Nepean, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2014
Even if you've never been a Barbara Walters fan, you have to appreciate her career.
I found this entire memoir to be captivating, interesting, enlightening and hard to 'put down'. The history alone of what Walters has accomplished is incredible.
If you ARE a fan, you must purchase this and give it a listen. Great narration and wonderful storytelling.
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty blew my mind. The title is catchy, and you know what the story will be about just from those five words. But there is so much more, and absolutely nothing you are expecting.
The things I liked best about The Unfortunate Importance of beauty was that, by the time the narrator read "The End", I was cheering and couldn't wait to write this review. The characters are creative people who are all deeply and sometimes permanently flawed. However, their gifts are great. their hearts greater. The friendship between them is more of a family than 10,000 relatives could provide. The varied mysteries, the magical abilities, the weird supernatural elements that just made sense - - - did I just write that? I adored this story. Though I did find the narration a little clumsy at the beginning of the story, by the end of the story, I completely got it.
Choosing a favorite character is difficult. They were all so richly written that it would be like sitting with all of my weird friends looking at me and said "which one of us is your bestie?" Barb was hard to understand as a person, at first. But very early in the story, I thought "Okay, I think I get it." But then there's Lily, the complete opposite of Barb in every way. And Penelope, and Jack, and Peter. . . and and. Nope. Can't do it.
Where my world stopped and nothing else mattered in my life but "The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty" was when Lily mastered the art of beautification through music. I wish I could say more without giving anything away, but let me just say I forgot all about Barb's problems and was 100% about Lily. Practically to the end of the story - Lily.
If you're reading this review, spend the credit. It's a great story. Sometimes completely weird, quirky and incredible - it's still a great story.
Hey, I will admit I was really into The Hills. I loved watching the formulated drama, and I really liked Lauren Conrad. It all sucked me in. LC as an author - sure, she's got the research down, but the entire series is too simplified. I expected more.
I enjoy the stories as "Beach Reads". They are simple, formulaic and somewhat predictable. But so was The Hills. LC's writing is okay - but it's not going to lead to a prolific career in novel writing for her. Eventually, the story will get old.
Static, un-emotional, listenable.
Everyone should have to read or listen to this story. It was so beautifully done, so provocative and imaginative. It's a story that stays with the reader and begs for discussion.
The Life of Pi speaks of so many things that tickle the imagination and the thinking bone. It's survival, adaptation, madness, horror - everything. . . and with a twist at the end that begs questioning.
Jeff Woodman's performance brought authenticity to the story for me in that his Indian accent lent reality to the story-telling. Woodman's performance did not detract from the story in any way.
Well, since the film has already been made. . .Boy, Tiger, Boat, Ocean, Survival. Where can this story possibly go?
I would listen to this again. The narrator, Jill Redfield is EXCELLENT. She will be the first narrator that I will look for titles based on her narration. The story is easy to follow with enough drama and WTH moments to make it difficult to stop listening.
There is the ubiquitous comparison to 50 Shades of Grey, but the characters are messed up in different ways. Different hangups, different neurosis. It's a darker story in a way, but the writing is hotter.
Jill is a fantastic narrator. Ava is wonderfully portrayed. Three dimensional, emotional - Jill, you ROCK. Her talents allow her to paint a full cast of characters in her narration. Very well-done.
Can sexual chemistry make you a prisoner in a truly ****** up relationship?
Though I did enjoy the sordid and crazy tales that some assistants were willing to share, I found myself wishing for more. The stories are told well enough that it's night on impossible to figure out whom the stories might apply to. They are also surprising enough that you may feel slightly disgusted, but hey - it's Hollywood.
I found Nemcoff's narration a little in your face. If it's possible, I'd say he YELLED the entire time - but I am sure it's down to the listener's interpretation. The only part I found slightly annoying was the lack of pause between stories.
Nary a second between one story to the next, if your ears blink, you will miss the end of one story and wonder how you ended up with a literary agent's sordid tale when you started with the skeleton of a promising young director.
Fifty Shades Done.
I really enjoyed the story line and felt satisfied when our Christian 'found the light'. It was a fitting ending to a steamy series and I found myself almost hesitant to say goodbye to the much-hyped characters.
E.L. James probably smoked a long cigarette when she was done inking these tomes. I would say it's erotica tamed. A little naughty, but the whip is firmly in Ana's hand. She's been in charge the entire time. . .
Overall the performance was a little lack-luster and mono toned for me. . . .not as deep as the written word suggests. I was used Ms. Battoe as I'd listened to the first two Fifty books already, but must say that it's not the voice of Ana for me.
If you've ready the first two E.L. James books, you owe it to yourself to finish what you started. Don't read this first. You won't get it at all.
Reminiscent of The First Wives Club and other story lines such as that, The Payback Club is a fun read. Women getting revenge and figuring out who they are in the process is always a fun read. The narration is engaging and the characters portrayed well. If you are looking for the proverbial beach read, you must add this to your list. I will listen again at a future date as I enjoyed the story line, even if it was slightly predictable.
A fan of Rob Lowe's since The Outsiders, his beautiful DNA mix adorned my bedroom wall when I was but 16. In his Don Johnson suit and blindingly white wife-beater tank top, I'd practically swoon every time I looked at him.
I was deeply satisfied that Rob Lowe read his own memoirs as it takes the reader into that private circle that we so rarely (if ever) get to enter. To hear Rob Lowe's account of the stories that were reported and unreported, to know how he felt as he went through all of his life's extreme ups and downs was riveting for me. He addresses everything - sex tape, marriage, drugs, alcohol, fatherhood, career.
I certainly don't mean to gush. I wished he'd maybe inject more emotion into his reading, as, at times, it did seem - read. But overall I found it a very satisfying experience. A must for any Rob Lowe fan.
I enjoyed this story. Decent narrator and a pretty steamy story. Enjoyed it.
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