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Claire

Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Prime Suspect #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

    Claire says: "La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel"
    "La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel"
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    I knew the story well but was interested in listening to the book after watching the TV drama series. The narrator is an excellent choice because she sounds like the Helen Mirren. I know that shouldn't necessarily be a factor but when you have seen the movie you expect to hear a tone of voice similar to what you remember. The book is brilliant and it was great to hear Linda La Plante talking about how she researched the Helen Mirren role.

    Fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1790)
    Story
    (1793)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "O'Reilly's Passion on the Subject Shows Through.."
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    I really enjoyed this book and whilst I am not a particular fan of Bill O'Reilly on Fox, I thought his narration bought something special to a book covering an event that has been written about many times previously and will no doubt be written about many times in the future.

    I have read a few books on the death of President Kennedy, but this was the best I have read because it was based on fact and not a load of conspiracy theories. The coverage of the day itself was gripping and contained new and more detailed information on Oswald's personal life and what his movements were during the day of the shooting.

    Thanks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Melissa Francis
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world’s most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother.

    Jane C. Bailey says: "Awesome book - really enjoyed it."
    "An Interesting Fly on the Wall..."
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    I think just about every actor in Little House on the Prairie must have written their memoirs now and this was as good as the rest of them. I enjoyed listening to the book but this comes in the category of the less memorable kind of book that I remember very little about a few weeks after reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "Don't Spoil Childhood Memories..."
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    I have always enjoyed watching the movies and television work of this extraordinarily talented man. I was too young to enjoy his television years but at the age of seven I remember being absolutely riveted by the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    By the time the movie was released in the UK we knew every word to every song in the film because my father bought the record album for my brother and I to listed to - and did we ever. I still remember most of the songs now. It was a magical day when we actually joined the huge lines at our local cinema and to enjoy something this special.

    I am sure that many will disagree, but I felt let down when Mr. Van Dyke talked as if the movie had been a disappointment in its finished product. He voiced that there were a lot of things that he was not happy with or did not go as he would have liked; and if this is how he feels then he is right to publish this view.

    However, I remember this film being an absolute blockbuster which he presumably benefitted financially and a career point of view. In fact I am sure he is still collecting royalty checks from the repeats of the film and theater production.

    He gave very little details of where he felt the movie had not gone as planned which would have been interesting to hear (although I do remember him saying that the seaside scenes had to be filmed in the South of France because of the poor British weather! What a shocker).

    But I really felt let down as a fan of the movie in that he seemed to show no appreciation or awareness of the pleasure it gave children then and is still doing now. If things didn't go to plan, then of course that is extremely relevant but he brushed passed all this and I got the feeling that it was not a film that he enjoyed making at all.

    Okay, I am a 'happy ending' sort of gal but one of my pet hates is when celebrities moan about work that gave them a great deal of fame and money, but also brought something special to the lives of the audience the movie was targeted to.

    Thanks for reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone, Series 2: The Deserved Dead, Collateral Damage, The Bridge, The Night (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Danny Brocklehurst
    • Narrated By Hugo Speer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A BBC Radio 4 detective series created and written by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Stone. This second series was originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Play’ slots from 29 September 2010 - 20 October 2010.In the first episode, ‘The Deserved Dead’, DCI John Stone and his team shake up the Bridgeton Estate when they embark upon an investigation into the brutal murder of a known sex offender.

    Susan says: "Great radio drama/mystery"
    "BBC Radio at its Best"
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    What did you love best about Stone, Series 2: The Deserved Dead, Collateral Damage, The Bridge, The Night (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)?

    Stone is played brilliantly by Hugo Speer. His character is a police detective with two other characters reporting to him. I got really engrossed in the story lines which were gritty and relatable. Internal and external problems arise and Stone has to manage it. He has some demons which come out in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stone, Series 2: The Deserved Dead, Collateral Damage, The Bridge, The Night (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)?

    When Mike's wife woke up in the hotel not knowing how she got there after a night out.


