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Plan Bea Audiobook

Plan Bea

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Publisher's Summary

We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O'Conner has it all - the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother's love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.

Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?

Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly 15-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.

As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan "Long Island's wedding of the year" they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous and emotionally honest women's contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.

©2015 Hilary Grossman (P)2016 Hilary Grossman

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    Carrie 09-30-16
    Carrie 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story with Lots of Heart"

    This book had a great mix of funny, sad, and heartwarming moments. The characters were definitely multi-faceted as well, which made them more relatable. It was easy to become immersed in the story/characters' lives.

    The narrator was amazing! She gave each character such a unique voice that I could have picked out which character was speaking without being informed within the text. I would love to listen to some of her other work.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 09-27-16
    Lori 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Enjoyable!"
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    Very enjoyable, engaging and entertaining story. Creative with a great plot-line. A different kind of love story. A roller-coaster ride of emotions. Definitely worth your time.

    Mother and daughter relationships are some of the most complex and simple at the same time. Beatrice and Annabel were both great characters. Of coarse Walter was great too. Really didn’t expect that ending. But it was perfect.

    Lisa Beacom did a really good job with the narration. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. Pleasant voice. Good character voices. Smooth even pace. Clearly spoken. Very easy to listen to.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 09-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story"

    I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I liked this story. It brought together a family that had been separated by tradegy for more than twelve years. I like the way it brought out all of the little problems that was keeping the mother and daughter apart as well as sabatoging all of the other things that were going on in their lives. The narrator made me see Bea in a real way. She mastered the other voices but she nailed Bea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-03-16
    Michelle 09-03-16
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    "OMGosh I didn't plan on loving this book so much!"

    This book is funny, sad, and over all heart warming! I couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters. It was truly a wonderful journey getting to know Bea and Annabel. I'm so glad the story turned out the way it did before it was too late. If anyone finds themselves in a relationship like Bea and Annabel's do something before its too late because not everyone gets that 2nd chance. I hope Hilary Grossman gives us more of Bea. The narrator Lisa Beacom did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life, each with their own personality. Most of all she should get some kind of award for bringing Bea to life with her voice. Loved it all so much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Piller Longmont, CO 80501 08-31-16
    Cynthia Piller Longmont, CO 80501 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen that Puts a Smile on Your Face"
    What made the experience of listening to Plan Bea the most enjoyable?

    Lisa's Beacom's characters are very well done and consistent. From the children's voices of Violet and Harley to that of Anna's over-the-top mother, Bea, and those in between, she does a great job. The storyline might be a lighter listen, but it's filled with family surprises and it's just plain feel-good fun.


    What other book might you compare Plan Bea to and why?

    Lots of books include family secrets and revelations, but maybe because I don't read a lot of books in this genre, I can't really come up with a good comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding planning scenes all come to life, but the stationery store happenings were probably my favorite, although the histrionics on the wedding day are a close second. Loved the ending which definitely surprised me.


    Who was the most memorable character of Plan Bea and why?

    It's a tie between Anna and Bea as this mother and daughter learn so much about one another and themselves after being at odds for so many years.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint about the book is that there are a few obvious grammatical errors. Regardless, I think there's a hint about an upcoming book in what may turn out to be a series and I'll happily listen to it.

    This book was provided to me at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 08-27-16
    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 08-27-16 Member Since 2004
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    "Plan To Be Amazed!"

    First off I rarely give a story a five star rating and I don't take giving one lightly! But, this book is fantastic! I was expecting a romance, a love story. What I got was so much more! It is a love story alright but not between a woman and man, but rather between a daughter and mother.

    Annabel's mother Beatrice is a real piece of work! She a narcissist, she's a cold and indifferent mother and grandmother. Spending only 15 minutes a week touching base with her daughter over the past several years.

    Quite unexpectedly Bea announces that she's getting married and she wants her daughter to help her plan the wedding! Somewhat reluctantly Annabel agrees to help.

    This starts Annabel on a path of discovery, sometimes painfully, learning things about herself and her mother which completely upturn everything she thought she knew about their turbulent past.

    The twist at the end caught me completely off guard. This audiobook is well written and narrated and I highly recommend this book. What a very pleasant surprise!

    Plan Bea appears to be one of the authors first novels written, If so I'm thoroughly impressed and see big things ahead for Ms. Grossman!

    This audiobook was gifted to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks Audiobook Boom!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita M. Sacrey 11-17-16
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    "Loved this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It held my interest and had a great plot twist.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plan Bea?

    Plot twist at the end (no spoilers!).


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator did a great job with Bea's character. Really brought her to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hermioneann 09-20-16
    hermioneann 09-20-16
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    "bad narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Lisa Beacom’s performance?

    The more I listened, the more grating I found her voice. I couldn't finish the book because of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book at no cost through Audiobook Boom in exchange for a fair review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 09-07-16
    Marla 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Open Up your heart."
    Would you listen to Plan Bea again? Why?

    Yes, much to be learned from this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt He was an awsome character always seemed to be calm.


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

    No but she did a fine job on this one.


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

    The scene at the cemetary made me cry. So much is held in people, that others do not know.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee LA 09-03-16
    Dee LA 09-03-16

    I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!

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    "Liked it with one small issue"
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    I liked this story. It was unusual and sweet and sorrowful and all things you want in a story. The main character, Anna, was a bit selfish at times, especially when it came to dealing with her husband, but all in all it really was a good listen.

    The narrator was good too. My only issue is the Shelly Long/Diane Chambers voice used for the mother, Bea. It. Was. Grating. I couldn't take. Even at the most pivotal point in the book, I couldn't take it. I had to fast forward.

    This may not be an issue for you but it really killed the enjoyment of this listen for me.

    The story ended with a bit of a cliffhanger which makes me think there will be a "Plan Cee." If there is no Shelly Long/Diane Chambers narration, I'm in!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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