it was spelled.


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

    A convincing accent


    Was Burial Rites worth the listening time?

    ehhhh....I would say no. It was pretty lengthy....and as I mentioned, hard to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (523)

    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

    Christine says: "My Favorite Sedaris"
    "Great performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Naked?

    interesting to listen to David and his sister narrate. Amy does a great job!
    Quick listen. Aroused a few laughs/chuckles.
    It was a light, pleasant audiobook.


    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
    (375)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    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""
    "Cheesy and Uncomfortable. Narrator didn't help."
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    Would you try another book from Emily Giffin and/or Sofia Willingham?

    Maybe from Emily Giffin...but not Sofia Willingham


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funny by David Sedaris


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sofia Willingham?

    This was my first audio book ever but....the narrator did not make matters better. Her reading for the guys' parts was embarrassing but nothing compared to her reading of "Caroline" (Lucy's daughter). Oh God, how I hated that little girl whenever she appeared in a scene.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The One & Only?

    uhhh....the whole thing
    It was hard for me to get through this. I only finished it because I hate abandoning a book in the middle. Plus, I had hope that Emily Giffin would redeem herself. Aside from the cheesiness of this story, there was so much about it that made me burst out with "Eww! No!" when I was listening in my car by myself. Pretty uncomfortable stuff. Lots of eye rolling happened, as well.
    Lastly, when I wasn't being made uncomfortable, annoyed or grossed-out, I was being bored out of my mind with what felt like several pages of unnecessary football talk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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