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  • Bridal Girl

  • Blogger Girl series, Book 3
  • By: Meredith Schorr
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sassy book blogger-turned-author, Kim Long, thought her life couldn't get any pinker when she received a two-book publishing deal and a marriage proposal in the same night. If only she could drown out the conflicting opinions of her overzealous bridal party. If only everyone would adore her first book - or she could take Nicholas's advice and stop reading reviews. If only Nicholas's past would remain there rather than threaten their future. The pressure is on and the clock is ticking. Will Kim ever write "The End" on her sophomore novel? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit, with one gripe

  • By sparkerart on 01-09-19

Another hit, with one gripe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Schorr has scored again, with the next in her “girl” series. One again I love the characters and the pop culture references sprinkled throughout (although I question whether Project Runway’s “Kelly from the Deli” would ever use the word “ magnifique” lol). Again, it’s fun to get a peek inside the world of a chick lit writer and all the publishing world goings-on. An altogether fun read, storyline and great narrator. One gripe - although Schorr’s bio says she’s a native New Yorker, her dialogue is peppered with British colloquialisms. No New Yorker I know (I grew up in New Jersey) would ever use the word “knackered” or say someone “pulled a face” or that things were “on offer” on a menu. These British terms stick out like sore thumbs and are very distracting. Imagine a southern writer setting a book in London with Londoners saying “Y’all” and you get my drift. Seriously what is up with that? But otherwise...Bravo!!

  • Got You Back

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

James never intended to lead a double life; with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change. Stephanie, his wife, isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on. Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating on her until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Monster fueled by Schadenfreude

  • By Jenn on 01-17-18

Her books all have the same plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I loved the first book I read of hers, “Faking Friend.” So I picked this one next. But then I realized that every single book she writes is about cheating husbands/boyfriends and their wives/girlfriends getting revenge on them without them knowing they’re doing it.. Her characters are great, but she seriously needs another plot line. If you like reading multiple books on getting revenge on cheating significant others then by all means read all of hers but I’m moving on.

  • Sleepless in Manhattan

  • From Manhattan with Love, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Cool, calm, and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she's now determined to prove herself - and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paige loses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all - going it alone. Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano - her brother's best friend and New York's most in-demand date.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific - except for one small detail...

  • By sparkerart on 02-17-18

Terrific - except for one small detail...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Let me start by saying I loved the story, loved the narrator, thoroughly enjoyed it. The New York setting is fun and enchanting, the characters well-drawn, and the storyline has some good twists. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

My one issue and the reason for the four stars on “overall”? I could tell from the get-go that the writer was British, and the constant Britishisms were jarring and distracting. Why set the book on New York, with American characters, one who was raised in Brooklyn, and have them say things no American would utter, like “in hospital” instead of “in the hospital,” “queuing up” instead of “lining up,” “diary” instead of “calendar,” “motorbike” instead of “motorcycle” “top of the range” instead of “top of the line” “wind her up,” “messing her around” - I’m from New Jersey, and trust me, no one - whether from Maine or NY, uses those expressions. To me it totally distracted me from the story. Wouldn’t it have been simple for the author to have an American read the story before publishing and point those things out? I don’t get it. I’d say the same thing to an American author setting her story in the UK with British characters who say “trunk” instead of “boot” or “trash can” instead if “waste bin” - surely this would be jarring to British readers.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blogger Girl

  • Blogger Girl Series, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Schorr
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones's Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that "chick lit is dead" once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim's day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was a breath of fresh air

  • By sparkerart on 01-24-18

This was a breath of fresh air

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-18

After recently completing a Hallmark movie-esque sugary chick lit book that almost put me into a diabetic coma, I was thrilled to encounter Meredith Schorr’s wonderful, down to earth, dare I say realistic story. All the things that have a tendency to bug me about other chicklit novels were not present in this book. The characters were believable and the storyline lacked the unrealistic plot twists so typical of the genre. I liked that she lent credence to the chick lit genre while recognizing that not everyone gets it. I also liked her occasional pop culture references (the Housewives, Sophie kinsella) which added to the realistic quality. I hate it when authors make up actors and television shows and such . It always sounds so awkward and clumsy, like when someone on TV is drinking “Moca cola”. Why not just use the real names? And, I appreciated that her protagonists were flawed, like all of us. The narrator was one of the best I’ve encountered in a while, and her style suited the low key style of the novel. I’m moving on to Schorr’s next book- we’ll done! (It also made me want to find out if there are really chick lit bloggers. I’m assuming there are so I’m going to have to seek them out!)

