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Nancy

Bethesda, MD, United States

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  • Mommywood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times best-seller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight. From learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it's like to raise a family while everyone is watching, Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won't get from the paparazzi.

    Amber says: "Perfect Tori!"
    "Still love Tori."
    Overall

    Fun to listen to. She does a good job. I'd really like to see her write something of real substance. I don't mean her biography lacks substance -- it's just that she has such writing talent that she could do some real good in the world.

    She is the kind of person you'd want to be a friend of yours, a pal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lewis, Clark
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In their own words, recorded in the famous journals of Lewis and Clark, the members of the Corps of Discovery tell their story with an immediacy and power missing from secondhand accounts. All of their triumphs and terrors are here: the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison, the fear the captains felt when Sacagawea fell ill, the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide, the misery of cold and hunger, and the kidnapping and rescue of Lewis' dog, Seaman.

    Nancy says: "At least now I can comment on the Expedition."
    "At least now I can comment on the Expedition."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though this book was not loaded with tons of "facts" about the expedition, I'm not sure it was supposed to. It was more a case of someone reading a diary, of sorts, and then filling in the blank spaces so we (the "reader") would have some idea of its context. It could be tiresome. However, now I know something of the expedition and am doubly amazed that anyone made it out alive. If you're on the fence about the Providence of God, this ought to fix ya.'

    Worthwhile.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Animals Make Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    From renowned scientist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin, this groundbreaking book is a clarion call to awareness of the inner lives of humankind's far-too-often mistreated and neglected companions. Based on research spanning over 30 years, these stunning insights into the very real emotions and thoughts of animals are sure to be a source of fascination and inspiration.

    Debra says: "Interesting in general, but repetitive"
    "Entertaining, but mostly very helpful."
    Overall

    One cannot finish this book without somehow feeling that Dr. Grandin would make a fun friend. She is so real, unapologetic, and you get the feeling that she would answer honestly if asked, "does this dress make me look fat?" Seriously though, this book and Dr. Grandin's mind is fascinating.

    Not always the case, the narration of this particular book is excellent, almost like tepid water. You know it's there and it's doing you good, you just forget about it. That's what narration ought to be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

    shopgirl says: "Beautifully written, beautifully read."
    "Perfect Narration; wonderfully fun."
    Overall

    This book was such fun. The narration, done by the author, was such that you could almost see Zippy, well, zipping about. She sounds adorable and the book was very enjoyable to me.

    They say that still waters run deep and I believe that Zip is an example of this -- she thinks and feels deeply. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (203)

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Very compelling and unnerving. A brave girl."
    Overall

    I especially enjoyed this book because it gives such insight into a life that we cannot even imagine. The Bible shows us that polygamy never ends well. Case in point.

    Very well written. I wish Ms. Wall and the little family she's built all the luck in the world. God bless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stori Telling

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Stori Telling is a chance for Tori to set the record straight on her personal life and to let listeners experience the truly unique life she's led--with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, career successes, and personal regrets. This is Tori's opportunity to define herself on her own terms.

    Timothy says: "Fantastic!"
    "I love Tori. Such a sweet woman."
    Overall

    If one could see my Audible.com library, one would never believe I would purchase Stori Telling. But I really like her. I think she's a sweet woman, and a good person, who loves her family. And, I think she did a good job giving the good with the bad.

    This was fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4469)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1680)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Excellent! Wonderful narration."
    Overall

    As so many other reviewers have said and as any true audiobook enthusiast (i.e. commuter) knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have turned off many a truly good book because the narrator was just too grating. But in this case, it is our great good fortune that the author of this book is also perfectly suited to reading it.

    Having recently learned that my ancestors were great American Patriots and Revolutionary War Soldiers, I wanted to learn, and learn I did through this fascinating account.

    Thank you, thank you, Mr. McCullough. I was only too sorry to hear you sign off. God bless.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Clarence B. Carson
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This first volume covers our heritage, our links to England, how the colonies grew, the mighty force of religion in early America, and the oppression felt by the colonists. It describes why our ancestors fought for their beliefs, and their efforts to create a government limited in scope by checks and balances so that it would not have the power to oppress the people.

    Nina says: "The Colonial Experience"
    "Excellent when taken in context"
    Overall

    I applaud the author for his brave stance in presenting history as it was, without diluting any unpleasantness for the sake of political correctness. In today's American era of tolerance, with everyone tripping over each other to extend acceptance, it is surprising and liberating to have an author embrace and relay the mindset of an era to the degree that can be found in this volume. Let's face it folks: this nation was founded by God fearing people. And, this first volume of the Basic History of the United States unflinchingly presents the history exactly as it occurred, without any pandering or posturing to those who are opposed to telling it like it is. Our nation's forefathers were Christian, and certainly God fearing and, like it or not, this nation was built upon Christian beliefs and values.

    Regardless of whether we love it or hate it, or are indifferent to it, the truth is the truth. And like any excellent historical account, this book presents the truth. It is ridiculous and counterproductive to condemn the writer for his political and religious stance when he is writing a historical, verifiable account. I dare say the same would not have been done had Muhammad, the Dali Lami or even Sun Tzu been the author or the subject matter.

    The contrast between the morals of America's people then and now is as striking as it is troubling. We have truly lost our way.

    Furthermore, the benefit of the book's information should far outweigh any assault on anyone's sensibilities, liberal or otherwise. Should be required reading.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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