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Adored | [Tilly Bagshawe]

Adored

This debut novel by Tilly Bagshawe has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Called an escapist fantasy by the author, Adored is right at home alongside the best fiction from Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. Bold and beautiful Siena McMahon wants to be a movie star like her grandfather. But her father, a bigshot producer, wants Siena to be a doctor. So Siena sets out on her own in this epic romance filled with glamourous characters and locales.
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Publisher's Summary

This debut novel by Tilly Bagshawe has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Called an escapist fantasy by the author, Adored is right at home alongside the best fiction from Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins.

Bold and beautiful Siena McMahon wants to be a movie star like her grandfather. But her father, a bigshot producer, wants Siena to be a doctor. So Siena sets out on her own in this epic romance filled with glamourous characters and locales.

©2005 Tilly Bagshawe; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Simply intoxicating..." (Library Journal)

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    Stacyc55 Allentown, PA, United States 01-17-12
    Stacyc55 Allentown, PA, United States 01-17-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Decent book, her others are better"

    This book does read like a cleaner Jackie Collins - which I'm fine with - but others might not be so into it. It is kind of a saga and you want to take Sienna and shake her for her selfishness and stupidity.

    What I REALLY don't like about this book, is the production and narrator. The long awkward pauses are bad, but you can hear every breath and EVERY swallow of the reader. It's like nails on a chalk board, every three words she takes this big, loud swallows and when she is ready, her mouth sounds sticky. I can't tell if she needs a drink of water, has a jolly rancher in her mouth or has a very "wet" sounding mouth. It creeps me out and made this otherwise decent book, very annoying.

    The quality is just not here for such a long read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 06-30-11
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 06-30-11 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Couldn't stop listening to it"

    I lost sleep because I couldn't stop listening to Adored. The characters are all well developed and you really get involved in all the dysfunctional hollywood drama. There are characters you'll hate and others you'll really root for. The main character Sienna is a mixed bag. She's selfish and vulnerable. You get to know her family and understand her motivations. If you want to lose yourself in a glitz and glamor story spanning 3 generations of a mega Hollywood family then read this. I read the reviews about the slurping and was a little concerned. While there is a little bit of saliva noise, it really wasn't enough to deter me from finishing this book. In fact, other than the occasional slurp - ha ha ha - i think the narrator did a great job going back and forth between all the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt oneida, TN, United States 04-01-11
    Matt oneida, TN, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "abored"

    great listen!! one of those you did not want to end. not for kids. but great.Tilly wrote a anthor great one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Hachioji-shiJapan 10-29-09
    Erika Hachioji-shiJapan 10-29-09
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    "I loved it"

    I really enjoyed all the characters in the book and think that it deserves more stars!!!! I wouldn't listen to it with my children either but it made "my" day!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 03-16-11
    Anna Calgary, AB, Canada 03-16-11
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    "A guilty pleasure!"

    Great listen, you really get to know and either love or hate the characters. It's a long spanning story that makes you feel as though you know this family yourself. It was a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pia Paranaque, Philippines 04-18-12
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    "Narrator's Defense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes unlike other (audio)books that i read except Sidneys, i love a book where i can relate or understand the characters , not be befalled with why things end the way they did. I certainly like how i can travel their journeys with them. Like Sidneys books, i like a story that contains mini stories that come together to arrange the plot.


    What other book might you compare Adored to and why?

    They are like Sidneys books, yet less wicked in a sense of sex and violence, but more descriptive which help heighten the emotions or senses of the listener/reader.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    To be fair to Miss Rosenblat's gulping and slurping, i think this is not entirely her fault, we all do swallow our saliva but in her case she's in front of the mic which makes it more apparent. If you don't do it i presume you're a robot of somekind. I guess the director or the sound editor could do something about it next time. It could really be distracting and prevent the listeners to really focus on the story. But i enormously like Miss Rosenblat's voice and portrayal of the various character voices, their accents, their emotions and all that. I wonder how she does it and not getting confused. I'm your new fan Miss Rosenblat :).


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    Christina 04-01-12
    Christina 04-01-12
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    "OK, but can't stand the narrator."
    Would you try another book from Tilly Bagshawe and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I could try another Bagshawe, but never ever a Rosenblat again. I could hardly concentrate on the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cherepanova Reading UK 04-16-11
    Cherepanova Reading UK 04-16-11
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    "Narrator sucks!!!"

    The book is great and entertaining. But I'd rather read it than listen to the narrator's disgusting saliva gulping sounds... How is it possible?

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    04-03-11
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    "Can't stand the narrator"

    This is a guilty pleasure, and I'm all for that. The story is lots of fun and I thought it'd be perfect for my spring break. Unfortunately, the narrator is constantly swishing saliva around in her mouth and it really detracts from the book. I'm not sure if I can finish this, it's so distracting. And gross.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Oceanside, CA, United States 06-08-11
    Donna Oceanside, CA, United States 06-08-11
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    "Why?!"

    The story is a little risque. Something for older teens or adults. Well written. If only the narrator wasn't chewing gum the whole dang time. And some of her choice character voices do not suit the characters. I would suggest reading it rather than listening to it. Unless you can stand chewing and swallowing noises the whole time. Why did she have to narrate it and chew gum at the same time? Why??!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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