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Sudi

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  • Shockaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old.

    JanBreesmom says: "Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life"
    "Carrie Fisher: Truthaholic"
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    What did you love best about Shockaholic?

    What's not to love?

    Carrie Fisher, addicted to brutal truth, delivered the fascinating details of her life with her classic self-effacing humor.


    What other book might you compare Shockaholic to and why?

    Well... 'Wishful Drinking' -- Ms. Fisher's memoir that also let's her fans know what her Wonder Bread years were like


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everyone has a 'readervoice' in their head that turns on when reading a book. You have your own style, and it works; besides, what else are you gonna do for a narrator?

    When an author, who is also an actor, reads you their work, you know you're getting it exactly the way they wrote and meant it to be heard.

    So you get the added novelty of filling in a sort of emotional gap between the author and audience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You could... in my case we did listen to it from beginning to end while driving (skidding) through a torrential downpour while looking for an open restaurant on the backroads of Virginia one Sunday.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Old Hippies Never Die"
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    What did you love best about Wild Tales?

    Can't say I actually loved anything in particular but I did like the recreation of the 60's and beyond music scene from someone who managed to stay aware enough to obviously recall most of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Tales?

    I thought the serendipity of meeting the Everly Brothers on the street in England and talking with them after seeing them perform was intriguing. I guess that could never happen today with an aspiring musician and their heroes.


    What about Graham Nash’s performance did you like?

    It was nice hearing his actual enthusiasm when reading some anecdote that appeared to really touch him in some way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll LIfe

    Relive the crazy, incredible fun without further damaging your liver!


    Any additional comments?

    I could have used fewer political advocations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Matzen
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood star to sacrifice her life in the war.

    Sudi says: "Carole, Reanimated"
    "Carole, Reanimated"
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    If you could sum up Fireball in three words, what would they be?

    Researched; Personal; Gripping


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms.Gilbert does read with enthusiasm.


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

    I appreciated that Mr. Matzen fleshed out some peripheral players in the lives of Lombard and also Gable.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always felt I knew Carole; now I feel I know her better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2596)
    Story
    (2598)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A Real Trip"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    The descriptive character building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a road trip without the car.


    What does Jim Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, what American doesn't love a British accent?


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harold, at the end of his trip.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "Gets You Back into Art"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you needed to re-think your artistic endeavors, it would be recommended.


    Any additional comments?

    It might get you to pick up your paintbrush again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Did George Meet Henry??"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Autobiography of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

    The rich detailing of everyday life and capturing the essence of living in Henry's era really made the story as fully fleshed as Henry eventually became. You felt that Margaret George had been there and had supper with Henry many times, or could have been someone in his court.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the voice… the human (and often petty) qualities that Margaret George gave Henry.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    I loved his performance. He could give even the feminine characters a believable quality without seeming forced or stilted.


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

    It did transport me back in time.


    Any additional comments?

    The author brought the era to life and did not rely on stereotypes from your typical school history books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "Not Enough Horses"
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    Would you try another book from Anton DiSclafani and/or Adina Verson?

    Hmmmnnn. Maybe. This had enough going on so that I listened to it all but there were times that I was working too hard to learn some element or aspect of the character in order to care about the character(s). And sadly, when I did learn something, it really wasn't all that sympathetic to the character. I thought Ms. Verson a good reader, especially for the narrator's personality.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anton DiSclafani before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by DiSclafani.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed any explication involving the horses but the horses were not really a main point in the plot, except that the riding camp/horses fit into the main character's personal likes/talents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. I'd had to give away some pertinent plot points to explain why but I can just say that the pivots that turn the plot are fairly non-relative to most peoples' lives and therefore sort of distant and unreachable.


    Any additional comments?

    I give kudos to anyone who finishes writing a novel. And points to DiSclafani for writing from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. I might give another book a try. But it will have to have some elements of day-to-day life which don't reach so far into the periphery of the weird and untypical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Breakfast with Buddha: A Tasty Treat"
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    Would you listen to Breakfast with Buddha again? Why?

    I would recommend it to others but I seldom listen to or read a book twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Rinpoche. He was fully realized and quite believable as a wise and transcendent practitioner of the buddhist philosophy.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    I really liked his personalization of his accent/voice for Rinpoche.


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

    I liked the conclusion. It made sense.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun listen and also would make a great beach read or road trip listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (160)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Good Beach Read"
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    Where does A Hundred Summers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd place it about a third-of-the way down the reading list.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Some of the protagonists needed a forgivable flaw or too, perhaps.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the end, of course.


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

    No, but I am somewhat immovable when it comes to listening to books. It has to be a whopper of a story line to get me to really dive into being moved.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good enough read.... maybe a beach or rainy day read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2362)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2179)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Magical Mythological Creatures"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. The writing gives multi-faceted layers to the characters. You have to know enough intimacies about the lead actors to care about their fates. Wecker does this very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, that's a coin toss between the Golem and the Jenni.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listened to George Guidall before. But in this reading, he admirably colors the voices with just the right tinge of an accent -- and most Americans (thanks to Hollywood,) expect their foreign born characters to have an certain lilt to their English. (Even when, in the story line, they are supposed to be speaking their native language, it sorta has to be read with the accent to give the English reading a little more flavor and to keep the environment at an appropriate level of the exotic. George Guidall does this really well.) Mr. Guidall also reads the women's parts without the simper that some male narrators seem to lean on in order to distinguish the feminine voices.


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

    This book didn't automatically engage me on that level. That is not a fault, however.


    Any additional comments?

    Isaac Beshevis Singer would have enjoyed reading this book, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Bauhaus to Our House

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement. This is his sequel to The Painted Word, the book that caused such a furor in the art world five years before. Once again Wolfe shows how social and intellectual fashions have determined aesthetic form in our time and how willingly the creators have abandoned personal vision and originality in order to work a la mode.

    Ellen says: "So snarky I kept having to back up and repeat"
    "Nice Architectural History Synopsis"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a nice review of certain early to mid-century architectural style(s) and theory.
    If you need to freshen your memory of things learned in Art History 101, this is the ticket in the architectural field.


    What could Tom Wolfe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Mr. Wolfe did what he proposed. That being an articulation of just how the minimalist idea in the architectural canon evolved.


    Did Dennis McKee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Well, no characters here, but Mr. McKee did a nice job reading the text.


    Could you see From Bauhaus to Our House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    (Ah HA!! I see that Audible needs to apply some editing their questions when reviewing nonfiction! This is an essay, pretty much, not a fictionalized account of architectural stylizers.)

    But OK... I'm game!

    If Mr. Wolfe wanted to have a movie made of the evolution of intellectualization of the human habitat from dirt floors and burlap curtains to the glass box of the 20th century, he could introduce into a work of fiction an immortal who lives on one square acre of ground for about 12,000 years and has to undergo a thousand renovations of his habitat.

    Anyone who has ever been inflicted with of a renovation of the tiniest kitchen or a measly bathroom knows that this leads to madness. So, instead of a vampire or wolf-human that lives forever, we could have, as our protagonist, a common man driven insane not only by the intellectuals who dictate fashion at the expense of comfort but also a man driven to suicide by the endless torture of construction never finished. Sort of like what happens in any actual renovation.

    Of course, being immortal, the man cannot chose to end his suffering at his own hand because, well, he's immortal and must endure until he is finally encased in a glassy, soulless, boxed tower .


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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