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Hampton, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 7 reviews
  • 102 ratings
  • 309 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2015

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Really enjoyed it and wish it was longer"

    He is a great writer and narrator. I loved hearing the journey of his life and his growth. His stories are all from my generation. So many of his stories made me stop and think..."I know where I was when that happened." Many interesting inside stories. Love how he changes his voice for the different characters! Now I want to go back and watch all his shows again.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "I probably should have skipped this book"
    What would have made The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks better?

    It should have been much, much shorter.

    What was most disappointing about Rebecca Skloot’s story?

    Personally, if I have any tissue removed, I don't care what the doctors do with it. I think everyone is better off if it is all just anonymous.The author says, "someone is taking part of you and some people have a strong sense of ownership..."

    If you have a strong sense of ownership over your tissue, then maybe this book is for you.

    What about Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    They read well.

    What character would you cut from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    Everyone, but Henrietta. That would have made it a more enjoyable newspaper article.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "I loved it. I listen again and again."
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    I believe him and what he has to say is comforting and makes sense. I can write nothing that would do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "I could not stop listening!"
    Any additional comments?

    The author does a great job of putting the reader in the place of the main character. You feel the same confusion and hunger for information that she does. I enjoyed the suspense!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Struggled through the most unlikeable characters!"
    What disappointed you about Faithful Place?

    The story was interesting and kept me reading, but the characters where so unlikeable! Such a hateful family. The main character was probably the worst human being of all and I struggled to care about any of them. I suffered through to the end just to get all of my questions answered, but wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    What did you love best about Into Thin Air?

    I had to take a break from it, sit down and make myself a cup of tea toward the end. It was hard to take it all in. You can really feel his guilt and his pain. Very powerful and moving story.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krakauer for his best effort to recall exactly what happened, even if it doesn't put him in the best light.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where the climber left for dead, wakes up, climbs down the mountain and into his tent on his own.

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

    The realization that his memories about Hall were all wrong. That he never saw him come down the mountain, it was someone else. This guilt continued/continues to haunt him. He couldn't even bring himself to call Hall's wife and it doesn't sound like she ever forgave him. Since this is a true story, I can not say that I am entertained by it. But is shows his humanity and you just want to cry for him, for the family, for the whole tragedy. I can't even imagine being there listening to the radio transmissions as everything unfolded. It is too much to take in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved it!"

    Great narration! Very entertaining. I couldn't put it down. Although the ending was very satisfying, I feel attached to all of the characters and want to know what is next for them. Great book that keeps you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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