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FRANKSTON SOUTH, Australia
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  • The Fixer Upper

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listening

  • By Karen M. McGrady on 09-01-09

Amusing at times

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I loved Ella-Kate who is one of the best personalities I’ve come across in a book for quite some time, while the response from the FBI is a little farcical. I like a story to be realistic, but there are parts that are unrealistic, so it has a few flaws nonetheless.
When a book makes me laugh it definitely gets a big tick. There are some funny bits and it kept my interest.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Earthquakes

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood, and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • for everyone who's ever been a mother

  • By Dorothy on 02-12-13

My first from this author

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I liked the multiple stories within the one story. This kept my interest. The author was able to clearly delineate the different personalities which is not always the case for some authors.
While I felt there was a bit of overkill on the difficulties of a new baby, all in all it was a good story.

  • An Autumn Crush

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

After a bruising divorce, headstrong Juliet Miller invests in a flat and advertises for a flatmate. Along comes Floz, raw from her own relationship split. When Juliet's brother, Guy, meets Floz, he is overcome with a massive crush. Can Guy turn Floz's affection for his family into love for him? Guy's best friend, Steve, has always had a crush on Juliet. After a night of too much wine, they end up in bed. Convinced that Juliet doesn't feel the same way he does, Steve agrees to a “just-sex” relationship until they find their dream partners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Milly Johnson must Have

  • By Jan on 10-07-12

Sadly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Slow and very unrealistic. The main four characters becoming two couples just doesn’t happen in reality and falling deeply in love in two months of course. Some of the other behaviours are such a stretch they’re silly.
I’ve read A Spring Affair and A Summer Fling which were both much better than this story.
Very, very slow with little happening for half of the book put me to sleep. The story lacks the layers and depth of characters found in some of Milly Johnson’s other books. This one is just not for me.

  • Wrecked

  • By: JB Salsbury
  • Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

It's been months since Aden Colt left the army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can - including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL

  • By BNP on 07-22-17

Purile chick lit

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Eye rollingly unrealistic. The whole basis of the story is ridiculous.
SPOILER ALERT just in case.
Pretending to be your dying twin sister because your sister thinks it will be good for you.
Falls madly in love in ONE week.
Hangs out with a man miles away knowing her twin sister is dying. Really? Eye rolling at the ridiculous.
Aidan stays around 4 July fireworks knowing he has PTSD and reacts severely to pops and bangs. And of course he does react. Ludicrous.
There are so many more unrealistic examples but I’ve given this book more time than it deserves.
I rely on reviews often when looking for a book but this time my opinion of the story goes against the many.

  • Desperately Ever After

  • Desperately Ever After Series, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Years after turning her husband from beast back to man and becoming his queen, Belle finds out she's finally going to have a child. But before she can announce the wondrous news, she catches him cheating and watches her "happily ever after" go up in flames. Turning to her friends for the strength to land with grace, she realizes she's not the only one at a crossroads. One part Sex and the City, two parts Desperate Housewives, and three parts Brothers Grimm, Desperately Ever After picks up where the original tales left off - and reimagines them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy tale meets feminism

  • By Robyn on 06-10-18

Fairy tale meets feminism

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I rely heavily on reviews when choosing a book but there were none so I put on my pioneering attitude and took the plunge. I really wasn’t sure about this one at first but once I got the ‘feel’ of the story then I was hooked. Let the story take your imagination to where you can enjoy this very different genre. It’s fun and a little kooky in parts (well what else could it be?) but never boring.
I’ve now read all three of the series. Don’t try reading book two or three without reading book one.
The narrator did a fabulous job with all the characters although I loved the gossip columnist best.

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Chic Lit

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

If you like unsophisticated chic lit this is it. There’s nothing special about the story or how it is written. Unrealistic story line.
When medical conditions are an integral part of the story, there needs to be accurate medical facts and realistic details.
The story is seriously lacking in depth.

  • You Drive Me Crazy

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The last place Anna Terry expects to fall in love is in the waiting room of her divorce lawyer's office, but that's where she meets Nick Diamond.... Anna's first marriage ended before her pregnancy was over, and her second husband has disappeared, leaving her penniless and with two children. Nick's luck hasn't been any better: his wife has run off with another man, and his business is in chaos. When Anna gets a job as Nick's secretary, what starts as a mild flirtation soon accelerates into overdrive - and then their ex-partners show up....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I just cannot listen anymore!

  • By Robyn on 04-22-18

I just cannot listen anymore!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The narration is just indescribably awful. The voice just does not fit with a young Mum after two marriages. No woman in this day and age is that naive and silly.
The story is bland and boring so maybe the narration is a good fit. My first Carole Matthews book and possibly the only one.
I can’t listen to anymore of it.

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schadenfreude to the max

  • By Jenn on 01-15-18

My second Jane Fallon read which may be my last.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

I really enjoyed my first Jane Fallon read but learned originality is not her strong suite.
In both books the protagonist is around 40 with no children. In both books a character is allergic to cats. In both books a professional demonstrates complete lack of skill and appears extremely stupid and not believable at all.
It’s like Jane writes to a rigid recipe which in isolation is okay but I had to stop several times to remind myself which book I was reading.

  • Full Package

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185

I've been told I have quite a gift. Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain, too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing...until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place. Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking-hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chase Summers really is the full package!

  • By Angela on 02-01-17

Best seller? I don’t know why.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Ordinary story with below average narrator. Little depth and lots of cheesy sex.
I didn’t finish the book, it just didn’t hold my interest.

  • Futures and Frosting

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they? From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone's extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review: Futures and Frosting, by Tara Sivec

  • By Robert Zimmermann on 12-22-13

I had to stop, only got a third way through.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

No story. This book was going nowhere and I just couldn’t finish it. The first book in the series was okay but this one is smutty, crass with no clever humour just a lot of lewd paragraphs.