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  • A Memoir of Grief (Continued)

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

When Eleanor Goode meets Gerald Wildman, she's a senior at Wellesley who's won all the writing prizes. He's just published his first novel, Dirty Blond, and is well on his way to becoming one of the literary lions of his day. Gerald seduces Ellie, spinning her a fantasy of working with him; two writers, side by side. How could she have known that, in their years together, it would be one typewriter, not two; his words, not hers? How she would become the fetcher of coffee, the holder of trinkets fans would press into his hands after readings, the keeper of his legacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Resonant For Me

  • By Melanie on 01-17-18

Not Quite Resonant For Me

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

I love Jennifer Weiner, but this just didn’t quite resonate for me. However, I’m not sad about the time I spent reading it.

  • Her Mother's Shadow

  • Kiss River, Book 3
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

When Lacey O'Neill finally learns the shattering truth about the mother she's spent a decade emulating, the foundation of her life begins to crumble. Then her close childhood friend dies, leaving her teenage daughter, Mackenzie, in Lacey's care, and Lacey unwillingly finds herself in the role of mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice ending for the trilogy

  • By Carrie C on 03-27-15

Really enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I feel like now that I have finished the series, I'm leaving behind people I came to know and like in a place I've always loved -- The Outer Banks.

I am so excited to read other Diane Chamberlain books and can recommend this listen to anyone who loves to learn about how people react to different situations and trials in their life but who ultimately celebrate family in all its forms.

I will miss Arielle Delisle's voice and will look for her narrations again on a book I'm excited to listen to.

  • Kiss River

  • Keeper Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

Kiss River's historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to find a way to raise the lens; the glass holds the key to her future, her fortune, and her only chance to save the one person who matters to her. Clay O'Neill lives in the old light keeper's house, a home he shares with his sister, Lacey. When Lacey invites her to stay with them, Gina eagerly accepts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, part of the trilogy

  • By Ana Lievano on 04-09-15

I'm Totally Hooked!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

The combination of a story set in a place I love (the outer banks of North Carolina) and beautiful narration have me totally enthralled.

I really enjoyed the diary part of the story, although I see some people did not. It was fascinating to me to hear about the OBX in war time, and to have the old coast guard station brought to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Keeper of the Light

  • Keeper Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023

Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully told

  • By HOLLY AUSTIN on 05-12-15

Gets better with every chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

I enjoyed this performance and the story more and more with each chapter. A great read.

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud funny

  • By Susan on 05-13-08

Love Sophie Kinsella! Not my Favorite Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-13

I enjoyed listening to this book ... by the time it was all over. But that feeling, of OMG! I have to find an excuse to vacuum so I can listen to my new Sophie Kinsella book, didn't come quickly.

The story will be a familiar one for Kinsella fans, Samantha the heroine must deal with a fast-paced job where she runs with sharks, a life-changing event happens to bump our Samantha off the fast-track, and she finds herself in a very unlikely spot, where wonder of wonders she finds that the not-so highly paced track has its appeal as well. By the time the second conflict of will she go back or not go back now that the choice is entirely hers rolls round -- you are just a couple of chapters away from the end of the book.

In the end, I loved Samantha -- and even more I recognized her. Rosalyn Landor is a fantastic narrator. But this book just took too much time to get bubbling for me. Still a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and can't wait to read her next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Twenties Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Kinsella

  • By Marie on 05-03-13

I Love Aunt Sadie! And,You Will Too!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

It took me a little bit to get into Twenties Girl, but once I did ... I was all the way in. I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. I loved the story of her life, her love affair with the neighbor and her missing necklace. Of course, I also really enjoyed Lara's story. I was happy to read about supportive parents as I found them very familiar and the charm of this story was just a total joy. I am a Sophie Kinsella fan, and this book was totally satisfying. Two thumbs up!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Best Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Olivia Thirlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny Story!

  • By Rebecca on 07-18-12

Not Quite What I'd Hoped For

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Everytime I pick up or listen to a new Jennifer Weiner title, I think I look for Candy Shaprio. Ruthie was no Candy. As the key character of this novel, Ruthie is certainly likable as is her grandmother. It felt like there were autobiographical elements here, and maybe even a treatise on the TV show production business -- and while interesting to learn how TV shows are put together, I just never found myself able to fully embrace Ruthie or her story as I have other Jennifer Weiner titles. If you are a die hard Weiner fan, you have no choice but to read The Next Best Thing -- and you will likely find something to enjoy, but if you are a Weiner newbie ... I cannot completely recommend The Next Best Thing.

  • I've Got Your Number

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i enjoyed it.

  • By leah on 02-16-12

Fun! Fun! Fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

This book starts out with a bang when Poppy loses her engagement ring and mobile phone at an event that is supposed to be serving as her bridal tea. The ensuing scene has her signing and dancing for a Japanese businessman after she finds the discarded mobile phone of an executive assistant who has quit her job for a high-powered executive. To say this book starts out with a bang and keeps that pace throughout is an understatement. It's funny, tender, warm-hearted, charming, and sweet!

I especially enjoyed Jayne Entwistle's performance. It was worth a credit and the hours I spent listening. I can highly recommend especially if you are a fan of Ms. Kinsella!

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chick Lit

  • By A on 02-04-08

Laughed Listening in Car... Delivered on Promise!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-13

I am not ashamed to say that I am falling in love with Sophie Kinsella's books! She had me when Emma admitted to suffering from an uncomfortable thong her boyfriend bought her 2-sizes too small because she lied to him about her weight ... but just by one digit! I laughed so hard listening to this book while driving to and from work that I became self-conscious in the same way you might while singing along to a favorite tune.

Kate Reading was a pleasant narrator and the story moved along .. but somehow it was the combination of both that was even better than the individual parts. I found myself sharing specific vignettes I had bookmarked with friends and colleagues at work .. and they were laughing right along with me.

If you are looking for some escapist chick lit and want a quick satisfying listen that you can depend on for a laugh and a smile and a happy ending ... this is for you! If you are a bonafide love cynic .. move on, there's nothing for you here.

  • Broken for You

  • By: Stephanie Kallos
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of mending and redemption

  • By Barbara on 12-06-04

Original Book; Amazing Performance by Anna Fields!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Listening to this story was quite an experience. The reader's performance was fantastic -- among the best I've ever listened to. The book was somehow very slow to unfold but then very quick to wrap up. It seemed there was a lot of prelude -- and then from the point of the car accident on -- it was like the author was on a downhill wrap up -- working sometimes too hard to tie up all of the loose ends. Through it all, even when I was frustrated with the above mentioned issues with the story -- I was enchanted YES enchanted by the reader.

I was sad to learn that Ms. Fields passed away in a flash flood while trying to rescue her recording equipment and found myself deeply moved by her obituary as it aired on NPR -- that I found in my google search of her. I would recommend this book simply for the reader's performance. It was amazing listening to her tell me a story.