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Sara

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5796)
    Performance
    (4492)
    Story
    (4503)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "With respect, I disagree."
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    (Spoiler alert!) Unlike many others, I am truly struck by how much Jane is like Sookie Stackhouse! They both live in the south in big, old, historic homes just outside of town that they inherited from beloved, older, women relatives. Neither of them have dated in a long time before they are both pursued by a couple of different vampires—one bad, and one good (and the good one is from the Civil War area). Jane and Sookie are both good friends with men who are seriously dating women werewolves. Both books mention Elvis sightings. Even the name “Hadley” comes up in both series.

    I disagree that it was funnier than other books I've read like the “Sookie Stackhouse" series. That said, Jane’s sense of humor is definitely more *sarcastic* than Sookie’s. To me, wit and sarcasm are not synonymous. As someone who laughs a LOT and laughs louder than is probably appropriate in many situations (hehe!), I had expected to laugh at this book. If dry sarcasm is your sense of humor, you may love this book. Since it is very much not mine, I didn’t laugh at all.

    Overall, I was a little bored reading this. I felt like I kind of just went through the motions to get to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1274)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Must Be a Lover of History, Yourself"
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    I always wanted to get excited and feel engrossed by them, but history classes were never my favorite. My mind immediately wanders when someone talks of history that I can't bring down to a personal level and relate to. As such, this book - while incredibly well done - is just not for me.

    I also struggled listening to the character Paul impersonate Helen; it wasn't the accent that I minded, it was the sound of his voice attempting to sound like a woman's voice. With all due respect, it can't be easy for a man to sound like a woman. However, the narrator's seemed like a caricature of a woman's voice in this book, and I found it very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (442)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Gorgeous."
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    Poetic. Hauntingly beautiful. I laughed out loud. Then, I paused and laughed out loud again about the same thing. The narrator for Leo's character did a spectacular job. I *loved* this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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