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  • Simply the Best

  • By: Karin Kallmaker
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Simply the Worst.... Alice Cabot's only great love is science, but a lapse in judgment has exiled the New York journalist to the glitzy Gallerias and vapid bubble-babble of Beverly Hills. The assignment to do a flattering feature series on Simply the Best and the superficial nonsense it sells threatens to crush what little is left of her spirit.

Simply the Best.... Pepper Addington can't believe she's moved up from grunt intern to personal assistant for Helene Jolie, the celebrity socialite founder of SimplytheBest.com. Succeeding at the job she worked so hard to get is her only priority. Keep a cynical know-it-all reporter in check? She promises Helene that she can.

Simply Irresistible.... Expecting nothing but games from the beach-blond surfer girl that Helene Jolie has assigned to keep an eye on her, Alice is fully prepared to resist any and all of California's charms. Or so she thinks.

©2021 Karin Kallmaker (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Michael Thelander
  • 17-11-2021

Excellent

Well written with enough detail to get a real feeling for the characters. As always AC’s narration was spot on. Definitely worth the credit.

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  • JCPDX
  • 07-12-2021

Highly recommend this book

I loved how multi-layered this book was. The story is fuller than just the MC relationship. There is a fullness to Alice’s life, background and pain. But a wonderful and engaging relationship with her mother. I loved her nerdy, socially aware personality.

Pepper is a driven and committed personality that you can immediately feel for because she believes in the straight line between hard work and reward. Of course, that is no guarantee.

The chaos and negativity created for women at the company in the center of the story is very well presented by Karin. And hats off to how Pepper was written to take control of her story.

For 2-3 years I have been submitting requests to Audible for more KK Audible options. I am so happy to see that happening and this is a wonderful new addition.

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  • Sab
  • 02-12-2021

OMG

This was an excellent book:
1. It described what many of us are going through with the pandemic
2. It talk about the fact that even women when in power might be harassing other women

The MC all three of them were excellent I could not let it go as the story was unfolded.
Abby Craden was wonderful, and she even improved her French accent :)
Loved it. .

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  • Tammi
  • 21-11-2021

Well Done

Well written book. Karin Kallmaker is never a let down for me. And paired with Abby Craden is a bonus.
This book went by so fast. I was very invested in it. Karin Kallmaker really develops characters in realistic ways. So good. Even the ones I hate I hate deeply!
There’s so much to this book. I appreciated it all.
Abby Craden is flawless as always.

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  • paedagogue
  • 19-11-2021

Kallmaker at her best

Alice Cabot is a disillusioned NYC newspaperwoman specializing in science reportage. After being caught calling an anti-science Congressman a "douchebag" in a cell phone video that has gone viral, her punishment is to be moved to the Style section and given the assignment to write an in-depth reportPepper Addington

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  • Catherine Card
  • 15-01-2022

I expected more from this story…

I expected more from the story. I was a little let down because the storyline was one dimensional almost formulaic. Ironically, I’m a big fan of Karin Kallmaker. I was excited about this new book, but it didn’t meet my expectations. The narrator was OK, but some of her characters sounded the same. overall the book was fine but I wanted more plot, character building, and better narration of the story.

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  • Hacnslac
  • 17-12-2021

best of KK

I have a few books by K.K. but this is my favorite. The work to build such complete characters is appreciated and applauded. The subject matter is hard only for its realism. It had me invested and cheering both MC"s on. Solid storytelling and narration. Both author and narrator are such professionals, they made this audiobook a great experience. Highly recommended.

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  • Bree
  • 02-12-2021

It’s Pronounced Saguaro, Abby

If only all writers were as intelligent as Kallmaker. The genre is resuscitated with each new offering.

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  • Wende B
  • 22-11-2021

Didn’t catch my interest

I usually find Karin Kallmaker books to be engaging with well developed and likable characters. This book, however never really caught my interest.

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  • DPainter
  • 15-12-2021

Great as always from KK and AC

This is the first book I have listened to with some mention of the pandemic and awful science deniers and such. It is really well done and adds to the authenticity of Alice's frustration and anger and sort-of-meltdown - I mean we've all felt that in recent times! The story is so interesting with the added subject of women exploiting women and the various injustices in the workplace. But the overarching romance is perfect with all the right feels in the right places. I very much enjoyed this book.

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  • M. A. Mccormack
  • 27-11-2021

Rooting for these two.

Really wanted this to have a happy ending. Strange thing is I was even rooting for the “bad guy” to get better. Listen on folks. Not to shabby.

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