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  • What Matters Most

  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Hollis Elizabeth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Starting a new life in a new city is never easy, but Kelsey Peterson is managing. She owns her own specialty shop, she's made some new friends, and she's finally feeling like she's ready to put down some roots in this small Chicago suburb. She's even struck up some regular flirtatious banter with that sexy blonde she continually runs into at Starbucks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book...GB is awesome!!

  • By Mrs. NY on 09-18-17

Enjoyable story, horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Would you listen to What Matters Most again? Why?

This was a typically enjoyable Georgia Beers story, nearly ruined by inexplicable narration. The tone and affect of the narrator was bordering on sarcastic and bored. Like it was being read by the Real Housewives cast. I almost couldn’t get past my annoyance to finish the book. But I did enjoy the story.

Would you recommend What Matters Most to your friends? Why or why not?

Mmmmmm, not sure. I’d recommend the book but not the audiobook

How could the performance have been better?

By hiring a different narrator.

  • Too Close to Touch

  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Life gets complicated when love turns out to be nothing like you expected - and the woman you want is too close to touch. Gretchen Kaiser is a workaholic corporate honcho with issues - she’s got daddy issues, she’s got female-executive-in-a-man’s-world issues, and she’s got one-night-stand issues. What she doesn’t have are love issues. She isn’t looking for it, she doesn’t feel she needs it, and she doesn’t expect to find it…certainly not right under her nose. Kylie O’Brien is the kind of girl who believes in true love and is willing to wait until it shows up at her door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too close to the formula

  • By Me & My Girls on 06-01-14

Not sure who I was supposed to be rooting for...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

Any additional comments?

I am a Georgia Beers fan, I have read several of her books and enjoyed them immensely. That is probably why I was so disappointed in this read. The characters didn't develop fully for me, mostly coming across as one-dimensional, self-centered and not very likable. I wasn't sure which pairing I was supposed to be rooting for, with the one semi-sympathetic character losing in the end in more ways than one.

But the greatest distraction for me was the narration. The deeper or masculine voices were done with a weird, scratchy affect that ended up sounding like Danny from the Shining saying "redrum." Lines that seemed to be part of a normal conversation were delivered with tones of anger or seduction that threw off the whole story. I found it really hard to get involved fully in the story when I was so put off by the narration.

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  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,854

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Disappointment for a long time fan

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

Maybe, or I may just stick to re-playing "Beyond the Pale" over and over.

What could Jim Gaffigan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not rehash jokes from his standup albums and try and twist them into to new tales from his daily life. Between this and the sympathy I began to feel for his kids and his neighbors, I found myself vacillating between disappointment and rage by the end of the book.

What didn’t you like about Jim Gaffigan’s performance?

I expected more

What character would you cut from Dad Is Fat?

Jim Gaffigan, selfish dad

Any additional comments?

I have been a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan's work for years and was really, really surprised how much I disliked this book and started to dislike Gaffigan. He tries to paint a funny picture of life with a big family in a tiny NYC apartment but instead it came across as sad and selfish. On top of that a lot of the comedy was gleaned straight from his comedy albums, which I despise and find incredibly lazy. I've already paid for that joke twice, now I'm paying again. If you are going to do that, package it as "King Baby Deluxe Directors Cut Edition" and let me decide if I'm such a Gaffigan nerd I'm going to buy all versions, don't disguise it and dupe me into purchasing.

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,622

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE FOG OF ANGER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-16

Don't expect the movie...

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Any additional comments?

I think this audiobook will suffer from people comparing it to the movie. The movie story had very little to do with the actual novel. While the movie eventually reached classic status, the story and character development veered wildly from King's vision, quite notoriously and controversially. The movie is fantastic in its own right but should stand alone. If you are looking for an audio version of the movie or Jack Nicholson's performance, you should give this a pass.

That being said the novel is a tremendously gripping and horrifying read, bringing you along as the characters are more and more absorbed by the forces at work. The centerpiece is the hotel, and King paints an amazing picture over the course of the book, giving the Overlook a back story, a personality and a voice. Campbell Scott does an admirable job capturing the myriad of voices and emotions. A very tough assignment given that he not only has to portray a woman and child, but inner voices and distinguish between lucidity and madness. His performance did not take me out of the story at all and that is a tall order in a suspense piece. I enjoyed every minute listening to this book and when listening at night was truly scared at times.

163 of 185 people found this review helpful

  • Company

  • By: Max Barry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Characters brought to life

  • By Michael on 05-10-07

Do not get the appeal

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

Reviewed: 01-31-12

Any additional comments?

I tried several times to get through this book but just could not see the appeal. The humor, if it was there, seemed dated and along the lines of an old Dilbert cartoon, but without the funny. If I had any interest in what was being said, the disgusting, phlegm-y, throat clearing every 3rd sentence would have been enough to kill it for me. Un-listenable.

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,723

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

Completely surpassed my expectations

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

Reviewed: 01-31-12

What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

I listened to this on a long solo drive down the eastern seaboard and it made the time melt away. Something fresh and new about her approach which I found both entertaining and appealing. The honesty in which she shares her lifestory is engaging, relateable and very funny. She's a smart girl who doesn't play dumb, but uses a natural naivete and interest in pop culture to acheive her interesting brand of humor. I really enjoyed sharing her world for a few hours.