  • The Hating Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She's charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn!

  • By Cyndi on 04-07-17

Need more from this author!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Immediately upon finishing this I was like "more please" and was shocked to find out it was her debut novel - wow! Wonderful, original story with great characters that were quirky yet believable. Thorne builds up the sexual tension in a great way and the story never drags.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bully

  • Fall Away, Book 1
  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-17

Yes and no

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The Yes: the story is gripping - really well written and paced. The no: it is extremely difficult to find anything likable about the "bully," even as the main character is falling for him. To much dark, menacing angst. And kinda reinforces the obnoxious idea that girls always go for the bad guys. The narrator has an annoying way of speaking, kind of breathy, and frequently without proper inflection, which did not enhance the story.

  • You Had Me at Hello

  • By: Mhairi McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Julie Hesmondhalgh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane. Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruins it

  • By sparkerart on 09-07-16

Narrator ruins it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Great book by one of my new fave authors - but yikes! The narrator! She sounds like Ringo Starr. Heavy accent probably won't faze the UK listeners but really hard to understand for me - and not helped by the fact that she speaks very rapidly, runs all the words together, and tends to mumble and fade out at the end of sentences. Even weirder, she not only doesn't bother to change voices with different characters, she actually goes up when voicing the character of Ben. Makes him sound like a little girl. Almost impossible to distinguish what characters she's voicing with little or no change - or an odd change like with Ben. The storyline is great, but this is one that might have been better to purchase and read!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Here's Looking at You

  • By: Mhairi McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello. Anna Alessi - history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth - seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Mills & Boon moments. Despite the oddballs that keep turning up on her dates, Anna couldn't be happier. As a 30-something with a job she loves, life has turned out better than she dared dream.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Here's looking at you

  • By Aimee on 07-24-14

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-16

This book was such a treasure I didn't want it to end. Absolutely fascinating tale of a woman who comes face to face with a high school nemesis. Don't want to give up anything else. Just read and enjoy. More please, by this author. Always love Cassandra Harwood's narration too.

  • A Girl's Best Friend

  • By: Lindsey Kelk
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

A festive treat from the author of the best-selling I Heart series. After the crazy six months she's had, if there was a "clear history" button for your life, Tess Brookes would be the first in line to press it. When the opportunity arises to join her best friend, Amy, in New York for Christmas, Tess jumps at the chance. The only slight hitch is that Nick, the man who broke her heart, lives there. And Charlie, the man she turned down, has just started talking to her again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking narration

  • By AnnieK on 04-11-16

Another winner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-16

I didn't want this one - 3rd in the series - to end, because that would mean I'd have to leave these fun characters. Although the narrator's voices are a little weird sometimes - she tends to make all Tess's friends sound like 8 year old girls and the men all sound like Thurston Howell III on crack - nevertheless, once guy get used to it, it's fine. These books are hysterical - laugh out loud funny sometimes - and are the perfect beach read. The best in British Chick Lit!!! Highly recommend all 3 books.

  • Always the Bridesmaid

  • By: Lindsey Kelk
  • Narrated by: Lotti Maddox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

The brilliant new summer best seller from Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart series. Everyone loves a bridesmaid. Except Maddie, who's perpetually asked to be one. Everyone loves a wedding. Except Maddie's best friend, who's getting divorced. And everyone loves the way Maddie's so happy backstage. Except Maddie herself. One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!

  • By Julia on 10-26-15

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

This book was hilarious, and read so perfectly, I was sad when it ended. British chick lit at its best. More please!!