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Pauline

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  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jenny McCarthy
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    From the experience of her own difficult pregnancy, MTV star Jenny McCarthy has fashioned the best-selling pregnancy/childbirth book of the last several decades. A delightful mixture of raw humor and serious advice, Belly Laughs tells you what you can really expect when you're expecting. Every imaginable topic related to pregnancy is covered, including whole chapters on morning sickness ("Barf-O-Rama"), cellulite gain, baby kicks, dreams, water retention, hot flashes, and more.

    Sandra says: "Humorous, Light and Educational"
    "My first baby book"
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    Where does Belly Laughs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first baby book that I have looked into. Very truthful and funny. I don't like the ones that read like text books. besides, I have heard a lot of the do's and don'ts from all my mommy friends.
    If you are looking for a baby text book, then this is not for you. If you like a silly but true look at pregnancy then get this book! it is too cute, I loved it.


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

    yes, I could not stop listening. I was hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2841)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2600)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Boring"
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    What would have made Orange is the New Black better?

    I had higher expectations of a funny and racy story (based on the TV show) and I thought that the book would have more stories beyond what they would show on TV but man was this book boring. Nothing really stood out and the story was lacking.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Piper Kerman again?

    Probably not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was clear and didn't really smack their lips when they talked like other readers. Too bad the story was boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    lack of fulfillment. fell like I wasted a few hours on this.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, it you love the cheeky and crude laughs from the TV show, don't read the book. Keep watching the show because it is more entertaining. If you want to know the real story, then read the book. I personally just did not like it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (965)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Great!"
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    If you could sum up Memoirs of a Geisha in three words, what would they be?

    Magnificent
    Elegant
    Whimsical


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Couldn't tell you if it is too historically accurate but I reminds me of my mother who grew up in Japan. I have read through this book twice now and it never gets old. The story makes me home sick for the "traditional" Japan and "old fashioned" times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hatsumomo's fall from grace.


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

    Yes! holly cow yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The move tries to capture the magic of the book but it just does not come close. I love the movie, but I always hate when they stray from the timeline and order of the book. If you like the move, try the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "you may identify with the book...."
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    Where does Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This sits in the middle of my list but I really identify with the "eastern" way of raising a child since that is how I was raised.


    Any additional comments?

    If you had a traditional "eastern" parent then you will really identify with this book. If you have had close friends as a child who where Asian then you will see a lot of familiar things with their parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "good crime movie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to be better than the print version?

    absolutely, The movie left out so may good parts like all books to movies do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chablis, I could not help by smile every time she entered the story.


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

    This book makes you laugh with all the characters in and around Savannah. I did not find a sad moment in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book gets slow at times but over all a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starting Over

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sue Moorcroft
    • Narrated By Julie Teal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Giving up her fiancé and her old life, Tess has moved to the country to start afresh. When she crashes her car into Miles' breakdown truck, they find that they're nearly neighbours yet worlds apart. Despite a suddenly attentive ex- fiancé, she discovers the joys of village life and begins to form a friendship with Miles. Then, just as their relationship deepens, an old flame comes looking for him....

    Pauline says: "Eh, it was okay"
    "Eh, it was okay"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who love romantic books. I liked it but the story was just too....standard romance novel. Their in love, their not in love, and it flip flops the entire book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Moorcroft? Why or why not?

    I may.


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

    The book was read beautifully and the narrator was very expressive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27116)
    Performance
    (13737)
    Story
    (13783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Oh my word!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to everyone I know! This is going into my list of favorite books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The terrible awful


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the narrators did so great


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    I have a hard time picking a favorite charter.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw bits and pieces of the movie and thought, what the hay, I will read the book. The book was so great! I just loved it. the movie is spectacular but the book is worlds better. read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13371)
    Performance
    (5789)
    Story
    (5861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Such a cute story"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    I always like listening to a book that has been made into a movie. I have yet to see this movie because I don't want to be disappointed in the move. The book took me to another place and gives you such a happy feeling from the romantic parts.


    Who was the most memorable character of Water for Elephants and why?

    The elephant


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rosie Pope
    • Narrated By Rosie Pope, Rick Adamson, Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Rosie Pope, pregnancy expert, maternity fashion designer, and star of Bravo's hit show Pregnant in Heels offers an all-encompassing guide to pregnancy. What's your Mommy IQ? Every mom-to-be wants a perfect, healthy pregnancy. But as the nine months start to fly by, it's easy for new parents to become overwhelmed and intimidated by the mountains of information and advice available. Enter pregnancy expert Rosie Pope. With her signature style, humor, and razor-sharp expertise, Rosie offers women the ultimate guide to these unique nine months ahead.

    Pauline says: "Not the kind of mommy book for me"
    "Not the kind of mommy book for me"
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    Would you try another book from Rosie Pope and/or the narrators?

    I could not stand listening to this book. I did not like how it was written and how it was narrated. Didn't even finish the book. I learned nothing new from this book that I was not told by my girlfriends who have been through it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison's Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alison Tyler (editor), Shanna Germain, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and others
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon, Montana Chase, Lauren Fortgang, and others
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    Over the past 15 years, Alison Tyler has curated some of the genre’s most sizzling collections of erotic fiction, proving herself to be the ultimate naughty librarian. With Alison’s Wonderland, she has compiled a treasury of naughty tales based on fable and fairy tale, myth and legend: some ubiquitous, some obscure—all of them delightfully dirty.

    Robert says: "Very sexy"
    "WTF!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you dont care about a good story line but like the juicy parts of "romance" novels, you will like this


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will just avoid this author all together


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    nothing


    What character would you cut from Alison's Wonderland?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Each short story is about 20 minutes long, you dont get descriptions of anything, it just right into sex. I enjoy a romance novel as much as the next red blooded women but this was just horrible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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