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The Life List

By: Lori Nelson Spielman
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
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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!

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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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enjoyable read

this is a great book if you are looking for a non stressful and fun read.

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An amazing story that kept me in suspense.

This book had me thinking of my life and the things that I have yet to accomplish. It was inspirational, heart warming and good for the soul.

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Loved it !

Absolutely loved this book. Very well written. I couldn’t wait to listen every day and see how the story unfolded.

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Beautiful!

What a beautiful story to listen to! I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next!

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Moral of the story: if you aren’t married with babies you’re a failure.

I really enjoyed this book but even though the character was kind and lovable, it also made me sad. She never once found her own voice. She just followed what she thought her mother wanted for her and decided that’s what she wanted too.

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Great Story causes Reflection

Enjoyed book and the thought provoking premise that seeking our passions and not compromising can create a wonderful life.

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WOW!

What Brett had to go through just to get her inheritance. She took it in stride with some resistance but finally could see the finish to receive the last envelope.

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Uplifting!

A heartwarming story that makes you think about the differences each of us can make in the world if we step outside our comfort zone.

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