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  • The Roanoke Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Engel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

After her mother's suicide, 15-year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran...fast and far away. Eleven years later Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run, too? Or something worse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Hell

  • By NikNakbzz on 01-30-18

Not for the Faint of Heart

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each of the characters in this novel are deeply flawed. Even the protagonist, Lane, is unlikable at moments. I can't say that I have a clear favourite as even the ones you have high hopes for let you down with their flaws. I think that this is what I find most beautiful about this book, the human nature. It's an interesting practice in learning to like someone flaws and all. There are the certain characters who's flaws are unforgivable and that's what makes the story so compelling.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

I loved Brittany's voice, the way she shifted between characters was so seamless. Really, she just has such a pleasant voice, I could listen to her all day. She acts out the scenes so well, never over the top and always appropriately emotional. I must also commend her for giving each scene the right emotion despite how disturbing the material was. Though certain scenes were difficult to stomach, Brittany did the author's words justice and brought the right emotions to properly play out each scene. After finishing The Roanoke Girls I immediately started looking for another book narrated by her.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter of this book is dark. Very dark. It dives deeper into the macabre than most YA novels would. Warning to the wise, if incest is a topic you are not interested in reading about, if it will ruin your experience of the mystery, steer clear. If, like me, the more taboo topics of society are something you want to delve into than this is a great listen. The story is compelling, I couldn't stop listening. The way the story unfolds leaves you itching for the next chapter the moment the last is done. I will say, the twists aren't the most chocking. The story is laid out in a way that despite knowing what is coming you need to know how it all end up there.

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  • 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 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

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

A Must Read for Any Bach Fan

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

What did you like best about this story?

I most liked the parts that drew on interviews with bachelor cast and crew members.

Any additional comments?

Amy Kaufman's approach to the phenomenon that is The Bachelor is insightful and witty. Kaufman writes about the franchise with the same critical perspective associated with her recaps. In many ways, Kaufman articulates so perfectly what I have struggled to put into words; it is possible to be an intelligent, critical, and feminist woman and enjoy the bachelor. Kaufman has very clearly done a lot of research and conducted a lot of interviews for this book.

Another thing Kaufman does well is put the entire phenomenon into a larger picture. She draws on anthropological and psychological perspectives to make observations on what the show and our need to watch it say about society.

I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the interviews with many past cast members. Through her interviews the reader gains access to the inner circle of Bachelor Nation, we get to know the people who make the show and star on it a little more. This book really is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about the beloved show.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful