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  • Don't Believe It

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history - a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over 12 weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last 10 years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence. As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donlea has outdone himself!! EXCELLENT Thriller...

  • By shelley on 05-30-18

A Gripping Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Don’t Believe It

A gripping thriller full of twists and turns that will knock your socks off!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SUMMARY
Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian while vacationing in St. Lucia, or is she a victim of poor police work? That is the question that is being investigated in the most watched documentary in television history “The Girl at Sugar Beach.” The documentary is a riveting true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on Grace’s guilt or innocence. Grace has spent the last 10 years in a St. Lucian prison and has unrelentingly reached out to documentary film maker Sidney Ryan in a desperate request to prove her innocence. Sydney’s research reveals startling evidence and additional suspects that were overlooked during the original investigation. Before the documentary series even finishes public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the documentary moves toward its final episodes Sidney receives a letter saying she has it all terribly wrong. As she continues to dig into the case she begins to wonder. Is she helping an innocent women or working to free a ruthless killer?

“To kill someone required perfection, timing and luck. I hoped all three were with me this evening.”


REVIEW
If you love mysteries, this one will blow your snuggly winter socks right off. I couldn’t put it down. Charlie Donlea had me with the luxury Sugar Beach Resort setting in St. Lucia and the hike up the Gros Piton He takes us on a ricocheting and bumpy trek from the volcanic mountain to the medical examiner’s office to the television network conference rooms with many stops in between. The story is gripping and brilliant. I loved Sidney’s character, her confidence and her relentless quest for the truth.

The ending of this twisty investigation just made my head swim. If you’ve read any of Donlea’s other novels you know he is a brilliant storyteller. He tells this riveting story at just the right pacing and with just the right intrigue. Using the documentary research as a way to tell the story was simply masterful.

Charlie Donlea is from Chicago and is a USA Today and international bestseller best selling author of Summit Lake and The Girl Who was Taken. His fourth novel Some Choose Darkness will be released in May 2019.




Publisher Kensington
Published May 29, 2018
Narrated Nina Alvamar





  • The Perfect Liar

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Christopher Greene
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning, she finds a note on her door: "I Know Who You Are." Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon, a second note appears on their door....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was good. You will enjoy it. The story was ok

  • By Ella on 01-29-19

Scintillating writing, robust characters and brilliantly plotted.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

SUMMARY
Susannah, a young widow and single mother has remarried. She married Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive Suzanne believes her life is perfectly in place again.

Then one morning she finds a note on their front door. “I know who you are.” Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon after, a second note appears on their door, “Did you get away with it?” Both Susanna and Max are keeping secrets from each other, secrets that could destroyed their marriage, their family and everything they have built.


REVIEW
THE PERFECT LIAR is thrilling. It’s told from the alternating perspectives of Max and Susannah. Each has their own story to tell, and it all unwinds in due course. The story is a ricocheting tale of lies and it’s impossible to put down the book.

Max and Susannah’s characters are unique and well defined. Both with strengths and weakness which make them real. You might not like them but they really make for interesting and robust characters. The story is brilliantly plotted and I am sure you’ll find some surprises between the pages. My favorite part was the entire second half of the book. It snaps your mind. Whaaaat!

The Perfect Liar is author THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE’s sixth novel. Greene was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts and earned his BA in English from Hobart College in Geneva, New York and his MFA in Writing from the former Vermont College. He lives in Central Vermont and in 2008 was instrumental in creating The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Greene’s writing is scintillating. It was a great Audible listen.


