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No Experience Required: A Summer Rains Novel | [Lauren Stewart]

No Experience Required: A Summer Rains Novel

When she wished she could get rid of the platinum-selling pop star who was stalking her, she didn't mean 'get rid of' in the permanent sense. But someone did. And being a suspect isn't the kind of attention she wants from the gorgeous-but-entirely-too-condescending detective investigating the case. As if that wasn't bad enough, her only help comes from the man she's been in love with since her hormones kicked in...and his beautiful girlfriend.
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Publisher's Summary

After leaving the hippie commune she grew up on, Summer Rains set a modest goal for herself: earn enough money to live a normal life in the real world.

Maybe she was aiming too high.

When she wished she could get rid of the platinum-selling pop star who was stalking her, she didn't mean 'get rid of' in the permanent sense. But someone did. And being a suspect isn't the kind of attention she wants from the gorgeous-but-entirely-too-condescending detective investigating the case. As if that wasn't bad enough, her only help comes from the man she's been in love with since her hormones kicked in...and his beautiful girlfriend.

Sounds like a good time to reassess her goals. 'Living a normal life' moves down the list, and 'figuring out who the real murderer is before she gets thrown in jail' moves all the way to the top.

But crime-fighting wasn't part of the home-schooling curriculum back on the commune. So solving the case is an on-the-job kind of thing. Along the way, she learns other skills--how to fold hospital corners, how to keep herself from becoming the next victim, and how to deal with all the insanity of the 'real world'.

©2012 Lauren Stewart (P)2014 Lauren Stewart

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    Gang of Four 07-04-14 Member Since 2015

    We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.

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    "The Latest Sit-Com"

    How do 3 and 4 add to 1; I'll tell you how? If any of the caricatures of human beings in this book were anything like real people I must have missed them. If any of them displayed two dimensions, much less three; I guess I missed that as well; which is too bad. There are times when in this audio when the text showed a great deal of wit, humor and talent. The plot was potentially very interesting, and the outline of the book's characters seemed to be unique and promising. Unfortunately the actual writing only delivered the aforementioned one dimension of sit-com caricatures. The author is talented and I would consider other works of hers in the future; however i can't recommend this one.

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    Laura Collins SC, United States 05-12-15
    Laura Collins SC, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved It!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, the story was great and the narrator did a fantastic job with the characters. The narrator was very easy to listen to. Once I started listening to it, I didn't wan to stop until I found out what happened next. Summer Rains grew up in a hippie commune and now that she is an adult all she wants is to live a normal life in the real world. When her stalker ends up dead she ends up being a suspect. Now she is determined to find the real killer before she ends up being the next victim. If you are looking for an enjoyable read with some humor then you need to read/listen to this book.

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    Deedra United States 04-21-15
    Deedra United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2014

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "No Experience Required"
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    This was a rather fun read...at times.I listened to the Audible version gifted to me for an honest review.I really enjoyed Maya Tremblays interpretation of the main character.She was also good with the other characters.I found the story rather silly with an ending that left me wondering what the outcome really was.

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    Teresa 03-26-15
    Teresa 03-26-15

    Vibrant Lifeforce / Sixth Dimension Audiobook Reviews

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    "GLITTER...NO......Experience Required"


    I'm not sure where to begin. I dislike having to write a review like this but I hope that it's helpful because I want to see and hear an author and narrator be successful. This story started off great for me. I thought it was cute, the commune hippie idea and the awesome names like Summer Rains of coarse, along with her brother Zen and the other brother and her dad. Well, after awhile, it began to get overwhelming with the storyline and the narration issues.

    I felt the story begin to stray way out in left field somewhere. Leaving the commune and being the last person seen with the dead guy, Summer decides to do her own sleuthing and that perhaps is where it fell flat for me. She seemed to be doing multiple things which were confusing to me. I think there was poor editing and I felt like it was cartoonish. I'm not sure who the target reader or listener is for this book. Possibly the physical book is better, which segues me to the narration.

    About the narration: I'll be as gentle as I can. First off, I was beginning to feel dizzy with the narration going from what sounded like someone on helium to very slow motion. It wasn't smooth or consistent. Next, the audio had some serious issues with overriding or something starting in chapter 9. I didn't feel that the quality was there. Even if a story is lacking somewhere, in many cases, a good narrator can redeem it's quality. Sadly this wasn't the case. Sorry.

    Audiobook received in exchange for an unbiased Honest review.

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    med c 03-25-15
    med c 03-25-15
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    This book was very engaging. I found it hard to put down, although I couldn't really put my finger on why. It was fun to read.
    The twist of having a main character that grew up on a commune is unique and kept me reading. It gave her a new perspective on the real world and I enjoyed her snarky comments. Also, she is a magnet for trouble, which keeps it interesting.
    I rolled my eyes a little at the name of the cop in the book. It would have been better and more ironic if he'd had a more real world name like John Smith.

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    Dee 03-19-15
    Dee 03-19-15
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    "Fun book"
    Would you listen to No Experience Required again? Why?

    yes if I had a different copy this one seemed to have record over where at some points I could hear two recordings at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Experience Required?

    When she met up with Will again


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

    no but I really liked her performance she has a nice voice for reading books


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    karina Larson 05-06-15
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    "fabulous listen"

    I loved this book, it was fun, quirky, and impossible to put down. I loved the plot and characters and can't wait to listen to the next book. I can't wait to find out what happens to summer. I can't think of one thing I didn't like about this book.
    the performance was wonderful. it was easy on the ears and so enjoyable I couldn't put it down.
    there was two spots in the audio book where it was double recorded and talking over itself. they only lasted for about 3-4 minutes. it didn't ruin the book for me. apparently it was in the process of being fixed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 04-17-15
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun comedy!"

    This is a story about a girl who moves away from her hippie commune. Summer Light Rains is her given name by her huge family. Summer leaves the commune to explore the world just to see what she has missed in the last 18 years. While out and about Summer does a few modeling jobs and a video with a well known celebrity who hounds her for a date. Summer finally says yes just to get some embarrassing pictures of this celebrity who takes girls to bed and uses them. After Summer leaves his room, he is found dead the next morning.

    This book is a total riot from start to finish! Summer is always getting herself into trouble. As time goes by Summer runs into another person Ghandi who also left the commune. Ghandi changed his name legally and is now known as Will. Summer has always had a crush on him. Read along as Summer who is the last known person to this this celebrity alive (it's all hush hush) takes it upon herself to discover who really killed him. This book is a barrel of laughs!

    The author, Lauren Stewart did a fabulous job writing this book. I loved it! The plot is exciting and adventurous. The narrator, Maya Tremblay did a great job delivering this story to us too! With all her magical voices (even Valley girl voices & Hippie voices) along with accents keeps us highly entertained with this narration! Wonderful job ladies! A true 5 star read!

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    Amazon Customer Wolfforth, TX 04-02-15
    Amazon Customer Wolfforth, TX 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    The story was well written. I found it humorous in all of the correct olaces and was surprised at some of the twists. The performance was very fun to listen to...and the different voices for the characters...fun! However, my recording kept talking over itself in places. I would definitely recommend this to others!

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