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Eileen

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 26 reviews
  • 46 ratings
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (592)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    This has long been one of my favorite books, so I was delighted to finally find it available in audio. It is not great literature, but it does make the listener think "what if...?" and consider your options if you had a "do over." It's well written and narrated, and well worth a listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (468)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "A Colossal Failure of Leadership and Planning"
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    The story is pitiful and thought provoling. It is astounding to learn that so many people were so ill-prepared, especially in a reigon where storms are a common event. People in the hospital were over-worked, under-fed and essentially trying to simply survive in sweltering heat with no information and no hope. This book makes the listener feel their frustration and despair.

    A (small) criticism: if the readers can't pronounce the words, have her look them up before recording the book. It's a book about a hospital, for goodness sake, so the medical words are important to the story. But there is absolutely NO reason why someone who is paid to read can't pronounce the word "deco"!

    Overall, an exceptional book. It should be sub-titled "How NOT to Handle a Tough Situation".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jack Perkins
    • Narrated By Jack Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For 25 years, millions of Americans watched Jack Perkins on NBC News as a correspondent, commentator, and anchorman. People were familiar with his face, his bearing, and his rich, reassuring bass. Yet at the age of 52 and at the height of his career, Jack Perkins disappeared from the public eye and moved with his wife, Mary Jo, to a bare-necessities cabin on an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine. This isolated home they came to call Moosewood was the setting for Jack and Mary Jo’s spiritual awakening.

    Eileen says: "Too Much God, Not Enough Moosewood"
    "Too Much God, Not Enough Moosewood"
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    Oh that voice! Jack Perkins could read a cookbook and make it sound enthralling. I enjyed the too brief vignettes about his career and the experience of leaving it for a much different life. I do understand that part of his reason, and a large part of his life, revolved around his faith, but at times the book felt like Mr Perkins was trying to convince and convert me. The book was interesting, but then seemed to come to an abrupt end and left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armstrong
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke's wife on the eponymous show; she was a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when screenwriters James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied: "Americans won't watch television about New York City, divorcées, men with mustaches, or Jews." But Moore and her team were committed, and when the show finally aired, in spite of tepid reviews, fans loved it.

    Eileen says: "The Narrator Came from the Ted Baxter School ..."
    "The Narrator Came from the Ted Baxter School ..."
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    The book is interesting, especially for those of us who were ther. It is unfortunate that the reader detracts so much from the story. Her simpleton lilting voice (which unfortunately lilts in the wrong places) is bad enough, but her awkward attempt to voice characters is painful. If you are interested in this book, spare yourself and buy the written or e-book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Del Quentin Wilbur
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C. and was shot by a would-be assassin. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation teetered on the brink of chaos.

    Lynn says: "Informative and Entertaining"
    "An Interesting Look Back"
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    This book does an excellent job of reviewing the attempted assassination of President Reagan from a historical point of view. The author adds details and context from the perspective of 30 years later. A few of the medical details are off, but not enough so to alter the story. The only drawback- the story isn't an objective look at Reagan. If all you know about the former president is what you learn from this book, you would think that Mr. Reagan and Nancy were perfect and never made a mis-step. I am supporter, and even I don't buy their wonderfulness in this book. When it comes to the assassination attempt though, Mr. Wilbur does a great job of documenting the roles of all involved and providing details that weren't common knowledge before.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FDR's Deadly Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Lomazow, Eric Fettman
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945 sent shock waves around the world. His lifelong physician swore that the president had always been a picture of health. Later, in 1970, Roosevelt's cardiologist admitted he had been suffering from uncontrolled hypertension and that his death from a cerebral hemorrhage was a cataclysmic event waiting to happen.

    Eileen says: "A New and Intriguing Theory"
    "A New and Intriguing Theory"
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    This book was FASCINATING. The author posits a very credible theory about the true cause of FDR's death that makes more sense then the "he had heart disease and his doctors ignored it" that I have read in several other books.

