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  • It's Not Okay

  • Diary of a Broken Heart
  • By: Andi Dorfman
  • Narrated by: Andi Dorfman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

Andi Dorfman, star of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, talks candidly about what it's like to be courted by 25 handsome single men in this juicy insider's peek at dating - and breaking up - on national TV. She shares entertaining and heartfelt stories about her fellow Bachelor alums - many of who are still close friends - comes clean about calling out bachelor number 18, Juan Pablo, for bad behavior, and reflects on her personal challenges.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By Elise Stanislav on 09-02-16

"The feminist in me"...

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Look-- if you're a girl, able to afford expensive brand name clothes and accessories, enjoy self-deprecation with your girlfriends, and think that feminism means having a dirty mouth and disagreeing with a man.....then you might love this book! Or basically, if you enjoy everything about Legally Blonde because I feel like she and Elle Woods are interchangeable characters after listening to this.

However, if you're looking for the inside scoop on The Bachelor/ette or seeking any true insight of dealing with heartbreak, then I'd say this book's not for you. Drowning yourself in wine, defining your happiness by the size of your jeans, and criticizing men to feel better about yourself just isn't the way to go. I know she speaks to more things than that but you really have to have a similar personality to hers to enjoy it.

What was most disappointing about Andi Dorfman’s story?

Just how shallow it was. Andi herself said several times that "Am I shallow? Maybe." But really, the answer is absolutely. I feel slightly bad criticizing her especially because she put herself out there to be vulnerable and publicly exposed. However, it's just not a great a book.

I should have known better... but I wanted to give the Bachelorette Turned Writer category a chance since I actually enjoy the show quite a bit.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She did a fine job narrating... but I realized, as much as I enjoyed her on the show, she's just not someone I'd be drawn to in any other setting.

Was It's Not Okay worth the listening time?

Again, it depends-- are you generally shallow or not? For me no. For others with similar tastes, style, agendas as an Elle Wood type gal, it might be awesome for you.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,074
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,324

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

It's no Gone Girl...but its good enough.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Girl to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version but I think audio is probably better considering there are multiple narrators.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually liked Colin the most just because he was the most real of all the characters and had the most development in his character.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They do a great job of bringing life to the characters. I didn't care for the way Colin portrayed Mia's voice (I thought it didn't fit her character) but he still did a good job of a woman's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no...this took a good amount of time to get through.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't that exciting of a story but I still enjoyed listening to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Happiness Project

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,104

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Story

  • By kensipe on 07-30-12

I just can't...terrible narration & bad advice.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

Would you try another book from Gretchen Rubin and/or Gretchen Rubin?

Probably not. She is terribly boring and too monotone to be narrating. I don't actually think she was successful in her happiness project.

What could Gretchen Rubin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She shouldn't narrate. Also, to be frank, she sounds like an UNHAPPY person, still, even though she supposedly went through this year of attempting happiness. Honestly, I feel like she missed the whole point. The book may have been more enjoyable read by a more lively person but, I just think it's a bad self-help book too because it's totally subjective to her life and doesn't make me feel motivated to take any of the same steps she took.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was a terrible story teller, boring, monotone, and clearly just an achievement focused person who's view of happiness is, in my opinion, very skewed. It was also very difficult to tell the difference between when she was talking from first person or as someone else.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe...only because perhaps it would be better portrayed by other actors.

Any additional comments?

As a therapist, I feel the need to advise people NOT to follow this woman's advice or even look to this book as a guide to happiness. It seems that, what may come off as funny if read directly from the book, is actually Gretchen's attempt to make light of times when she is actually quite unhappy....WHICH IS HEALTHY AND NORMAL TO BE. She puts a lot of blame on her husband for petty things and plays it off as "loving his quirks" when clearly, you can tell throughout that she is still pissed at him and seeking his approval through the project. Maybe I haven't gotten to it yet, but she rarely talks about how happiness simply comes from being in whatever state you're in, instead of trying to plan happiness. She rarely talks positively about her family, she admits she's motivated by "gold stars" and its obvious throughout that she is just seeking another big golden star by writing and selling this. If you want to listen to a woman's struggle with bringing her boring life somewhat more color, then you might like this. Besides some statistics, which I think are irrelevant to happiness anyway, this is not a useful book.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,277

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Like watching an excellent movie-- for 32 hours!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

The story is totally captivating and can appeal to anyone for a number of reasons. It's totally tragic and left me teary eyed and in utter shock at moments. Still, somehow, you can still feel the story's warmth and hope, the same glow and relief that the image of the Goldfinch brings to Theo, throughout the entire 32 hours of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

I don't want to give anything away...but there were so many memorable parts just because of how tragic it was. I always enjoyed Theo's memories of his mother. Also, the very first chapter with the museum was so detailed and real, it was hard to forget.

What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

By far, the most amazing part of the book is the narration. David Pittu's characters were as alive as actors on a screen. He nailed every character and made it easy to follow because I knew who exactly was in each and every scene/chapter.

If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It's hard to choose between Pippa and Borris, for different reasons. I think Pippa is a character I would like to know and be friends with in real life. She's just full of positive light, the same way Theo sees her. Borris, on the other hand, would be a riot! I would just like to have one drink with him and see where the night could possibly go from there. Who knows, I might end up in Amsterdam before I could object!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. Give yourself a bit of time to adjust to it and then let the narration take you away. Even if you think the genre isn't something you wouldn't like, the writer will paint a beautiful picture of what life is like for these characters. Her worldly knowledge and skilled writing will pour into the story like paint on canvas. This book is a time commitment but so worth the long journey. It was great for my cross-country roadtrip.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,439

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Holy Crap!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Long book to listen to. I almost wish I had read it. It'll keep you wanting more though. Didn't love the male narrators voice-- I didn't think it suited the main character. Amy's narrator was perfect. Don't wait, read or listen to it either way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,226

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Building suspense throughout the whole story

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

I really enjoyed listening to this-- not only for the suspenseful story but because the voice actors really gave life to each of the characters. It was like I could see everything that was happening. I could barely stop listening. Don't hesitate on this one, it's very entertaining.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful