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  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "What a life! A full range of ups and downs"
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    Janis Ian is leading a remarkable life. She stormed into the public eye with the brilliant and socially controversial “Society’s Child” single in 1967 at the tender age of 13. A tremendously talented song writer and performer she continues to deliver wonderful music to this day. But what a life, it took a while to build on her meteoric start but she did. She leaves little untold from tilted sexuality to enduring a rocky heterosexual marriage to becoming secure in herself as a gay woman. She enjoyed major financial success then near ruin at the hands of a crooked manager and cruel IRS. Janis was an early embracer of the digital/internet world and the artistic freedom it offered. And all along the way are many, many lyrical, lovely songs. I really enjoyed this book and Janis tells her own story so very well. One thing that does not come through in the book though is what a great performer she is, and how witty and fun she is as a performer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Zati says: "Fun and Twisted"
    "Another excellent story from Joe Abercrombie"
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    Steven Pacey is an outstanding narrator who gives life to Abercrombie's colourful characters. Its a dark tale of revenge with many excellent Abercombie twists. Things often don't go the way you might expect.

    Favourite character the swashbuckling Koska who always sees the humorous side. Another well crafted, intriguing but despicable character is the Poisoner Morvia. All of the characters are flawed but it makes them all the more interesting.

    I listened to the "First Law" prior to this and enjoyed it. "Best Served Cold" is also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (610)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "He's lived quite a life!"
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    If you could sum up Total Recall in three words, what would they be?

    Impressive, Larger than life - like the Author


    What does Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've never really liked Arnold's accent , great for his movies but not easy on the ear. It is great that he opens and closes his own book but I was pleased that Stephen Lang read most of it. A good narrator for a punchy book.


    Any additional comments?

    At times a controversial person but one to admire. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets things done in an impressive multi-dimmensional way. His has achieved to such a high level in three of the four key developmental aspects of personal, professional and community. On the family dimmension hs stuffed up a bit but opnely admits it and holds himself to account. I admire his honesty and integrity. It's and inspirational book by a remarkable man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (792)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Enthralling story well told"
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    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good narration, added to the story and did not get in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written story that draws the listener in steadily revealling more about the characters, their life experience and the Spanish Civil war. The passages about the killiing of the fascists at the start of the movement and the descriptions of the battle scenes really take you to them. An excellent classic book, brilliant in fact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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