Book Reviews of Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged)

Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Gossip Girl - Audio CD - Abridged
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar, Christina Ricci (Narrator)
Audio Books swap for two (2) credits.
ISBN-13: 9781586215705
ISBN-10: 1586215701
Publication Date: 10/2003
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 8

3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown Adult
Book Type: Audio CD
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

40 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
I liked this book but would not recommend it to teens.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 39 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Sex and the City for the younger set.
Deliciously catty and immediately engrossing.
A nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself-once you enter, it's hard to extract yourself.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 126 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
book was ok. have the rest of the series to read. prefer the IT GIRL series more though.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 121 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I forgot this was a story about teens while I was reading it. Very adult/mature book. I'm addicted. Now I want to read the whole series.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Please note this is an Audio CD, not cassette.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I was so looking forward to reading this book. I was actually planning on purchasing the whole series but something made me hold off and I am glad I did. I felt really let down by this book. It wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be. I found it very boring and I was forcing myself to finish it.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 121 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Lame. The TV show is SO much better. I couldn't wait for this book to end. This book in my perspective was pathetic.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A guilty pleasure. Very entertaining.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was definately the trashiest book I have ever read, definately a guilty pleasure. I would never let anyone but my husband see me reading anything from this series.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 100 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Really enjoyed this even tho' I'm not a teen anymore. Read it in a few hours, basically.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 2
My 14 yo dd loved this book and in fact, every one in the series. We can't find the next one soon enough for her!
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I heard a lot of "gossip" about this series and so I thought since I don't watch a lot of t.v., I should try the book. It kept my intrest, so it's on to BK.2.
It's geared towards the teen crowd, but so many people (who are not teens) are into this as well, so I thought I would give it a try, glad I did. Good book.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 21 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
All I can say is drama, drama, drama. Great teenage read!! This book got me hooked and now I have the entire series. And following onto her It Girl series which is also very good!!
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It was a book I could not put down. I have read and like the A-List series, but this book was I think kind of better. I would not recommend this for any young teens. This book talks alot about teens using drugs and drinking alcohol. The teens in this book are 17. So I don't advise for anyone under the age of maybe 17.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 53 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
My daughter thought it was the best book ever and begged for the rest of the series
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Between the constant foul language and the extremely shallow characters all talking about sex, I couldn't even finish this book. How this became a television show and is so popular, I'll never know.

Definitely for more mature readers. Would not recommend this book to anyone.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
best book of the Gossip Girl series, but the first ones always are!
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 70 more book reviews
I read this book when I was in high school. It got my hooked into the rest of the series.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 12 more book reviews
Some things I had to reread but otherwise a pretty good read. Also a quick read. I liked it enough I will be reading the others in this series.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 4 more book reviews
This is just a fun, quick read with out any real substance. I read it in a little more than an hour. I watched the first season of the show and was strangely drawn to all the craziness that surrounds the characters. It's a soap opera world they live in. If you're looking for a better written, high society book, check out the Luxe series.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 14 more book reviews
I'm sure these books are interesting to people of all ages from all areas, but I have to say those of us who went to high school in Manhattan (even to *gasp* public high schools) probably enjoy this series the most. Love the description/comparison of those who live on the Upper East Side v. the Upper West.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 44 more book reviews
Wow - young adult books have changed a lot since I was a young adult (don't ask how many years that has been). Or maybe there just weren't too many young adult books and I moved on to adult books. Either way I think that it's wonderful that there are so many young adult books out there for adults and teenagers to choose from. So - I heard about this series and wanted to read it. The first one was definitely interesting. It seems so different from how it was when I was a teenager, but then again I didn't live in New York or have extremely wealthy parents, so these kids are different from me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading about them. Remove the fast and rich lifestyle and they have the same problems as any other teenager, plus there own set of problems. This book does not glamorize the life of the rich, but shows how these kids are like other kids. They are insecure, they do dumb things, they fall in love, make tough decisions and decide on the path their life will take them. They have trouble with friends and with boyfriends, they pick on other kids, sometimes they are picked on. Their parents fight, divorce, date, sometimes act like parents and embarass them.

So I really enjoyed reading about Blair, Nate, Serena and the other characters. The book centers around gossip that is reported and how it can be expounded upon and everyone seems to believe it. Thankfully as the reader you have a little more insight into the characters and you can see that the gossip hurts. But it sucks you in. I flew through this book and have the second one on the way so I can learn more about this crowd. It's a worthwhile, fun read and I can't wait to read more about them.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 42 more book reviews
Quirky,Racy, a quick read.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 7 more book reviews
I thought it was great.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 116 more book reviews
I read ten pages of this book and decided a book needs more of a plot than gossip to hold my attention.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 753 more book reviews
I am very glad I have chosen to read this series. It is different enough from the tv series to enjoy it as a stand alone, but it is nice to have a mental image of how the characters could look like in "real life."

I have started with the Prequel and the first 2 books of the series. The Prequel was great - it definitely set the tone for the series of books and again was close to the tv show, but different enough to enjoy it alone.

One of the frustrations I have with the first and second book lie in the repetition. Let me explain - If you read them in order, the first book retells background stories that were in the prequel and the second retells background stories from the first book. Its kinda irritating when you reread a story that you just read in the previous book. I don't need it repeated because I just read it. This may have allowed these books to stand on their own and not be a series, but reading them as a series - this point has annoyed me.

