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Brian

What's there not to love? :-) I love the feel, smell and experience of a good book but nowadays who has the time?

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  • An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (453)

    Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

    John Lane says: "Worth a Quick Listen"
    "A short visit with Genious and Gentility"
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    This was a delightful addition to the recently read (and loved) book "The Help". Kathryn Stockett is kind enough to sit with us a while and discuss her writing and even her current project. It was delightful bliss.

    1 of 1 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
    (908)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (817)

    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!"
    "Funny Like a Ninja"
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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    I enjoyed Penny's sense of humor, which compliments her humility. She speaks candidately and matter-of-factly and to listen to her read felt made it calm and invigorating at the same time. She tells her experiences of a health scare that would have struck unspeakable fear and misery in anyone flicking it off like a ladybug had landed on her shoulder.


    What other book might you compare My Mother Was Nuts to and why?

    I couldn't even begin to compare this to any memoir I've read. Not even to Joan Rivers.


    What does Penny Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings her humor, and her honesty and fierce calm in the face of raging fire.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My mother may have been nuts, but I'm insane.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fanny Merkin
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

    Brian says: "An Amusing Parody - Good if you're a guy"
    "An Amusing Parody - Good if you're a guy"
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    Face it. You're a guy and you want to know what these books are all about but you don't really want to get caught reading the Original. Henceforth, this amusing and charming parody written by Fanny Merkin and wonderfully read/performed by Allyson Ryan. Ryan captures the outrageousness of the story and makes you giggle and the expanded themes ...and sometimes overexpanded themes (I hope) which are in the original "Fifty Shades of Grey".

    I found it funny, the storyline a bit thin, but good for a laugh and roll of the eyes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "An Enchanted Life of a Queen and Duty"
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    If you could sum up Elizabeth the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Duty, Motherhood, and Love of Country


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth the Queen of course!


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought compassion, reality and an incredible sense of personal knowlwedge and intimacy of a woman who will be remembered for generations.


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

    The description of Elizabeth's relationship with her Father and losing him so young and being thrust into a role she may not have been quite ready for.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definately and likely be reading this again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history.

    Jean says: "The price of Democracy"
    "Prague Winter - Heart and History"
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    Would you listen to Prague Winter again? Why?

    This was my first "read" of Ms. Albright and though concerned I'd be bored to tears with useless fact and monotone drone, I was happy that my fear was unwarranted. Her voice, description, and timber drew me in to the book and I felt like I was right there experiencing both her life growing up during WWII but I also learned so much more about the Country and Land of my ancestry.


    What other book might you compare Prague Winter to and why?

    I'm tempted to compare this to a book by President Clinton but I fear that would be cliche. I would definately compare this to "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson who captured a turbulent time so vivedly and movingly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    She she spoke of and read from her fathers notes and unfinished manuscript for a book of fiction about the war.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5514)
    Performance
    (3468)
    Story
    (3476)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Give Yourself to the Race"
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    We don't understand or know what dogs think of us. However, I like to think that this book is the Epiphany man has been looking for. How beautiful, touching and wonderful to peer through the eyes and thoughts of our friend. This book helped me grieve the passing of several of my best friends who have since journeyed on to the Rainbow Bridge. I now have a better understanding, a finer appreciation and not only some peace in my heart but a bit of Wisdom which will take me through my own full race here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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