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Carolyn

70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

Proctorville, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (102)

    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!"
    "Shirley! You naughty girl!!"
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    Where does Shirley Jones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was shorter than most, but covered her life (so far) without boring the reader with insignificant and detailed accounts of every event. I was surprised at her impression of many of the actors/actresses she met along the way. I expected her to be little miss sugar and spice but that was far from the way she came across in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Shirley was the main character so, of course, she was my favorite.


    Which character – as performed by Shirley Jones – was your favorite?

    All the characters sounded pretty much alike. It was always Shriley Jones' voice you heard.


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

    No. I didn't laugh or cry. I just listened and was entertained.


    Any additional comments?

    All through the book - from the time she was a child - she tried to portray herself as a "bad girl". She was a rebel, didn't mind her mother, and was as far from the "girl next door" as anyone could be. She liked to let the reader know - over and over - how much she liked and enjoyed sex. As hard as I tried, I could not see her as the woman she wanted the reader to believe she was. I also found it hard to understand her extreme and stupid love for Jack Cassidy. No woman with any self respect would have endured that relationship. It was nice that she had a good relationship with HIS sons, but his treatment of THEIR sons was appalling. Her leaving him was the highlight of the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (306)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Here's the REAL Johnny!"
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    Would you listen to Johnny Carson again? Why?

    I don't think so. Maybe in a year or two but most of it is still fresh in my mind. This book told me EVERYTHING about Johnny Carson I ever want to know.


    What other book might you compare Johnny Carson to and why?

    It is a truly candid look at a man very few knew personally. Most of the books I have read are autobiographical and it's the writer "spilling the beans" about family, failures, embarassments, etc. This is a second person view of Carson but still shows an unvarnished side of the slick comedian, interviewer amd host. Lots of juicy stuff.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I forgot several times that it wasn't Mr. Bushkin telling the story. Dick Hill's voice isn't the most pleasant but he does sound as if he has actually lived the book and knew Carson very well. He really doesn't do characters.


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

    NOT Mr. Nice Guy. Carson wasn't a very nice guy. His relationships with co-workers, family, wives, business partners were all surface and he just didn't like people much. He comes across as a cold, insecure, manipulative, ego-centric individual.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why people wait until the subject they want to write about is dead. They are aware that they could only be truthful and honest if the subject was unable to retailiate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9251)
    Performance
    (8331)
    Story
    (8339)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Wonderful...Wonderful...Wonderful"
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    Would you listen to Sycamore Row again? Why?

    Absolutely. I love John Grisham and his wonderful stories and this one is even better because it builds on the characters from "A Time to Kill" and the reader starts out with a warm, fuzzy feeling for the people of Clanton, Mississippi. Grisham starts where he left off with the Brigance family who have lost their home to a suspicious fire and are struggling to get back to normal. Each time I read and re-read a Grisham book, I find something new that I hadn't noticed before. An opinion of a character changes, the plot adds a new dimension, a detail is discovered.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    Oh, boy. How do I answer this one? Too many to count.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Probably as much as I love John Grisham, I love Michael Beck! He brings all the characters to life. He has more dialects and voice intonations and speech differentiations than any other reader I've heard - and I've heard alot! I wish he would do other books but seems stuck with Grisham. He would be an asset to any story. He does female voices as well as male and doesn't find the need to change his pitch. That's talent!


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

    A time to heal


    Any additional comments?

    Love it, love it, love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ed McMahon
    • Narrated By Ed McMahon
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Brilliant in front of the camera but shy in person, Johnny Carson seldom gave interviews. But no one knew him better than Ed McMahon, Carson's personal friend and showbiz sidekick for almost 40 years. Now, with Johnny's blessings before he died, McMahon can finally share all the stories that only he knows.

    Christopher says: "What was Johnny Carson like? Let Ed tell you..."
    "A little prejudice"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is an OK listen and Ed McMahon's voice is pleasant and familiar from the many nights America heard him announce Johnny Carson and the list of guests there to entertain us for the night. However, it is very predictible in that Ed is so Pro-Johnny that his stories just seem to glaze over the experiences they shared - both on and off air. McMahon rarely gives any insight into Carson's feelings, opinions, preferences or prejudices. He doesn't go beyond the TV Johnny.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ed McMahon? Why or why not?

    I doubt it. What is left to say except how much fun he had doing Alpo commercials.


    What aspect of Ed McMahon’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing probably.


    Did Here's Johnny! inspire you to do anything?

    Finish the book and turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed. If you want a good book about Johnny Carson, listen to the one by Henry Bushkin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2600)
    Story
    (2616)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Typical Coben"
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    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    Probably not. I don't usually re-listen to books. Once I get the plot, understand the characters and finish it, it stays in my mind.


    What other book might you compare Six Years to and why?

