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Amanda

Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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"
    "Rob Lowe and his ego"
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    Although Rob Lowe makes for a lovely narrator, I often felt that he was grasping at straws to make the reader understand just how wonderful and talented he is. The beginning started off well enough, and his stories of his family are the most interesting part. However, Rob Lowe begins to spiral into a name dropping, uninteresting chronicle of his successes. I found myself wishing that I was listening to an audiobook narrated by Lowe, but written by someone else. Overall, it wasnt a horrible listen, but not a great story, and I don't find myself going to listen to it again.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (400)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Anthropological Elizabeth Gilbert"
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    Though I enjoyed this book, I would not necessarily recommend it to all those who loved Eat, Pray, Love. This is because this book is more of an anthropological exploration of marriage rather than a memoir. This book is essentially Gilbert combining things she learns about the institution of marriage with her views as she tries to reconcile the two before her own wedding. There were a plethora of interesting facts and stories, and I really enjoyed it, but dont expect part two of Eat, Pray, Love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4898)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1541)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Love Elizabeth Gilbert"
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    I personally love memoirs told by the author, and I was blown away by Gilbert's narration style. She has a very conversational tone, and I adore the timbre of her voice. I highly recommend this book for those who are seeking a spiritual journey. She has an interesting view of spirituality, but doesn't thrust her views onto the reader, as the book is a memoir of her journey through Italy, India and Bali. On the way she meets a colorful variety of new friends, all with a different perspective that gently shift her on her trip. I loved this book, and I listen to it all the time when I need a calm voice in my ear to say "I've been there". Please download this book, you will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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