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  • The Last House Guest

  • By: Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors. Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl - but that’s just what happens with visitor Avery Greer and Littleport resident Sadie Loman. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable - until Sadie is found dead. Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community who blame her. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and confusing

  • By L J on 06-22-19

One of the most poorly written books I have read

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

Reviewed: 07-09-19

I have no idea how this book made it onto the NY Times list. The writing and grammar is terrible, the storyline is clunky, and the characters are poorly developed. Neither the central character nor the supporting parts elicit any empathy from the reader. This is not assisted by the audiobook narration, which is likewise terrible - flat, reedy and mispronounced in parts. Give it a miss.

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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,412

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader is amazing!

  • By Gilma M. Salazar on 06-07-19

A Great Summer Read!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-19

I was hesitant to read this, as I was not a fan of Gilbert's 'Eat, Pray, Love', but the premise interested me and it didn't take me long to get hooked in. This is mainly because of Blair Brown's narration, which is pitch perfect - I may read other titles she has narrated for her voice alone! Vivian is not an exceptionally likeable character, but the book is compelling because of, rather than despite, this - her story is partly about self awareness and acceptance. If some of the characters seem like caricatures and are not fully fleshed out, Vivian herself is vividly brought to life as the focus of the story, partly for this reason. My main criticism is Vivian's insistence of addressing her (70 year old) addressee by her first name, which comes across as patronising and does not chime with the rest of the novel. Overall, a good read and would recommend to someone wanting a fun summer read by the pool.