    Most of Coben's books are similar - at least the ones I have liked. There is usually a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl meet later in life and have to fight some one or some thing that is preventing them from being together. Most of the time, the struggle is really rough and you can see why he or she sincerely believes they are protecting the other from a terrible fate. Luckily, in the end, Coben usually gets them together in the epilogue.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He's my favorite!!! I look for books performed by Scott Brick. That's how I pick alot of them. And, it's how I've discovered some good authors - just because they chose Scott Brick to narrate them.


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

    I don't laugh or cry - but I do get chills and gasp occasionally!!


    Any additional comments?

    This one is pretty good but I had a difficult time understanding why the girl left and stayed away so long. The whole plot about her parents, Dad's "disappearance", sister, etc. was a little confusing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
    • Narrated By Debbie Reynolds
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

    Kerrie says: "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"
    "THE COLLECTION??? Give me a break!!!"
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    What did you like best about Unsinkable? What did you like least?

    That long, long, long book could have been so much nicer if you hadn't heard over and over and over about the Show-Biz items Reynolds collected over the years and her all-consuming desire to protect, house, display, etc. the COLLECTION. It was a relief at the end of the book to learn it was finally auctioned off and made her enough money to be a wealthy gal. Interesting, too, how much some of the more well-known items sold for!!
    I did hate to see her be taken by not one, not two, but three men that she chose to marry. Everyone knows the story of Eddie Fisher, but he looks like a saint when put alongside the other two hubbies. It just makes her look like she doesn't have a clue about life. Fool me once, shame on you.Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me three times - WOW, I must have no brain!!!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway ? Why or why not?

    No. I think I've heard about all of Debbie Reynolds I want to hear.


    What about Debbie Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    It was sweet and I'm glad she read it herself. However, she is in her 80's and her voice slurred occasionally and was raspy. You could still understand her, of course, but it wasn't very pleasant.


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

    No. She's probably told it all. And....the COLLECTION was finally sold. So, what would she write about????


    Any additional comments?

    Happy to hear she had a wonderful relationship with her son Todd. Not much is known about him, but it turns out he is talented, loyal to Debbie and adds alot to the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    David says: "Old School Tennis"
    "Better than I expected"
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    Where does The Outsider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not being a big tennis fan, I was surprised that the book held my attention and made me want to see what would happen next. It's probably as good as any of the biographies I've listened to (with the exception of Rob Lowe's).


    What other book might you compare The Outsider to and why?

    It reminded me alot of Joe Namath's biography as it chronologically told about the events professionally and personally and how each coincided and affected the other. Professional successes and failures influenced personal behavior and personel events affected professional performance levels, etc. Also told about physical injuries and how they affected life long after the career was ended.


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

    No, but he was fantastic. I often forgot I wasn't listening to Jimmy Connors telling his life story. There was humor and self-deprecation, there was sincerity when dealing with personal conflicts and losses, there was anger when injustices were inflicted. He told the story as if it were his own. Very impressive!


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

    Well, I didn't cry but I did laugh a little. Connors has a good sense of humor and his antidotes about other famous tennis players, family members and even his own problems were told with self-deprecating humor. I found myself liking Connors and wishing I had watched him play more.


    Any additional comments?

    A few "choice" words but fairly clean all-in-all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (516)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Couldn't get past the foul language"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't know of anyone who would enjoy this one!!!


    Has Gods in Alabama turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - just this author. I love audio books BUT when you start to buy a book in print, you can thumb through it and get some idea of the language the author uses and either buy it or put it down. With an audio book, you have no way of knowing how it is rated. Wouldn't it be nice if SOMEONE rated these books like movies?? Say - Rated V for violence, S for sexual content or F for use of foul language. Then we wouldn't waste our money on books we just couldn't stand.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (163)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Good dish, bad delivery"
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    Would you listen to Dropped Names again? Why?

    Doubtful. I don't think I could tolerate Frank Langella's monotone droning on and on for another 10+ hours. He has some good stuff to say about people who are well known but dead (so he's safe that they won't dispute what he says about them). He is tough on alot of people and outs more than a few. Remarkably, he always comes out as being the one everyone turns to - from Elizabeth Taylor to Bunny Mellon - for comfort. He's always "Frankie" or "Baby" and it wears thin after a while.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Frank Langella? Why or why not?

    No. I think he's said all he has to say that's interesting.


    What didn’t you like about Frank Langella’s performance?

    His ever present droning monotone. He's an actor, for Heaven's sake! The only time his tone changed was when he was portraying a female.


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

    From "Dropping Names" to throwing names in the gutter.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!"
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    What did you love best about Up Till Now?

    William Shatner is a joy! He was so candid about his life - good and bad - his feelings and why events turned out as they did. He took credit where he should have and blame when it was his fault. It is funny and refreshing.


    What other book might you compare Up Till Now to and why?

    It was a little like Rob Lowe's autobiography. Both guys told it like it was and it is amazing how many people they have interacted with and could tell stories about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved his stories about the horses.


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

    Laugh mostly, although it was very touching when he talked about his love for his wife and her suicide.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this one highly. Even if you don't know much about Shatner, he will feel like a good friend at the end of the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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