"Another great edge of your seat story by Karen Robards. Maddie Fitzgerald's life is going very smoothly, she owns her own advertising agency, has great employees, a nice apartment and then one night, as she's in a hotel room, someone tries to kill her. The FBI, who is tracking a serial killer, wants to use Maddie as bait to catch the killer but if you know Karen Robards' stories, nothing is really as it seems. Maddie is hiding a deep dark secret and sexy FBI agent Sam McCabe finds out what it is.
There is also some humor in this book dealing with a spoiled little dog named Zelda. You end up caring about the dog as much as you do the characters.
This was one audio book that I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to. Definitely one of her best."
"Sam Kingston, one of the popular girls at her high school, dies in a car accident and must relive the same day every day until she gets it "right." This is a Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls type of story. I loved it. Really shows you how your actions, no matter how small, really do have consequences. Read it in 2 days."
"This review covers the abridged audio version read by the author. Usually a book is weakened by having the author read his or her own work - while Les Roberts does an adequate job, he still stumbles over many words and voices the male characters much better than the female characters. Still, he has a commanding personality and Milan Jacovich sounded real coming out of Mr. Roberts' mouth.
The premise of this book was very good. Flyers are found all around Sherman College's campus proclaiming Jason Crowell as a rapist by a group called the Women Warriors. The victim does not go to the police but but accuses him anonymously through the flyers. He is thought by everyone, including his own father, to be guilty. Then, a murder occurs, tied into Jason and a large amount of heroin is found in Jason's apartment - he is beginning to look like a really bad guy. He continues to declare his innocence and Milan Jacovich, former cop, now a private investigator, takes on the case as a favor to his best friend.
I had no problem with anything happening in the plot until Jacovich finds the alleged rape victim and interviews her. At that point, Mr. Roberts totally insults the reader/listener by not doing the obvious - asking the rape victim to describe her attacker. He asks if she remembers what kind of car he drove and what happened, but at no point during the interview does he ask her to describe Jason or does he show her a picture of him. The case could have ended right there if he had done what any third grader would have done -- asked the right questions.
This is a quick listen (only 4 tapes) - probably a full length version of the story is the better way to go if you want to do the audio instead of the read."
"At first I wasn't sure about listening to this audio CD. It's narrated by the author and she has a decided lisp (sincere comes out as "thinthere") but the story was so enjoyable (the life and times of a 35 year old spinster pharmacist in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia and all of the different quirky people that inhabit Big Stone Gap), that I got used to her voice and actually liked it by Disk 2.
I'm just sorry this was an abridged version because I could have listened to a lot more. I'm looking forward to reading (or listening to if I can get it) the second book in the series. Highly recommended."
"Starts out strong, funny and insightful - then it turns into a complete whinefest. I loved the beginning of the book - especially the introduction. As I was reading, I was thinking, if men read this book they would understand what their women were thinking. However, after a while all of the stories seemed to blend into one another and it got boring.
I think this is a book that tends to read better if you read a few essays and put it down and then pick it up at a later date rather than try to read it all in one sitting."
"Frank Bruni writes in much detail about his struggles to lose weight and to keep the weight off once he's lost it. I thought this book was going to be humorous but it wasn't. There are some funny one-liners, especially when he's being particularly snarky about other people, but for the most part, Bruni is so filled with self-loathing that the entire book comes off as somewhat depressing. He just doesn't feel that he's worth anything to anyone when he's overweight. It's sad. The best parts of the book are the sections about his absolutely wonderful Italian family - especially his mother and grandmothers. However, if you want to read a very enjoyable book about what it's like to be the NY Times food critic, read Ruth Reichl's "Garlic and Sapphires" instead."
"This was a fun book to read if you like chick-lit. Emma is a journalist who finally gets an assignment to write an important story about the new type of prostitute in L.A. (they are called courtesans now) - beautiful women who take gifts, not cash, from their gentlemen friends. In order to get the real dirt, Emma decides to pretend to become a working girl herself and is befriended by the top girl - Jessica.
Liked the book a lot. Easy reading and storyline kept my interest. 4/5 stars."
"This CD is not an abridged version of the Book "Brand Sense" by Martin Lindstrom. It's a 50 minute audio summary highlighting the most interesting parts of the book. It's part of a series of the best business books summarized on CD. You will find out many interesting things about how the 5 senses are part of selling and why some companies do branding better than others.
It was interesting but I would probably say go for the whole book and not just the highlights."
"I got this cookbook for my teenage daughter a few years ago. She loved it and was able to make many of the recipies on her own with no help. One of the recipies - the lemon cheesebars - have become her "signature" dessert and she has been asked by friends and relatives to make the bars a number of times. Other favorites were the white cake with fresh lime curd and the banana toffee cake that is made in a cast iron skillet.
Very basic stuff - but fun to make and the pictures of the all of the recipes are great. Recommend as a "family" type of cookbook."
"If "The Corrections" were a person, this person would be diagnosed with multiple personalities.
The story is HYSTERICALLY FUNNY ... Chip steals $78 worth of salmon by stuffing it down his pants in a high priced NY deli - this section of the book made me laugh out loud; ABSOLUTELY REVOLTING... Alfred has hours of conversation with, how should I put this delicately, a piece of fecal matter that has mysteriously rolled out of his adult diaper; SYMPATHETIC ... Chip is forced to sit at a dinner table for hours until he eats his dinner of liver, mashed rutabaga and beet greens and finally falls asleep on his plate; TEDIOUSLY BORING ... Enid's and Alfred's conversation on their cruise with their Norwegian dinner companions is reminiscent of watching other people's home movies ...and many other different adjectives will certainly come to your mind while you are reading.
