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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
    (286)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (238)

    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
  • The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Farley, Tanner Colby
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, L. J. Ganser, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The New York Times best-selling biography of an American comedy legend. After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi. Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life.

    bethann says: "a necessary story"
    "a necessary story"
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    What an amazing tribute to Chris Farley! It was a privilege to discover more about this talented man who made the world laugh with him. The personal stories help me appreciate more, what a great loss his family has endured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jerry Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In this unrelenting real-life drama of three wealthy families connected by marriage and murder, Bledsoe recounts the shocking events, obsessive love, and bitter custody battles that led toward the bloody climax that took nine lives.

    Pen Name says: "Couldn't stop listening!!!!"
    "incredible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The summary didn't give me much to go by-but I am glad I took a chance on it. wow. this is one of those stories that seems too far fetched - but yet it's real. It was a worthy pick for my coveted credits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (10390)
    Performance
    (8314)
    Story
    (8354)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "a worthy pick"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to many books on a regular basis-but rarely do I come across those that I want to listen to straight through. This is one of those rare gems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Granny Is My Wingman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kayli Stollak
    • Narrated By Kayli Stollak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    At twenty-three, Kayli Stollak, like most starry-eyed twenty-somethings, assumed that she and her boyfriend, Charlie, would be together forever. Besides a rockin' sex life, they shared a passion for motorcycle adventures, hedonistic European music festivals, and wearing matching glittery spandex to the disco. What more could a gal ask for? She envisioned their love burning well into their sixties.

    bethann says: "zzzzzzz"
    "zzzzzzz"
    Overall
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    a snooze fest. very hard to get into this story. ugh. actually, it was painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Thomas
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Both joyous tribute and serious biography, Mike Thomas' You Might Remember Me is a celebration of Phil Hartman's multi-faceted career and an exhaustively reported, warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life - a powerful, humor-filled and disquieting portrait of a man who was loved by many, admired by millions and taken from them far too early.

    Scott Holden says: "great book..Wish Phil were still around to tell it"
    "always wondered..."
    Overall
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    this book is a chance to fill in the blanks about the life of a gifted performer. the narrator does some spot on impressions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born with Teeth: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kate Mulgrew
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

    Dorin Alexander says: "Wow, a magnificent life."
    "a very worthy memoir"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was unfamiliar with the author, beyond her role in OITNB. I was bored one day and randomly listened to soundbites of new books, and couldn't not want to know more.
    The author clearly has a gift for writing, and her honesty and integrity shine through this book. I feel it is a very worthy story to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Going off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Giuliana Rancic
    • Narrated By Giuliana Rancic
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Giuliana Rancic is best known for interviewing A-listers on the red carpet and E! News, skewering their shocking style choices on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front-row seat to her marriage and family life on her reality show, Giuliana & Bill. What fans may not know is that she learned English from Eddie Murphy, got her American citizenship so she could be a beauty queen, and used to have a bad habit of stealing cars for fun.

    nancy says: "Poor Little Princess"
    "who would've known?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was glad the author narrated the book.
    I was surprised by her feisty personality -and
    teenage antics. In the age of reality TV and "too much info" , I gained a new respect for her by listening to her tell her story without commercials.

    1 of 1 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
    (114)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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
    (866)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (784)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (3903)
    Performance
    (3139)
    Story
    (3132)

    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

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