I would recommend this series to girls my age who want some semi-mindless pool reading where you are already familiar with the characters. As far as the younger crowd - just as in the tv show, there is a little more sex, love and rock and roll then I would recommend to my teen crowd. Maybe kids are reading and seeing more than I did growing up, but I just couldn't pass this series onto my niece when she comes to the recommended age.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 2 more book reviews
OK so .... I admit it. I got sucked into this book. It was good in a trashy kinda way lol. IF YOU LOVE THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND CARELESS, you looove this series. I'm currently waiting on book 2 to arrive... and i cant wait to finish the series so I can watch the show. I've been holding out watching the shoe because I wanted to read the books first!
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 60 more book reviews
my daughter read this book and loved it...she can't wait for the next one to arrive.......
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 3 more book reviews
Enter The World Of Gossip Girl.
Lies.
Betrayal.
Sex.
& some of the upper-east side of New York's wealthiest teenagers enjoying it all.
For some parents it's probably hard to swallow some of the topics this series so outwardly discusses but as a fourteen year old myself I advise parents to let their children read these books as long as the children find them appropriate.
From reading series like this as well as "The Clique" I have become a more worldly person and I feel as if other teenagers also benifit.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Love this series!
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 14 more book reviews
First book in a great series! Get ready to be addicted.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 4 more book reviews
I read this book as part of the most challenged books on my blog.

http://romancebooksanonymous.blogspot.com/2010/09/pretty-little-liars-by-sara-shepard.html
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 19 more book reviews
I honestly don't remember much about this book, I THINK i enjoyed it.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 68 more book reviews
From the back cover:
Enter the scandulous world of Gossip Girl-a world inhabited by the city's most fabulous crowd; a world of jealousy, betrayal, and naughty pictures on the side of buses.

From me, a mom of a moral daughter:
I got this book on recommendation from Amazon. My daughter read maybe the first page. She promptly brought it to me and told me to relist it or give it to Goodwill. She did not appreciate the content, but then again, she is a homeschool student planning her education at a major Christian university. It is rated PG-13 or higher. This is our personal opinion, take it as a grain of salt.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 15 more book reviews
Who doesn't want to read a book
named gossip girl?
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 18 more book reviews
Very Hard to put down
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 422 more book reviews
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play and sleep-sometimes with each other. Enter the world of Gossip Girl-a world inhabited by the citys most fabulous crowd, a world of jealousy, betrayal, and naughty pictures on the sides of buses.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 7 more book reviews
At a New York City jet-set private school populated by hard-drinking, bulimic, love-starved poor little rich kids, a clique of horrible people behave badly to one another. An omniscient narrator sees inside the shallow hearts of popular Blair Waldorf, her stoned hottie of a boyfriend, Nate, and her former best friend Serena van der Woodsen, just expelled from boarding school and "gifted with the kind of coolness that you can't acquire by buying the right handbag or the right pair of jeans. She was the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be." Everyone wears a lot of designer clothes and drinks a lot of expensive booze. Serena flirts with Nate and can't understand why Blair is upset with her; Blair throws a big party and doesn't invite Serena; Serena meets a cute but unpopular guy; and a few less socially blessed characters wonder about the lives of those who "have everything anyone could possibly wish for and who take it all completely for granted." Intercut with these exploits are excerpts from www.gossipgirl.net (the actual site launches in February), where "gossip girl" dishes the dirt on the various characters without ever revealing her own identity amongst them. Though anyone hoping for character depth or emotional truth should look elsewhere, readers who have always wished Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz would write about teenagers are in for a superficial, nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself once you enter it's hard to extract yourself; teens will devour this whole. The open-ended conclusion promises a follow-up.
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 78 more book reviews
"At a New York City jet-set private school populated by hard-drinking, bulimic, love-starved poor little rich kids, a clique of horrible people behave badly to one another. An omniscient narrator sees inside the shallow hearts of popular Blair Waldorf, her stoned hottie of a boyfriend, Nate, and her former best friend Serena van der Woodsen, just expelled from boarding school and "gifted with the kind of coolness that you can't acquire by buying the right handbag or the right pair of jeans. She was the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be." Everyone wears a lot of designer clothes and drinks a lot of expensive booze. Serena flirts with Nate and can't understand why Blair is upset with her; Blair throws a big party and doesn't invite Serena; Serena meets a cute but unpopular guy; and a few less socially blessed characters wonder about the lives of those who "have everything anyone could possibly wish for and who take it all completely for granted." Intercut with these exploits are excerpts from www.gossipgirl.net (the actual site launches in February), where "gossip girl" dishes the dirt on the various characters without ever revealing her own identity amongst them. Though anyone hoping for character depth or emotional truth should look elsewhere, readers who have always wished Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz would write about teenagers are in for a superficial, nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself once you enter it's hard to extract yourself; teens will devour this whole. The open-ended conclusion promises a follow-up. Ages 15-up."

- From Publishers Weekly
reviewed Gossip Girl (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 83 more book reviews
At a New York City jet-set private school populated by hard-drinking, bulimic, love-starved poor little rich kids, a clique of horrible people behave badly to one another. An omniscient narrator sees inside the shallow hearts of popular Blair Waldorf, her stoned hottie of a boyfriend, Nate, and her former best friend Serena van der Woodsen, just expelled from boarding school and "gifted with the kind of coolness that you can't acquire by buying the right handbag or the right pair of jeans. She was the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be." Everyone wears a lot of designer clothes and drinks a lot of expensive booze. Serena flirts with Nate and can't understand why Blair is upset with her; Blair throws a big party and doesn't invite Serena; Serena meets a cute but unpopular guy; and a few less socially blessed characters wonder about the lives of those who "have everything anyone could possibly wish for and who take it all completely for granted." Intercut with these exploits are excerpts from www.gossipgirl.net (the actual site launches in February), where "gossip girl" dishes the dirt on the various characters without ever revealing her own identity amongst them. Though anyone hoping for character depth or emotional truth should look elsewhere, readers who have always wished Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz would write about teenagers are in for a superficial, nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself once you enter it's hard to extract yourself; teens will devour this whole. The open-ended conclusion promises a follow-up. Ages 15-up.