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United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 285 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mimi Alford
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker

    In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy Administration had reinvigorated the capital and the country - and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Mimi made an impression on Kennedy's inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself....

    faye says: "Disturbing"
    "Very intriguing, hard to put down."
    If you could sum up Once Upon a Secret in three words, what would they be?

    I hesitated listening to this book because of my respect and amiration for Jackie Kennedy but I was intrigued and pludged forward. I did enjoy the book and it made me spend a lot of time doing google searches to learn more about JFK's affairs. For instance, I watched the Barbara Walters interview and I felt sorry for Mimi on how she was treated by Barbara. I respect Mimi for how well she handled the interview. While listening to the story, I felt a compassion for Mimi and thought many times "what would I have done". I did have a hard time believing some of the verbiage towards the end of the book, such as when said she disposed of the personal items given to her by JFK. Not something I think I would do but needless to say I never received any gifts from JFK so who am I to judge.In conclusion, I recommend this book and hats off to Mimi Alford.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >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."
    "I enjoyed it."
    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth McGovern – was your favorite?

    She performed them all well. She made the book even more enjoyable for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community.

    Courtney says: "A Different Spin on Nicholas Sparks!"
    "Worst book he has ever written"
    What aspect of Rebecca Lowman’s performance would you have changed?

    She was good

    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got the abridged version. We are reading this for book club and I've already had people say they won't finish it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "I highly recommend this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow, great story! One of my favorite books I've read in a long time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I just finished this book and I am in awe."
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Wow, what genius it took to write this book. I have never read any of King's books but was intrigued the the story dealing with time travel to save President Kennedy's life. This is one book I will remember reading for the rest of my life. I hope and can not wait for it to be a movie. What a movie it will be.

    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    gee, any classic that is remember for many many many years

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

    he did a great job with all the accents of the various regions of USA.

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

    yes, I'm in awe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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