    The story is well told, and the medical events and terminolgy are written at a level that is very understable for a lay person. I highly recommend this book to any history or FDR buff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1851)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "The Intersection of Time and Change"
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    This book is fabulous!! Laura Moriarty somehow beautifully and plausibly wrote a book about two very different women coming from very different era's amd both main characters stand out. The story is interesting with some unexpected turns, and is very well written.

    To highlight all of this, Elizabeth McGovern's reading is a delight. She acts the story with emotion, accents and timing. There couldn't have been a better choice to be both Cora and Loise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Mapes
    • Narrated By Mary Mapes
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It was a great story. A true story. The kind of story any news producer would love to report, nail down, and get on the air. And that's just what Mary Mapes and her producing and reporting team did in September 2004 when Dan Rather anchored their report on President George W. Bush's dereliction of his National Guard duty for CBS News.

    Theodore says: "Neither true nor dutiful"
    "Sometimes the truth DOES set you free..."
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    Reading the reviews on Audible, I am convinced that either some listeners heard an entirely different book or they listened to this with such preconceived opinions that there is no way they can hear the facts.

    CBS was targeted by the right for reporting information the right didn't want the public to know. Mary Mapes and Dan Rather paid the price, while their bosses at CBS knuckled under and either moved up or took the money and ran. Shame on them.

    Mapes had no way of knowing that people she talked with to verify information would also knuckle under and lie when the story was broadcast. I guess she learned the hard way that power talks and principles walk. She does admit in the book to placing faith in memos that couldn't be 100% verified because they were copies. That error in judgment opened the door to wild and wildly untrue attacks. The diversion caused by these attacks on the memos successfully diverted people from the REAL story that was supported by fact after fact and witness after witness- George W Bush didn't fulfill his obligation and lied about it.

    Mapes tells a compelling story of the truth, the cover-up, the exposure of the truth and the price she and a handful of others paid. Her account of life inside the storm and the fallout is absorbing. Dan Rather's book "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News" makes an excellent companion read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "The Other Side of the Story"
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    Mr. Rather has had a very interesting career; he has covered a lot of news in a lot of places. This book recounts some of those experiences (good and bad).

    His experiences as a journalist make him uniquely qualified to set the record straight about the event that ended his career at CBS. Mr. Rather lays out, in detail, the story and the story behind the story. He very astutely points out that the real story of George W Bush's military service (and the lies that surround it) got lost in the smokescreen Bush operatives initiated about the documents. If the facts aren't in your favor, divert people's attention with garbage! If anyone has any doubt about the influence of political parties and people in power on a free press, this book and the attack ads in the current presidential campaign will erase those doubts.

    Hearing the story in Mr. Rather's own voice also adds interest to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (474)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Better Than Disney World"
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    Sarah Vowell writes beautifully. This book is fun, funny AND informative. Her journey through presidential history is filled with things no teacher ever told me and her reading enhances the story. Vowell's politics are evident throughout the book but also proof that people of all political persuasions can love this country. The material is interesting and filled with obscure facts that help keep it from being just another dry history book. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reagan: The Hollywood Years

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Marc Eliot
    • Narrated By Marc Eliot
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Covering more than 30 years of Reagan's film and television work, Marc Eliot sheds new light on Reagan's bachelor life, his two marriages, and his two runs as the president of SAG. It also examines his personal relationship with superagent Lew Wasserman, the crucial player who helped develop Reagan's movie-star persona, which would prove essential to his eventually becoming President of the United States.

    Chris says: "Very good, but more politics than movies"
    "All Writers Aren't Readers"
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    This should be a more interesting book to listen to. It is an account of a part of Ronald Reagan's life that little is known about, and includes Hollywood, the studio system, movies and beautiful co-stars.

    Instead, the listener is terribly distracted by the performance. Mr. Eliot reads this book like he is absolutely unfamiliar with the material. There are long gaps when he seems to have lost his page, and every third sentence contains the words "author's note". If a professional reader had been engaged, the story could have been more interesting and my mind wouldn't have drifted every time the reader got too close to the microphone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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