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Alexander

Sarasota, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Audition: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Walters
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    "Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: 'I want to be you.' My stock reply is always: 'Then you have to take the whole package.'" And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that "whole package", in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than 40 years of interviewing celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

    Shaddi says: "Absolutely Incredible Listen!"
    "I Love the Details"
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    Performance
    Story

    Walters generously delivers behind-the-scenes gems. It's like having her alone for a 24-hour dinner party.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Too much for me, but maybe not you"
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    Story

    I had to stop listening. I'm not weak of stomach, but I felt dirty listening to the depravity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1087)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "A detailed story that smartly shocks"
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    As a fan of CBS TV's 48-Hours, I love this book! Capote reveals details the human unconscious buries. His compassion for the people in this story is unbiased. No wasted space. Stunning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "I almost turned this off"
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    Hearing the weird music at the beginning of this book, I thought I'd made a bad choice. But with nothing else to listen to, I kept listening. Within minutes I was captivated by the narrator and the writing. Funny, sad, exciting, inevitable. You'll feel like an expert on Budapest banks after this book. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4563)
    Performance
    (2033)
    Story
    (2021)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Like nails on a blackboard"
    Overall

    I can't believe I survived this audiobook. The sing-song little boy character's voice was incredibly annoying. I stuck out the ordeal hoping something would happen. When something does, the author deals with it quickly, to move onto more excrutiatingly dull prose. Here's the summary. Not much happens, something happens, then a lot of nothing happens. The end. Ugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living in the Solution: Understanding and Using the Wisdom of the Rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John W., James A.
    • Narrated By Shadoe Stevens
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Michael says: "Right Between Your Eyes"
    "Goofy, not helpful"
    Overall

    This is a funny piece. AA's will amaze their friends by memorizing some of the platitudes this guy reads. Otherwise, this did not enhance my sobriety except to make me smile and wince at some of the sayings.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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