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Jeremy

CHICAGO, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Widow's Story: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Ellen Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.

    glamazon says: "Breathless!"
    "Very in depth experience of grief"
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    Where does A Widow's Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10 of all time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joyce Carol Oates- the author


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

    It made me very sad but hopeful.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "How can a story about cannabilism be so inspiring?"
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    What did you love best about Desperate Passage?

    The facts are undeniable and horrifying- settlers resorting to cannablism. What I found most shocking though was how inspiring a story it was. I have never been so motivated as these people were to pick up and leave my life and travel into the complete unknown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Desperate Passage?

    When the Donner party is rescued was not how I imagened.


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

    After his introduction about cannablism, which was hard to listen to- he calms it down and is more subtle and matter of fact.


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

    Just what I said earlier. It is hard to wrap your brain around cannabilism but after you read -- you get it. And somehow, it's still scary but you understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cary Grant: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marc Eliot
    • Narrated By Marc Eliot
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Bringing up Baby. The Philadelphia Story. North by Northwest. An Affair to Remember. When Cary Grant passed away at age 82, fans from every generation mourned. Nearly 20 years later his star shines just as brightly from television and revival-house screens; his name remains synonymous with effortless charm.

    David says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Cary Grant was Gay and other stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think this is an important addition to the history of Hollywood- even if you aren't a Cary Grant fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it brings you into Hollywood of that period. That is exactly what I wanted and that's what I got.


    What aspect of Marc Eliot’s performance would you have changed?

    He does a good job- it's his book he knows how to read it. He does say "Such as it was" a lot. :)


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

    I think his relationships with women were sad. It's sad that at that time society forced him into tho


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a very important, honest look at the life of a gay man in Hollywood. It left me with the sense that "gay" didn't exist in the early part of the century. You were expected to get married, have kids, etc- whether or not sexuality or sexual orientation was linked to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called "the marriage of the century" - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

    Brenda Miller says: "Paul Boehmer needs more practice"
    "Insight into MEGAstardom"
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    Would you listen to Furious Love again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to Furious Love again only because I don't think I have ever listened to an audiobook twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It showed the beginning of megastardom and the fascination with the private lives of celebrities even more than their work as actors. Just like reality stars of today (although they had talent) Liz and Dick began to take their stardom more seriously, I think, than their work.


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

    I havent- but I will say he does a tremendous job. He has a voice for every character. It puts you off for 2 minutes but after listening you really appreciate his enthusiasm for the characters and the story.


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

    It made me feel like I was in this 60's world of excess and appreciate how we have changed as a culture. There have always been stars, whether royalty or movie stars- we need them for inspiration, hope, escape.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (379)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Absolutely priceless"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy to be better than the print version?

    So thankful that Jackie chose to record her thoughts on the presidency. Her commitment to the preservation of history is very clear, even amidst her grief at the time. Really fascinating insights on history and her personality. Although, I could listen to her read the phone book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    How she stated that she hated the French! So candid.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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