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Jaclyn

Newport Beach, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeff Henderson
    • Narrated By Jeff Henderson
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    This riveting memoir is the incredible story of Jeff Henderson's rollercoaster ride from high-stakes cocaine dealer, to prison inmate, to world-class chef. When he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. One day, he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen, and he immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.

    Brian says: "Too Thuggish Ruggish"
    "Great Story of Triumph"
    Overall

    The best thing about this book may be Jeff's pronunciation of french dishes and cooking terms. His reading is a bit hard, uneven and "street" but I don't think the material would have worked so well without it.

    Admittedly I skipped over some of the earlier stuff like his early childhood, but listened to every word once he got to prison and beyond.

    I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is slow in spots, mostly in the beginning.

    In the last third of the book, when he becomes the head chef at the Bel Air hotel (before Bellagio) you can't believe how much this guy has gone through and how hard he has worked to get there.

    I'm tend to go for the "chick-flick" books like "Eat Pray Love" (the ultimate) but this coming of age tale has much of the same feel, even if it is about a man from LA's ghetto.

    Bottom line: recommended

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ian Halperin
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In late December 2008, New York Times best-selling author Ian Halperin told the world that Michael Jackson had only six months to live. His investigations into Jackson's failing health made headlines around the globe. Six months later, the King of Pop was dead. Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson.

    Jaclyn says: "First Title I've Ever Asked for a Refund"
    "First Title I've Ever Asked for a Refund"
    Overall

    The narrator sounds like he's learning to read outloud. Awful.

    3 of 3 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
    (4735)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1395)

    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"
    "Lovely Reading, Captivating Story"
    Overall

    If you want to be transported to three distant lands and actually feel as if you lived the experience, this is the book to get. Combo travel book, autobiography and personal development narrative, every minute is a joy. If you like Barbara Kingslover, you'll especially love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Konik
    • Narrated By Michael Konik
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    In The Smart Money, Michael Konik takes listeners behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports gambling operation in America, to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they, and he, got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multi-million-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a game, sometimes as much as $1 million on a single event, is a normal part of doing business.

    T. Richards says: "Disliked it"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Let me state upfront that I'm female, I know NOTHING about sports or sports betting and was, nonetheless, totally enthralled by this book. The writing is as good or better than Augsten Burroughts and the story moves at a fast clip and in directions you don't expect. Though the author is an established gambling journalist, at times you'd swear you were listening to a novel. His reading and his characterization are better than most pros.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Networks

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bill Carter
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In a time of sweeping media change, the four major networks struggle for the attention of American viewers increasingly distracted by cable, video games, and the Internet. Behind boardroom doors, tempers flare in the search for hit shows, which often get on the air purely by accident. The fierce competition creates a pressure-cooker environment where anything can happen.

    G Barth says: "How Sausage is Made"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    I thought it would be tough for him to top The Late Show, but he's done it. One of those audiobooks you actually "save" as you listen because you don't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home to Myself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wynonna Judd, Patsi Bale Cox
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey, a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Fascinating Story...She Hold Nothing Back"
    Overall

    I own a few Judd records from their debut days but would never refer to myself as a Wynonna fan. HOWEVER, I was intrigued enough by the "finding myself" theme that I bought it. It turned out to be a joyful, entertaining romp, disarmingly candid and insightful. I "saved" the last 2 hours, because didn't want it to end. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David A. Vise, Mark Malseed
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

    Roger Smith says: "Very Good"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Admittedly I'm in the business of e-business so a deep look at Google was naturally going to be of interest. What surprised me most where/are the sheer metrics of this enterprise. Learns lots enough I know lots about it. The 10+ hours flew by.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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