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  • 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 9,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,041

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Reese, I Want My Credit Back!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I can't understand how on Earth this book made it to the list of Reese Witherspoon's book club!!! Sophomoric writing at it's best. Story in the same vein as Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. In the #Metoo era, I've had it with these trashy stories of overbearing men who inflict emotional, physical, and sexual abuse against women. I listened to the end thinking somehow the book would get better, but the twists were quite predictable. I'll be returning it for my credit back. This is third book I have listened to from Reese's book club. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was good. You Think It, I'll Say It was ok. I am now very skeptical regarding her other choices. In the case of this book, I'm guessing this was selected as a favor to someone (the writer, editor, publisher...) My Advice: Save your credit for a title much more worthy of your time.

  • Did You Ever Have A Family

  • By: Bill Clegg
  • Narrated by: Bill Clegg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books, but sadly, read by author

  • By Elizabeth on 09-03-15

Beautifully Written, Honest Story of Grief & Loss

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This is one of the best novels I have listened to. Thank you Bill Clegg for this beautifully crafted story about grief and loss. My sister unexpectedly died a year ago. We were best friends and it changed my life and the dynamics of my family. The story in the novel is expertly woven through the eyes of many different characters. Each chapter is about a different character central to the main story line. I see parallels in my own life - how the death of my sister has affected friends and family in different ways. This book was better "therapy" for me than any other book I have read (or listened to) on grief, especially regarding an unexpected death of someone young. I listened to it twice and bought the hard copy. "Did you Ever have a Family" is deep, heartbreaking, honest, beautiful - like an embrace from a good friend who knows what you are going through. I have recommended it to many family and friends, especially those who have experienced an unexpected loss.

Regarding the narration, it took a little getting used to, However, I believe Bill Clegg is reading the novel exactly as he intended, honest and sincere. In the end I loved the narration as it felt like Bill was talking to me.

Note: At one point, there were so many different people telling their story, I thought I would loose the plot, but just stay with it and all will unfold like the petals of a beautiful flower.

Thank you Bill Clegg for this expertly crafted story. I will keep the hard copy forever.

  • Carry On, Warrior

  • Thoughts on Life Unarmed
  • By: Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Narrated by: Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

Anne Lamott meets Elizabeth Gilbert in this inspirational, side-splittingly funny exploration of the power of living with love, forgiveness, and honesty. Glennon Melton became a sensation when her personal essays started going viral. Giving language to our universal (yet often secret) experiences, her hilarious and poignant observations were read by millions, shared among friends, discussed at water coolers, quoted in The New York Times, and have inspired a social movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get Ready to Exercise your Bookmarks

  • By Molly on 04-17-13

Good, but not Great

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

This book is good, but not great. I just finished 3 audio selections by Brene Brown and they were soooo wonderful, this one (although different) pales. (The best of Brene's was "The Power of Vulnerability" speech, fabulous!) Glennon was an ok narrator, at first I really did not like her voice and thought they should have hired a professional. The emotion in her voice sounds controlled, like she is reading instead of telling a story. I did get used to her narration. Glennon tells some deep stories I think every Mom can relate to - that's what kept me listening and they are good stories. She talks a lot about God. I am a Christian as well, but sometimes I thought it was too much and over the top. The overall theme of the book is to forgive yourself and move on, a good theme. One we all need to be reminded of since we are hardest on ourselves.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,942

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

I loved this talk. I have listened to, "The Gifts of Imperfection," "Daring Greatly," and her 2 hour talk on parenting. I think this talk is the best overall. If you only buy one of her downloads, I would buy this one. She covers all the topics in the other books. The format is great, Brene is a brilliant speaker. When you listen, it sounds like she is talking to you personally, not to a room full of people. (You can hear people laugh and clap, but the audio is recorded well and it is not annoying.) A great listen! One I will refer to many times when I need some guidance and an extra boost of confidence. Thanks Brene!

106 of 117 people found this review helpful

  • The Patron Saint of Liars

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs.

But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well-crafted, Painful But Worth Finishing

  • By Carol T. Carr on 05-11-10

My (second) Favorite Novel by Ann Patchett

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

Reviewed: 03-16-13

I loved this book! Great story, great narration! I was hooked! This is my favorite Ann Patchett novel behind, "State of Wonder." I also really like "The Magician's Assistant," but this one is better. Happy listening!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,770

Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman

  • By mendolynne on 11-05-12

Just "OK"

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

I really wanted to like this book as I heard several very funny interviews with Caitlin Moran before downloading the book. She is witty, a great writer and a fab narrator. (You can't say that about all authors!) I found the second half of the book to be better than the first. I enjoyed hearing about her family and upbringing, but got bored (and was not interested in) hearing about when she started her period, first had sex, etc. There are some predictable parts, that I wish were left out, as feminism lit. has beaten these topics to death. The second half of the book was better. Overall, it was ok, but not a home run.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Wild

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Never Left Me

  • By Craig Mitchell on 08-07-07

One of the Best Audiobooks I have Listened to!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

I loved this book, even cried at the end it was so good. I love how the story is constructed, the author weaving his own stories in with the adventures of the main character. Also, the narrator is brilliant! I listened to this in two sittings, didn't want to go to sleep. :-) This one is a must listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tiny Beautiful Things

  • Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond (intro)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wise, wonderful, and beautifully written

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

Dissapointing Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

This book is probably better read as a hard copy. I "returned it" after listening for about an hour because the narration was really annoying. I loved "Wild" and really wanted to like this book as well. Cheryl reads the answer to every question pausing for emphasis way too often. It is as if - every. single. thing. she. says. is. so. very. important... Narrated like a state of the union address. She also inserts a lot of terms of endearment (such as "sweetpea") a little too often and at inappropriate times, which was also annoying. After listening to a lot of books with great narrators, I just could not listen anymore. Also, the book deals with some heavy subject matters (such as abuse, etc.) and I started to feel depressed.

  • My Inappropriate Life

  • Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults
  • By: Heather McDonald
  • Narrated by: Heather McDonald
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

In her hilarious New York Times best seller You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up - even a pretend grown-up - has its challenges. Heather’s a working mom with parents who live next door, a sister who keeps asking for one of her still-fertile eggs, and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very hard to listen to!

  • By Edward on 03-13-13

An easy listen and a lot of fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

A light and fun listen. Very funny and worth your time, especially if you are a Mom!

  • 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 49,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,441

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

Fatal Attraction meets War of the Roses

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

Reviewed: 03-03-13

Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, please, just don't. The ending was terrible...

Any additional comments?

I really liked how the plot of this book was so intricately woven around (mostly) interesting characters. The first 75% of the book is very good and kept me listening. The narrators were excellent!! Near the end of the book, something quite silly happens and then… it’s as if the writer got sick of the story, or didn’t know what else to write. I thought the ending was terrible, completely unbelievable. What was the editor thinking?? I really liked the vast majority of this book and kept thinking about how I can’t wait to see the movie when it comes out. After I finished the book, I am no longer interested in seeing the movie. The end was such a let-down given the strength and weight of the rest of the book. I felt cheated as a listener.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful