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Rachel

Temecula, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By RoseMarie Terenzio
    • Narrated By RoseMarie Terenzio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio, he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.

    Lissa says: "The inside story from a "No BS" gal"
    "Mediocre read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    My guess is that she didn't work for him long enough to experience enough interesting information with John. As a result, there isn't enough 'meat' in this book. It might have been better left unwritten.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by RoseMarie Terenzio?

    No


    Do you think Fairy Tale Interrupted needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No! There was barely enough for one book, let alone another.


    Any additional comments?

    If one wants to get more insight into John, I'd suggest 'Forever Young' by William Noonan who was a close friend of his from childhood into adulthood.

    Also, I don't know where this author read the book because at times, there was echo noise in the background and at one point, there was a siren in the background. A bit distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (11479)
    Performance
    (7462)
    Story
    (7497)

    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!"
    "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival"
    Overall

    I guess I'm slightly against the grain on this one. I agree Edward Hermann did an excellent job narrating and I would recommend the book for its historical value certainly. In some portions, the flow was excellent where the author gave you plenty of information so that you could get a good feel for Louie Zamperini and what he was like but without going over-board on minutia. In other areas, however, it was so exhaustive as to hint of boring. Example: It was fine to hear of the incident with one albatross and even two but by the time the third was mentioned, I thought ... enough with the albatross already! The innumerable incidents with Wattanabe were, to me, overkill as well. We needed to know what a tyrant he was but we heard so much of it that it eventually failed to impact as I'm sure it was intended to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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