Moms Don’t Have Time To
Edited by Zibby Owens⎮ Narrated by Zibby Owens
A Quarantine Anthology
Editor: Zibby Owens
Narrator: Zibby Owens
Length: 5 hours 56 minutes
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Released: Jun. 29, 2021
Genre: Non-Fiction; Anthology
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It's impossible to ignore how life has changed since COVID-19 spread across the world. People from all over quarantined and did their best to keep on going during the pandemic. Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books and a mother of four herself, wanted to do something to help people carry on and to give them something to focus on other than the horrors of their news feeds. So she launched an online magazine called We Found Time.
Authors who had been on her podcast wrote original, brilliant essays for busy readers. Zibby organized these profound pieces into themes inspired by five things moms don't have time to do: eat, read, work out, breathe, and have sex. Now compiled as an anthology named Moms Don't Have Time To, these beautiful, original essays by dozens of best-selling and acclaimed authors speak to the ever-increasing demands on our time, especially during the quarantine, in a unique, literary way.
This audiobook was provided by its author, Jenny Hale, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Jenny!
Hannah Townsend has the perfect job at New York magazine. Excited to surprise her boyfriend Miles Monahan for a much needed vacation with tickets to Barbados, her cell phone rings. Instead of taking a perfect vacation, she got a call that her grandma wasn’t doing well and she needed to high-tail it back to Tennessee. Right after the devastating phone call, Hannah searched for Miles only to be confronted with an unpleasant surprise. Not only was she not going on vacation, she was now single. Could her day get any worse? Very likely, considering all the flights are now grounded due to bad weather. Upset with everything going wrong in just minutes, she collided with someone from her past. WIll Liam McGuire be the one to save Hannah from all she encounters when back in Tennessee?
Melie William did an extraordinary job related the fiction story of The Memory Keeper. Her soothing voice created the scenes perfectly. Melie made the fictional story come alive as if we are watching a movie. Her voice is clear, precise and soothing. Great for a female point of view narration. No, she does not change to do the other character voices. The protagonist Hannah is distinct, some others have an accent, but for the most part she relates the story as reading it to her audience. I truly enjoyed being introduced to Melie’s narration and will now be on the lookout for other audiobooks by her. I love the character Georgia’s slight accent. I enjoy the continuity of the story. Never had to second guess who was speaking. No background noise and clear audio background. The production was incredible. Everything flowed with no distractions. Melie did an excellent job speaking clearly and making the story enjoyable to listen to.
I recommend The Memory Keeper for a sit back, relax and feel good listen. The book translated well into audio form. The author did an amazing job writing this heart-filled romance. Whatever you preference is, you will enjoy the story. One does not overpower the other. If you are a reader that loves to listen and follow along on the print version, this is the perfect book for that! Happy reading. Melie Williams and Jenny Hale seemed to be a great match for making The Memory Keeper come alive. I hope they work together in the future.
Meet the Editor: Zibby Owens
Zibby Owens is the CEO of Moms Don't Have Time To, a media company she founded featuring podcasts, publications, and communities.
Zibby hosts the award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books, which was the 2021 People's Voice Webby Award Winner in 2021. She also hosts the award-winning podcast Moms Don't Have Time to Lose Weight and SexTok with Zibby and Tracey, a viral TikTok sensation. All podcasts are on the Acast network.
She is the author/editor of the anthology Moms Don't Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology, all proceeds of which go to the Susan Felice Owens Program for Covid-19 Vaccine Research in honor of her late mother-in-law. She is the Editor-in Chief of Moms Don't Have Time to Write, a Medium publication, and founder of The Zibby Awards, celebrating the overlooked parts of books. She also founded the Moms Don't Have Time To Fellowship, Moms Don't Have Time to Travel, and Moms Don't Have Time to Grieve.
Named "NYC's Top Book-fluencer" by Vulture and on Oprah's list of top literary podcasts two years in a row, Zibby is a frequent contributor to Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Good Day LA, and other media outlets. She has two children's books forthcoming from Flamingo, a Penguin Random House imprint, and another anthology, Moms Don't Have Time to Have Kids, debuting 11/2/21. Her upcoming memoir, The Book Messenger, was acquired by Little A, an Amazon Publishing imprint, slated for publication in late 2022.
Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children ages 6 to 14. She always has a book nearby. Follow her on Instagram @zibbyowens.
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