Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.
What made the experience of listening to Write to Die the most enjoyable?
It was a compelling story with interesting characters I wanted to know more about.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. I hated to put it down, but I loved looking forward to listening to it.
Any additional comments?
In no way is this great literature, but it's a really fun read.
This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first "sticks", first births, and first deaths and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession.
I enjoyed hearing about nursing from the trenches, so to speak, but it was a bit disconcerting to hear the exact same female voice for every chapter, especially the ones written by males.
Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief…until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.
The story was okay; it held my interest. But I was a bit taken aback when halfway through the book, it suddenly became pretty Christian, with lots of talk of God and prayer. If you share that perspective, it's probably fine. But if you don't, beware.
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Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.
I was surprised to read so many positive reviews. Granted, I'm only halfway through, but I probably won't finish the book. So far, it's been so very predictable. The narrator, while a good reader, makes zero attempt to use different voices for different characters. Since the story is told from the first person perspective of two different characters, it was at times confusing. Couldn't she have deepened her voice when speaking the male character's words?? There's a lot of sex in the book. That's fine, but I'd like the plot to move along a bit faster. I'm very disappointed.
For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she's forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.
Why is it that characters all have to be the best looking, sexiest, best lovers, etc? I'd much prefer to read a book about regular people. This did have some decent sex scenes, but overall, I found it trite and predictable.
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Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she's been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he's completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother's matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan - buy some lingerie and climb into her boss' bed. The plan goes brilliantly...until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead. Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started.
If you like a fantasy world where "bad boys" are really sweet and sensitive … not to mention, rich … and are the most incredible and expert lovers with no thought for their own pleasure, only yours … this is the book for you. It has some pretty good erotic scenes, but as a story, it was predictable and unbelievable.
In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.
Sissy Spacek is a major movie star who wanted to show how ordinary she is. (See the title.) After reading the book, I am impressed with how she has managed to maintain a fairly normal life -- long-term marriage, children, living a life outside of Hollywood. The problem is that I found the details of her ordinary life rather dull. She is a competent writer, but not a great one, so the ordinary details of her life are just not that interesting. Much of the book is about her family background, her childhood, her pets and her relatives and neighbors. The stories, the way they are told, would be of zero interest if they weren't about a movie star. I did enjoy hearing about the making of her movies -- the unordinary part of her life -- but that constituted no more than half the book, and probably a lot less. I also was not impressed with her performance as a reader. I know this may be an unfair criticism ... after all, she's the author talking about her own life! But she has a slow southern drawl; I kept wanting to tell her to speed it up. To sum it up, I liked Sissy Spacek, it was interesting hearing about her experiences making movies, but she succeeded too well in showing how "ordinary" her life is.
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After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!
I hated this book, and if I hadn't spent money on it and needed something to entertain me while driving, I would have stopped reading it after the first couple of chapters. The ending was so predictable, even for a romance. The main character was an idiot; I just wanted to slap her. The whole story was completely unbelievable. I shouldn't have wasted my time along with my money. The reader was good, however.
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Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.
I loved this book. I loved the way it presented the perspective of both the wife and the other woman so honestly and well. I didn't know whom to root for.
Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.
I was so disappointed when I read this book. I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. I love how she gets us into the minds of her characters, and enables us to see things from their perspective. I can't believe she wrote this book. The topic -- spouse abuse -- is one I would expect her to handle. But it might as well have been a Harlequin novel. So shallow. I ordered it, despite the bad reviews, because the main character is an anthropologist. I'm an anthropologist. I thought, if nothing else, that would make it interesting. It didn't. It's as if she took one anthropology class, and didn't do all that well in it. If you love Jodi Pocoult, avoid this book!
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