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Olivia

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  • Not My Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Susan Tate's 17-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

    Susan says: "One credit down the drain"
    "Moving story"
    Overall

    I had to read this as part of training for teaching teens about childbirth and being there as labor support for them. I found that this story did a marvelous job of getting into the very real emotions families deal with when a teen is pregnant. I found myself wanting to yell at the parents in the book, feeling empathy towards the girls and wanting to get started on educating teens in my community.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (793)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Adds a new dimension to the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. Growing up I swore my family was the only one who ever rented it from the local video store. I love behind the scenes stories, and this one makes me want to watch the movie on an endless loop. The appearances by the other actors make this an ensemble book. Cary Elwes did Princess Bride fans a huge favor by writing this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rhoda Janzen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

    Dotty says: "It's OK"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I've finally given up on this book. I just kept hoping it would grab me and beg to be finished, but I can't finish it. I'm tired of hearing her drone on about nothing. I don't feel like this is ever going anywhere. The story is very choppy and goes off on bunny trails. I've had to rewind several times just to make sure I hadn't just missed something. I'm also insulted at her attitude about Christians and Christianity, which is another reason I don't care to listen to the rest.

    The narrator attempts different voices for different characters, but several, especially the main character seem bipolar. I'd just as soon have the other characters be read by others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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