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Mary

Thank God for a mother that read to all the time. Now I can not go anywhere without iPod and headphones. Books allow me to be an armchair traveler, student and audience.

ratings
158
REVIEWS
16
FOLLOWING
5
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
6

  • The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheila Hancock
    • Narrated By Sheila Hancock
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When John Thaw, star of The Sweeney and Inspector Morse, died from cancer in 2002, a nation lost one of its finest actors, and Sheila Hancock lost a beloved husband. In this unique double biography she chronicles their lives, personal and professional, together and apart, growing up and growing older.

    Steve says: "sad and enthralling"
    "John Thaw"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Two of Us to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the hardcover book. I knew John Thaw primarily through movies and television. This is the reason I chose the audio version. He seems more alive on this format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Two of Us?

    I found the moment he found out he had esophageal cancer and the life he chose to live afterwards both brave and heart breaking. I still have his Morse episodes on CD. That is the beauty of this medium. He lives forever.


    What about Sheila Hancock’s performance did you like?

    Sheila Hancock's performance spot on. I can not envision anyone else recording this. The emotion she conveys truly moved me. I listened to the audio book twice. Wonderful


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    John Thaw's dignity through his illness and his relationships were inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved getting to know John Thaw the man, it gives me more insight into his characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Barbara Leaming
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Rita Hayworth was the epitome of 1940s glamour. A legendary "Love Goddess", she was a huge box-office star, and her sultry beauty and sensational figure made her into one of Hollywood's greatest sex-symbols: a pin-up so incendiary that GIs pasted it on to the first atom bomb ever detonated.

    Douglas says: "In-depth study"
    "Sad but true"
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    I found this biography well written. The facts of Rita Hayworth's life are public knowledge.
    Her life is described with truth and compassion. I enjoyed it even though the outcome is inevitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Falls Away

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Mia Farrow
    • Narrated By Mia Farrow
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, Mia Farrow's exquisitely written memoir goes beneath the surface of her amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential.

    Nichola says: "An Eye Opener"
    "Humanitarian effort?"
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    I had hoped this Mia Farrow would touch on her famous mother, Sinatra and her humanitarian efforts. I found the book the writings of a still bitter woman. I am sorry I wasted my time and money. If I wanted to read about Woody Allen I would have purchased a biography of Woody Allen. Skip this one. Not enough good to outweigh the bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Carole Radziwill
    • Narrated By Carole Radziwill
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy, Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, even as Carole planned her husband's memorial.

    Andrea says: "Kept me listening!"
    "I also give this book What Remains 5 Stars."
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    I have listened to this book too many times to count. It is heartbreaking. Carole Radziwill tells the story of John Kennedy Jr's last flight. What draws me to this book is Carole's reading of her own story. She was a very close friend of John's wife. She and her husband the son of Lee Radzwill were enjoying the perfect life, a happy life. The he was stricken with Cancer. I don't want to tell you everything but this is a beautiful book. At one time I was a grief counselor trying to help people deal with loss. I Will admire Carole forever because of the things she did right and how like all of us who loose someone, what not to do. No it is not chock full of Kennedy stories, it is the story of 4 very good friends. So worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1606)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Still Foolin' Em"
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    I had just seen his HBO special and really liked it. When I started listening the story became a totally different animal. I no know it takes Crystal's stge movement and faces to mke it work. I have always liked Billy Crystal but see him on stage. The book is dry,slow and I wish I had not purchased it. Sorry Billy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journal Keeper: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Phyllis Theroux
    • Narrated By Phyllis Theroux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Essayist Theroux has long captivated readers and listeners with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. "The Journal Keeper" is a memoir of six years in her life, covering universal topics such as love, loneliness, growing old, spiritual growth, and death.

    Lola865 says: "Don't spend your credit here."
    "Journal Keeper a Memoir"
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    This is an intelligent, insightful funny book. When I purchased it I though it was light and easy to listen to book. Within 10 minutes I had restarted the story. Phyllis Theroux is a woman my age. In understand why she journals. I do the same. I can't express enough the wit and intelligence of this writer, who is also the narrator. It is her life, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have listened to it twice to pick up the literary references . For now it is my default favorite. I highly recommend The Journal Keeper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (306)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "Christopher Hitchens. I miss his writing."
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    Even though this book is not read by Hitch you can still here his voice in every word. His stories are/were always entertaining, very funny, educational and filled with his amazement of his life. As he said in his interview with Charlie Rose "I am leaving the party earlier than I though I would, much earlier. I also highly recommend Hitch 22. It is read by Hitch and you will listen over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (444)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Loving Joan Didion. A Year of Magical Thinking"
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    This small book is magical. Anyone who has lost a family member will say "oh the same thing happened to me." Having lost too many people in my family I found this book at times funny, because I did the same thing, sad, not maudlin and educational. I have always liked Joan Didion's books but this one is my favorite. She recalls the small details one would experience after a death. She could not give his shoes away because he might come back and need them. That is a perfect example of magical thinking whether you are thinking like a sociologist or a psychologist or have lost a loved one.

    Joan Didion's book Blue Nights is about the death of her daughter. I think of them as companion books but not alike. Read A Year of Magical Thinking. Sometimes it will make you smile.

    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
    (377)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    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!"
    "Michael Caine. Eleoquent"
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    I enjoyed the book The Hollywood. There are a lot of great stories mentioning familiar and famous movie stars, Cary Grant among them. Michael Caine is as entertaining in the audio book as he is on film. I listened to this book during a run of insomnia and I could not only hear him smiling but visualize him there talking to me. You will not learn anything new or scandalous here. You will be entertained by a great actor telling great stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seducing Ingrid Bergman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Greenhalgh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    June, 1945: Ingrid Bergman has been sent to entertain the troops and when she bumps into the photographer Robert Capa, he is enchanted. He slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door and the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Ingrid, tired of her passionless marriage and her controlling film studio, longs for freedom and excitement. With everything at stake, both Capa and Ingrid are presented with terrible choices.…

    Mary says: "Seducing Ingrid Bergman"
    "Seducing Ingrid Bergman"
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    Do not bother with this book. A few facts and then the narrator does the Ingrid Bergman voice. That ruined it for me. From what I have read about Ingrid Bergman this book is bad fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Evening with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Cavett
    • Narrated By Eddy Friedfeld
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Dick Cavett became a talk show host in 1969, his keen intellect and unique wit infused the format with a new style. Cavett offered a forum for controversial opinions and issues ranging from women's liberation to Vietnam. The Dick Cavett Show also became a late-night home for top rock bands and such comedy legends as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, George Burns, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, and Lucille Ball.

    Mary says: "Dick Cavett"
    "Dick Cavett"
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    What can I say, who does not like Dick Cavett. He goes through his early years, his show biz years and his walks and talks with William Styron, Art Buchwald about their depress. Very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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