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Brett Bohlinger has forgotten all about the list of life goals she’d written as a naïve teenager. In fact, at 34, Brett seems to have it all - a plum job at her family’s multimillion-dollar company and a spacious loft with her irresistibly handsome boyfriend. But when her beloved mother, Elizabeth, passes away, Brett’s world is turned upside down. Rather than simply naming her daughter the new CEO of Bohlinger Cosmetics, Elizabeth’s will comes with one big stipulation: Brett must fulfill the list of childhood dreams she made so long ago.

Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision. Some of her old hopes seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other dreams (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. For each goal attempted, her mother has left behind a bittersweet letter, offering words of wisdom, warmth, and - just when Brett needs it - tough love. As Brett struggles to complete her abandoned life list, one thing becomes clear: sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.

©2013 Lori Nelson Spielman (P)2013 AudioGO

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Truly Terrible.

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

The narrator's tone was off putting and whiny, the plot was unbelievable. I can't think of anyone I'd less like to know than the main character, Brett.

What could Lori Nelson Spielman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm supposed to believe that mother and child were so terribly close...yet she would make the decision to rock her beloved child's world from the grave? At a time when she was already bereaved? A truly loving mother would have had these conversations with her child before she was gone. Anything else is just for shock value. And the idea that some of these goals could be accomplished in a year is just ridiculous.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Gibel’s performances?

Not likely.

What character would you cut from The Life List?

Brett, unfortunately. Maybe Catherine's story would be more interesting?

Any additional comments?

To cap it all off, they never say what her inheritance actually is...maybe it's supposed to be enough that it's all tied up otherwise with a pretty red bow, but I wanted to know what she got!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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LOVE THIS BOOK!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life List to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narrator was perfect for the character!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life List?

Honestly, every time she ran into the burberry coat man my heart skipped a beat.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Gibel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I love her voice and ability to pull you into the characters!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I cried!

Any additional comments?

Love this story, and it really makes you rethink about your life and goals and how they have changed over time.

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Predictable twisty love story

Getting your life together with the help of your dead mother, well, it could happen and here's how. I liked Sankita and the Berbarry man best. it's a little hard to like the main character because she is so freaking dependant for the first half. then she is someone I would like to hang with. her voice sounds like Bays Mom on Switched at Birth.

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a lovely tale of growing into yourself...

I almost didn't get the book due to reviews but I think they were wrong...this was a nice story about a well-to-do girl truly coming into her own after dealing with intense loss. The main character may have seemed petty from time to time but I felt these reactions were true to our internal dialogue when we're unsure of place in the world.
Mildly cliché at times but nicely told. I really enjoyed the different intonations used for each character - great narrator.

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Author stereotypes people of color

This book had so many cringe worthy moments of entitlement it was difficult to read. The descriptions, stories and personalities of people of color were so stereotypical I thought the author (and reader) had no business playing in that space at all. Very 'white savior' of poor brown people, with a self-congratulatory tone at each turn. Do not recommend.

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Easy summer read.

Very nice book. Although at times the story is very sad the underlying message keeps you engaged. If you want to take a break from heavy reading, don

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Fabulous and heartwarming!

Once I started listening to the book I couldn't stop. Stayed up all night and don't regret it at all. I loved the premise of the story, the characters, and the ending. Rebecca Gibel did a great job narrating the book. One of the best ever.

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  • LaVonne
  • Myrtle Beach SC, United States
  • 09-26-15

What an incredible story.

What an incredible well written story. I Highly recommend this book! It made me sit on the edge of my chair turning page after page full of emotions. Best book I read this summer!!

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Preposterous storyline

Would you try another book from Lori Nelson Spielman and/or Rebecca Gibel?

No.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lori Nelson Spielman? Why or why not?

Maybe, but I found this book to have such an silly story line that the next book would have to come highly rated for me to try it

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Brett finds out that the man in the Burberry coat is Dr. Taylor. Very predictable but satisfying nontheless

Was The Life List worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

At times the story was ridiculous. Some actions by characters were not believeable.

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I was loving it until...

I can't believe the author could not take the time to find out what a "gelding" horse is. She calls a female horse a gelding. How stupid do you have to be to write a book and get a simple thing like that wrong. My pet peeve is authors who do not do their research and make huge stupid mistakes like this, it has ruined an otherwise amusing book halfway through! For those of you who are not horse people, a gelding is a MALE horse who has been surgically castrated.

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