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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2533)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "A Magnet in More Ways Than One"
    Overall

    Sure every young girl crushed on this guy back in the day, but don't let that lead you to skip this book. You want to read it because A) the guy can write B) the hollywood insight is great C) there's laughter, loss, and redemption and D) you'll be mesmerized 10 minutes in.
    The book is an honest look at the guy's life in a way that makes you feel like he was (and is) the neighborhood kid made good. No haughtiness and no over-the-top self deprecation. When he's done good, he tells you, when he hasn't, the guy is up front about that too. The chapters and stories have good breaks, so you can easily pick up where you left off.
    For a guy who has touched base with actors, stars, presidents, and royalty, Lowe makes you feel like it could happen to you with hard work and some serendipity.
    I sure hope he continues to write and whether he does or not, I sure hope he thinks about reading another book on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fame

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When legendary film director Dorian Rasmirez gambles his fortune on an opulent remake of Wuthering Heights, he knows it’s his last chance to salvage his career. Thanks to a bitter public feud with producer Harry Greene, Dorian desperately needs a hit - a big one - and he’ll do anything to get it. Even cast Hollywood bad girl Sabrina Leon in the lead role. Plucked from obscurity, Sabrina catapulted to fame at an early age. Now the young starlet is as famous for her battles with drugs and alcohol as she is for her intoxicating beauty.

    BookLuvr says: "Started out with good intentions"
    "Started out with good intentions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tilly Bagshawe and/or Alison Larkin?

    Probably not.


    What could Tilly Bagshawe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    One couple in the end.. the proposal was so convenient to end the story. I would have like it better if it was less predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alison Larkin’s performances?

    not really.


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

    I got bored in the middle. The women were caricatures.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it funny that, for a female writer, only the male characters were remotely interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Harmon
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three-inch, 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way, things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney.

    PastorJim says: "Fantastic Holiday Listen"
    "Know your fairy tales? This fare is gumdrop yummy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Fat Man?

    I loved the 40s style delivery of the narrator. It was like I could turn a corner and find Humphrey Bogart at the North Pole.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was no holding back on dragging every kid's story and fairy tale out to be smashed into tinsel coated shards of glass. I will never look at Grumpy or candy canes the same way.All the characters and the North Pole itself were packed with familiar memories that I invested in some of the characters quickly.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    Oddly, not the hero. But Johnny had so many other great ones, I didn't mind. The way he portrayed the bond of friendship (bromance?) between Gumdrop and his best pal, made it real in a world of fantasy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The noir style had me at hello, but half-way through the book I was exhausted from the mental work it takes to comprehend that kind of lingo. All the references to other films, books, and fairy tales connected me to so many parts of my life, I knew I had to finish the book. Gumdrop Coal is a bit dark and scary for a bit too long. There were a few twists too many and I had to go back a couple times just to understand who was or wasn't on the right side.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1553)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Sarah Drew made this book come to life"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    I'm about to get the next book in this series. I like the heroine enough to see what happens next, though the story itself was a bit flat.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    Sarah Drew carried me through this book. In parts where I would have probably put a physical copy down, Sarah reeled me in with emotion and fast-paced reading during high-stress moments, chase, scenes, and the rush of young love. She made me feel it when the lead character lost her sense of control and when she overcame her fears. Her voice put me in the mind of the teenager.


    Do you think Delirium needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The book is designed for the next in the series. I didn't even have to ask if there was one. Of course, aren't all YA books designed for trilogies now?


    Any additional comments?

    I know a lot of YA books seem to cover some post-apocalyptic or post world-changing event (Hunger Games, Water Wars, etc.), but this story brought me right back to high school when love and all the emotions that came with it seemed to have life or death impact. In Delirium, love is a disease, or determined to be one by the government. Just when our teen heroine Lena is ready to become a member of the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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