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  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • By: Janet Geringer Woititz
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an adult child of an alcoholic. Today, she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of adult children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than 10 years of working with ACoAs, she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Listen to Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CONCISE PROBLEM ANALYSIS. SOLUTIONS, NOT SO MUCH.

  • By Mouse Potato on 01-07-15

Excellent intro book to ACoA

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Great “intro” book if you identify with the “laundry list” from ACoA or the following:

You:
- guess what “normal” or “healthy” is
- have difficulty following a project beginning to end
- lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth
- judge yourself harshly
- take yourself very seriously
- have difficulty with intimate relationships
- over react to changes you have no control over
- constantly seek approval or validation
- feel different from other people
- super responsible or super irresponsible
- extremely loyal
- impulsive; strong sense of “now or never” urgency

  • Wedding Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad summer read

  • By Monica on 06-30-13

Like the film “Blockers”? you’ll love this

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

started of great... delightful and captivating... but then became too much. Too too much.... it wasn’t the sweet sweep away I look forward to by this author. the plot felt forced and frustrating without nick comedic relief.

  • The Opportunist

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend Caleb Drake has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • overall: irritating book

  • By DD on 02-14-17

If a book was a potato chip....

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Junk food. Total junk food. It was insane and crazy and so over the top at times, and yet I could not stop listening. Even when my brain was full and I was tired—NOPE! I had to keep consuming until it was finished... all gone.

Total addiction---perfect triology for a vacay.

This story is a juicy, devilishly good guilty pleasure — I know it’s not good for me, I know it’s not Tolstoy, I know it’s not a book that’ll impress people at parties, but gimme gimme gimme some more. (There was also some serious sizzle! Swoon)

The narrator brought it too! Excellent performance.

  • Girl Logic

  • The Genius and the Absurdity
  • By: Iliza Shlesinger
  • Narrated by: Mayim Bialik, Iliza Shlesinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. "Girl Logic" is Iliza's term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don't necessarily even notice. She describes it as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Haha917 on 03-28-18

I thought I was the only one who thought like that

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I oscillated between “omg! I’m not the only one who thinks that/does that??” and “holy crap, this is THE BEST feminism book everrr / this is what I wanted all those other 'angry' feminist books to be like” and “omg this is offensive and so terrible.”

  • All We Ever Wanted

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Milton Bagby, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre make performance!

  • By Angela R Erickson on 07-08-18

relevant, contemporary & thoughtful; not chicklit

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This book was a strong departure from what I've come to expect from this author, to the point where I checked three times that she was, in fact, the same author of other books I read and it wasn't a name mix-up in my brain.

All We Ever Wanted begins when a sexually charged photo (with a racist caption) of an intoxicated teen girl goes viral within a waspy private school community. The girl in the photo, her father, and the mother of the boy who allegedly took/sent the photo are the main narrators of the story.

The catchy part of the novel is the "whodunit" aspect... This part of the plot is twisty while cleverly bringing in additional contemporary issues (like teenage suicide). There's a real zinger at the end and without this back-and-forth did he do it? Who is lying? The book would fall flat.

While this "investigation" is happening, you experience the raw and difficult emotions both parents have about the situation, see how the community reacts (the school/teachers, other parents, friends of the girl), and what the teenage girl herself makes of the situation and subsequent fallout. I was disappointed the political/legal drama happens with these situations wasn't covered more (it was barely touched on), but I did find myself thinking about the situation and varied consequences, and what I would do or think or want if I was the teen girl or the parent... I love when a novel makes you think and examine your beliefs.

My complaints are awkward: I liked the story, found it accurate, and surprising, yet somehow wholly unremarkable and s-l-o-w at times.

I think the problem may be that this book was trying to do and be a little too much. There's the whodunit, the adult parent "finding herself", the coming of age stories, the love story, the teen issues, family/community drama, philisophical questions, and a light touching on legal issues around teenagers drinking and sexting AND racisim. Potluck much?

I didn’t CARE about any one character (relate I could, but care I did not), which I should have given the subject matter.

I felt verrrry uncomfortable when a sex scene was described---not because it was a sex scene (I read romance) but it was happening and being described in great detail by/to a 16-year old girl. She was narrating and that left me feeling pervy and intrusive.