Publisher St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Audio
Published January 15, 2019
Narrated Tania Gilbert
Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  • No Exit

  • By: Taylor Adams
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 561

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night in the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their parked cars. There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, no way out because of the snow, and she doesn’t know which one of the other travelers is the kidnapper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to put down

  • By Jobu on 03-02-18

A relentlessly scary thriller with an unlikely heroine.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

SUMMARY
A little girl is locked in a stranger’s van in the middle of a blizzard. No help for miles around. What would you do? Darby Thorne is a college student stranded at the Colorado mountain rest stop in the middle of a blizzard. She’s on her way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have to spend the night at the rest stop with four complete strangers. Then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of their cars. There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. Darby can’t even imagine which one of the travelers is the kidnapper or how she could possibly help this little girl. If only there was someone she could trust for help.

“Sometime God puts people exactly where they need to be. Even when they don’t know it.”

REVIEW
My heart was in my throat the entire book! Relentlessly scary, and full of shocking twists and turns. I listened to NO EXIT on Audible and there was no way I could listen to it at night...way to scary. The story was great, very believable and the writing was absolutely riveting.

My favorite part of the book was Darby’s character. She doesn’t want to get involved. But if not her who? She was just a college sophomore, who is put in a situation, where she has no choice but to react. She came to life in the book for me because she had to make some hard choices. She made some mistakes, she made some sacrifices, but she did the best she could. Fabulous character.

NO EXIT would make a thrilling movie and I just discovered that the movie rights were purchased by 20th Century Fox in late 2017. So maybe it will be soon. Read the book and let me know who should play Darby. No Exit is TAYLOR ADAMS third novel. Others include Eyeshot (2014) and Our Last Night (2015)

“The difference between a hero and a victim? Timing.”

Publisher Brilliance Audio
Published February 20, 2018
Narrated Sarah Naughton
Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  • The Only Woman in the Room

  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Woman Ahead of Her Time

  • By Lisa H on 01-18-19

A Brilliant Woman Ahead of Her Time

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

The Only Woman in the Room

Hedy Lamarr was both stunningly beautiful and stunningly smart. But could the world handle both?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SUMMARY
May 17, 1933, the beautiful Hedwig Kiesler is on stage performing the role of her life in Vienna, when she captures the attention of the richest and most powerful man in Austria. Arms manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl lavishes dozens and dozens of roses on the young actress after every performance. Hedwig soon finds herself married to Friedrich, living in a castle and attending lavish dinner parties where the discussions are on arms manufacturing, weaponry, politics, and German aggression. She understood these conversations more than anyone would guess.

Desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazi party, Hedy disguises herself and flees from Austria to London in 1937. She lands in Hollywood, and becomes the beautiful screen star Hedy Lamarr. But her guilt for surviving, when so many in her birth country perished, ultimately move her to action. Because of her unique intelligence, insight and knowledge of weaponry, Hedy is able to invent an improved guidance system to enhance the accuracy of Navy torpedos. But will anyone listen to a woman about such things?


REVIEW
This fabulously written book explores Hedy’s early life, her disturbing marriage, her glamorous Hollywood stardom and her brilliant inventions to help the Allies defeat the Nazi’s. But THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM is about so much more. My favorite part of this book is in fact, it’s concept. Author MARIE BENEDICT is passionate about shining a light on the hidden roles of women in our history and rewriting them back into the narrative. She has done an exceptional job at that here, as well as in her previous two novels: The Other Einstein (2016) and Carnegie’s Maid (2018).

I was drawn like a moth to a flame to this necessary and insightful book. The book reveals Hedy to be an amazingly strong and brilliant woman. She was a woman who knew how and when to stand up for herself. If this book isn’t on your reading list, it should be. She exudes perseverance and fortitude, and is a role model for us all. I listened to the Audible version of this book and Suzanne Toren’s narration brought Hedy’s voice to life.


Excerpt from Authors Note:
“Whether Hedy’s work on spread spectrum technology was purposefully disregarded or unconsciously forgotten, it appears that embedded in her oversight were misconceptions about her abilities; about all women really. Faulty assumptions about women’s capabilities....has caused many to think more narrowly about the manner in which the past has been shaped. But unless we begin to view historical women through a broader, more inclusive lens, and rewrite them back into the narrative, we will continue to view the past more restrictively than it likely was. And we risk carrying those perspectives over into the present.”

