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  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (891)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Sure I am Getting Looks in D.C. Traffic!"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a wonderful book and a highlight of my day (with 3 hours commuting). Rachel is really a fantastic writer. It is so real, yet HYSTERICAL. There are times when I would be laughing out loud, window down . . . . I want to just say to those looking. . . get Rachel Dratch's book!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl Walks into a Bar...?

    There are too many. . . . I have referred to Rachel's description of getting kicked off of 30 Rock and how she and Tina processed feelings. Paraphrased - Rachel is a Pices and well. . . Tina is German. Really funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Rachel's funny yet serious discussion about contemplating motherhood in her late 30's, early 40's is absolutely on point. She really nails the fact that even though we are perceived as "self actualized" and "mature," . . . embarking on this journey is still absolutely nuts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "A current example of leadership. ."
    Overall

    I have heard about this book for several years and just got the chance to read it. Amazing, tangible, real life examples from Lincoln on how to lead in the face of adversity. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "For lovers of logic and transparency"
    Overall

    I've seen Richard Clarke on various news shows, commentaries but until I saw him last week on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, didn't think to get one of his books.

    I will be honest, I am interested in but not at all savvy when it comes to the inner workings and history of how our government, different administrations have engaged and acted in the Middle East or tackled terrorism. Especially, the long history the U.S. has in these efforts throughout the last 20 years. Nor did I get involved, i.e., peace sign in my front yard, when things were not what they seemed in Iraq.

    Ignoring the political rhetoric and just being a sister emotionally involved as her younger brother served two tours in Iraq. . . visiting him at Walter Reed after a traumatic brain injury. . I really appreciate Richard Clarke's clear method of breaking down his own experience and facts without much hyperbole or opinion. . . .

    I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves transparency and logic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6688)
    Performance
    (4670)
    Story
    (4655)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "GREAT BOOK"
    Overall

    Fantastic narration and character development. Some parts were a bit slow, however - you definitely feel like you are part of the Kitchen House and sad that it ends so soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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