Overall, this book is not something I’ll be quick to recommend, but I hold much respect for.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,375

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By RMS on 07-27-18

latest "B-movie" Nothing particularly memorable

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book didn’t sound like a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g I’d want to read... (I’m so over Nantucket/Martha’s vineyard backdrops and stories about crazy rich/desperate housewives/privileged alpha males...) but when a friend said it was captivating her I decided to download it before my trip.

Holy hell was I sucked in and gobsmacked in the first few chapters, so much so that it took my sister's wedding (truly!) to get me to stop listening (and I jumped right back in the moment I could). Then around 65% I started growing tired and by 80% I was over it... kicking myself for starting this book... remembering why I am “over” these stories. It's OKAY.

You'll feel tired at the end and yawn with how boring and predictable it ends up being... but it’s is compelling and a hooker of a beach read if you need that. Nothing particularly memorable or new or special... just the latest B movie no one will remember next summer.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Back

  • A Novel
  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hely, Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone - never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is something happening here?

  • By Cassandra on 06-27-18

Mind scrambling but the others are better

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Paris writes mind scramblers: you’re dizzy and questioning your own memory by the end. This book is no exception yet the story was boring. It was not gripping, heart pumping or page turning like the previous 2. I fell asleep three times. It was a bore and a painful, tedious finish by the end and encompasses everything that I consider bad writing: lots of telling instead of showing—I loathe long monologue confessions. The ending was half surprising.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • When Life Gives You Lululemons

  • A Devil Wears Prada Novel
  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laura Benanti
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns are manicured, the Long Island iced teas are extra strong, and heads turn when an infamous new neighbor arrives for an extended long weekend. After Emily Charlton left Miranda Priestly and Runway magazine, she migrated to L.A with her husband, working as an image consultant to the stars. But recently Emily's lost a few clients. She's struggling. When the opportunity arrives to reinvent and relaunch a gorgeous former model whose mugshot graces the cover of the New York Post, Emily jumps at the chance. Relaunching Karolina is the big leagues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader! The acting was the best I've heard!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-18

real housewives of Connecticut

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A ridiculous (and fluffy AF book) about a bunch of bored, verrrry privileged rich white women, but it’s entertaining and fun. Best suited for fans of the show Desperate Housewives and Bravo reality shows who want a "beach read" and to laugh. Very predictable but that it works here, making the woven stories more juicy and satisfying. Barely resembles original book/movie -- it is a total stand alone.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • There Are No Grown-Ups

  • A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
  • By: Pamela Druckerman
  • Narrated by: Pamela Druckerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame", and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever. Yet 40 isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life. What are the modern 40s, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a "grown-up" anyway?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I would not recommend, very vain author.

  • By JOSEE on 08-19-18

yawn, dribble dribble b-o-r-i-n-g

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

It’s possible that I’m the wrong demographic... I loved her book on French parenting, not only because it was insightful, fascinating, and smart, but because it was funny, self-reflective, and hook-line captivating. I loved Pamela's personal memoir bits mixed into the parenting info (in some ways that was my favorite part). I bought this blindly thinking it would be more of THAT (and my god is it not). This 'memoir' is painfully boring. I felt trapped at a cocktail party with someone who I feel forced to be friends with as she tells me all these boring things about her life to try to impress me. I wasn't connecting and quit at 50%-- I didn't know a memoir could be so dull, especially when topics like threesomes are on the table! I quit around 50% when I was bored to tears (I was happier to sit and look at my hands on a plane rather than read/listen 1 more minute)... I have a headache from trying too hard to like this book...

Admittedly I’m not in my 40s, so perhaps that is the problem, though I’ve read and loved novels and memoirs about women in their 40/50/60s (and connected to it...) so I'm not sure. I ended up asking for a refund, which I rarely do.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,805

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Overly produced, not an “audio book”

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Overly produced. I’m impressed by the production quality Audible/Amazon included here (and in other original contents) its a lot like watching a movie with your eyes closed... different voices, sound effects, careful sound mixing and editing, but it’s too much for me. I read audio books primarily to avoid the overstimulation, so this style of recording isn’t for me. I prefer the traditional audio book format with a narrator reading the book to me. If you want something more entertaining, check out this ‘book’ and others like it.

The story itself is interesting and you don’t need too much familiarity with the tvshow or movies to follow along. It’s mainstream sci-fi with human drama.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful