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  • 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

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

Would you listen to Always the Bridesmaid again? Why?


Any additional comments?

The writing in this book is witty and...hilarious! The narrator is fantastic! (Honestly, much funnier than my own imagination if I had read, rather than listened to, this book.)

The plot didn't sound that great when I was browsing books, but the reviews were so good, I decided to try it. Glad I did! It explores a great mix of career challenges, soul searching, friendship, and of course romance. All punctuated with sarcasm and wit.

This was my first Lindsey Kelk book, and I am hooked. I'm now listening to the "I Heart" books, and they are also great, but none as good as this one.

I hope more of the print books are made available on Audible.

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  • What a Girl Wants

  • By: Lindsey Kelk
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Being arrested in your own bedroom is never a good start to the day. Tess Brookes really needs to sort out her back-stabbing flatmate - and her life. Should she gamble all on the new photography job she's landed, or snap up the offer from long-time crush and best friend Charlie to start up on their own - in more ways than one? There's just one small thing she hasn't mentioned. Or rather, one tall thing. He's handsome, infuriating and called Nick.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love It, but..

  • By Elizabeth on 05-22-15

Couldn't Get into this Book/Note It is a Sequel

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

Any additional comments?


First, note this book is apparently a sequel to About a Girl. This was not clear to me when I selected this book. About a Girl is not available on Audible.

I figured out is was a sequel after many confusing references to the past in this book. Some sequels are great if read alone, but not this one in my opinion.

I love Lindsey Kelk, and have previously listened to and loved The Single Girls To Do List and Always a Bridesmaid. (Especially Always a Bridesmaid - hilarious!!!)

But I did not like this book and abandoned reading it halfway through. I did not like main character or her best friend. One of her love interests had absolutely nothing appealing about him, except we are told he is very good looking. The other love interest seemed smothering. The plot of being courted a high fashion photographer despite having no experience wasn't believable to me.

On a positive note, the writing is still hilarious. Can't wait to download I Heart New York, and I hope more Lindsey Kelk books are made available on Audible.

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Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life
    
    
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        Julie Maisey
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    8 ratings
    Overall 3.1
  • Lizzie Jordan's Secret Life

  • By: Chris Manby
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Lizzie Jordan considers herself one of life’s failures. Unlike her high-flying friends, Lizzie works as a typist, shares a grubby flat and “makes do” with her accountant boyfriend. But she has a secret love – Brian, a handsome American that she dated at university, five years ago. In her emails to him she pretends her life is a whirl of extravagant parties and million-pound business deals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good, Has a Sequel

  • By Julia on 01-06-15

Pretty Good, Has a Sequel

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Any additional comments?

First, I'd like to point out that this book has a sequel "Running Away from Richard" which I wish I would've known so I could listen to them in order. I liked the sequel a lot.

The publisher's summary over simplifies the plot of this book. The first fourth of the book tells the story of 4 college friends at Oxford, college life, and the romance that develops between Lizzie and Brian. It's background for the rest of the book, but I found this part of it very entertaining and enjoyable.

Then we move forward 5 years and meet 27 year old Lizzie, who is not thrilled with how her life is turning out. This includes some funny scenes with her messy flat, neurotic roommates, broke boyfriend, and lackluster job (secretly hoping, for example, that her boss doesn't make any sales so she doesn't have to do the resulting work.)

She paints a much more successful picture of her life to long distance friend Brian, and scrambles to figure out what to do when he visits. She has gotten herself into a sticky situation.

The extent of her lies to Brian were a little overdone for me, and at times I found myself thinking she deserved to be found out rather than rooting for her to pull it off. If you can get past that (fairly major) detail and just enjoy the unraveling of her plan, it's fun to see what happens.

  • The Christmas List

  • By: Chrissie Manby
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Courtney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

It’s the 1st of December and Milly Arnold is facing a miserable Noel. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is join her settled sister and her young family for the first of their traditions: the writing of the Christmas lists. However Milly’s nephews have other ideas and insist she write a list of her own (with illustrations to help Father Christmas decipher her terrible handwriting). Milly duly makes a request for a bunch of roses, some chocolate and a new pair of shoes. She doesn’t expect to get any of it. However, that very day, a box of chocolates appears....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great little Christmas story.

  • By Ginny Moss on 12-27-15

Light Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Any additional comments?

This is a nice light fun romance with a touch of mystery to it. It's a short book, but I don't regret using up a credit on it. I found it entertaining from start to finish. It does end a bit abruptly.

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
    
    
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    Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    292 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • By: Sarra Manning
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Girls like Neve Slater don’t get gorgeous guys like William. But William’s been in L A for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down in preparation for his return. Then her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess then she’d better get some experience - a man to show her the ropes, like Celia’s colleague Max. And since he’s not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic and entertaining

  • By Jenna on 06-01-14

Top of My Favorites List`

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Any additional comments?

I love funny chit lit, just about all I listen to, and this book is at the top of my list! It is absolutely witty and laugh out loud funny in some spots. Best use of humor I've seen in any book in this category. The characters are so relatable and lovable, and while romance is the focus of the plot, it's fun to get lost in all aspects of the main character's life - work, social, family, neighbors, diet, health.

It's nice and long, in a I'm-so-glad-I'm-not-getting-close-to-the-end kinda way!

Can't wait to pick out my next Sarra Manning and Julie Maisey books!

