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Retired Reader Gal

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  • 49 purchased in 2014
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  • Holly Would Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Holly Ross often wishes she lived in a simpler time, when the clothes were glamorous, the men debonair, and the endings happy. That said, her career as a fashion historian isn't so bad. With both a wedding and a big promotion coming up, her own happily ever after seems assured. So how, in the space of one day, does it all go wrong? How does she end up homeless, jobless, penniless, and fianc-less? Why is she cruising the Mediterranean in hot pursuit of real estate tycoon Denis King?

    A User says: "Sweet, enjoyable"
    "A Cute Story and Easy Listen."
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    Story

    A cute story. An enjoyable read and an easy way to spend a few hours. The story was fun, the characters were a hoot (except for her father, who became a bit tiresome and frankly, should have been shoved out of the window of an airplane about 1/2 way through the book). Even the romance was sweet, funny and, as far as billionaires falling in love with people they meet on the street stories go, well done. Hard not to like.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (733)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Ignore the Premise and Read It!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don's let the description put you off what is actually a cute story. This book was suggested to me by a friend and I read the description and thought I would hate it--guy makes a bet that he can date a girl. But I actually thought it was a fun read. All of the characters were different than you would expect and the story was deeper than the impression you get by reading the description. I really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that I wished it hadn't ended so abruptly--and the tacked on 5 years later epilogue didn't help or satisfy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.

    Frederick R. says: "The Best of Its or Any Day"
    "A well narrated classic!"
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    Story

    I am a Wharton fan and this is one of my favorites. The narrator did a good job and really enhanced the story. Kick back with a cup of tea and just let the words wash over you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2141)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Funny!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Clever, funny and a really good story. I really like this book, although the author seemed to run out of steam in the last 20% of the book. But this modern take on the "scorned wife gets revenge by finally taking her life back" story was really well done. A fun, easy read that you won't regret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1328)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A Winner!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You will laugh and you will cry, but you will never forget this book or this writer! I have over 800 titles in my library, and this is one of the ten best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet Sisters

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica McInerney
    • Narrated By Catherine Milte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Anna, Bett and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars, the Alphabet Sisters. Years later, Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for her 80th birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement - she wants them to revive their singing careers and stage a musical she has written. Rehearsals get underway, and family secrets begin to be shared and revealed. But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test they never imagined.

    Shelley says: "I love this book!"
    "I really enjoyed this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed everything about this one! The narrator was good and the story was fun. The characters were realistic and vivid and the family dynamic was believable and nicely drawn. Not an easy task to knit so many characters together seamlessly and realistically but the author did it and did it well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Janelle Brown
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Paul Miller's pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she's been waiting years for - until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune.

    Theresa says: "The Perfect Life Ain't So Perfect"
    "Just O.K."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Held my attention, but just barely. The characters weren't easy to root for and it was too long. I finished it, but can't say that it stuck with me when it was over. It wasn't bad, but there are much better books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cathy Holton
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Packed with authentic Southern flavor and characters as colorful as an azalea in full bloom, The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes serves up stinging one-liners and earthy wisdom in equal measure.

    Marilyn says: "Could have been much better..."
    "Boring!!!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Skip this sequel and read the first book in the series. The author must have had a 2 book deal to get this published! Inane plot, silly dialogue, needless profanity and more coincidences than a night time soap opera to make the story move along. Don't waste your time with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (323)

    Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.

    Vinessa says: "Better than expected"
    "A Sequel That Stands on It's Own."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although a bit predictable, this sequel to Something Borrowed is a fun read. You don't have to read the first book to understand the back story because the author does a good job of reviewing the past events. Typical chic lit, but it is nice to see the main character change and evolve into a decent person by the end of the story. Of course, the character is so vile in the beginning, she has no place to go but up! It won't raise your I.Q., but it is a great beach book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Laid Plans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynn Schnurnberger
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Tru's best friend, Sienna Post, loses her position as an anchor on the local nightly news, the two hatch a profitable if illegal plan: They'll open an escort service with "working girls" all over the age of 40. By turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a must-read for every woman who knows it's never to late to make a fresh start.

    Retired Reader Gal says: "Ugh!"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In what universe do intelligent, educated, career women think running an escort business is a smart business plan? Yeah. But that's the kind of universe the author lives in. Not amusing and beyond stupid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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