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David

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  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (179)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "A Familiar Surprise"
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    Bob Spitz got it right! While I loved, "My Life in France", it was more of a family rememberance. "Dearie" is not a fluff piece. It's not a damning piece. This is a good, honest look At Julia Child. A peek behind the curtain at private moments that will melt your heart, and some the will make you wince. Julia Child changed the way America looked at food, and she almost single handedly got PBS off the ground. And along the way she didn't just step on some toes, sometimes she made sure she broke them in the prosese. In "Dearie" you'll find the Julia you didn't know, and by the end of "Dearie" you find she's still the Julia you wish you had known. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to listen to it again. Please forgive the cliché, Bon Appetite!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ray Walker
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that he couldn't stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery - with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience.

    Kevin says: "Unfortunate narration"
    "A road worth traveling"
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    This book will make you jealous. Ray Walker found a passion. That passion grew into a dream. Hard work, and serendipity fermented into success. A love of wine, became a passion for making it. The Road to Burgundy is a long, and winding one. Full of twists, and turns. Bumps, and pot wholes. But a road you will love walking with Ray. I'll bet you will became so engrossed, that you, like I, will google Ray Walker to see what he is up to today.

    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
    (264)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    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."
    "A National Treasure"
    Overall

    This book is a must for any Dick Van Dyke fan. From the wonderful back stories of the Dick Van Dyke show, Mary Poppins, Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang. To the parts that you might be unfamiliar with. it's hard to stop listening.
    There is something new in every chapter. Like how he got his start in show business. His brief run in with the Mob. Almost getting fired from his job at an Atlanta TV station. His political activism, and his struggle with alcoholism.
    I am so glad the Dick Van Dyke narrates this book himself. I felt as if I were a relative of his, and asked him what his life was like? "Well pull up a chair, and I'll tell you all about it".
    There are so many performers. Dick Van Dyke is truly an entertainer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1137)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "More hits then misses."
    Overall

    David Sedaris', "Me Talk Pretty One Day", is an eclectic hit or miss bundling of personal life story essays. The hits I feel are his comedic essay. While listening to the bit about his Elementary School speech therapist, and the essay on the history of his family pets, you do not want to be drinking fluids. You'll get a sinus rinse. Where is book falls short in my opinion is Sedaris' more serious essays. I found them a little dark, and far less interesting. I kept hoping he would hurry up and finish with these, and move on to something else. Is, "Me Talk Pretty One Day", credit worthy? Hmmm. In my opinion, if you have an spare credit, or Audible puts it in the half price sale, pull the trigger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall.

    David says: "A great story for young, and old!"
    "A great story for young, and old!"
    Overall

    This is a really good book! I may be bias, because like the main character Franny, I grew up in Maryland. My father was in the Air Force. And I can remember having complicated relationships with my friends. Because I love history, and history is so intertwined into this story. But it's more then that. It's a great story about a young girl who finds her faith in her family, and herself. I'm 49 years old, and I loved this book. I'm going to make sure I get a copy to my granddaughter. Kids of all ages will love "Countdown".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bruce Watson
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (43)

    In the summer of 1964, with the civil rights movement stalled, seven hundred college students descended on Mississippi to register black voters, teach in Freedom Schools, and live in sharecroppers' shacks. But by the time their first night in the state had ended, three volunteers were dead, black churches had burned, and America had a new definition of freedom.

    Roy says: "The Long Hot Summer"
    "Change had to come."
    Overall

    Great read, or in my case listen to, "Freedom Summer" by Bruce Watson. 700 people going into Mississippi to draught attention to Jim Crow laws in the south in '64. Many were abused. Several lost their lives. This pales in comparison to the black population in Mississippi who were abused, and lost their lives under Jim Crow. Freedom Summer wasn't the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, nor was it the end. In My opinion Freedom Summer turned a candle into a spotlight. Change had to come

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (381)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    ""Scathing brilliant""
    Overall

    Wonderfully cerebral, incredibly humorous. Julia Sweeney takes you on her intrepid journey to find God. Through the Catholic Church, Buddhism, transcendental meditation, each time learning something new about God, and more importantly, about herself. "The Kingdom of God is within you". "Scathing brilliant". I've had this audio book for just over a week, and have listened to four times already. It's one short coming is that it is too short. This one is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (620)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Darwin8u says: "Excommunicate and Banish This Book"
    "A Sci Fi, and Steampunk must."
    Overall

    If you love Steampunk, the Civil War era, science fiction and the macob, and a bit of mystery, you will love Boneshaker. If you can believe in the probable, and not the possible. Subterranean boring machines. Gases from the earth that cause deformities. Airships, zombies, and gadgets reminiscent of the Wild, Wild West. And one of those great endings that is left for you to write for yourself. If you love all of this, you wil love Boneshaker.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (374)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "I felt as if I was with them."
    Overall

    Poignant, funny, tragic, triumphant. E. B. Sledge's account of his service with the Marine First Division during WWII is nothing less than a must read, um, listen to. Sledge makes you feel as if you are seated directly in front of him, and he is talking directly to you. Sledge makes the ordinary, sound extraordinary, and the extraordinary, sound fantastic. Sledge not only explains the glory of war, but the gruesome realities of war as well. This is not a John Wayne movie, but an accurate account of what really happened. Some lost their lives. Some lost parts of their bodies. And some lost parts of their souls. Sledge is like an accountant. Adding up the true cost of war. This book is a must for any library.

    13 of 13 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
    (392)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (130)

    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"
    "Perception, vs. reality. "
    Overall

    Perception, the Nixon administration was political success. The reality, the Nixon administration was a moral failure. Martin Luther King, after meeting Nixon, in '56 said he felt that he was a sincere man. But added "if was wasn't sincere, he was the most dangerous man in America". Most Americans think that Watergate was the explosion. Woodward and Bernstein show in All The President's Men, that Watergate was the match that lit the fuse. Money laundering, extortion, dirty politics. That was the explosion. King was right. Nixon was the most dangerous man in America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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