We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051

Bios & Memoirs

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2010

I am an avid eclectic reader.

HELPFUL VOTES
3247
ratings
REVIEWS
655
618
FOLLOWERS
FOLLOWING
571
12
  • "Yoda speaks"

    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Robert Gates has a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History. He served as the head of the CIA , been a member of the National Security Council under eight different white house administration, was a Air Force officer in the Strategic Air Command. He knew the pentagon better than most Defense Secretaries. “Duty” is a typical of the memoir genre, declaring that this is how the writer saw it, warts and all, including his own. Gates offers a catalogue of various meetings based in part on notes that he and his Aids made at the time and a review of some of the official reports. I thought he did a fairly good job of writing about the positive as well as the negative remarks about different people. The media seems to want to pick out only the negative comments. For example, Gates did make numerous negative remarks about Joe Biden but also said he and Biden were in agreement about the use of the military in Libya and that he likes Biden. Gates had only glowing remarks about Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton. What came across clearly in the book was his fury with having to deal with a dysfunctional congress, his frustrations in dealing with the bureaucracy of the Pentagon, and the feelings of lack of understating of protocol, respect and distrust by white house staff who had never served in the military. Gates writes that Obama was very thoughtful and analytical, wanted to hear all points of view but then made up his own mind. The author also said that he admired Obama for making some very difficult decision as President. He writes about his concern about the welfare of the troops and how he felt his concern was interfering with his ability to do his job. A good deal of the book deals with battles over the budget and his fight with the Pentagon to get rid of programs, equipment that they no longer need only to have the congress reinstate them because the program had direct effect on their State. Over all it is an interesting look into the workings of our government. George Newbern did an excellent job narrating the book.

    More

    Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (789)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
  • "Boolean Algebra"

    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a book that would have been better if I read it instead of listen or it would be a good book for the e-book with whisper-sync. It was a bit hard to follow unless I took notes. Paul Nahin covered the innovative ideas and history of mathematician George Boole (1815-1864) and electrical engineer Claude Shannon (1918-2001). The book explained classic logic vs Boolean logic in depth. He also covered how Boolean algebra is the bases of electronic circuitry that everything today works on. He covered a great deal on data transmission and its importance in day to day live. The world would not function without this innovated body of work. Allan Robertson did a good job narrating the book.

    More

    The Logician and the Engineer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul J. Nahin
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Boolean algebra, also called Boolean logic, is at the heart of the electronic circuitry in everything we use - from our computers and cars, to our kitchen gadgets and home appliances. How did a system of mathematics established in the Victorian era become the basis for such incredible technological achievements a century later?

    Jean says: "Boolean Algebra"
  • "Are the charges true?"

    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From the title of the book I thought this book would be a muckraker. Instead Charles Lachman set forth a well researched statement of the facts from both sides of the claims against Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was born March 18 1837 and had to go to work to support his family at age 16 with the death of his father. He moved to Buffalo NY to work for an uncle. He studies law and became a lawyer. Buffalo at this time was a wild dangerous frontier town. Cleveland like most of the men when to the saloon after work at dinner, drank beer, smoked cigars and played cards until bedtime. He was the D.A. of Buffalo the mayor and then the governor of New York. It was not until he ran for President that the scandal was published in the newspapers. I found the comment Cleveland, made to his staff, when the scandal broke "tell the truth" should be the backbone of all crisis management. No matter if the claims he raped Maria Halpin then had her baby taken from her and raised by someone else is true or not. His behavior of having her committed to an insane asylum was poor judgement. Lachman also covered Mark Twain's time in Buffalo as a newspaperman covering the scandal. Another quote by Cleveland I thought telling of his character was as follows "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote". Of course that was a common thought by men of the time. Cleveland married the daughter of his best friend. Cleveland and Frances Folsom married in the white house during his first term. Cleveland was the only president to see separate term as president. I was pleased with the ending of the book as Lachman carefully tied all the loose end up including what happened to the boy Oscar Folsom Cleveland. I will not reveal information about the scandal you need to read the book and make up your own mind. Joe Barrett did a good job narrating the book.

    More

    A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Lachman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The child was born on September 14, 1874, at the only hospital in Buffalo, New York, that offered maternity services for unwed mothers. It was a boy, and though he entered the world in a state of illegitimacy, a distinguished name was given to this newborn: Oscar Folsom Cleveland. The son of the future president of the United States - Grover Cleveland. The story of how the man who held the nation’s highest office eventually came to take responsibility for his son is a thrilling one that unfolds like a sordid romance novel....

    Jean says: "Are the charges true?"
  1. Duty: Memoirs of a Secret...
  2. The Logician and the Engi...
  3. A Secret Life: The Lies a...
  4. .

A Remarkable Life

Adventures at Sea

What's Trending in Bios & Memoirs:

  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (






UNABRIDGED) by Piper Kerman Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (2392)
    Story
    (2408)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Worth Narrated by Nicola Barber

    Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1159)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (






UNABRIDGED) by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1063)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (






UNABRIDGED) by Susannah Cahalan Narrated by Heather Henderson

    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (955)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
  •  
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (






UNABRIDGED) by Laura Hillenbrand Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11596)
    Performance
    (7568)
    Story
    (7602)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett Narrated by Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, Jane Scovell

    What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (441)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (






UNABRIDGED) by Naoki Higashida Narrated by Tom Picasso

    The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (560)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Hooker Narrated by Johnny Heller

    MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (248)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
  •  
  • Bossypants (






UNABRIDGED) by Tina Fey Narrated by Tina Fey

    Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17644)
    Performance
    (13503)
    Story
    (13448)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (






UNABRIDGED) by Mindy Kaling Narrated by Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur

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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2636)
    Performance
    (2438)
    Story
    (2453)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
  • My Rebbe (






UNABRIDGED) by Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz Narrated by Shlomo Zacks

    My Rebbe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
    • Narrated By Shlomo Zacks
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Part biography, part memoir, part manual for great leadership, My Rebbe explores the evolution of Chabad's global success, its central beliefs and practices, the Rebbe's personal history, and his vision to inspire change. This moving narrative, written by one of today's most influential Jewish thinkers, will motivate listeners to contemplate their own mission in the world and aspire toward meaningful living.

