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  • If You Only Knew

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact Owen's new wife may - inexplicably - be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life...and hopefully make one of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and amazing performance!

  • By Rannie on 07-27-16

NOT WORTH THE TIME

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

I know this author has a rabid and loyal group of followers. This was my first Kristan Higgins novel. I'm sorry, but I really didn't like this book. I spent most of my reading time gritting my teeth and wanting to knock some sense into most of there characters. Where to start. The two main character are sisters who spend 99% of the novel giving each other advice while refusing to follow it themselves. Jenny insists on staying friends with the ex husband who dumped her and his new wife. She even delivers their new baby. Her boyfriend is a sad, handsome and charming bad bet whose "secret" I could see coming a mile away. Rachael's husband is an insincere slimed cheat who is caught lying over and over again while his wife continues to fight for their marriage. Another of the other main characters is a 40 year old man who lets his mother run his life and verbally and emotionally abuse his 24 year old pink haired food service worker/singer/nutritionists fiancé. Are there any normal people in this town? Is there any single woman who doesn't think like an eighteenth century maiden--that life isn't worth living without a man. Hello--it's 2015. Then in the last two chapters, everyone abruptly changes their mind set and reverses the course they rigidly stayed in the entire novel. I guess the author got bored and needed to wrap it up. Sigh. I did like Evander and his story line. The rest; not so much.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,847

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

Better off Watching than Reading!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

What is rich and nuanced in the television show comes across in print as the poor, poor, pitiful me whining of a rich, priviledged white girl who got caught. I couldn't help thinking about what was happening to the other women--the one's without private lawyers and rich parents to fight to reduce their culpulbility and sentences. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, Piper. Hope she is splitting her riches with the more interesting women in the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • At the Water's Edge

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Julie Angles on 04-20-15

Skip It--Could Have Been So Much Better.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

I so wanted to love this novel as much as I loved her first. I just couldn't do it! The narrator does not help, as she has the most annoying vocal tone in the world, and her attempts at "manly" voices are just laughable. While you can forgive a novel for starting off slowly, this one never picks up speed or steam, and the loathsome, whinny characters give you nothing to root for, like, or hang on to while you are waiting for the story to move along. All around disappointing.

  • Alamo House

  • By: Sarah Bird
  • Narrated by: Danielle Ferland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

The sorority sisters of Alamo House at the University of Texas may be at comic odds with each other, but at least they have one thing in common: they all hate the fraternity rats across the street, the Sigma Upsilon Kappas, aka the SUKs. But amid the collegiate turmoil, Alamo House is also the scene of an extraordinary, endearing friendship among three women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book!

  • By Sarah F. on 11-16-06

Don't Bother!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

I read anything and everything and there has never been a book so horrible I couldn't finish it. Until now. I couldn't do it. This book is horrible. The story is inane and makes little sense. The plot drags--the author seems to think that introducing new characters every chapter is plot development. The stock characters are so badly developed that you don't really care what happens to any of them. Save your money and listen to something--ANYTHING--else.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bet Me

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Taking a Gamble on Love

  • By Queen Squared on 07-15-13

Ignore the Premise and Read It!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Don's let the description put you off what is actually a cute story. This book was suggested to me by a friend and I read the description and thought I would hate it--guy makes a bet that he can date a girl. But I actually thought it was a fun read. All of the characters were different than you would expect and the story was deeper than the impression you get by reading the description. I really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that I wished it hadn't ended so abruptly--and the tacked on 5 years later epilogue didn't help or satisfy.

  • The Age of Innocence

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Newland Archer is about to announce his engagement to the docile May Welland when he meets her cousin, the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York earned her the first Pulitzer Prize for literature ever awarded to a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of Its or Any Day

  • By Frederick R. on 04-28-08

A well narrated classic!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

I am a Wharton fan and this is one of my favorites. The narrator did a good job and really enhanced the story. Kick back with a cup of tea and just let the words wash over you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,706

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

Funny!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Clever, funny and a really good story. I really like this book, although the author seemed to run out of steam in the last 20% of the book. But this modern take on the "scorned wife gets revenge by finally taking her life back" story was really well done. A fun, easy read that you won't regret.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

A Winner!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

You will laugh and you will cry, but you will never forget this book or this writer! I have over 800 titles in my library, and this is one of the ten best!

  • The Alphabet Sisters

  • By: Monica McInerney
  • Narrated by: Catherine Milte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Anna, Bett and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars, the Alphabet Sisters. Years later, Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for her 80th birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement - she wants them to revive their singing careers and stage a musical she has written. Rehearsals get underway, and family secrets begin to be shared and revealed. But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test they never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By Shelley on 02-23-10

I really enjoyed this one!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

I really enjoyed everything about this one! The narrator was good and the story was fun. The characters were realistic and vivid and the family dynamic was believable and nicely drawn. Not an easy task to knit so many characters together seamlessly and realistically but the author did it and did it well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

  • By: Janelle Brown
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

When Paul Miller's pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she's been waiting years for - until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Life Ain't So Perfect

  • By Theresa on 12-28-08

Just O.K.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

Held my attention, but just barely. The characters weren't easy to root for and it was too long. I finished it, but can't say that it stuck with me when it was over. It wasn't bad, but there are much better books out there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful