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Toni G.

Lover of books and reading with a newfound appreciation for audiobooks...for a number of reasons!

Chesapeake, VA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Perfect Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • Narrated By Shay Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    Denise and Derrek Shaw are the perfect American couple. Happily married for 15 years, they have a wonderful daughter, Mackenzie, successful careers, and a beautiful house in a posh Chicago suburb. They are attractive, respected...and hiding a shocking secret: a dangerous addiction to drugs. It started innocently enough. Denise occasionally used prescription drugs to help her deal with the long hours and demanding nature of her job. Derrek, also under pressure at work, began using cocaine socially with some of his colleagues. They can quit whenever they want to. At least, that's what Denise would like to believe....

    trazell says: "Waste of My Money"
    "Solid storyline from one of my fave authors"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Perfect Marriage to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I imagine doing so would have allowed my to fill in the blanks regarding what the characters may sound like.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story was very descriptive about the family and their background, which helped the audience to understand how they became dependent on certain substances. I also liked that this seemed very realistic; I am sure there are many "functioning" addicts in the world who need help.


    Which character – as performed by Shay Moore – was your favorite?

    Denise - mainly because the voice fit her since the narrator is a woman. I think she also did well with Mackenzie and relatively well with Derrek, although it was annoying at times when she tried to deepen her voice to sound like a man. Nonetheless, I liked her reading voice and thought she maintained a good rhythm.


    If you could rename The Perfect Marriage, what would you call it?

    What's Done In the Dark...


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  • The Family Business 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Treasure Hernandez
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Diane Luke, Lisa Smith, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (249)

    Momma drama takes over the Duncan clan, as there is still uncertainty about who has fathered the Duncan sisters' new babies. Meanwhile, Orlando Duncan, the family's new CEO and a man with his own baby momma problems, has just developed a new product that may make the millionaire Duncans into billionaires. Orlando only has one obstacle in front of him, and it's not law enforcement or one of his family's many rivals. It's his mother, because she's making the family take sides. Can a civil war within the Duncan family be averted before it tears them apart?

    Ronald says: "Good read but....."
    "Follow-up Better Than Expected"
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    What did you love best about The Family Business 2?

    I loved how Carl Weber and his co-author decided to switch some of the points of view, allowing us to learn more about some of the other characters.


    What other book might you compare The Family Business 2 to and why?

    Hmm...don't know that I've read a book that is comparable in plot to The Family Business 2; however, the Duncan family could be considered similar in some ways to HBO's The Sopranos.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the introduction of Sasha. Although she was a bit sex-crazed, it added an interesting perspective to the history of the family and their business.


    If you could take any character from The Family Business 2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Junior! I loved his narrator's voice; he just sounded like a cool and debonair guy. Junior seems like he knows how to wine and dine and is willing to take care of his woman when he's found the right one.


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  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (387)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "Drew me in from the beginning!"
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    Where does The Family Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the top. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration, especially with multiple people reading the various parts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Business?

    There so many to choose from! One that had me on the edge of my seat was when LC confronted Paris after making a fatal error. I just knew her life was going to end early!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Paris! She is a spoiled, overly ambitious brat but a sassy lady.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Business and why?

    LC - being the patriarch of the family and performed by a man with such a commanding voice, I spent most of the book trying to decide what actor should play his role if this were a movie. I couldn't decide between Ving Rhames and James Pickens, Jr. (Dr. Webber from Grey's Anatomy)!


    Any additional comments?

    I knocked off a star for performance because I believe all of the voices fit the characters relatively well...except Rio. Rio is flamboyant and fabulous, yet the performer sounded as if he were bored! I also noticed that I enjoyed hearing Harris more when LC's performer read his lines than the guy actually performing his character.

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