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StilettoGirl

Syracuse, NY USA
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  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,421

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it...

  • By Claudia Gallegos on 07-12-18

Dull, boring, indulgent

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Nothing happens. Abuse of medication sleeping more medication. Insights are as absent as entertainment. Disappointing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bachelor Nation

  • Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure
  • By: Amy Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Amy Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 561

For 15 years and 35 seasons, the Bachelor franchise has been a mainstay in American TV viewers' lives. Since it premiered in 2002, the show's popularity and relevance has only grown - more than eight million viewers tuned in to see the conclusion of the most recent season of The Bachelor. The iconic reality television show's reach and influence into the cultural zeitgeist is undeniable. Bachelor Nation is the first behind-the-scenes, unauthorized look into the reality television phenomenon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointing!!!

  • By Ashton T. on 03-15-18

Boring and obvious

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Hoping for distracting summer listen but this wasn’t it. Lots of Wikipedia level research on dating/games shows and authors own personal anecdotes, little actual Bachelor. Nothing you don’t already know if you’re even looking at this title.

  • Best Friends Forever

  • By: Margot Hunt
  • Narrated by: Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they're very different women - the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite - they're each other's rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat's financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion. Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully, and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, very good!

  • By horslovr on 02-04-18

Derivative and flat

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Another women in peril novel w cardboard characters and an ending you can see from the first page. Decently entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs.

  • By: Caitlin Macy
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 147

In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture. Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it...

  • By Elizabeth on 03-16-18

Boring and derivative

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Nothing insightful, smart, witty, or critical. Just a very boring story w cardboard protagonists. Feels like a screenplay not a novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,286

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Derivative mash up

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Of gone girl and last mrs parish. Even if you haven’t read this very predictable and obvious. Writing too poor to be entertaining. A serious let down

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,074

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

So entertaining and satisfying

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Could not stop listening! Not a brilliant read but immensely engrossing and fun. Flawless narrators

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • George and Lizzie

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Pearl
  • Narrated by: Nancy Pearl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family - his father, an orthodontist, his mother, a stay-at-home mom - while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed - George is happy; Lizzie remains...unfulfilled.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Derivative, boring, slow & awful narrator

  • By StilettoGirl on 01-04-18

Derivative, boring, slow & awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Really boring book w unbearable narrator. Nothing happens and the big set up—the game—is never contextualized nor is it ever explained why she would do that (beyond my parents are shrinks it will make them angry. Really? This is character motivation?)

Nothing happens in this book and the protagonist is never developed and is terribly juvenile. Other characters one-dimensional.


Narrator reads this like she’s reading recipe directions. She’s flat, monotone, and painful to listen to. Her narration is as bad as her writing.

This is sparkling prosecco this is flat warm beer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Fletcher

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Finn Wittrock, Carrie Coon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A 46-year-old divorcée whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, "U R my MILF!" Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. Before long, Eve's online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By Joshua Kors on 09-06-17

Smart, witty, feminist

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Smart, witty, and feminist: Tom Perrota delivers again. Very entertaining and satisfying w killer narration

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Party

  • A Novel
  • By: Robyn Harding
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 618

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet 16 birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one likable character

  • By Lynn R. on 10-10-17

Delicious novel

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Expert narration and a non-stop plot that thoughtfully considers what’s at stake in protecting ourselves

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,752

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Super engrossing

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Hard to stop listening. Thoughtful mother daughter drama tinged w thriller aspects. Very well written and expertly delivered.