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Perfect American novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-19

This is the perfect story of love, heroism, and war. And not for any of the obvious reasons. I’ve read this book, cover to cover, at least a dozen times over the last 30 years and I learn something new every time. It amazes me more, now, than ever before because of its historical accuracy. Now that we live in a time of Google, I can pause and look up a fact she mentions in the novel and prove it to be accurate.

As captivating as the novel itself.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Everything about this kept me turning the pages just as her novel did for me 30 years ago. Great performance and Peggy’s story helps me understand why I relate to Scarlett so much. It’s all Peggy.

If you love Mindy, you'll love this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I can't put it more plainly. It's Mindy. You're likely not going to buy this book if you're not a Mindy fan. However if you're in the "OmgiloveMindy! Club" as I am, you'll love it.

Beautiful story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-17

We all know that what we see on TV isn't always how this in real life. Same goes for the Arnaz family. But what did seem to manifest in the tv show and in this book is the great deal of love Lucy and Desi had for one another until they they died. Great story, great performance and great couple.

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

My only complaint with the performance is mispronunciation of magical terms and names.
Especially "Voldemort". The T in his name is not silent. Without spoiling it for anyone that's been living in the Muggle world until now, the T is not silent and the narrator pronounces it as "Voldemore". It's like nails on chalkboard.

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Light predictable love story ... terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

I'm sometimes a sucker for lighthearted and cheesy romance novels. This one satiates that hunger. However, the narration was terrible. First of all, while I understand the protagonist is quite a whiny pill, I refuse to believe that anyone can be that <italicized except I'm writing via mobile app> whiny.
Secondly, I made the mistake of reading along with the narration and discovered that the narrator doesn't seem to understand that italics mean to emphasize the italicized words to inflect a certain meaning into the sentence containing the italicized word.
This made my enjoyment of the novel short-lived. Which is another phrase mispronounced throughout the narrative as "short-lyved".

Therefore, if you're looking for cheesy and predictable romance, Emily Giffin doesn't disappoint. She's a guilty pleasure for me.
4 stars

The narration is cringeworthy. 1 star

But I really am a Badass!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-16

This book was really eye-opening. It wasn't the usual self-help (or "shelf-help") book I'm used to. It validated a lot of feelings I have that have propelled my career, although at times felt undeserved for not being smart enough, educated enough, motivated enough, emotionally balanced enough...enough...enough...enough...
Very blunt and funny narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed the authors narration. It felt like I was having a conversation with a good friend. I highly recommend this book for whomever- male or female, broke or rich, independent or codependent- to read for a fresh perspective on loving who you are changing your perspective.

Love Tina Fey; love this book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

This book had everything I had hoped it would - Proof that Tina is just like one of us. I'm very happy to have finally read it.

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Refreshingly sweet biography

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I very much liked "getting to know" Norma Jean. I wonder if the author had more sympathy toward her than other reporters and authors, or if this was the true picture of a tragic life. Either way, it was a refreshing change from the tabloid Marilyn Monroe the media paints and the girl in the book is someone with whom I found myself relating very much in some ways - just a woman trying to make the world a brighter place and perhaps starting about it using the only thing she felt she had going for her; but wanting to be taken more seriously.

After the first few chapters, because I found the narration dull and somewhat monotone, I researched the narrator, I realized she has narrated dozens upon dozens of audiobooks literally up until her tragic demise (drowned in her home basement recording studio during a massive flash flood in Seattle) and had more respect and made it through. That in itself made me appreciate the narrator, but I truly did not enjoy it, compared to other books I've heard by other narrators.
All in all I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a refreshing sweet and positive, though obviously tragic, biography of Marilyn "Norma Jean" Monroe.

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We get it... you're white, your educated...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. I'm thankful an awesome show was at least born from this muckery.

Would you be willing to try another book from Piper Kerman? Why or why not?

No. I only read this because I'm a fan of the show.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

She did great! Her accents were on point! Very talented!

Could you see Orange is the New Black being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Lol. Duh!

Any additional comments?

I'm glad the writers and show producers only used this as a vague premise. I could do without all the sex action, which I'm thankful the book did not contain.

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