While to me, this book is not the 5-star masterpiece that some reviewers have rated, it is certainly not the horrible book that others have lambasted as the worst book ever written. It is certainly worth reading and many parts are very entertaining. Others come a bit too close for comfort - almost like the author was hovering near your family for inspiration!
The narrator does deserve 5 stars - he is amazing and gives every character a different, distinctive voice. If you haven't been able to get through the book reading it, it might be better to listen to it."
"This was a fast listen - very good - about a 35-year old teacher who feels her life is in a rut. She leaves her boyfriend (high school football coach who is a "God" in the small town they live in) and moves into her own place for the first time in her life. The book has some genuinely funny moments and also some really creepy ones when life doesn't go exactly as she had planned.
Highly recommended but don't listen with children in the car because there are 2 very graphic sex scenes that are narrated."
"This is a review of the Books On Tape Audio version of Cubicles. The book is narrated by a full cast (a different person narrating the three main characters). The narration is spectacular. All three characters, Joyce, Margaret and Faulkner have very separate voices, personalities, and ages. The actresses who do the narration are not listed on the jacket but if you can get a copy of the audio version of this book, you will not be dissapointed.
I would not necessarily have chosen this book (as it is a Griot book which is targeted to an African-American audience, which I am not) but picked it up because the premise was one I could relate to. Once I started listening to the story, I couldn't wait to get back into the car to hear more.
3 different women work for a phone company in Texas - all in customer service. Margaret, an older woman in her 50's, is still in the same job she's held her entire career; Joyce has risen the corporate ladder to executive and Faulkner is a rising star and on her way to take over Joyce's job.
Margaret is actually the most interesting character of the three women. She has health problems and children problems and doesn't really put herself first, which does cause even more problems for her.
Faulkner is bright and likeable and ambitious but in a "good" way - she's not too ambitious - she's not cutthroat or devious. She is a good daughter, a good worker, probably every parent's dream.
Joyce is the villian of the novel - she is portrayed as manipulative, evil, and aggressively bitchy - however, she does have a deep dark secret (that actually is relatively easy to figure out earlier in the book). There is one relationship that comes with Joyce's story that did take me by surprise but the wrap up of her ending is why I've given the book only 4 stars instead of 5. Didn't ring quite true.
If you've not been able to get through the written book, try the audio version. Highly recommended."
"It's been a while since I've read a book that has made me laugh out loud as much as Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead. Saralee Rosenberg has a quick, breezy humorous style of writing that is almost chic lit (it doesn't have a girl loses boy, girl gets even better boy plot line) but just as much fun to read. South Jersey is not as Prada-loving as Long Island, but there are enough similarities that I could defintely relate to the keeping up with the neighbors mentality.
I even wrote to the author (who graciously responded) that I was positive that she had been on the same ship that I was when my parents took our entire family on a 4 day, 3 night cruise a few years ago. The similarities were spot on. Obviously, what happened on my 4 days in hell were pretty common when the parents are footing the bill.
Although I very much enjoyed the Jewish references, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this story - it could just as easily have been set in an upper class neighborhood in deep Texas with the same two types of neighbors.
You can read this book in a day or two - very quick read."
"This audio CD is one of the funniest books I've ever listened to in a long time. David Rakoff writes about becoming an American citizen, flying on the Concorde, staying on a private island in Belize to watch a soft-core video shoot, gets to go to the fashion coutoure shows in Paris and more - all told with a deprecating wit in a very soothing voice. Guarantee you'll like this one."
"If you are not familiar with "The Great Gatsby" you will probably be confused by this book.
The story is about a young woman who was viciously assaulted a few years earlier. She ends up working in a homeless shelter where she meets an old man with a portfolio of photographs, including some which suggest that F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan were real people. She is on a hunt to discover the true identify of this homeless man and why he has photos of Daisy Buchanan and the rest of her crowd.
The narration is very good but the story just didn't hold my interest.
There is a "surprise" ending that probably won't be much of a shocker."
"When five strangers are chosen to become contestants on a hot new reality show they are promised the fulfillment of their wildest dreams in exchange for going on a once in a lifetime adventure. Little do they realize that they are about to become pawns in a deadly game of high stakes manipulation.
The book has a good premise but this is obviously self-published and is filled with typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
Some parts are very creepy and disgusting. Not for the faint of heart."
"Finally a book that I couldn't put down. Ruth Reichl tells of her time at the NY Times as the restaurant critic. She donned lots of disguises while she reviewing restaurants. The book is both funny and informative. There are also recipes included that sound wonderful. This is one book that won't be re-posted - it's a keeper."
"Don't want to spoil the plot but this is a Can't-Put-Down story. It is told from the viewpoint of the husband Nick and the wife Amy and each chapter goes back in forth (not in the same time slot). No one is quite what they seem and while both the characters are extremely unlikeable, they are fascinating. This is an author who knows how to write a great plot. Loved it and read it one sitting!"
"From the very first page of the book, when you are introduced to a very interesting pyschopath, this book keeps your attention.
Just in the first few pages you learn that one sister blinded her other sister's baby doll so that her own doll would be the prettiest; broke her sister's ankle in junior high so that one would be on the field hockey team and the other would sit out the season; and sent out horrible emails about her sister and father to the business world so that her father would get mad at her sister. The one sister also admits that she tried to help kill her other sister. And that's just by page 11!
How can you not go on reading? The writing is a breeze - this is an easy book to read - better than a stale Steele!
Read it just for entertainment purposes - not for any deep meaning. This is a great book to read when you are busy doing other things because it gives you a break from the real world for a while!"