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  • Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered

  • The Definitive How-To Guide
  • By: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark
  • Narrated by: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,827

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation. In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being "nice" or "helpful." They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful issues with empathy and frankness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No murder--but so much to love

  • By Lesley on 06-02-19

Vulnerable, Emotional, Self Help, & Feel Good

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

LANGUAGE!!! Okay, so if you haven’t listened to the podcast before, there’s your warning.

I’ve been listening to Karen & Georgia’s podcast for years and love to listen to them. Purchasing this as an audio book was an easy decision for me. I’m sure I would have liked this in its paper version, but being able to listen to their voices as they share their lives really added something to the book.

There is humor, vulnerability, and a lot of self-help discussions. The book talks about their childhoods, some of the bad mistakes they made in life, and how they overcame their mistakes. They speak about the people closest to them and give a lot of advice on things that they’ve learned through therapy. Lots and lots of therapy.

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

  • By Renee's Bookcase on 04-26-19

Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I adored the story of Griz, a boy who rushes out into an unknown post-apocalyptic world to rescue his stolen dog.

I am so glad that the author himself read this book. His calming voice helped weave a poetic melody into an already vivid world.

The story is told directly to us through Griz. Well, through the journal that he keeps with him at all times. It was interesting not knowing at which points along the journey he was writing and it helped keep me guessing as to how his story would end.

Griz's journal is written to "You," a person who was alive before the end of the world. This allows Griz to continually wonder at the differences in our world and point out how different the two must have been. Breaking this fourth wall, in my opinion, is not always done well, but I really enjoyed the way it played into the story line here.

Along the way, Griz faces adventure, dangerous situations, and leads us down many twists and turns. He uses a lot of foreshadowing that had me wrongly guessing which way the story would go. Now that I know which turn it took, I fully believe that I will read this story again in the future.

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  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

Potentially Slow Poison

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

After seeing the reviews, I was excited to read this book. After all, what's better than a mix of love and magic? The answer... actual love and magic.

Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh. The magic bit was actually okay. I enjoyed learning about Yelena's history and was excited to see how it helped her grow as a character. Perhaps that happens in the rest of the series, but I won't find out. I have no desire to continue.

The love??? What love? So, what I can conclude here is that an author can suddenly claim that two people are in love and we, as readers, are supposed to believe it. I did feel that Yelena and Valek had potential for chemistry. Some of their banter left me thinking that it would grow to become more, but the book never quite got there.

The world building had potential, but lacked depth. Other characters had potential, but lacked excitement. This story had amazing potential to be a great book, but simply wasn't.

As for the narrator, I think she did a great job with what she was given. She tried to make the endless descriptions sound more interesting. She tried to use inflection where she could to add a bit of life to the words. But, she could only do so much.

Possibly the most annoying part of this book was the music separating each chapter. It was really distracting and took me completely out of the story each time... I think I even jumped a little until I got used to it happening. I also could have done without the halfway point reminder of the title and author of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dane's Storm

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved...until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she's put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He's still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she's ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance/Survival story. Performance just okay.

  • By Avid Reader on 04-03-18

Beautiful Second Chance

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

My main problem with this audiobook is the male narrator. Every one of Dane's chapters took me out of the story. Lance Greenfield spoke each word with such excitement that wasn't fitting to the story. Every step, every look, every normal moment was spoken with such intensity, that I expected something to jump out at me at the end of every sentence.

The story itself was good. I love a good romance, especially ones with second chances and ones where couples are stranded together alone. This story had both.

Dane and Audra have been divorced for 7 years and are forced to spend some time alone to finally discuss the issue that divided them. I won't say what it is since I don't believe the synopsis gives it away, but I fully understand why they hadn't been able to discuss it in the past. My own heart reached out to them as they were able to talk about their past and move on together.

I felt the love between these two characters, but would have liked to see a bit more. Maybe that's just me, but I was in the mood for a little more gush. I saw the love in Dane, loved the way he looked at her, and knew that she was the only woman for him. I learned enough about Dane's background to know why Audra was so special to him. I would have liked to see a bit more of that from Audra's point of view.

Overall, this is a good book. I enjoyed it and would recommend it with the warning that the male narrator hurts the story.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,560

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Touching Story

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I had never heard of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society before listening to this book. Lisa Wingate did a wonderful job of describing the horrors of what happened under Georgia Tann's abusive power without going into too much detail that would have made it hard to hear. Keeping away from that detail allows this book to be read / listened to by a wide range of audiences.

I do not agree with other reviews about the narration taking me away from the story. Perhaps it is because I've listened to much worse, but I feel that the narrators of this audiobook did a fine job.

I do agree that the book would have been better from Rill's point of view. The life of Avery Stafford was a bit boring for me. Each time the chapters switched back to her, I felt myself wanting to stay in the past with Rill and her family. Avery's story was predictable and, in my opinion, unnecessary for the story. There isn't anything she uncovers that May doesn't explain herself by the end of the story.

May and Judy's relationship wasn't confusing for me once explained, but (trying not to give anything away) I felt the connection was described as a more powerful force than necessary on Judy's part. May's connection to Judy was much more believable.

Having gotten my dislikes out of the way, I absolutely loved Rill's story. At such a young age, she never put her own needs above those of her family. I felt her emotions along with her - her love, her fear, her strength.

I highly recommend this book!