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Lee

Blue Anchor, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 88 reviews
  • 584 ratings
  • 858 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2018
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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1645)

    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

    GaylM says: "Listen up - not to be read!"
    "Funny-"
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    I listened to Garry Marshall's book recently- that made this book even better because I already knew her mother was nuts. Her narration was great....casual and full of idiosyncrasies.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Toni Tennille: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Toni Tennille, Caroline Tennille St. Clair
    • Narrated By Toni Tennille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (473)

    Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an irresistible pair to millions of fans all over the world, further underscored by the rousing "yes, we can!" gospel of their biggest hit, "Love Will Keep Us Together". But underneath the image was an entirely different story that the fans never saw.

    Jennifer says: "Loved it for several reasons"
    "This is one smug, unpleasant woman"
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    She was the only white person in the Jim Crow south who knew racism was WRONG. She is charming. Really, she is. It must be true because she says it over & over. On the other hand, her husband was a dolt. Blah, blah, blah...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Great Reckoning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4626)
    Performance
    (4272)
    Story
    (4249)

    When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

    Lisa K. Dillon says: "A Return to Three Pines"
    "Preposterous plot- loved the book"
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    Plot... Believability... Throw them out the window. The atmosphere and the characters are what makes these books great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Yes to the Death: A Debutante Droput Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan McBride
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Debutante dropout Andrea Kendricks is beyond done with big hair, big gowns, and big egos - so being dragged to a high-society Texas wedding by her socialite mama, Cissy, gives her a bad case of déjà vu. As does running into her old prep-school bully, Olivia La Belle, the wedding planner, who's graduated to berating people for a living on her reality TV show. But for all the times Andy wished her dead, nobody deserves Olivia's fate: lying in a pool of blood, a cake knife in her throat - but did the angry baker do it?

    Jhbdesign says: "Debutante Rebel"
    "Lousy ending"
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    These books will never win a Pulitzer- but this one ended on a big clunk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Leah Remini
    • Narrated By Leah Remini
    Overall
    (13164)
    Performance
    (12099)
    Story
    (12052)

    The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

    Kim says: "This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!"
    "That voice!"
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    I'm sure all of Scientology uttered a collective good riddance when she left. Her voice is like nails on a blackboard. Regarding content- I can't believe how gullible she was. I don't understand why someone would spend millions to be a part of Scientology. After listening to this book, I still don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Influence: Zoe Chambers Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Annette Dashofy
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (117)

    Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania's tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board president's abandoned car. As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete but also those closest to them.

    Gaghan says: "Twisted in Ways You Won't See Coming"
    "Subtlety not her strong suit"
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    This book had villains that made Snidley Whiplash look like a complex & layered man. Still, I'll probably listen to the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The View from Penthouse B

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elinor Lipman
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband when her sister, Margot, invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot's luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal, then made Ponzi-poor, it's a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot's paroled ex in the apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness.

    L. Syre says: "A Must-Listen Lipman Novel"
    "Ridiculous"
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    I did finish this book but only because I fell asleep during the last half & only woke for the last chapter. It seems I didn't miss a thing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2525)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Book Reader says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "PICK THIS ONE!!!!!"
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    This was a life changing listen. I haven't seen the movie but it can't possibly have the power of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ashley Mears
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider's study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and others, to explore the economics and politics - and the arbitrariness - behind the business of glamour.

    Rudy Wolff says: "Boring"
    "Like a freshman year sociology paper"
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    Parts of this were interesting, but there was too much lingo, too much repetition and a whole lot of stating the obvious.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20105)
    Performance
    (17926)
    Story
    (17936)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Regina says: "Good, but a little too much hand-wringing"
    "Implausible premise"
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    The central premise of this book, that a responsible woman would have stayed with this guy, is absurd. If you can get past that it passes the time. I finished this one.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3721)
    Performance
    (3386)
    Story
    (3384)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    David Shear says: "Disarmingly Honest"
    "Likable guy"
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    This was well worth the time. Good story well told. Only weak part was when he bragged about the "today we will talk like this" scene in WHMS- which threw off the flow of the movie. He should have apologized for that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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