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Hooked

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

This is a Dickensian tale, and a pretty good one at that. I was hooked and listened obsessively in stolen moments, which is a great barometer, I think.
I admit I had to step back from my own (tiresome) snobbery - if you are looking for a modern Anna Karenina or something, this isn't it. But the story is interesting, the narration is outstanding, and ultimately the tone of the book is quite uplifting, which I think I needed amidst all the very current, and excellent, historical fiction set in WWII that we've apparently all been reading. It was really wonderful to read a captivating tale that didn't involve the looming threat of a concentration camp. I hope this author continues on. She seems poised for great success.

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Ugh

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Would you try another book from Elisabeth Egan and/or Julia Whelan?

I thought Bernadette was eh. This was torture. The protagonist was deplorable but seems intended to have been relatable. As if a woman having to get a job just when her school-age children are just becoming 'easy' has endured some hardship worthy of sympathy. And then working the shittiest high-paying job one can imagine in order to afford boutique yogurts, a job that fell into her lap via Twitter and that never occurred to her to leave? Some actual human women have the outrageous forethought to search and interview for multiple positions in order to find work that is both intellectually stimulating and aligned with one's larger priorities in life. Was this whole book meant to be ironic?

There was too much privilege devoid of self-awareness for me to take this seriously, so in that sense it has a lot in common with Bernadette. But in this one the character was meant to be a great reader so you might hope for some recognition of her cushy spot on this small planet.

And the writing. Cliche after cliche. It was embarrassing. And the male voices. Oh God.

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Glorious, all around.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

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This was my first audible book and I didn't realize how special and unique it was until I began the search for more books of this quality. The writing is superb as is the narration. I was obsessed.

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