Publisher Audible Studios
Published January 8, 2019
Narrated Suzanne Toren

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  • This Is Me

  • Loving the Person You are Today
  • By: Chrissy Metz
  • Narrated by: Chrissy Metz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,496

In This Is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave listeners both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy's This Is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments and leaves the listener feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - 1 million stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-18

A Honest and Strong Woman

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This Is Me

A special book about a honest and strong women who has overcome many difficulties and has finally gotten her big break.

SUMMARY
Author Chrissy Metz is best known for her role as Kate Pearson in the television series This is Us. Audiences relate to her character’s honesty and difficulties. Her performance in the show has earned her two Golden Globe award nominations and an Emmy nominations for best supporting actress. This Is Me: loving the person you are today is her interesting and inspiring life story, part memoir and part self-help.

Chrissy’s father disappeared one day leaving her mother on her own to raise three young children. Her mother eventually remarried, but her stepfather was never satisfied with anything Chrissy did. Eventually Chrissy headed to Los Angles where she worked as an agent for many years before getting her big break.

“We all have a purpose,” she said “Some people are the tall oak trees, and some people are the beautiful bushes. But everyone has a purpose. There is nobody here on earth who doesn’t have a path or a purpose. An innate destiny. Every human being who comes, comes called.”


REVIEW
I have binge watched every This Is Us episode there is. There is something special about that series, and there is something special about this book as well. Listening to Metz share her life story was informative and touching. Did you know she is from Gainesville, Florida? I had no idea she lived so close to me! I also didn’t know that she married (and later divorced) a man she met online, or that her stepfather verbally and physically abused her. It’s because of her life challenges, and difficulties that she is able to deliver a compelling book that is the story of how Chrissy Metz grew up and ultimately became Kate Pearson. Her tips on self-confidence and self-esteem are nice, like icing on a cake. She reminds us to be appreciative of who we are, find our gifts, and pursue our dreams. Only a strong, courageous and loving woman can be so positive given her past experiences. Chrissy Metz is amazing!

“There is something that happens when you are grateful. You continue to receive blessings.”

Publisher Dey Street Books
Published March 27, 2018
Narrated Chrissy Metz




  • The Other Woman

  • By: Sandie Jones
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet. Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Spare me the constant blushes!

  • By C. A. Cameron on 08-28-18

A fast-paced read with frustrating characters and a twisty ending.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

The Other Woman

SUMMARY
Emily an Human Resources Executive, has met the man of her dreams. She thinks Adam is perfect. He is the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets the other woman, his mother Pammie. Adam is totally devoted to his mother and Pammie will stop at nothing, to do what’s best for her son. And she doesn’t want him to be with Emily.

“You’re never too old for your mum to care about you”

REVIEW
Have you ever read a book where the character’s behavior frustrated you tremendously? I spent a large portion of this book angry with Emily who failed to read the signs. She overstayed a relationship. She should have run for the hills or kicked the jerk out when she first met Adam’s mother. Emily is an emotional weak woman and she kept letting Adam back in, again and again.

This is one of the books that raises the debate of whether you have to like the characters, to like the book. My preference is to read books with strong female protagonists, and this one starts strong with Emily at a conference with colleagues and she totally stands up for herself in chapter one. But then, once she is enmeshed with Adam she changes her spots. The book is good. It’s readable, and worth the read, but just don’t expect to like any of the characters You have to finish the book to get its full appreciation. Author Sandie Jones has written a fast-paced and quick read. She has been a freelance journalist for over 20 years, and she lives in London with her husband and three children. THE OTHER WOMAN is her debut novel. The Audible version of the book was well performed by Clare Corbett.