  • The Great Mission: The Life and Story of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov (






UNABRIDGED) by Eliyahu Friedman Narrated by Shlomo Zacks

    The Great Mission: The Life and Story of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eliyahu Friedman
    • Narrated By Shlomo Zacks
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Great Mission presents authentic accounts of the Baal Shem Tov's life and teachings, culled from the vast oral and written tradition of chabad-chasidic literature. Divided into six sections, the audiobook begins by telling the story of his youth. We witness as the Baal Shem Tov, still a young man, discovers the special qualities of his soul, and joins with a secret band of mystics.

  • 41: Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Nelson, Barbara Perry Narrated by Gregg A. Rizzo

    41: Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Nelson, Barbara Perry
    • Narrated By Gregg A. Rizzo
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This audiobook draws on interviews with senior White House and Cabinet officials conducted under the auspices of the Bush Oral History Project (a cooperative effort of the University of Virginia's Miller Center and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation) to provide a multidimensional portrait of the first President Bush and his administration.

  • Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery (






UNABRIDGED) by Sally Stap Narrated by Heather Burdette

    Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sally Stap
    • Narrated By Heather Burdette
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Written with a poignant blend of honesty, dry humor, faith, and inquisitiveness, Smiling Again is a story of the persistence of life and beauty in spite of pain. Sally recounts the shock of diagnosis, a long and painful recovery from invasive brain surgery, her eventual retirement due to disability, and ultimately contentment and acceptance of a new life journey.

  •  
  • The Bravest of Them All: The Legend of Stan Bowman (






UNABRIDGED) by John M. Lucas, Tony Stewart (foreword) Narrated by Heidi Mattson

    The Bravest of Them All: The Legend of Stan Bowman

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By John M. Lucas, Tony Stewart (foreword)
    • Narrated By Heidi Mattson
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This story describes USAC sprint car racing in the early 1960s and a driver named Stan Bowman. It captures Bowman's win at the first USAC sprint car race at Eldora Speedway in 1962. Bowman also captured the attention of Clint Brawner, the legendary Indianapolis 500 mechanic of that era. The story is told through the eyes of Diane Beck Lane, who was daughter of Harold Beck, the owner of Bowman's race car at Eldora in 1962.

  • The Saddest Girl in the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Cathy Glass Narrated by Denica Fairman

    The Saddest Girl in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cathy Glass
    • Narrated By Denica Fairman
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged 10, having been abused, victimised, and rejected by her family. Donna has been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy's. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn, and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.

  • Sour (






UNABRIDGED) by Tracey Miller, Lucy Bannerman Narrated by Jasmine Stewart

    Sour

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracey Miller, Lucy Bannerman
    • Narrated By Jasmine Stewart
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Sour is the true story of a former Brixton gang girl, drug dealer, and full-time criminal. A member of the Younger 28s, a notorious gang that terrorised the postcodes around Brixton in the 90s, Sour escapes a troubled family life to immerse herself in the street life of likking and linking. She never leaves her house without a knife. At the age of 15, she stabs an innocent man in the street, earning her unrivalled respect and ‘Top-Dog' status amongst her crew. She believes she is invincible. But the consequences of her actions are soon to catch up with her.

  • The Undertaker's Daughter (






UNABRIDGED) by Kate Mayfield Narrated by Kate Mayfield

    The Undertaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kate Mayfield
    • Narrated By Kate Mayfield
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On the last day of 1959 my father, the Beau Brummel of morticians, piled us into his green and white Desoto in which we looked like a moving pack of Salem cigarettes. He drove away from Lanesboro, the city in which we all were born, and into a small town on the Kentucky and Tennessee border. It was only a ninety-minute drive, but it might as well have been to Alaska. When our big boat of a car glided into Jubilee we circled the town square and headed towards the residential section of Main Street.

  •  
  • Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead: Pirate Trials, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ken Rossignol Narrated by Ray Montecalvo

    Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead: Pirate Trials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ken Rossignol
    • Narrated By Ray Montecalvo
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Join this bloodthirsty crew of pirates on ships, including their dying declarations of the most brutal and vicious deeds ever set upon innocent civilians and merchant-ship crews. The Demon Rum is cited as the chief cause by one pirate for his awful and murderous acts. Their day of reckoning came when they faced their final day of judgement when captured in Spain.

  • City Kid (






UNABRIDGED) by Mary MacCracken Narrated by Caitlin Thorburn

    City Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary MacCracken
    • Narrated By Caitlin Thorburn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    From the author of international bestsellers A Circle of Children and Lovey comes an inspiring true story of a gifted teacher's determination to understand the ‘rotten' city kid everyone has given up on. Sitting quiet and withdrawn at a battered school desk, Luke had the looks of a shy angel - and a past that special needs teacher Mary MacCracken could barely believe. Already Luke had been picked up 24 times by the police. He'd set over a dozen major fires, and had a staggering record of thefts.