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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
156
REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
5
FOLLOWERS
2
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (366)
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    (261)
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    (257)

    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.


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  • 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
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1299)

    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 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
    (325)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (286)

    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
    (1270)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    "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
  • Seducing Ingrid Bergman

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Grace Coddington
    • Narrated By Grace Coddington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.

    Mary says: "Grace a Memoir"
    "Grace a Memoir"
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    If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada you will like Grace. Her road to the fashion industry and Anna Wintour is interesting and personal. She is funny, insightful and tells her story with both humor and honesty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Narrated By Sherwin B. Nuland
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    There is a vast literature on death and dying, but there are few reliable accounts of the ways in which we die. The intimate account of how various diseases take away life, offered in How We Die, is not meant to prompt horror or terror but to demythologize the process of dying, to help us rid ourselves of that fear of the terra incognita.

    Ruth says: "Required reading for those still breathing"
    "How We Die"
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    I first read Sherwin Nuland's book after my mother died. I flipped through it again when my father died. Now I have listened to How We Die without emotions influencing my read. It is very good in telling you how systems fail and what that leads to.. Mr. Nuland is not out to frighten anyone but just to explain why things go wrong in the body and what those things lead to. Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (708)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "A compelling story."
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    If you could sum up The Worst Hard Time in three words, what would they be?

    This is our history and yet it seems like a science fiction novel. The first hand stories are heart breaking. If you have seen the photos of Dorothea Lange or the movie The Grapes of Wrath you will have a slight idea of the amount of suffering that occured.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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