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Cambridge, MA, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 268 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy. Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell.

    Maureen says: "Sex and Politics - a fraught combination"
    "Not Even Worth $7"
    Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

    Probably not. I think K.A. Linde is a good writer, she can describe steamy scenes well, but other than that, I found the story lacking in authentic connection between the main characters. She also relied on too many stereotypes the characters were all one dimensional. Natalie Ross is a good narrator, but I think her male voices sounded too similar.

    Would you ever listen to anything by K. A. Linde again?

    No. I really wanted to like this book. For the price and the length I gave the book so much more lead-way to impress me, but when I was indifferent about starting part two, I realized I really did not like this book and probably wouldn't like anything else by this author.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Ross?

    I think Jill Redfield would have been wonderful.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Off the Record?

    It wasn't a matter of too much, as much as not enough deep meaningful conversations between Liz and Brady, and that's' not the editor's job, it's the author's.

    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. I did, but I hated it. I felt Brady was just a spoiled brat on steroids, "I want political career, I want sex with Liz, I want it all on my terms. Give me now!" This is how I felt every time Brady talked about their relationship or every time he treated Liz like a booty call. I wish they had more public banter and love/hate dynamic prior to the first time having sex at the gala, that would have built tension and respect for the characters they they are both strong willed, intelligent people. A debate on campus where Liz is thrown in as the moderator and her bias happens to show through would have been a fun scene to see how they navigate this mutual respect, intense attraction, and the impossibility of truly being together. To me, they just seemed like two twenty-somethings looking for a summer fling. Brady visiting Liz to cuddle her when she was almost in a drunk-driving accident, wasn't enough to get me thinking Brady was worthy of her love. I think it would have been sweet if she tried to come on to him in her drunken stupor and he refused to have sex (thereby showing he cares about her as person and not a sexual outlet) but kept her talking to help her get over her shock from getting pulled over, watching her friend go to jail, and nearly dying. It would have showed some interest in her as a person and not an object. He doesn't even realize that she's a merit scholar until 10 hours into the book. Crazy! I wanted more conversations and romance between the two. Yes, yes, I get it they wanna tear jump each other like rabbits. Cool. Great love scene, but I have to ask, where is the love? At one point I started feeling sorry for Liz and wondered why there's even a contest between Hayden (her cute editor who respects Liz as a journalist and friend) and Brady, our super sexy spoiled brat. This book is not even worth the $7 I spent on it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lisa-Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Lisa-Jo Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Most people who talk about motherhood start out by telling you how much they always wanted to be a mom. Not Lisa-Jo Baker. She was 18 and growing up in South Africa when her mom died, and she swore she would never have kids. But then she fell in love with an American boy with cowboy-green eyes, married him, and now, a decade and two continents later, they have three. This is the unlikely story of how she got there.

    Osheta says: "Encouragement is a Superpower"
    "Encouragement is a Superpower"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Surprised by Motherhood to be better than the print version?

    It's quite special to hear Lisa-Jo's beautiful South African accent.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surprised by Motherhood?

    When Lisa- Jo describe Jesus knitting through the night, weaving the moments of our life and the surprises together and smiling at the beauty of it all.

    What does Lisa-Jo Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You can hear her deep love for her country, her family, and most of all her God. Listening to her story inspired me.

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

    No, because I didn't want it to end. I stretched the listening out over days.

    Any additional comments?

    Lisa-Jo’s book is a Mama’s coming of age tale. As a South-African woman-child, who lost her mother at eighteen Lisa-Jo vowed to never have children, yet Jesus in his great patience and wisdom walked beside her towards a man who loved her something fierce and next to her in a new role (one of many she filled) of “Mama” where He could show her the Father’s ferocious love for his daughter. Lisa-Jo’s words are poetic, oftentimes heartbreaking, always Shalom soaked. The truth in her story made me whole. While listening to her read, healing occurred in the deep places where my own hurts around motherhood hid behind lies. Seriously, I think I fell in love with both Jesus and my family anew after listening to, “Surprised by Motherhood”.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Horrible Narrator!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I wouldn't give this book the my worst enemy, desperate for something to listen to while working out.

    What was most disappointing about Tara Sivec’s story?

    I couldn't get into the story, the narrator was so wrong for this story.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice is more suited for an older character, not the twenty year old, virginal college student. I couldn't get past that. Then when the perspective changes from the female protagonist to the male there was no change in voice inflection. I was confused until I read reviews that the story was written from both perspectives. I stopped listening at that point.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seduction and Snacks?

    Can't answer that...couldn't get into the book.

    Any additional comments?

    Please change the narrator.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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