“Sometimes things happen and you have no way of understanding them. You try to find a reason to justify it, but there isn’t always an answer. It’s just life.“

Publisher Minotaur Books/
Published August 21, 2018
Narrated Clare Corbett

  • The Other Daughter

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.” Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all - even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy me!!!

  • By Giavona on 01-04-19

An addictive story you will not want to end.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

SUMMARY

The Other Daughter was published over 20 years ago, but was only now released in audio. Melanie Stokes was nine years old when she was abandoned in a Boston hospital with a narcotic overdose. She was subsequently adopted by a young wealthy couple, who had earlier suffered the tragic loss of their four year old daughter. Melanie’s grew up knowing she was loved by her parents, her older brother, and her favorite uncle. She has no memory of her life before the adoption, but now at age 29, someone wants her to remember. One night she received a threatening message: “you get what you deserve.” As she struggles to figure out who she really is, danger is lurking around every corner.

“The truth did not always set you free. sometimes it bound you to dark, bloody deeds and costs you the people you love.”


REVIEW
The Other Daughter was the winner of the 1999 Reviewer’s Choice Award and winner of the 2000 Daphne’s Du Maurier Award for suspense. And I now know why it is being republished in audio. It’s a mystery full of twists that will have you holding your breath till the end. The writing was fluid and listening to the story was addictive. Lisa Gardner’s character development was robust and narrator Brittany Presley did a fabulous job with the various voices. My favorite part was the tension created by Melanie’s amnesia of her life before being abandoned in the hospital, and I really loved the David Riggs character, he was so full of feelings, emotions and strength.

“A parent’s approval always mattered, regardless of age.”

Publisher Brilliance Audio
Published December 2018
Narrated Brittany Presley




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  • Love and Other Consolation Prizes

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Jamie Ford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

For 12-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the World's Fair feels like a gift. But only once he's there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled off - a healthy boy "to a good home". The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible listen

  • By Hugh Lewis on 10-04-17

A Touching Story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Inspired by a true story of an orphan boy who was raffled off at Seattle’s 1909 World Fair.

SUMMARY
Ernest Young was given away by his dying Chinese mother at five and sent on a harrowing trip to America in the deep dark hold of a ship. Upon arrival in Seattle he becomes a ward of the state and eventually attracts a wealthy sponsor who sends him to an exclusive boarding school, where he suffers racism and discrimination. When he has the tenacity to tell her he would rather go to another school she has him raffled off at the 1909 Worlds Fair. The winning ticket belongs to Madame Flora, a flamboyant madame in a high class brothel, famous for educating her “Gibson Girls.” Ernest become the new houseboy, and falls in love with Maise, Madame Flora’s young daughter, and the bold Japanese scullery maid name Fahn. Their friendship forms the first real home and family Ernest has known. But as Madame Flora succumbs to occupational illness, Ernest’s home begins to crumble.

Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattle’s second Worlds Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was, with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep past secrets hidden from their two grown daughters.

There are people in our lives whom we love, and lose, and forever long for. They orbit our hearts like Halley’s Comet, crossing into our universe only once, or if we are lucky twice in a lifetime. And when the do, they affect our gravity.


REVIEW
A touching book about Chinese and Japanese orphans brought to America for servitude rather than opportunity. The story alternates between Ernest’s past in 1909 and his present day in 1962. It’s focus is on his abiding love for Maisie and Fahn. My favorite part was Ernest’s compassion and sensitivity he shows throughout the book despite his upbringing. The book is slow in parts but you are easily drawn in at the beginning of the story when Ernest is locked in the dingy hold of the ship with other children. It’s a memorable story, one that will remain with you for awhile. Love and Other Consolation Prizes was inspired by the true story featured in the September 1909 issue of the Seattle Times stating there was a raffle at the Worlds Fair for a number of prizes, including a month-old orphan boy, “property of the Washington Children’s Home Society.” Research is currently on-going as to what really happened to baby Ernest. Author JAMIE FORD’s writing is compelling. His debut novel was Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet which spent two years on the NYT bestseller list. His second novel was Songs of Willow Frost, and this historical fiction gem is his third. I listened to the Audible version of this book and found the narration smart and soulful.

