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monica

ROSWELL, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Riptide Ultra-Glide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall are going to sunny Florida for a modest romantic vacation. But the motel they picked isn't quite a pastel paradise, and they have to be midwesterners and make the best of a bad situation. Except bad goes to worse, and a string of misfortunes renders them unable to leave the state. Meanwhile, the next Mexican-American War is being fought, this time in Fort Lauderdale, between the Kentucky mafia and the Oxy cartel over control of the lucrative pain clinic market.

    James says: "More Serge and Coleman"
    "One of Dorsey's BEST!!"
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    Where does The Riptide Ultra-Glide rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of Tim Dorsey's BEST. You gotta love Serge!! Him and Coleman are in great form in this book. Tim Dorsey can do no wrong for me, but this was one of his best. A great RIDE!


    What other book might you compare The Riptide Ultra-Glide to and why?

    There is no comparision! Fun, Funny, Strange, Horrific, all at the same time.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, He IS Serge and Coleman!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved you to laugh and to be sick all at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! But you have to have a sense of humor!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here I Go Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jen Lancaster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She's been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband and kicked out of her condo. Now, at 37, she's struggling to start a business out of her parents' garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was.

    K. Yorston says: "Love Jen... but please, please don't narrate"
    "Great story line, very different"
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    loved the story line, loved Jen's (author) dialog. Not crazy about her reading it. I like when she reads her own stuff but not so great for a novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bulls Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    A satisfying tale of honor, chance, and star-crossed love infused with Southern wit, grace, and charm - the story of two old Southern families. The Langleys have more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank. And they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their 19th-century fortune in a less distinguished manner: corner grocery stores and liquor stores.

    Ce Sea says: "Another great beach book"
    "One of the BEST."
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    The narration was great, smooth & southern. I love this author and this was one of her best stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full of Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The rich atmosphere of South Carolina, both Hilton Head and Charleston, is brought vividly to life by Dorothea Benton Frank, a South Carolina native who, with her exquisitely evocative prose, makes you smell the sea air, see the palmettos, and savor the sweet tea, but this time it comes with a side of antipasti.

    Barbara says: "Great audio book!"
    "Not What I Expected at All."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved all her other books but this one was not what I expected, not my favorite


    If you’ve listened to books by Dorothea Benton Frank before, how does this one compare?

    Ms. Frank writes fabulous southern book, about the people and locations of the south, this was not one of them.


    What about Susan Bennett’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "She is our Queen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fat Is the New 30 the most enjoyable?

    She is one of my favorite authors, but this is not her best book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jill Conner Browne before, how does this one compare?

    This one is not as funny as she usually is, a little more "preachy"


    What does Jill Conner Browne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Only she can read it likes she wants you to hear it. Very Good!!


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

    Very emotional at times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (253)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Great Summer Fun."
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    If you could sum up Beauty Queens in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Ironic, Cynical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty Queens?

    Miss Texas, loved her.


    Have you listened to any of Libba Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first one, but I will read more.


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

    Wanted to savor it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    Roberta says: "If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!"
    "LOVED IT!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Most Talkative the most enjoyable?

    Loved hearing Andy voice read his own words. So much fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Found out so much about Andy's background and fabulous work ethic.


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

    Only he can tell the listener like he wants it to be heard. Wonderful!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he came out. Very touching.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Story Fun, Narration Disappointing."
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    Would you try another book from Mary Kay Andrews and/or Kathleen McInerney?

    LOVE Mary Kay Andrews! But she is a SOUTHERN author, the narration was NOT and when she tried to be it was terrible. Mary Kay should know better than to have someone read her southern novels with such a terrible accent. Took away from the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Liked the supporting cast of characters.


    What didn’t you like about Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

    She was so wrong for this book!


    Was Spring Fever worth the listening time?

    It was just "ok"


    Any additional comments?

    please Mary Kay, have a real southerner read your books. (or a better actress). All your other books have been so much fun!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Trip

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cathy Holton
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In Cathy Holton’s winning novels, the popular author sketches insightful portraits of women even as she displays a rare talent for balancing humor and heartache. Beach Trip finds four middle-aged friends convening at a beautifully appointed beach house - and reexamining their lives.

    monica says: "Narrator is really BAD!"
    "Narrator is really BAD!"
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    Would you try another book from Cathy Holton and/or Linda Stephens?

    The story was good, I liked the characters but the narration was so bad it took away from the book.
    Narrator was horrible. She sounded like she was 100 years old and might not make it to the end of the book. As a southern girl myself, no one here in the south sounds like this....even if they were 100 years old.


    Would you recommend Beach Trip to your friends? Why or why not?

    NOT in this format, i am sure the book was a fine read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was beyond repair. I have not listen to this narrator before so I am not sure if she was trying to fake a southern accent or her voice was just that


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

    disappointment


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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