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Hillary

Hillary MORRIS, CT, United States Member Since 2011

avoiding road rage one book at a time...

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  • "The Tale of the Phenomenal Ingenue"

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    I absolutely loved everything about this book, including Janis's awesome and honest narration. She uses her stunning voice to sing the listener in to each new life chapter. Her words paint pictures, her voice sounds heavenly. GREAT story of a hard-working optimist.

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    Society's Child: My Autobiography

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    • By Janis Ian
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    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
  • "How I Became a Fan of Jennie Garth"

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    Being a few years older than the cast, I was never a fan of 90210, which appealed to a younger sect. Nor do I consider myself a fan of Jennie Garth, having never followed her career. I am however, a voracious reader (listener) of autobiographies and found myself without something to listen to when this book popped into my 'we thought you'd like’ list. Really? Aren’t I out of her demographic? Even the title of the book made me wince a little. I grappled with myself, considering the purchase and listened to the free preview provided. She sounded really interesting and she did have a story to tell… desperation for material won and with a guilty conscious I clicked ‘purchase’.

    Guess what? I AM a fan of Jennie Garth; the person. This book is great and skillfully read by the author. She is candid, funny, a great story teller (or received excellent advice/assistance on how to tell her story) and extremely likable.

    This book tells of Jennie’s life, from start to present: her idyllic childhood as the youngest member of an alternate version of the Brady Bunch, her painful adolescent years, her accidental career path, her relationships and how she dealt with all that she encountered, with grace and humility. What is revealed is a fiercely-loyal, hard-working, genuine, real person. I’m here to tell you not to consider this book a guilty pleasure, it is worth every penny.

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    Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde

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    For the first time ever, Jennie Garth is putting it all out there, sharing her joys and her sorrows, her successes and her failures, with candor and a surprising, even bawdy, sense of humor. From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty, to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes.

    Hillary says: "How I Became a Fan of Jennie Garth"
  • "LOVED it Twice"

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    I enjoyed this book so much, I listened to it twice. I've never done that before. Scott Shepherd sounds just like Sammy - INCREDIBLE narration. What a life, Sammy! He is the living representation of what a can-do attitude can accomplish.

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    Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

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    Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar. For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".

    Hillary says: "LOVED it Twice"
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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    "Great collaboration by Martin & Emilio!"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but since Martin and Emilio narrated it themselves, it made it much more meaningful (and that was the primary reason I bought the audiobook)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved hearing about the early days of both Martin and Emilio - I had no idea about their younger years


    What about Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez ’s performance did you like?

    Great to hear it in their own voices. Please note that there is no "gossip" in this book (no wild stories about Charlie Sheen, etc).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction, but a better understanding of these two and their outlook and relationship - very interesting and thoughtful


    Any additional comments?

    Agree with other reviewers that the audio quality was only adequate/kind of poor (several spots where lines were repeated, wish there would have been a pause at the end of the book, etc).

  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    "Wow, what an interesting person!"

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    What made the experience of listening to My Extraordinary Ordinary Life the most enjoyable?

    Loved that she narrated the book herself. She sounded so genuine and excited about things


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her genuine and upbeat tone. It sounded like she had as much fun reading it as she did living it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, tough to say. Since I am a romantic, I really liked that she knew that Jack Fisk was "the one" immediately


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked listening to it in different sections


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism is that the audio quality wasn't so great - sounded like she recorded it in a room with hard walls (sound bounced off, kind of echoed), but in a way, this added to the folksy-ness

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    "Okay, but hoped for a little more"

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Mindy's and enjoy her snappy narration, this is the book for you. Don't get be wrong - I liked it, but somehow, I just thought it would be a little better


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising, but good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked how she raved about Chappelle's Show. I never had seen it and as a result of her recommendation, have begun watching it in reruns and it is excellent. I also liked her advice to teens about high school/popularity, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I don;t think this book could be made into a movie (as it is a series of stories)


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy did a great job narrating the book and I feel as if I know (and like) her a little better

  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    "Good, but hoped for a little more"

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    Would you try another book from Kristen Johnston and/or Kristen Johnston?

    Yes, definitely - loved the conversational style


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It just kind of ended, a little on the "sell out" side, but okay.


    Have you listened to any of Kristen Johnston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this the the first one and I look forward to more


    Did Guts inspire you to do anything?

    Didn't specifically inspire me, but I enjoyed her story and experience


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it, but wished it went a little a little deeper, perhaps I am shallow, but I kind of wanted more dirt. Worthwhile purchase though.

Pamela

Pamela United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2004

Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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  • "I know why this won the grammy"

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    Like a lot of people, I was a bit surprised to learn this had beaten out some really famous and important works - - but after an hour, I know why. This story is like having the world's best coffee and donuts with your absolute best friend who is finally letting you in on all the secrets of her life. She's an amazing writer - - no kidding, just listen to her music. But just like that music, this is deeply personal, stunningly honest, painful and uplifting. Hearing this one, with Janis singing pieces of the story, allows you to be not a just a witness to her life, but a participant. Love this one.

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    Society's Child: My Autobiography

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    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"

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    Vanity Fair: August 2014 Issue

    • HIGHLIGHTS (3 hrs and 20 mins)
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    Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.

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UNABRIDGED) by Alan Eisenstock, Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos Narrated by Josh Goodman

    Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alan Eisenstock, Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
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    In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: "Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark? I'm playing Indiana Jones." Alan Eisenstock's Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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UNABRIDGED) by Amber Richards Narrated by Anne-Sophie Marie

    Comment Installer un Studio de Photographie [How to Install a Photo Studio]

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    • By Amber Richards
    • Narrated By Anne-Sophie Marie
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  • Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan  by Dr. Rick Sheridan Narrated by Dr. Rick Sheridan

    Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan

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    • By Dr. Rick Sheridan
    • Narrated By Dr. Rick Sheridan
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    In this 30-minute interview, Dr. Rick Sheridan, a longtime university professor and author of the book Social Media in the Classroom, helps teachers understand why using social media in the classroom is so important, and the effective ways to use it. Topics include: Why is social media use in the classroom so valuable for both teachers and students. Ways to promote cultural understanding. Developing an online portfolio. What can students and teachers do to protect their privacy online.

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