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  • Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    Overall
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    (51)
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    In this beautiful and poignant tribute to her late daughter, award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author Carol Burnett presents a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life.

    Sharon says: "Poignant!"
    "I'm very happy I read this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. If you heard all the news covering Ms. Burnett and her daughter, Carrie, over the years. This book will definitely clear up what you've heard or read. I started and stopped reading a couple of times because I was concerned it would be a tell and cry sort of read. I finally buckled down and read it. It's not! It is more about a relationship, love and respect than a sad memorial. Don't get me wrong. Yes, it touches on Carrie's illness and her passing, but this book isn't about that. It's about her life, her legacy. It's warm and heartfelt. I cried and I laughed because I related.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carrie, of course, because she was real, unspoiled by her parent's success, and a hard working young women that wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted. She struggled in her youth, but got it together as an adult.


    What about Carol Burnett’s performance did you like?

    I think Ms. Burnett tried hard to read this book like she would any other book, but you could definitely hear when her heart was breaking. You feel for her if you've suffered your own loss


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

    Yes, and I tried. Not possible thou, because I have other responsibilities.


    Any additional comments?

    No,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Concerns of Women Over 50: Thoughts and Anxieties Keeping Middle Aged Baby Boomer Women Awake at Night

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    Concerns of Women Over 50 by Jean Shaw looks at the anxieties affecting most women in midlife. Based on conversations with old school friends, Jean reflects on issues she and her peers are currently facing, such as problems with diet, exercise, finance, health, relationships, sleep, and weight gain.

    Kindle Customer says: "This book wasn't what I expected."
    "This book wasn't what I expected."
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    I'm a senior so most of what's in this book is something I've already dealt with and or experienced. It's more for women that haven't retired or lost a husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (97)
    Story
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    For those who only think of Shirley Jones as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Rare Gem!"
    "I was really disappointed!"
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    I really think Ms. Jones wrote this book to change her image.. I can't imagine why any woman would print some of the things she did for any other reason or public consumption. It worked with me! I'll never see her the same way again. I'll bet her son's changed their opinion of their mother too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There's More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight about the Other Side from the Long Island Medium

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Theresa Caputo
    • Narrated By Theresa Caputo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
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    In her highly anticipated new book, brassy and beloved medium Theresa Caputo, star of the hit television show Long Island Medium, opens the door to her world and invites us to experience her exceptional gift of communicating with those who've crossed over to The Other Side. Combining Theresa's personal story, compelling anecdotes, and client readings, this remarkable book teaches us about Spirit and helps us understand the life-affirming messages that are sent to us every day.

    Elizabeth says: "Amazing and comforting"
    "No surprise here!"
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    This book is an extension an explanation on who this woman is. I read it quickly because I really wanted to know who she is. What you see is what you get. You have to like her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pieces of My Heart: A Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert J. Wagner
    • Narrated By Robert J. Wagner
    Overall
    (39)
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    (15)
    Story
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    Robert J. Wagner has starred in more than 100 films and television series over the past 50 years. In this deeply personal story, he recalls his rise to stardom. He talks candidly about his relationships with some of the greatest stars of the 20th century, including Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, and, for the first time, he shares the details of his two marriages to Natalie Wood. Wagner also offers a fascinating look at Hollywood during the last half of the 20th century.

    Chris says: "Wagner's life, told in a gracious manner"
    "I really am glad I bought this book!!"
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    I'm glad to have finally read the truth. Mr. Wagner waited a long time to tell his side, but it closed the door on what really happened with Natalie Wood and his family. He covered all the stories that were out there with the truth. You will know it's the truth, because he didn't deny any of them. I ended his book with a renewed respect for him and what really happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Jones: The Biography: From the Valleys to Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gwen Russell
    • Narrated By Geoff Barham
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    Celebrity biographer Gwen Russell traces Tom's phenomenal journey from his first South Wales gigs as an unsigned frontman, to his breakthrough hit 'It's Not Unusual' and beyond to his superstardom as the voice behind 'What's New Pussycat', 'Delilah' and 'She's a Lady'. But it has not all been plain sailing for the legendary Grammy- and Brit Award-winning entertainer whose shows are renowned for knicker-hurling frenzies.

