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felicia jones

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  • Paul Newman: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Shawn Levy
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor's life, from his merry pranks on the set to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward to the devastating impact of his son's death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century.

    Glory says: "Charismatic subject makes for great reading"
    "Paul Newman: the man"
    Overall

    Superb! Revealing! Heartwarming! Words can't describe how much I enjoyed reading about the man behind the celebrity. what an extraordinary man. Not perfect but,close enough. I admire his love for his wife and family,although sometimes strained;like all families. "It was a privilege to read "

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gilchrist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christian Galacar
    • Narrated By Kevin Clay
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Two years after losing their infant son to a tragic accident, Peter Martell, a novelist with a peculiar knack for finding lost things, and his wife, Sylvia, are devastated to learn they may no longer be able to have children. In need of a fresh start, and compelled by strange dreams, the couple decide to rent a lake house in the idyllic town of Gilchrist, Massachusetts, a place where bad things might just happen for a reason. As bizarre events begin to unfold around them, Peter and Sylvia are drawn into the chaos.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Great read! "
    "Slooow and boring! "
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    I definitely struggled to finish, perhaps the story got better, but It was too drawn out, to finish. And there were too many characters for it to be this boring. Sometimes, while focusing on one character for so long, I forgot about the other characters. I lost interest, couldn't finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel Grey
    • Narrated By Joel Grey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932, Joel Grey began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starting in children's theater and then moving to the main stage. He was hooked, and his seven-decades-long career charts the evolution of American entertainment - from Vaudeville performances with his father, Mickey Katz, to the seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs of the '40s.

    Anonymous52 says: "Quite the Master"
    "I simply, love, love, loved it!!!"
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    I enjoyed his story so much, that I will cherish this book , always. I always wanted to know about Mr. Joel Grey, and finally, in his own words and not 'hearsay" I was able to get a glimpse of the man behind the legend. So, fortright, and witty. I think he's is extraordinary! Several years ago I read and reread the biography of Montgomery Clift, by Patricia Bronsworth and it was written so well and her research was so thorough, that by the end I was practically in tears. I fell in love with him after that book. This book of course wasn't as tragic as Monty Clift's story. (thank God), but was just as moving. It is a MUST READ!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked in Silence: Pelican Bay, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sloane Kennedy
    • Narrated By Michael Pauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

    Jackie Thorogood says: "So very good, highly recommended."
    ""The book of Job" with a gay twist!!!"
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    A lovely story about two good men, who find love and happiness, despite overwhelming odds. I found the story intriguing and I especially liked Nolan, I found myself being pulled in right away. Life is not easy, especially when you don't conform to what society says you should be. And I knew that facing and overcoming the challenges life throws at you, makes for an interesting story. I thought the tragedies were a bit extreme, and I must say I struggled to reach the end; how much more could the characters endure? They did? Thank God! The narrarator wasn't great, but I got use to him and eventually felt he fits the characters, especially Nokan. I hope to read more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Duke in Shining Armor: Difficult Dukes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

    Millicent j Hill says: "Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!"
    ""Superb narration, tedious storyline""
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    The narration by Kate Reading, as expected, is excellent. She has a beautiful accented British voice that's pitch perfect for this genre. But, unfortunately, even she couldn't save this long, drawn out tale. The heroine was silly, and unnecessarily argumentative to the point of exasperation. I had no sympathy for her, I didn't find her appealing at all. I did find the dialogue, at times witty and very funny, but the scenes were drawn out and eventually I became bored. Also, it was very clear that they were "Dukes" and any woman would be honored to be the focus of their attention. But, I didn't think it was necessary to constantly be reminded of that fact, throughout the story. Mediocre story, weak characters. I've read many storylines of that period, some good, some bad. This one is bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bred to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Franck Thilliez
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    Syndrome E's Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko have reunited to take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research center outside Paris. But what at first appears to be a vicious animal attack soon proves to be something more sinister. What was Eva secretly researching? Was she tracking three fanatical scientists who control a 30,000-year-old virus with plans to unleash it on the world?

    Jan Philip Cramer says: "OMG: amazing"
    "Unnecessarily extreme!"
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    Definitely struggled to finish. I thought I was reading a psychological thriller, instead I believe I inadvertently stumbled upon a HORROR story instead. I didn't have a problem with the storyline itself. If you're familiar with "thrillers" you've pretty much used to serial killer's and psychopaths. What I had a problem with was how exaggerated the crimes were, and how extreme the reactions of both victims and criminals were. It wasn't necessary and I think it took away from the story. A killer, especially of children is heinous enough, it doesn't need extreme detail to make it better. We get it, he was a monster. Sometimes, less is, more. The narration was the best thing about this grisly tale. Some people think that having a British accent is all that's needed for a good sounding reader; not so. Depending on the region, you can accents that are an assault to the senses, leaving you with a headache and wondering, how om earth this person was ever hired to read to anyone. Gildart Jackson, is perfection and although I couldn't stomach the extreme descriptive details; his elegant and smooth voice made an otherwise, ludicrous story palpable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7022)
    Performance
    (6461)
    Story
    (6460)

    An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

    clifford says: "Great story, great reading"
    "Bad Narration "
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    I definitely struggled to finish, the reason being that I couldn't stop laughing at the narration. The voice didn't match the storyline at all! He sounded more like, what Clark Kent's, younger, nerdy, effeminate brother would Soud like. When he voiced other characters in the story he reminded me of the voices you hear in Saturday morning cartoons. I just couldn't take him seriously. I laughed out loud. The tough guys in the story lost all believability. A Thriller? I think not!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Galt Niederhoffer
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat, and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the modern family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland - a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom.

    JK907 says: "Excellent Thriller"
    "Unbearably dull!"
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    Struggled through what I thought would be a taunt thriller. The story was weak, and the characters seemed to be just thrown together from the usual stereotypes. The narrarator sounds like she was narrating a documentary, or hosting a Prime time news show om NBC. Couldn't finish it, it read like countless other novels about cheating sinister husbands, e.t.c. I've read this, or similar stories like this before, give me something new.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1745)

    In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

    Leanne K. says: "Not what I expected... in a GOOD way!"
    "what an extraordinary story!"
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    I both loved it and found it a struggle to finish. I loved it, because the characters and circumstances or based on how life was, pretty much in the mid forties

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbinder: Moonshadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (648)

    Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her. When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

    Original_Patricia says: "Waiting on a hero but I get is a villain that becomes the hero"
    ""A wonderful escape""
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    A long awaited treat. Thank you Ms. Harrison. I was intrigued by the character in the book "Pia does Hollywood" the one and only person who was able to deflect Drago's Dragonfire. and I was also interested to know more about this Queen Isabo. I found the story very enjoyable and of course filled to the brim with magic and power struggle, and of course character of Sydney was as usual a strong female, enduring a host of persecution and other forms of mistreatment. Even though I appreciate reading about strong women who when faced with misfortune or calamity, not shrinking into a ball of helplessness, I found that her stubbornness sometimes grated on my nerves.But, other than that I thought she was an extraordinary heroine; and worthy of all the good things, that inevitably came her way eventually. he was a perfect love story, she was strong and intelligent talented and beautiful. And Morgan of course was handsome strong and ever so chivalrous. A wonderful story. My most FAVORITE parts were, when Morgan was faced with his demise, the sacrifice she made for his life.And, of course the appearance of Dragos. I I love how he is always tied into all of the novels. if he's not there physically, ever so briefly. He's always mentioned, I love that and this was no exception. I'm trial to add another novel of the "Elder race" to my very large collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1011)

    In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

    B.J. says: "Normally, I love Jo Nesbo."
    "Monotonous"
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    Not only did I struggle to finish, but I couldn't finish. It seemed promising at the very beginning, but wandered off in a slow and tedious direction. I've read a few books from the Harry Hole series a few years back, and I enjoyed them, very much. But, I found this story a little boring. It felt like instead of writing several different stories about serial killers, he decided to write 1 story about a killer, who embodied all the perverted compulsions of several serial murderers in 1 man. Okay, I get that killer's are sometimes, rapist; but I was more than a little confused as to why he had to be, a pedophile, child/women murderer and a wanna be vampire too. It went beyond sick. And, I couldn't get past Harry's whining, complaining girlfriend; no wonder he used to drink. He has always been a superior detective. But, he came off too preachy and all knowing. We get it, Shakespeare is highly regarded, especially in Europe. He was a bit pedantic for my enjoyment. Great story, but perhaps lost in translation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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