“My theory,” Maisie sad, “is that the best, worst, happiest, saddest, scariest, and most memorable moments are all connected. Those are the important times, good and bad. The rest is just filler.”

Publisher Penguin Random House
Published September 12, 2017
Narrated Emily Woo Zeller




  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

  • By Dubi on 12-31-17

Mesmerizing Historical Fiction Story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

A mesmerizing historical fiction story of the intimate life of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous icons

SUMMARY
Evelyn Hugo, a 79 year old Hollywood movie icon is finally ready to share the secrets behind her glamorous and scandalous life. Everyone is astounded when Evelyn chooses the unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her life story. Monique is not exactly at the top of her game. Her professional life is stagnant and her husband has recently left her. Monique is just as surprised as everyone else, but secretly hoping this opportunity will boost her career. Evelyn shares with Monique, her story of ambition, special friendships and forbidden love, and the story behind each of her seven marriages. And what stories they are! Monique is entranced by Evelyn’s revelations, until she hears the one thing that explains everything that matters to her.

“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’ -that’s intimacy.”

REVIEW
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is a mesmerizing story touching on race, ambition, sexuality, and what it takes to be a woman in control. I was totally enamored with Evelyn's larger than life story and her character. She is full of flaws and questionable decisions, but those are the very things that make her come to life on the pages. She is real. My favorite part of the book was Evelyn’s strength and how she totally controlled the telling of her own story and the poignant advice she shared with Monique. I so appreciated Monique’s role in the story as an unknown journalist who lacked self-confidence until she meets Evelyn. Watching her evolution, and the impact Evelyn had on Monique, was moving.

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s story is creative and her dialog is lyrical. According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo was loosely based in part on actress Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men and on Ava Gardner, who reveal the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations after her death. THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO was selected as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. I listened to the Audible version of Evelyn Hugo and found it very enjoyable and entertaining.

“No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or tough you can be, the world will find a way to break you. And when it does, the only thing you can do is hold on.”

“When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things.”

Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio
Published June 13, 2017
Narrated Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, Julia Whelan




  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

Women Code Breakers During WWII-Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

The untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II

⭐️⭐️⭐️

SUMMARY
More than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. They were recruited by both the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges. While their brothers and boyfriend took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code breaking. Their effort shorten the war, save countless lives and gave them extra access to careers which had been previously denied.

“It was the first time many of the women had spent time in a bonafide work place apart from a classroom, and they discovered that work places are and have been since the dawn of time: places where one is annoyed and thwarted and underpaid and interrupted and under appreciated.”

REVIEW
Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II was jam packed with interesting information. Almost to much information, it was like drinking from a fire hose. There was no way I could absorb it all. Liza Mundy's years of accumulated research and interviews was certainly evident. With so much information to share, the organization could have been better.

I absolutely loved reading about how these women exhibited strength by moving to Washington DC and exhibited intelligence by contributing to our national security during difficult times. These women were able to crack both German and Japanese encryptions. My mother also moved to Washington DC in 1941, to work for the FBI. She, like the Code Girls had been a school teacher in Mississippi before she was recruited by the FBI. Maybe there is a story there that I didn’t know!

My favorite part of the book was the first hand experiences Mundy shared with us from her interviews of many of these brave women! Liza Mundy is an experienced researcher as evidenced by her New York Times best-selling books: The richer Sex: how the new majority of female breadwinners is transforming sex, love and family (2012) and Michelle a biography about Michelle Obama (2008).

Tooth and nail they worked. No one jostled for promotion. All this, they knew, was temporary. The point was to win the war and get back to their regularly scheduled lives.

Publisher Hachette Books/Hachette Audio
Published October 10, 2017
Narrated Erin Bennett