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Jessica Gottlieb

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  • The Double Life of Anna Day

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 18

Anna has waited a long time to fall in love and now that she has, she's not going to let her boyfriend Charlie's mother stand in her way. Meredith Granger is frighteningly well-cultured and impossible to impress. So far, Anna hasn't even been allowed to meet her. But when Charlie leaves the country on business for the summer, Anna decides to take matters into her own hands. Reinventing herself from top to toe, Anna embraces a whole new life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Skip it

  • By Jessica Gottlieb on 02-04-08

Skip it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

It was dull drivel. Sorry, I deleted it because I couldn't find a single character I cared about. When I was rooting for Anna to get caught in her web of lies, left by her lover and dumped by her girlfriends I realized that this book was a waste of time. Vapid and dull. Quite a combo.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • By: Betty Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 09-04-11

A book everyone should read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-06

This is a must read for anyone who considers themselves well read. The book is beyond fabulous and although it takes place in the early 1900's there's nothing about the story that is dated. It is about love and loving, growth, famlies, immigration, learning and passion.

You will find yourself in every character as well as your mother, father, aunts and uncles. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn should be required reading.

The only caution is the prologue. It's a self indulgent, self congratulatory piece of goo that adds nothing to the story and may put you off of what is a spectacular piece of literature.

38 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Falling Angels

  • By: John Berendt
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the read if you are going to Venice

  • By Toni on 07-03-11

So slow - so dull

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-06

Since I'd loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil I was really looking forward to listening to this book.

Perhaps it's a better read than listen.

It goes on endlessly about peripheral characters and redundantly about time lines.

What freedom when I deleted it from my ipod and excercised to someone else.

I must add though that I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's voice. I felt like a child being read to in the evening.

  • The Same Sweet Girls

  • By: Cassandra King
  • Narrated by: Patricia Kalember
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore, and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But the story of this spirited group of six Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, is nothing short of compelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delivers What it Promises

  • By Jessica Gottlieb on 10-02-05

Delivers What it Promises

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-05

With a title such as "The Same Sweet Girls" there is a certain expectation and this book meets and exceeds that. The narrator's perfect lilt kept me interested and the light and sweet story that followed a group of women for just about 40 years kept me both entertained and interested.

The Same Sweet Girls are a half dozen wonderfully detailed characters that you will come to love and perhaps side with one more than the other. I can see myself in each of the girls as well as everyone I know.

This book won't move you to greatness but the story soothes the soul and reminds you to concentrate on what is important. I felt like a child being read a story by my favorite aunt when I was listening. It's the perfect escape!

Some of it feels a bit like a package too neatly presented and in another novel that might ruin it but in this case it adds to the comfort of the book. The Same Sweet Girls delivers what it promises!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful