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Girl with Glasses Audiobook

Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

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Audible Editor Reviews

In her humorous memoir, Marissa Walsh uses the history of her eyesight and eye apparel as a lens (no pun intended) into her life. Listeners of a certain age will relate to her adolescence spent watching Nickelodeon, reading Judy Blume, and listening to Prince. Even as a GWG ("girl with glasses"), Walsh has a sharp eye for detail and a 20/20 memory that can still dredge up comic scenes from her past.

Margie Lenhart's winsome performance adds another layer of charm to Walsh's prose. Though the trials and tribulations of having poor vision might not compare to growing up in a war zone or an orphanage, this book's universal and timeless themes of teenage identity formation transcend its superficial focus.

Publisher's Summary

Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate. As she recounts her optic history through the lenses of each pair of glasses - from the Sergio Valentes and the Sally Jessy Raphaels to the pseudo John Lennons and the dreaded health plan specs - at last she found them...the perfect pair. Marissa's comic look at a life behind glass is at once a poignant personal journey and a wry, canny exploration of just what it means to be a glasses-wearing kind of girl. Peppered with pop culture references and complete with appendixes of resources, classic GWG moments, and helpful tips on finding the right frames for your face, Girl with Glasses will give you reason to commiserate with your shortsighted sisters and celebrate your less-than-perfect vision.

©2006 Marissa Walsh (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    CG Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 04-09-14
    CG Collingswood, New Jersey, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2009

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    "I could not finish!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better distinction between the chapters or sections. I didn't know where one ended and the next began


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

    I could get past the first 30 minutes


    What didn’t you like about Margie Lenhart’s performance?

    She was reading to fast. I couldn't tell where a paragraph ended and the next one began! Everything was strung together like a giant stream of conciousness.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail Wentz 05-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "This was awful!"

    This book was terrible! There was zero direction. It's like starting 30 or 40 books and never finishing them! There was no connection between chapters, no flow. This is probably one of the only books I have ever considered putting down and NEVER picking back up again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-15-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Behind the Lenes?"

    I haven't been a GWG (girl with glasses) and I thought this would be a look behind the lenses but nope. I didn't any unique or different perspective on being a woman growing up wearing glasses and how the world response to you. I got the history of frames and frame picks. What is the point?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-09-14
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 05-09-14

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Cute book for a quick listen"

    Quirky tale of a girl who wears glasses. It's cute and short but there were some times in the listening I was thinking, "Is there a point to all this?"

    This is a memoir of her love life for the most part and it is charming and being a gal who's worn glasses since 3rd Grade, I could emphasize with most of her thoughts.

    It was a fun read, nothing special but a good way to kill some time.

    The narrator did a fine job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Xshepherdess 03-28-14

    I am a single, sixty year old woman who recently sold her home in the country, where I blissfully raised sheep and chickens. I am very intelligent, sensitive and emotional and I prefer books with these same qualities.

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    "There's no story!"
    Would you try another book from Marissa Walsh and/or Margie Lenhart?

    Unlikely


    What was most disappointing about Marissa Walsh’s story?

    There IS no story. It's just a series of snippets about some unimportant, disconnected events that took place during the time the author wore different pairs of glasses. There was nothing to tie the 'stories' together. No plot, no sense of importance. Just meaningless glimpses into the author's past.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine considering there wasn't much to work with.


    Was Girl with Glasses worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't necessarily say it was a "waste of time" since I listen while walking my dogs. But it is certainly nothing memorable or worth recommending to anyone else.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna 02-21-14
    Jenna 02-21-14
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    "Funny memoir but sounds like Siri is reading"
    What did you like best about Girl with Glasses? What did you like least?

    I thought the stories were genuine and relatable. Many stories brought back my own memories that I could chuckle at.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marissa Walsh? Why or why not?

    This wasn't my favorite book, but it was a quick and funny listen. I may try another book from the author, however this isn't my typical go-to-genre.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Anyone else could have read this and it would have been better. The reader lacked emotion in key spots, sounded like Siri, and was calculated while reading. I've listened to several other books that were well read and kept me engaged. This book, while funny, had me wishing it would end quickly, just so I could be done hearing the reader.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Olney, IL, United States 09-11-16
    Teresa Olney, IL, United States 09-11-16
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    "Cute and short"

    Having been a GWG since seventh grade with metal octagon shaped glasses, I could relate to so many scenarios. Made me chuckle several times.

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    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 08-19-16
    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2012

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    "GWG - loud and proud"

    I like this book because it hits home..I am a GWG.. everything she says is soo true about what you have to go through with glasses. there is soo much extra and without the glasses you feel naked.. I felt like I lost a piece of me when I had to get Lasic surgery. the first day was crazy it was worse than when I first got contacts. very good book..

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    MKC 11-14-15
    MKC 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ever worn glasses?....."

    After experiencing this book, You will be I much more inclined to pay attention.
    Fun and enlightening.

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    Book Lover 10-15-15
    Book Lover 10-15-15
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    "You Get What You Pay for - It Was Free!"

    I should have listened other reviewers and not wasted several hours of my time listening to this. It reads like a teenage girls diary. the books is basically the author remembering incidents in her life that really don't have much to do with wearing glasses. They could have happened to people that don't wear glasses too. The author also has a tendency to throw in a few sentences about people here and there that seem to be unrelated to what she had been talking about in that chapter. Then there is the narrator. She reads like she is reading a childrens books with overzealous expression. Make a bad book even worse. Same your time if it is free and save your money if you have to pay for this!

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