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Middletown, MD, USA

  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 103 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brady
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 20 years of show business, Lucille Ball had only modest and sporadic success. Her TV program, I Love Lucy, was her last chance to fulfill the ambition that had sustained her through the frustrations of her professional life and the anguish of a failing marriage. The role of Lucy Ricardo revealed her true gifts, but it changed her life immeasurably. This definitive portrait of Lucille Ball is based on the recollections of fellow performers, her closest friends and family, and Lucille herself.

    James Gordon says: "A So-So Look at Lucy"
    "Thorough study with perfect narrator."

    I really enjoyed this book. She was a real person, very strong really who was surprisingly unhappy. Not miserable, just unhappy. She got totally ripped off but what was dealt to her and one can only wonder what might have happened had her husband been a real husband.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Loved it."

    I am really glad that I bought this book before reading the reviews -- because if I had not, I may not have. So it's important to remember that a review is always going to be subjective.

    That said, I loved it and found it really, really interesting. And I happen to really like Alison Weir's voice and accent, which helped.

    It's worth it to find out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

    Cheryl D says: "Like a train wreck you can't turn away"
    "Excellent, but sad tale."

    I really enjoyed this book. Like so many others, I probably would not have found it had the church not been in the news. And as I said in another review, the Bible teaches us that polygamy never ends well -- for anyone.

    I admire Carolyn. She seems like the kind of person who would be a good friend to have. I wish her all the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Quirky and fun."

    This isn't David Sedaris' best, but then again, it would be hard to top the others. Then again (again), maybe it's me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for quirky. It's worth the time and money though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Frogtown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rick Bragg
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg

    Rick Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with his 10-year-old stepson.

    Suzn F says: "one of my very favorite authors"
    "Another really good Bragg Book."

    I've always liked Rick Bragg's work and this one doesn't disappoint. So he was a little late in growing up -- at least he's one of the few who do! Loved it (though Ava's Man will ALWAYS be my favorite).

    Can't wait for another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murder, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
    • Narrated By Tom McKeon

    A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Dr. Bill Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Bill Bass' research at "the Body Farm" has revolutionized forensic science, helping police crack cold cases and pinpoint time since death. In this riveting book, the bone sleuth explores the rise of modern forensic science, using cases from his career to take readers into the real world of "CSI".

    Joanne says: "Liked it"
    "Really interesting."

    Fascinating book, wonderfully read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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