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Vanessa Stewart

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012


  • Cornflakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Hilburn
    • Narrated By Rob Hilburn, Jr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robert Hilburn’s storied career as a rock critic has allowed him a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the most iconic figures of our time. He was the only music critic to visit Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. He met John Lennon during his "lost weekend" period in Los Angeles, and they became friends. Bob Dylan granted him his only interviews during his "born again" period and the occasion of his 50th birthday. Michael Jackson invited Hilburn to watch cartoons with him in his bedroom....

    Marc says: "Great Behind-the-scenes stories of rock 'n' roll!"
    "Well done! Fascinating anecdotes."
    Would you listen to Cornflakes with John Lennon again? Why?

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this title. WOW. I was blown away. Robert Hilburn is a fascinating character in the world of music. What a life.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Hilburn is a legend of his own. The access he had to musicians from Johnny Cash to Kurt Cobain is unprecidented. The tales are incredible. He had a conversation with Yoko Ono right after John Lennon's assasination and spoke with Courtney Love the day she was looking for a missing Kurt Cobain. (he was found dead shortly after their interview) He had intimate relationships with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Johnny Cash....the list of hall of famers goes on and on and on. He describes conversations with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder and contemporaries such as Jack White and U2. Another thing I found fascinating was his description of (and advocacy for) the budding rap industry and genre. This book comes close to sharing what it might have been like to walk a mile in his bad ass shoes.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The only negative thing about this audiobook I can muster up is the narrator (who happens to be the author's son) acts out some of the dialogue with painfully poor English and Irish accents. It detracts from the content. It pains me to listen to a John Lennon quote while Mr. Hillburn choked his way through a Liverpudlian accent. But don't let that dissuade you from picking up this glorious audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Can I get my money back?"
    Would you try another book from Karen Quinn and/or Julia Gibson?

    I only paid $4.95 for this title and i feel ripped off. This book is amateurishly written and is often painful to experience. Audible can keep my money. However, I wonder if they can do anything to refund the time I lost?

    What could Karen Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If she didn't use sophomoric and racist undertones, her one-dimensional characters might have been only semi-obnoxious. One storyline involved spray-tanning a young girl while coloring her hair dark so she could pass as an African-American. She was hoping for admittance to an exclusive private school, while taking advantage of affirmative action quotas. Under the direction of a more skillful writer, this subplot has potential to be funny, heartwarming and possibly even educational. This author fumbles the ball on the goal line.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Gibson’s performances?

    The reader was skillful, talented and enjoyable.

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

    I wish I had stopped listening around chapter 2. I kept hoping it would get better.

    Any additional comments?

    A real stinker, complete with two, puke-a-little-in-your-mouth sex scenes which include the words "moist" and "penis".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields

    When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis Henchy, into the world, something unexpected followed: a crippling depression. Now, for the first time, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

    April Fritz says: "A New Fan of Brooke"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    She writes from the persepctive of a self-centered brat. I wanted to like this book so badly. The more she spoke, the angrier I became at her. The only parts of this book that would be relatable to the masses are what it's like to feel sad and overwhelmed after bringing your new baby home from the hospital. Otherwise, her fantasy job (acting and bringing her baby along with her on TV and movie sets) along with her live-in nanny made it tough to empathize with Ms. Shields. Its saccharin ending made me wonder if she has truly recovered. I wish her and her daughter all the best. It will be interesting to hear how her daughter turns out in about 15 years. I would imagine it will be a tough book for her to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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