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  • The Inner Circle

  • A Novel
  • By: T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

T.C. Boyle has crafted a captivating tale with memorable characters and a rollicking plot that will delight both his longtime devotees and a legion of new fans. The Inner Circle is a love story narrated by John Milk, a virginal young man, who in 1940 accepts a job as an assistant to Dr. Alfred Kinsey, a charming professor of zoology at Indiana University who has just discovered his life's true calling: sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boyle interrogates the interrogator

  • By Bill Jr. on 11-02-05

Not sex-shy or just freakish?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-05

Granted, this book held my attention for its many hours, although sometimes the dishes I was washing were more interesting. It has some very slow parts, and is a bit predictable, but the subject matter is definitely interesting. This book made me think about the separation of sex and science, and it gave a whole new meaning to "taking one's work home". Yes, some parts were disturbing, especially the musicale scene in the final 90 minutes (which gave me real heebie-jeebies), but I never thought it was gratuitous. Instead, the book has left me wondering what the real Kinsey was like...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Tracie Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones.- the basis for the film starring Renee Zellweger. And don't miss the sequel: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better heard than read.

  • By A J on 06-03-03

V. V. HYSTERICAL

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-04

I tried reading this book a few years ago, but never finished it. I also never saw the movie (can't stand Renee Zellwegger.) Needless to say, I decided to give it a listen and I really enjoyed it. The narrator is absolutely perfect... anyone with such an engaging English accent who can snort (literally) with laughter gets a huge thumbs up from me (plus a few snorts of laughter.) Definitely fun and great for a laugh!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Don't Know How She Does It

  • The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
  • By: Allison Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

The surprise hit of the year, Allison Pearson's debut novel is garnering critical and fan raves. Publishers Weekly calls I Don't Know How She Does It "delightfully fast moving...with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones," and Booklist applauds this "compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Don't Know How She Does It

  • By Charles Loveridge on 03-12-03

Entertaining, not deep...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-04

If you're looking for a book that gives you a real insight into the life of a working mom of two, this gives you a pretty good idea... but if you're looking for this book to give you insight and ANSWERS, it won't do that. Duh, it's a work of fiction. It is, however, entertaining, although a tad tedious and run-on at times. It's the perfect book to listen to as you wash dishes and vacuum...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful