Audiobook Review: Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin: CD Audiobook CoverHeart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Source: From Publisher for Review
  • Read by: Cynthia Nixon

A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.

Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

My Thoughts:

This was a very well written story and it translated to an audiobook very well.  I liked the format that this book was written in the chapter varied between the two main woman Tessa and Valerie each chapter you learned more about each woman and how their lives were going to come together in one of the most damaging situations a woman can be placed in.  Emily Giffin takes the topics of marriage, cheating, motherhood and forgiveness to a whole new level with this strong story about a Pediatric Surgeon and his double life.  This story walks through his life from the view of the two women in his life, his wife, Tessa, and the woman he feel for after her son was injured in a fire and he was the child’s doctor, Valerie.  They all live together in the same town and it was only a matter of time before Tessa figured out what was going on.  She decides that she needs a weekend away and heads to New York City to hang with her best friend and her brother when she gets even more news.  What she does from here is nothing less that amazing.

Emily Griffin has a powerful way with words and emotion.  There were time to laugh out loud and time that brought me to tears.  The other thing that I love about this is that we see Rachel and Dex from Something Borrowed return and where their lives are now.  Dex is Tessa’s brother and it is a bit crazy in their family.  Watch for a review of this audiobook soon.

My Rating:

A good story with an excellent reader!

Leaves you wanting to know what happens to Tessa and how she will handle her decision




Audiobook Review: Then Came You by Jennifer Wiener

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner: CD Audiobook CoverAudiobook Review: Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

            • Pub. Date: July 2011
            • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
            • Format: Compact Disc
            • Sales Rank: 91,745
  Read by:  Jenni Barber, Aya Cash, Annalynne McCord, and Karen Ziemba
Then Came You Synopsis:
An unexpected love story…Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…

With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.

My Thoughts:

Then Came You is the first book I have read/listen to by Jennifer Wiener so I really had no idea what to expect.  This is a story about women of child-bearing years and their different views and needs when it come to children and reproduction.  It is a twisty story that links these women and it takes until the very end of the story to really figure it all out which almost felt rushed after the rest of the story had taken so long to get through.  The story development was good just felt rushed at the very end which I was okay with for the most part because the story had been strong up to that point.  Each woman and her story was what was the drew me into the story and trying to figure out how they were going to link in the end.

What I did like about this audio book was the readers.  There were 4 one for each woman in the story and they were all great.  It is hard to find good readers and it is what makes me leery sometimes about listening to audio books but all of these women were great.  They fit the characters and they kept my interest.

My Rating:

Four Penguins – mostly due to the readers there are what really made this book work for me.

*Thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio for the review copy.  All opinions are my own.

Audio Book Review: Boss With Benefits by Lelani Black

This Review is for those aged 18+.  If you are not, please do not continue reading.
Hot Honolulu bachelor Jack Sloane has finally fallen in love. Problem is, he can’t find his woman–a mysterious beauty who showed up after-hours at his Waikiki office is nowhere to be found. Worse, she doesn’t seem interested in a repeat of the erotic night they spent together. The one person who can help him find his heart’s desire is his frumpy secretary.
Dowdy office wallflower Keely St. John has no intention of fanning her gorgeous boss’s flame. It’s bad enough she’s spent the last three months fantasizing about him. To make things even more complicated, her “sister” spent one lusty night with the island tycoon! When Jack finds out Keely’s secret, she could lose more than just her job and a Boss with Benefits.
My Thoughts:
I was not sure at first about trying out an erotic audio book but I am so glad that I did.  There were many times when I did not want to get out of the car because well it was just that good.   I was most surprised with the amount of story there really was in the audio book.  The idea of a seeming boring and unattractive secretary inadvertently tricking her boss into thinking that she had a HOT sister when it was really her deep dark secret!  The narrator on this book was outstanding!  I would high recommend this story.  The other benefit of this story was its length I  have listened to some books that were just so long that I felt like I would never get to the climax of the story or the end but this one was just perfect!
My Rating
4 of 5 stars – I high recommend this HOT read.  Please be warned this is erotic so there is strong language!
*I was provided a copy of this audio book from Audio Lark for my honest review