    Kindle Customer says: "A major disappointment!"
    "A major disappointment!"
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    I guess when I purchased this book I was looking to find out the truth. Maybe someone who's done good things with all his good fortune, maybe someone totally different than his public persona or maybe just a great story. It just turned out to be a rehash of old news. His public persona is exactly who he is. The private person that leads a life of excess and personal gratification. A man that's morally bankrupt I bought the audio version so I was able to jump past the cheating after the first few. I thought, at first, he would graduate from his ways with maturity, but it doesn't happen. He excused his behavior by qualifying his love for his wife and solid marriage. Love without respect, a joke! This man says he's a great dad, but his son isn't like him. Probably because he saw how it hurt his mother. I could go on and on, but I'll just say, if you heard and read all the reports of his public romps, you'll waste your money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Burt Bacharach
    • Narrated By Tony Call, Jeff Woodman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (15)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Anyone Who Had a Heart is the story of a man who has always expressed his deepest feelings through his music. Filled with the emotional power that defines Burt Bacharach's most unforgettable songs, his memoir offers a candid backstage look at show business as well as the personal struggles of an artist whose incredible body of work has earned him a unique position in the American cultural landscape.

    A. K. Moore says: "Fascinating and Hilarious"
    "What a disappointment!!"
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    I had such a different idea of who this man was that I was sorry I read this. Other than his talent for music, he has very few redeeming qualities and it was hard to read this. He was referred to as narcissistic, but that is a compliment. I would add shallow, and much more.

    I thought it was going to be a loving book about his daughter, but it's just a book about his lack of character..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Crystal McVea, Alex Tresniowski
    • Narrated By Crystal McVea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    For most of her life, Crystal McVea was a skeptic whose history of abuse and bad choices made her feel beyond the reach of God - who questioned if God was even real. She had all but given up hope. Then came December 10, 2009...and the moment that changed everything. Crystal doesn't remember the trauma or losing consciousness; she just remembers waking up in heaven, next to God....

    Amazon Customer says: "worst book of this genre Ive listened to/read"
    "Not a book for everyone."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to someone that believed in this subject. I do, that's why I read it, but I know many people that wouldn't.


    What other book might you compare Waking Up in Heaven to and why?

    I don't think I want to draw a comparison with any other book. This is similar to several books I've read, but doesn't compare.


    What does Crystal McVea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Crystal McVea reading her book makes the story sound truthful. You know she believes every word she says.


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

    No, I had to remember to get back to finish this book. I wanted to finish it so I could get on to another book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rita Moreno: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rita Moreno
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
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    In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend - and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood.

    maci says: "Such a beauty!"
    "I did not want to put this book down!!"
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    Would you listen to Rita Moreno again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Rita Moreno again, because I felt her heart in every word. She owed her story. It was the truth!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rita Moreno?

    For me, the most memorable part of this book was the end when she spent the final days with her husband. I lost my husband of 48 years and I identified with that part of the story. I felt her pain and sorrow.


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

    I've followed Rita from back in the 60's. I watched her appearances on film and television when ever I had the chance. A lot of which she talked about in this book. I liked her honesty! She revealed so much about herself that it changed a lot of ideas I've held about her and her celebrity.


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

    This was a book I would listen to in three sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to say that this book reminded me of so many of the performances I saw over the years. A lot of it sent me searching them, as I read about them, on the internet. I watched the video's on YouTube. I really had to laugh my guts out watching Googie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherri Shepherd
    • Narrated By Sherri Shepherd
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    (16)
    Story
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    The day that actress, comedian, and cohost of The View Sherri Shepherd was diagnosed with the Big D - type 2 diabetes - she didn't see it coming. But she should have. Sherri had spent years battling excess weight, ignoring the warning that she was prediabetic, avoiding doctors, and denying some very clear signs that a diabetes diagnosis was imminent. Even watching the disease take her mother's life at the age of 41 didn't sound the alarm for Sherri. But when D Day came, she had a diagnosis in hand and a child of her own....

    Kindle Customer says: "I'm very glad I decided to buy this book!"
    "I'm very glad I decided to buy this book!"
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    I was recently told I was pre-diabetic. I was given a piece of paper with a list of foods I couldn't have. I was concerned and upset because I had no idea what all this meant, except that my health was at risk. I went all over the web looking for information. Each site had their lists of foods I could eat, but all were different. There was little explanation for or reasons why I couldn't eat certain foods and it felt like I'd never figure it out.

    This book told me, in a way I could understand, why I could or couldn't have these foods. It explained all my questions and gave me answers that I wasn't able to find in simple terms.
    It all boiled down to carbs. From there I've been able to put into action what I needed to know. Nothing is written in stone.. Thank you Sherri Shepherd, the weight has just started rolling off me, my sugar is back to normal, (I had it checked this last week) and I haven't felt deprived. The fear is gone!!

    I suggest if you have been diagnosed or are just trying to get your health back, read this book. I've been able to make food changes that have been easy and enjoyable. I'm not struggling and I've lost almost 40 lbs. in the last five months without even trying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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