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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,142

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

Very engaging and uniquely told story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Bernadette’s quirky personality is very much like my own except I’m not a genius architect. Her daughter B is smart and precocious and the description of Seattle is spot on. I especially enjoyed the narration. Of the narrator is the person who sings O Holy Night then she has a very lovely voice. This particular section of the book had me crying along with B!

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,713

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Laugh Out Loud Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I had not heard of this book before purchasing, but the description sounded intriguing. I have never laughed so hard while driving to work. The narrator captured the clueless nature of the protagonist perfectly. I haven't finished the book yet, but have already recommended it to several friends and can't wait to listen to the sequel!

  • Paris in Love

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Eloisa James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love it.

  • By skyblue21 on 01-26-13

If you like Readers Digest...

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This book makes Paris sound like the most ordinary place on earth. If I was wondering what Paris is like and whether I might want to move there, reading this book would not help one bit. I think the author believes that her life is interesting and that she is a clever writer and that people would want to know all about her, but when boring people move to Paris, they are still boring! The writing is something akin to what I might write in my diary, but I haven't kidded myself into thinking that other people are interested in what I do every second of the day and every banal thought that pops into my head.

  • A Bad Man

  • By: Stanley Elkin
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Breaking the law in a foolhardy attempt to accommodate his customers, unscrupulous department store owner Leo Feldman finds himself in jail and at the mercy of the warden, who tries to break Leo of his determination to stay bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bad Book...

  • By clridenhour on 10-09-17

A Bad Book...

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

First I want to say that the narrator does a terrific job of capturing all of the nuance of the material. The author is definitely expounding on his feelings about consumerism, the penal system and maybe being a Jew in America, but the method is very bizarre and Kafka-esque in the picture it paints. There are some comical moments and some thoughtful commentary, but overall this book is disjointed and as ill-fitting as one of Leonard Feldman's prison suits. From Chapter 12 to Chapter 13 it feels like there is some missing material. One minute Leo is sleeping in an electric chair in the warden's basement, and the next, he is sitting in an auditorium listening to the warden give an evangelical speech on joys of conformation. If this was done on purpose, I'm afraid the meaning was lost on me.

  • Finding Gobi

  • A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
  • By: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing story!

  • By EF on 06-14-17

A wonderful, heartwarming story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Finding Gobi is just the kind of story I like. A true story of love, sacrifice, friendship and loyalty. Things we could all use more of in our lives. I cried in some parts and smiled in others. If you love dogs or are into running marathons, you will like this book. I wish all the best to Dion, Luchja and little Gobi!

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading for humans

  • By L. Gutman on 08-14-13

Afraid to read any further..,

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I found myself caring about Leonard so much that I was afraid to keep reading in case he didn't make it. I'm 52 years old, but I'm a mom who hates to see kids neglected or abused in any way, so this story spoke to my heart in a painful way. Noah Galvin does an excellent job voicing all of the characters. I hope to hear more of him!

  • Mademoiselle Chanel

  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to an orphanage after their mother's death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction Not Biography

  • By Sara on 02-07-16

I am now obsessed with Coco Chanel!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Mademoiselle Chanel to be better than the print version?

I know this is a fictional account of Mademoiselle Chanel's life, but it all seems plausible given everything I've read about this determined woman. I can't say that Chanel is all that likable, given her penchant for married men, but the conversations and relationships make this such an interesting read. Her determination to make her own way and to not depend on any man is a feminist's dream!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mademoiselle Chanel?

When Boy Capel was killed in a car accident on his way to see her. So tragic.

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

I wish that Rebecca had portrayed Chanel with a French accent. It would have added tremendously to the ambiance of the story. She seems to do fine with German accents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I had always heard that Chanel collaborated with the Germans, but now I am rethinking this.

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Gortner after listening to two of his books. I plan to check out everything he has written.

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman's encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer's fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. Her choice will be crucial, and she is not wanting for advice, whether from the generous-spirited Ralph Touchett or the charming Madame Merle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get past the terrible American accents.

  • By Sarah on 04-07-17

So much detail...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Henry James is so verbose in his descriptions of...everything. From the clothes the characters wear to the tiniest inflections in their voices, there is a back story to every minute aspect of each characters life. I listened and listened and listened, thinking there would be some explosive climax, but alas the pinnacle of the story is barely a blip. I guess my disappointment in that taints my view of this book as completely boring and a waste of time. When it was written, I'm sure there was nothing else to do and the story might be considered quite torrid. I tried watching the movie also, and that was even worse.

What could Henry James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get to the point more quickly.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene when Isabel Archer appears to Ralph and Lord Warburton for the first time. The story held such promise then.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I saw the movie and would not see it again, nor recommend it.

Any additional comments?

Juliet Stevenson is very good as the narrator.

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  • Flapper

  • A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
  • By: Joshua Zeitz
  • Narrated by: Daniella Rabbani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920's puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Poor Performance

  • By redsrule1 on 03-16-14

Interesting facts, but the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Would you try another book from Joshua Zeitz and/or Daniella Rabbani?

The book itself is interesting and I would definitely read another by this author. However, I would avoid this reader as her timing and inflection are downright bizarre! I would have to say passages back to myself to fully understand what the writer was trying to say. If you like lots of ...'s in your narration, then this is the narrator for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There wasn't exactly a central character in this book, since it's more a commentary on era, but I did enjoy learning about Colleen Moore and Lois Long.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniella Rabbani?

Bernadette Dunne

Was Flapper worth the listening time?

Yes - very educational about many aspects of the twenties and the years leading up to that decade.

  • The Red Notebook

  • By: Antoine Laurain
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slight story

  • By RueRue on 12-22-16

A romantic movie in my head...

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to my girlfriends who like romantic love stories with a bit of mystery, humor, and tension.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As a female reader, I loved the character of Laurent. What woman wouldn't want a man to seek her out and fall in love with her only based on what he finds in her pocketbook? After reading this book I immediately went to my closet and put some interesting things in my purse, just in case...

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene where Laurent comes to Laure's apartment and calls the cat by name so that her friend assumes that he knows Laure. I also love how he lovingly investigates her apartment.The funniest scene in the book is when his daughter attempts to pass him off as her much older boyfriend. I was laughing out loud at this!

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

I did laugh at the one comical scene and I nearly cried when Laurent's daughter whispered to Laure her father's name and the address of his bookshop. That was so terribly sweet and beautifully written.

Any additional comments?

At first I didn't not like Alex Wyndham's narration - it seemed a bit stiff and a little angry sounding. But as the story progressed it grew on me and I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Laurent's daughter as well as his ex-girlfriend. I would definitely recommend this book to the romantic's out there and would love to see it made into a movie. This is the kind of story I will read more than once.

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