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bethann

milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    One of the most determined, energetic, and lusty heroines in all of English literature, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders will do anything to avoid poverty. Born in Newgate Prison, she was for 12 years a whore, five times a wife (once to her own brother), 12 years a thief, and eight years a transported felon in Virginia before finally escaping from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society. She is as much a survivor and just as resourceful as Defoe's other great literary creation, Robinson Crusoe.

    Pierre Gauthier says: "Fascinating!"
    "what a gal"
    Overall

    What a great character! I've heard the name over the years, but never had a frame of reference for it. It's amazing to imagine the challenges of the times, societal rules, etc. Even by today's standards, "Moll" would be an extraordinary woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maureen McCormick
    • Narrated By Maureen McCormick
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all. But what viewers didn't know about the always sunny, perfect Marcia was that off-screen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick was living a very different - and not-so-wonderful - life. Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen and the woman she became.

    Alycia says: "Very engaging!"
    "more than marcia"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I appreciated hearing the author narrate her own book. it is to her credit that she was able to transcend the challenges her personal life threw her way-and come out on the other side, insightful and whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (743)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "very thoughtful"
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    what a generous gift the author gives the reader--this is a remarkable read that I will not forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (3822)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3063)

    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"
    "very enlightening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know why I chose this book, I guess I expected some salacious tales from one of the brat pack. I was really humbled to learn my critical assumptions about the author were unfair. Hearing his story told, in his own words and own voice helped me appreciate him as a person. I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rubber Balls and Liquor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gilbert Gottfried
    • Narrated By Gilbert Gottfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    In the early 1970s, as our nation's youth railed against every conceivable societal norm, a funny-looking teenage Jew started turning up at open mike nights in various New York City comedy clubs. Surprisingly, he didn't suck. That funny-looking teenage Jew is now the even funnier-looking middle-aged comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who despite his transparent shortcomings has managed to carve out a hardly-respectable career - and a reputation for shock and awe unrivaled outside the Bush administration. With this scathingly funny book of rants and musings, Gottfried sullies an entirely new medium....

    bethann says: "loved it!"
    "loved it!"
    Overall
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    I am so glad that Gilbert chose to narrate the audio version of this crazy book. it was fabulously entertaining, and heartwarming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (364)

    In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits - including dating.

    Kathryn says: "Really good!! :) ..."
    "disappointing"
    Overall
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    as a card carrying fan of wwhl, i awaited the release of this book. i was so disappointed to find the book filled with things you already knew if you watched his show, and that the surprises were empty, because he revealed them when interviewed about his big anniversary. It was boring after awhile-and I never thought I would say that about Andy cohen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Mad Diva

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..

    Fermin says: "ICON"
    "a gift from a timeless diva"
    Overall
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    so happy I had the chance to listen to this while Joan was still with us-it helped me appreciate the dynamic talent & human being she was. I like listen to it again, time to time as her stories never grow old. she was one of a kind-a first class diva!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3332)
    Performance
    (2938)
    Story
    (2931)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Elisabeth says: "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"
    "wow"
    Overall
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    Story

    a must read for anyone who has been party to a diabolical divorce-an opportunity to look thru a mirror and see someone else's eyes, reflecting ones own "stuff". wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    Overall
    (12757)
    Performance
    (8060)
    Story
    (7944)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "zzzzzz....lol"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    the intro and closing - "we hope you've enjoyed, ....."


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable


    Which character – as performed by Samuel L. Jackson – was your favorite?

    the dad


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

    the first time he told it like it was -- uttering the unspeakable, but much thought phrase....


    Any additional comments?

    it went on too long -- it was tiresome, and almost dumb in the end. would've carried a heavier punch by losing a few stanzas. clever though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "hmmm......"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    got to be a bit predictable, and far fetched after awhile, so i would get to the point sooner, or else add some dimension to the characters


    Would you recommend The Ivy Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    nah - too far out of the realm of the real world we live in


    What aspect of Julia Gibson’s performance would you have changed?

    it was ok


    Could you see The Ivy Chronicles being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it doesn't surprise me that this would be a hollywood consideration - but i wouldn't go farther than the lifetime movie network. the fact that this question is posed, actually reinforces for me, the negative reaction i had to the story - it cheapens the delight that was dangled here and there in the book, when it stuck to clever, and away from cutesy. this seems the type of movie for a washed up sitcom type to relaunch their career -- someone left behind in the 70's or 80's - or one of those real housewives of beverly hills. ugh.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (379)

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

    Robert says: "Excellent rendition"
    "life is a picture paint it well"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    i couldn't tell you - never read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    the memory of seeing "wilde" - the movie about oscar wilde's life, and how remarkably similar this book is to the goings on in the author's life.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    couldn't say


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no - after awhile, it does get a bit old though - all the witty observations, at first playful and fun, get a bit tedious and later too much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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