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Tracy

Oxnard, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chandler Burr
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

    Roy says: "A Thoughtful Book"
    "French didn't bother me"
    Overall

    I studied Spanish, so I'm not bothered by the French. The book was interesting, and I'm glad I listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (635)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "well read"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up My Story in three words, what would they be?

    courage, courage, courage


    What about Elizabeth Smart’s performance did you like?

    She showed her emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Smart was so compelling. She did a great job reading the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By Brian Kilmeade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (294)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    Charlene says: "Worst Reader Ever!"
    "great content, but some authors don't narrate well"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of uncredited?

    Tom Brokaw or a trained actor. The narrator, one of the authors, would stop in the middle of a sentence. Very unprofessional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (366)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Sara says: "Inspiring"
    "Lucky she made it out alive"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Inspirational to hear how she made the best of a bad situation.


    What other book might you compare The Hiding Place to and why?

    none


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

    I didn't care for the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Test of Faith


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure about the narrator. I think someone else could have been chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (618)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Gina says: "Fun storyline and great performance."
    "enjoyable"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wedding Night?

    I love the way Sophie Kinsella writes. I never saw the end coming for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By John Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single "Planet Earth" right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet. It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling...and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

    Patti says: "A must for any DD fan!"
    "my husband and I loved this book"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to In the Pleasure Groove again? Why?

    Yes - John Taylor's narration was fantastic. I just finished listening to a different book, and the narrator was so slow. John kept the flow going.


    What other book might you compare In the Pleasure Groove to and why?

    Like Rob Lowe's autobiography, which my husband I really liked, too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He talked about his struggles with addiction to alcohol and drugs, which are common not only with performers but other people, as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
    • Narrated By J. Karen Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins.

    phillip says: "Long Live the King!"
    "very enjoyable"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to King Peggy the most enjoyable?

    I've only listened to the first of two parts, but this is a great book. I saw Peggy a few months ago on MSNBC's Morning Joe show.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She's very fierce.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2820)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "reading for my book club"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the most enjoyable?

    I just started this book yesterday, and it's quite interesting. I'll finish part 1 tomorrow and look forward to the rest of the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2830)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "enjoyable for both sexes"
    Overall

    I bought this book last week, and my husband started to listen to it before I did! I'm enjoying the book so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27619)
    Performance
    (14210)
    Story
    (14262)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "love this book"
    Overall

    It's much better than Olive Kittridge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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