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

    I've only seen him in The Full Monty where he plays a totally different character - great acting but not comparable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Inspector Stone Mysteries


    Any additional comments?

    So enjoyable and brilliantly produced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Truth... So Help Me God: An Enlightened Testimony from Inside Enron's Executive Offices

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy Kay Olson
    • Narrated By Cindy Kay Olson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In her new tell-all book, The Whole Truth... So Help Me God, Cindy Olson, a twenty-three year Enron employee and the first Enron executive to testify in front of both the United States Senate and House, sheds new light on the countless half-truths purveyed by the media and the justice system. As a protégé and confidant of the vilified Ken Lay, Olson reveals what kind of person he was behind closed doors.

    Claire says: "Badly written and appallingly narrated"
    "Badly written and appallingly narrated"
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    How can the publishers allow cindy olson to narrate this. There is a mistake almost every sentence. I have read all the Enron books and this is by far the worst. Olsen is arrogant and focuses on the success of Enron over the years but forgets that it was done by cheating.

    Olsen preaches to us like a sermon with God as a central part in her story. She sees ken lay as blameless and gushes incessantly.

    Absolute waste of money and a huge disappointment. The book was bad enough but at least the publishers could have ensured that it was narrated by someone who didn't take breaths in between sentences, splutters throughout and have some varies e in vocal.

    The worst book I have read in a long time, it was dreadful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (259)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Honest and funny"
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    Where does The Elephant to Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just love the anecdotes


    What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did but only because I didn't want to stop


    Any additional comments?

    Funny and a joy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bill Moushey, Robert Dvorchak
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    It's a scandal that began in a place called Happy Valley. But it's not as happy as it once was, as the child-sex-abuse charges against a longtime coach and the conspiracy of silence surrounding the allegations have rocked America and Division 1 college sports. In Game Over, journalists Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak investigate claims of a startling cover-up within the Penn State hierarchy that attempted to protect its football legacy, quite possibly at the expense of disenfranchised children.

    Lindsey says: "Unsettling but Accurate"
    "Heartbreaking"
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    What made the experience of listening to Game Over the most enjoyable?

    I felt very emotional. So many people knew but it was all covered up


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The entire breath and timeline


    Any additional comments?

    The sexual descriptions were a little to graphic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the President's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (135)

    Few, if any, books have had a more profound and lasting impact on society than this extraordinary piece of reporting that shook the very foundation of American politics. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward won the Pulitzer Prize for their investigative journalism and immediately became household names. After All the President's Men, nothing would ever be the same.

    Christina says: "So that's what happened"
    "Absolutely Rivetting"
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    Would you listen to All the President's Men again? Why?

    I have listened to it 3 times already. The movie is great but cannot possibly tell the whole story. It has heightened my interest in the whole Nixon presidency.

    As they say, life is stranger than fiction and this is a perfect example


    What other book might you compare All the President's Men to and why?

    A Few Good Men also portrayed a David and Goliath story


    What does Richard Poe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For me, the answer is just this.

    I had no idea of the expanse of the whole scheme. One hears 'Watergate' and I related the story with just a break in to the Democratic HQ.

    But the power of the White House infiltrates the FBI and top president aides whose dishonesty and cover up shielded the truth for so long. Also, I was fascinated by the Washington Post's Bernstein and Woodward who disliked the way each other worked and lived but grew a friendship through amazing teamwork and grind.

    Also I was unaware of the level of risk that the Posts senior editors were taking and admire them for backing up who they call 'the Boys'


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't intend to but did spend a whole night trying to finish it. But there is too much detail for a one sitting read


    Any additional comments?

    I learned so much more than I ever thought I would. It was a fantastic read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Magnus Palm
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

    Howard_a says: "Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!"
    "Severely disappointed"
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    What would have made Bright Lights, Dark Shadows better?

    I was so excited to read this but the story was just so boring. I stopped listening two thirds of the way through


    Has Bright Lights, Dark Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but it has turned me off the author


    What three words best describe Adrian Mulraney’s performance?

    He did his best with what he had to read


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was so disappointed


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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