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Kimberly

I love reading for pleasure and obtaining new insights. Audible is perfect for me /visual issues. Thanks listeners for helpful reviews!

YUMA, AZ, United States

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  • Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (54)

    Fifty years after her death, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe still beguiles the world, her image enthralling millions. Many books have attempted to explain her allure and tell her story, but none has succeeded as well as this work by acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto. Spoto’s exhaustive research uncovers a conspiracy of silence, allowing him to present the facts, free from often-repeated myths and speculation. Granted access to more than thirty-five thousand pages of formerly sealed files containing letters, diaries, appointment books, and other intimate papers, he also interviewed nearly two hundred people who had never before spoken on record.

    M.J. says: "The Definitive MM biography"
    "Turned Me Into A Marilyn Fan"
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    This is actually the first Marilyn book I've read/heard. Very informative and detailed account of her early years. I got a much better understanding of Norma Jean and was somewhat surprised by her courage and perseverance. This author also presents details regarding her death that I'd never heard either. This bio of Marilyn Monroe gave me a respect for the woman and made a fan out of me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forrest Gump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    "Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.

    Chris says: "This book made me appreciate someone...."
    "Is It Really Possible?"
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    I think 99.999% of the time a book is BETTER than a movie. However, the screen writer did such an excellent job with Forrest Gump the MOVIE that I actually liked the movie BETTER! Obviously there would be no movie without the book and this is a really great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jeanne Birdsall
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

    M. Gerstenblith says: "Absolutely delightful and charming!"
    "Great kids story"
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    My nephew and nieces love this so much they practically know it word for word

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (978)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Worst Celebrity Book Ever"
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    VERY DISAPPOINTING
    Lacking in depth & although she is the author, Ms. Marshall does a C- at reading it (being generous here).
    If id have known i could return a book before it was too late, THIS would be ONE of only two books I disliked this much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (948)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Open the Eyes of Your Heart ..."
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    Beautiful tale of Spiritual Awakening. Not for those with rigidly closed minds. However, if one is open to learning it is the perfect story of one typical American Christian mans journey from boxed in to peeking out ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Necessary Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Alison Elliott
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (348)

    Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

    Bette says: "Pulls you into the story from the First Page!"
    "A Real Eye Opener"
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    Based on reality, this is an expose' of sorts. I never heard of forced sterilization before. I would highly recommend this book. Once I started listening it was hard to pause.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1474)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "A 5 Star Story"
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    Saw the movie years ago but never read the book. Excellent story line and I thought the narrators performance was perfectly executed. I'll definitely listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
    • Narrated By Stephen Batchelor
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Before it was a religion, a culture, or even a system of meditation, what was Buddhism? On Buddhism Without Beliefs, celebrated teacher, translator, and former Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor takes us back to the first years after the Buddha's awakening to reveal the root insights of Buddhism hidden beneath centuries of history and interpretation.

    Kimberly says: "What you wondered about but were afraid to ask ..."
    "What you wondered about but were afraid to ask ..."
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    Stephen Batchelors guide is truly educational. I found his breakdown of Buddhism to be so simple and inspiring. I was concerned that Buddhism would be a complicated thing to understand. Immediately my mind was put to rest as Stephen speaks with authority and expertise. Buddhism as a belief system (it is not a religion for those who may not know) is all that I hoped it would be. I've listened through twice and plan on sharing it with other interested parties. So if you too may be wondering what this thing called Buddhism is all about but are afraid it's too complex, I highly recommend Buddhism Without Beliefs.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Alexandra Wilde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar’s clientele.

    HibiscusSvg says: "Classic Megan Hart"
    "Modern, sexy Cinderella story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The kind of story that could be true. It follows the upbeat Tessla through real life situations. Talented narration is easy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessla. Because she has a life filled with heart break but she powers through. She finally realizes who her family truly is by the power of love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose a favorite scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she tucked the child in bed upon her return after a lengthy absence


    Any additional comments?

    Unexpected ending

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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