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  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Laugh-Out-Loud Experience

  • By Summer Layne on 04-04-18

Miserable and depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

If you don't like your life and are looking for a sympathiser, this book is for you. Ellen doesn't like her life and just complains, complains, complains. She never really turns the corner and realises that she has what so many others want. Ellen could have an amazing life if she chose to make the most of what she has. She is just miserable. If anything, it made me appreciate the glass half full and being thankful for the things I have. It wasn't really funny. No real laugh out loud moments. This is just a diary of someone who doesn't like their life, doesn't appreciate the little things, doesn't really do a lot to change things, and expects it all to come to her without any effort. Don't bother.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sheer Genius

  • By Dymps on 09-22-18

awful awful awful

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I should have given up after the first chapter, but I persisted. Not worth it. Jo is awful. Bec is awful. The whole book is awful. Huge potential, but never got there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Hills

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Michelle on 01-12-10

It is awful

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Any additional comments?

It is predictable. It is boring. It never seems to end. It goes on and on and on and on. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen - it didn't. Don't waste your time. I like Nora Roberts, but this was terrible.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, surprising at every moment.

  • By Patrycja on 08-23-18

Loved it loved loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I was in from the first few sentences. I couldn't put it down. I kept thinking I knew how the story would play out, but I kept being wrong. I highly recommend it, but not for a week long holiday - I finished it in 2 days!!

  • No One Would Listen

  • A True Financial Thriller
  • By: Harry Markopolos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the story, but not the author

  • By Brock on 05-08-13

Great story, but skip the epilogue soap box

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Would you listen to No One Would Listen again? Why?

Probably not. The story was interesting, however Harry's bitterness at the SEC did get boring by the end. I got it. He wasn't happy with the SEC. I got it. They didn't do their job. But he went on and on and on and on.

  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

absolutely dreadful - don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story started out OK, but very quickly went downhill. It was totally predictable and made me wish for it to end already. How someone could have found this book engaging is beyond me.

Has Justice Redeemed turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Podehl?

Narration isn't the problem, it is the story that is the problem.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Justice Redeemed?

Burnt the entire thing from the start

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Scary Mommy

  • An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood - The Good, The Bad, and the Scary
  • By: Jill Smokler
  • Narrated by: Jill Smokler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

In a culture that idealizes motherhood, it’s scary to confess that, in your house, being a mother is beautiful and dirty and joyful and frustrating all at once. Admitting that it’s not easy doesn’t make you a bad mom; at least, it shouldn’t. When Jill Smokler was first home with her small children, she thought her blog would be something to keep friends and family updated. To her surprise, she hit a chord in the hearts of mothers everywhere. As other women shared their stories, Jill realized she wasn’t alone in her feelings of exhaustion and imperfection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cracked Me Up!

  • By kisa on 04-23-13

If you like your children and enjoy being a mother, don't read this

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

I didn't find anything particularly funny in the book at all. It is all actually quite depressing. It took about 3hours before she acknowledged that she actually did liked her children - sometimes.
I know being a mother can be challenging, but if you don't want the challenge, don't have children; it is a choice.
Sometimes when my daughter is doing something that irritates me, I take a deep breath and think how terrible it would be if something happened to her and she wasn't around any more to do the silly irritating thing.
Children are so often a function of their environment. If they are running a muck, perhaps some mothers need to look at themselves first before they say how terrible and dysfunctional their kids are.
Kids need disciple, routine, and most of all, unconditional love. It is all of their naughtiness, irritating ways, sneakiness, cheeky grins etc that make them so perfect.
If you don't want the bad, you never get to have the wonderful, amazing and satisfying good.
They're kids. When you get a puppy, you know it is going to pee on the floor; you expect it and mop it up. You know if you leave the door open, it will run away. So what do you do? You close the door. Why do so many people accept the mishaps of a puppy, but not a child? Why do so many of these mothers expect their children to act like adults? If you don't want the pee and the frustrations, don't have them. It is a choice.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,434

From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Archer

  • By cristina on 10-21-11

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Great story
Engaging, interesting, and I felt like I was part of the story.
Fantastic narration
Worth the time.

  • A Curious Beginning

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,356

As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger

  • By L. Williams on 06-29-16

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Ridiculous story.

Took far too long to get to the "mystery".

I persisted because I kept hoping something redeeming may happen. It failed miserably.

10hrs of my life I will never get back.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful