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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2279)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Okay, but hoped for a little more"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Mindy's and enjoy her snappy narration, this is the book for you. Don't get be wrong - I liked it, but somehow, I just thought it would be a little better


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising, but good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked how she raved about Chappelle's Show. I never had seen it and as a result of her recommendation, have begun watching it in reruns and it is excellent. I also liked her advice to teens about high school/popularity, etc.


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

    No, I don;t think this book could be made into a movie (as it is a series of stories)


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy did a great job narrating the book and I feel as if I know (and like) her a little better

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Stanley
    • Narrated By Paul Stanley
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army.

    Zachary K. Brown says: "A Book That Every KISS Fan Need Experience"
    "Honest, upfront reflection - well worth your time"
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    Would you listen to Face the Music again? Why?

    Absolutely. I did't know much about the band of Paul and was very impressed with his ability to tell his story candidly and in a fun, interesting way


    What about Paul Stanley’s performance did you like?

    My favorite books are those written and read by the authors and this one did not disappoint. Others that are good include Ann & Nancy Wilson (of Heart) and Rosie Perez


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

    I liked understanding about his childhood and the challenges he faced


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done book and I am quite impressed with Paul Stanley. He has learned a lot about himself (both positives and negatives) and taken steps to improve himself and focus on the people/things that are important. He has so many varied interests and is MUCH deeper that what you might think is on the surface.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    In 16 brilliantly observed true stories, Sam Harris emerges as a natural humorist in league with David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Carrie Fisher, and Steve Martin, but with a voice uniquely his own. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for his "manic, witty commentary", and with a storytelling talent the New York Times calls "New Yorker - worthy," he puts a comedic spin on full-disclosure episodes from his own colorful life. What better place to find painfully funny material than in growing up gay, gifted, and ambitious in the heart of the Bible belt?

    Jeffrey says: "Funny, warmhearted and sincere"
    "Great performance and heartfelt, inspiring stories"
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    Where does Ham: Slices of a Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fun and interesting


    What other book might you compare Ham: Slices of a Life to and why?

    Tough to say, in that is autobiographical, but not a linear memoir (it's a collection of stories and experiences that are related, but don't flow in order). Once you get the hang of it though, it's very good. IUt's not all fun and games though - there are tough subjects discussed (which are handled honestly and very well).


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

    No, this is the first one and I would definitely listen to more


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

    His conversation with one of high school teachers (during a tough time in Sam's life). What an inspiration - the situation could have gone so many (negative) ways


    Any additional comments?

    Give this one a try - it's an unusual arrangement, but made me think and reflect on things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rosie Perez
    • Narrated By Rosie Perez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County.

    D. L. Wiley says: "Handbook"
    "Almost like seeing a play in person - FANTASTIC!!"
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    Where does Handbook for an Unpredictable Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Super sad, but a truthful account of Rosie's story, as written and told by her


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Handbook for an Unpredictable Life?

    Her wonderful, emotional performance throughout the book


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

    The feeling and emotion in her voice, the great accent, her impression of how Lydia, Thea, and her Dad spoke - just great I especially liked how she imitated her Aunt's cackling laugh


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

    I would get rid of the book title. It sounds kind of trivial compared to all the harrowing experiences she had


    Any additional comments?

    Wow, what a great book and stunning performance by Rosie. If you like autobiographies as much as I do (especially those read by the author), definitely buy this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    For those who only think of Shirley Jones as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Rare Gem!"
    "Not the most inspiring book, but honest"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, this is her life and she recounts it as she saw fit. At times, it sounded like she was a little "sick of it all," (kind of sighing at the beginning of each chapter), but hey, that's how life is and we all feel that way at times. There are a lot of other reviews that focus on the more "racy" parts of her life, but I was not put off my it at all. I appreciated her candor, honesty, and willingness to share that part of herself.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really liked learning about her childhood and early years and would have liked to hear more about this period


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say - liked the whole thing


    Do you think Shirley Jones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this is good as is.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spelling It Like It Is

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tori Spelling
    • Narrated By Tori Spelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the "reality" behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn't always real. Not even Star magazine could invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her personal life - she's always "Spelling it like it is". Tori here shares her stories, her biggest challenges, and more with the usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm that her fans love.

    kathleen says: "Disappointed"
    "Easy listening and a few laugh out loud parts"
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    What did you love best about Spelling It Like It Is?

    That Tori wrote and read it herself. Boy, you have to admit that she has one crazy life, but it's admirable that she shares it so openly with all of us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting more background how how/why things have happened to her, her relationships, her professional life, etc


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

    Yes, we think we know all about her (and we know a lot since her life is so public), but this book puts it all into perspective


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

    When she talks about her parents. I also liked how she really, REALLY takes a good hard look at herself and decides how to change (what's important, etc)


    Any additional comments?

    Good book overall. It took a little while for me to really get into it, but I enjoyed her story and narration. I had no idea about all the medical issues she has encountered - yikes! There are a few really funny parts that literally cracked me up (as I listened on a flight), which made it fun too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Narrated By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

    Jean says: "A Look at a power couple"
    "Fun and funny!"
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    Would you listen to Love & War again? Why?

    No, once was enough (and I really liked it), but got all I needed after 1 listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love & War?

    I enjoyed how they alternated chapters and commentary - very well done


    Have you listened to any of James Carville and Mary Matalin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No and their narratives MADE the book - it was great and James' accent cracked me up


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

    Hearing their perspectives on 9/11 and Katrina


    Any additional comments?

    Really fast listen and fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tracey Thorn
    • Narrated By Tracey Thorn
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry. 'I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for eighteen years, between 1982 and 2000, I was one half of the group Everything But the Girl.

    Mickey says: "Insightful autobiography"
    "Unusual, but interesting!"
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    What did you love best about Bedsit Disco Queen?

    That Tracey wrote and narrated it


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it wasn't a gossip-fest or tell-all, but a genuine description of what it was like for her to become a musician. If you like books like this, a GREAT one is Ann & Nancy Wilson's book - give it a try!


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

    Yes, of course I knew her work, but had not seen any interviews, etc. I didn't really understand the title of the book though


    Any additional comments?

    I wished Tracey would have described her relationship with Ben in more detail (I am a romantic and think it's great they are still together after all these years!). I also liked how there were a few snips of music in the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "Serious, no-holds-barred performance - listen!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Coreyography the most enjoyable?

    My favorite books are autobiographies read by the author and this does not disappoint. Loved Corey's performance, emotions, and accents throughout the book


    Which character – as performed by Corey Feldman – was your favorite?

    All were great (for different reasons) - his parents, Corey Haim, industry folks like Donner and Spielberg, and of course - Michael Jackson (for whom Feldman has great respect)


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

    I am amazed with his tenacity throughout the difficult times in his life and his relentless pursuit of a positive attitude


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know too much about Feldman and was impressed that he shared his story and experiences. Great audio performance - heartfelt and genuine. Give it a try, it does not disappoint!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One from the Hart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stefanie Powers
    • Narrated By Stefanie Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The career of Stefanie Powers is one of so many stage, screen, and television credits that her name alone recalls memories as varied as her roles-on screen and off. From movie roles including John Wayne's daughter in McLintock! and Lana Turner's rival in Love Has Many Faces, to being terrorized by Tallulah Bankhead in Die, Die My Darling and befriending a Volkswagen in Herbie Rides Again.

    Gayle says: "Quite an Interesting Life"
    "Great audio performance, spotty story though . . ."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Stefanie's diction and performance of the book are excellent


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

    I would have liked a more conventional (timeline-wise) recounting of her life experience. The book jumped around a lot (both in dates and subjects). However, listening to her speak made it all worthwhile


    Which character – as performed by Stefanie Powers – was your favorite?

    Anything with an accent


    Do you think One from the Hart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, fine as is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness.

    Larry says: "Ava and Author Joust"
    "Only halfway through, but lots of fun!"
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    What did you love best about Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations?

    William Hope's narration is fantastic - so much fun to listen to and I love how he speaks for Ava - very campy (in the best, most flattering way) - cracks me up!


    What other book might you compare Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations to and why?

    Wow, tough to say, since it is written from the writer's perspective (which is unusual).


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

    No, this is my first exposure to William Hope and he is great. I will definitely seek other works by him


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

    I am only halfway through the book, so I will have to wait and see


    Any additional comments?

    Having lots of fun listening to this. The audio quality is excellent too - give it a try!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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