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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,422

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader is amazing!

  • By Gilma M. Salazar on 06-07-19

The last two hours was interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

I’m a Gilbert fan however this was my least favorite book she’s written. Some of the most interesting people in the book were dropped and we are left with a self absorbed self important protagonist. Once Frank came into the story it became interesting and thoughtful. However that was only the last two hours. I felt the best part of the story was rushed to a unsatisfying end.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,740

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-par fantasy novel written by a great romance author

  • By Nate P. on 02-28-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The relationship with Max and Eddie was a little troublesome for me, it just didn't feel right how things started and ended. I think Ms Roberts should have explored it more. The ending was a little too tidy. It just didn't leave me hanging on for the next book.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

Loved everything about it.

Do you think Year One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I expect there will be many following.

Any additional comments?

Some true horror events left me anxious and I really felt what the cast felt. Excellent work. I enjoyed how developed most of the cast and their relationships were. Toward the end, the cast became very crowed and there wasn't room to develop relationships of minor cast members. There were jumps of time between leaving one cast of people and going to another. I was not a fan of that, but can't suggest how it could be done better. I'm not big on sex scenes in books however Roberts made these really tender, sweet, meaningfull and not to descriptive or long. Good job on a usually overblown theme.

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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,417

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrific Narration. I regret this purchase.

  • By C. Booth on 02-08-19

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

The outstanding part of this book was the narration and performance. I love books with deep character development. The development of the characters was good. However there were so many characters it left my head spinning and I just gave up keeping up with the minor ones. Had the book ended at the climax I would have been sad to not know what happened to the main subjects. But I’m conflicted, at that point it got kind of long. I loved the flawed characters of Frank, Clint and the sherif. I LOVED Angel as the story developed toward the end. There were just a few times I figured out ahead what would happen and that was fun. The setting was perfect and timely. Steven and Owen did a good job of taking on the female perspective. A few flaws, but well done overall. Humans, male and female are flawed. Men being more flawed certainly follows with my personal belief, however I found that the belief was challenged by this book. Not my favorite King book, but a good introduction to The younger King.

7 of 20 people found this review helpful