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  • The Favorite Sister

  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Ashlie Atkinson, Jenni Barber, Aja Naomi King
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 572

When five hypersuccessful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I’ve read this year

  • By Parisa Hervani on 06-12-18

A Reality show gone wrong

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The author's first book Luckiest Girl Alive was the first book I purchased through Audible so when I saw she was coming out with a second I wanted to hear more. I really enjoyed her first book and this one didn't let me down. I thought of this book as a companion piece to shows like The Bachelor and Unreal except instead of being told from the suitor's or producer's perspective, it's told from the cast mates. It's supposed to reflect the characters' ideas of feminism but it's really just showing the outlandish and catty things they do to maintain their extra fifteen minutes of fame. I thought the characters were interesting and relatable; and, the narrators did a very good job.

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57,433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 52,564
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52,483

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Jim Dale is BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

What did you love best about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2?

This book was actually my least favorite of the HP books but with Dale's masterful reading it was tolerable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2?

When Ron received the howler for "driving" the car to Hogwarts was particularly funny. Dale's narration of Mrs. Weasley is hilarious, you could hear her exasperation, frustration and love with the way he reads it.

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He voiced numerous characters but each had its own identity and tone so that you could easily tell which character was speaking. My favorite character that he performed was Mrs. Weasley.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot but Dale's other HP narrations did make me cry like The Order of the Phoenix and the Deathly Hallows

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,720

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Dull as dishwater

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

What would have made Where'd You Go, Bernadette better?

The story is so boring. It's supposed to be satire but I didn't find anything satirical behind it, perhaps because people do these things in real life so it just felt like a run of the mill story. I have a rule, I will watch a movie for at least 30 minutes before I give up on it. I listened to this story for two hours and it was like watching paint dry. The story was dull and the characters were obnoxious.

What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

The characters were irredeemable and boring.

Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

She's a great narrator but she needed better material to work with.