  • Bringing Up Bebe

  • One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
  • By: Pamela Druckerman
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350

The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Em on 04-15-12

Love It

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Any additional comments?

When I read the description of this book, I thought it sounded like a selfish parent's guide to parenting. But a good friend loved it, so I gave it a chance.

Wow, was it eye opening! Instead of seeing the French parenting style as selfish, I see the benefits of adding more structure to the daily routine and meals, can laugh at an outside perspective on the hyper competitiveness we Americans have in sports and academics, and most of all - in one week I have let go of a great deal of guilt I carry for doing anything for myself. I see the great value in letting the kids just explore for long periods of time, and the value of letting them get bored and learn to be patient.

This book is light and entertaining, reads like a novel. The narrator is fantastic!

I'm now listening to it a second time. Can't wait to try out a lot of these techniques!

Oh, and I'm now laughing at all the commercials on kids TV and ads for kids activities that boast to help your child "get ahead", "get a head start", etc. Sheesh - what is the big hurry anyway??

  • Gifted and Talented

  • By: Wendy Holden (Romance Author)
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

It's the new university term among the dreaming spires. The start of a whole new life. Meet Isabel, beautiful, clever, shy - and leaving home for the first time. Meet Olly, recently graduated, idealistic and a little hopeless, a man whose heart leads his brain and for whom opportunity just hasn't come knocking - yet. Meet Amber, the It girl who is soon partying with the fast set - and no-one is faster than Jasper de Borchy, glamorous leader of the notorious Bullinger club.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Julia on 09-25-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-14

Any additional comments?

This book grabbed me right from the beginning, I couldn't "put it down". I really felt invested in the plights of all of the characters. 4 main characters: Isabelle, college freshman, Diana, recently divorced, with new job, new neighborhood, new school for her daughter, Richard, recently widowed American, relocated to UK for a fresh start, Ollie, recent college grad, struggling to find his first "real" job in a depressed job market. There is an element of starting over for all the characters, but none turn out exactly as they expect. There are several other minor characters I fell in love with as well.

The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that the antagonist characters are a little over the top, unrealistically pure bad. If you get to the middle and find yourself irritated with how bad the "bad guys" are, stick with it, as the actual plot stays good till the end!

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  • The Gap Year for Grownups

  • By: Annie Sanders
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

After 20 years of comfortable marriage, and with the kids finally off her hands, Sarah Lewis realises she has filled the washing machine once too often. Surely there must be more to life than this? What she wants is an adventure - a wild, unpredictable adventure - but her husband, good old reliable David, is very happy with the status quo. What Sarah needs is a gap year for grown-ups - and she wants to do it alone.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Bree on 01-05-11

Hooked from Chapter One

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Any additional comments?

This is about the 5th Annie Sanders book I've read. The plot - as with all her books - is great - got me interested right from the beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I love her style of alternating points of view each chapter! There are parallel stories of Sarah, David, and Claire, all interwoven together. Sarah and David are 40 ish and Claire is 19 ish. If you've ever daydreamed about giving up the responsible day to day existence of work, dinner, chores, predictable social life, to pursue your dreams and passions, this book will walk you down one outcome of that path. Loved it! PS - I almost didn't read this because another reviewer described it as depressing, but I didn't find any of it depressing - the challenges and relationship struggles are the drama that make it so intense.

  • Apocalipstick

  • By: Sue Margolis
  • Narrated by: Sue Margolis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

From the No1 Bestselling author who brought you Gucci Gucci Co, Neurotica and A Catered Affair comes a hilarious new novel about falling in love, hating your job, and getting what you want out of life - without ever smudging your lipstick! When it comes to men, beauty columnist Rebecca Fine always seems to be on the scruffy end of the mascara wand. But all that changes the morning she meets Max Stoddart, her new colleague at the Daily Vanguard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Performance!

  • By myrthasg on 04-07-13

Just Couldn't Get Into It

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

Reviewed: 07-25-14

Any additional comments?

The writing is very funny, but the plot didn't hold my attention. I've tried listening to this over and over for months, and I end up daydreaming, then eventually turn it off. I finally just gave up and am looking for a new book.

  • And Then it Happened

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Suzie Aitcheson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found her Mr Right. Twenty years on they remain blissfully in love. She has the man she adores, a gorgeous daughter, a great job and a dream home. But Mel's seemingly perfect life is spoilt by a dark secret and a niggling fear that her good fortune can't last for ever. Despite her husband Adam telling her to live for the present and stop worrying about the future, Mel can't shake the feeling that someone is about to call time on their happiness. And then it happens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And Then it Happened

  • By Gretchen on 05-21-15

Tragedy is Main Theme

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Any additional comments?

Wow - this book was not at all what I expected. It is a story of an unfathomable catastrophe that happens to a family of 3 - Mel, Adam, and 4-year old daughter Maya. The family is put to the test and defines a whole new level of level and commitment.

Based on my last read of Linda Green ("Things I Wish I'd Known", awesome book!), I expected a story of intrigue with a bit of humor - well, there is some humor in this book, but it is dark humor. The primary story line is very sad. For me, having a husband and 4 year old daughter myself - it was just too depressing to put my head in this family's life.

Having said that - if you enjoy the inspiration of undying love and commitment, of rebuilding your life after tragedy, this book will not disappoint. I could not wait to see what happened next.

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