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Holly

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (609)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "A jewel!"
    Overall

    Carol Burnett gives a splendid performance reading this audiobook, award-worthy, in my opinion. The stories range from hilarious to heart-breaking. To hear them in her voice is to savor her talent, but what I appreciated most is her courage, kindness, and gratitude.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (4016)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2601)

    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"
    "Non-fiction at its best"
    Overall

    This was an outstanding listen, with superb narration. I was impressed with Rebecca Skloot's remarkable powers of observation and objectivity, and found it refreshing not to be walloped by a writer's agenda.

    I was expecting the science story to be intriguing, and it is, but the interweaving of the Lacks family members into the fabric of the narrative is masterful. The real-life events of Henrietta's children held me in a grip, and often kept me listening long past the points I planned to pause.

    11 of 11 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
    Overall
    (26963)
    Performance
    (13593)
    Story
    (13641)

    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!"
    "Audiobook trumps Print this time"
    Overall

    The Mississippi sound and rhythm of these voices had me engrossed in the story within minutes. Eighteen hours flies by, and the author's remarks at the end are a perfect finish.

    Any age 50+/- Southern Girl will find these characters lodged in her heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "Excellent Production"
    Overall

    Superb narration by different voices, each with a perspective on the unfolding story. The story is dramatic and tense, infused with vivid and painful images. This book and the Blues would be the perfect audio mix for a road trip through the Delta.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristin Chenoweth
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    In this frank and funny memoir, the Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen shares her journey from small-town Oklahoma to big-time Broadway, vamping on what it takes to stand firmly on a foundation of family and faith while wearing a hot pair of Jimmy Choo platform sling-backs.

    Holly says: "Salt of the Earth + Sparkles"
    "Salt of the Earth + Sparkles"
    Overall

    What a fun listen! Kristen performs this audiobook in her doll of a voice, and she had me in a smile and a giggle the whole way through. She's the best combo of down-home goodness and stage talent since Dolly Parton. Even though she's a star, it's her message that shines through: faith, family, and friends come first.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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