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C. Stephens

The 25-Hour Mom

Williamsburg, VA USA | Member Since 2007

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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
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    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!"
    "Tasteless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a trashy, "tell all" type book. I was hoping for an autobiography.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Shirley Jones?

    Never


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

    The cover picture is OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't care if she went to Sammy Davis Jr's house and he had "lines of cocaine on every table and porn playing on tv", or that amyl nitrates enhanced her orgasms, and I REALLY don't want to know how she knows her stepson's (David Cassidy) penis is bigger than his father's (Jack Cassidy). This is simply a narcissistic, salacious tale about a woman who was handed a career on a silver platter.

    If the purpose of this book is to completely annihilate her reputation as an "American Sweetheart", then congratulations. Mission accomplished.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Black

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MiG. Is it an accident or the start of the next world war? One U.S. agency has what it takes to find out - the National Security Agency and its covert operations team: DEEP BLACK.

    C. Stephens says: "Find a plot and stick with it"
    "Find a plot and stick with it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Have no idea who would enjoy it.


    Has Deep Black turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love the genre and typically like the author. This book was so bad, I seriously wonder if Coonts simply received a check for allowing someone to use his name. There are five separate plot lines running simultaneously and none are wrapped up at the end. It's almost as if the author realized the story was getting long and only had one chapter left to finish the book.


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    Different characters require different voices, and those voices should stay the same throughout the story. I found myself on MANY occasions rewinding because I didn't realize he had switched characters. There were also many instances where the accent for a character switched in the same scene.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books while traveling. This one put me to sleep on the plane so often that I thought perhaps I didn't like it because I was only getting a few pages at a time before I'd nod off. I decided to try it AGAIN while making an 8 hr drive, thinking it would be easier to follow. It WAS easier, but only because the traffic on the freeway kept me awake.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. J. Rochester
    • Narrated By A. J. Rochester
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Forget Dr Phil, the clothesline, and Atkins: this is an easy, fun, and effective guide for any lazy girl who needs to lose weight and get results that last. The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Fit is a simple, step-by-step program that details the nuts and bolts of how A. J. lost weight. She has helped over 200 clients through her 5 Kilo Club at Fernbank Fitness Centre. There's no starvation, no low carb torture, and no weights and measures: A. J. focuses on achievable goals and fun.

    Jessica says: "Good!"
    "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz"
    Overall

    Do you enjoy having the dictionary read to you? Have you longed for an Audible book that will read the entire NY Metro phone book to you -- Yellow Pages and all? Perhaps the transcripts from the annual convention of toll-booth collectors are to your liking!

    Well this book is for you. Ajay will read charts and menus to you -- mostly. There is some smart advice in here, but nothing I didn't already know and certainly didn't need someone to preach at me. And that's exactly the way it comes off, NOT personal, just preachy. Do it because SHE SAYS SO!

    Sorry, but I am very disappointed because her first book was passionately personal and inspiring. I was hoping for more that that.

    I kept getting the impression that she was reading SOMEONE else's work. Her first book was from the heart. This one could have come out of a fat & calorie guidelines book.

    Sadly disappointing because she is talented; her first book proved that.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13682)
    Performance
    (6071)
    Story
    (6151)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "water for the soul"
    Overall

    This book came together in so many ways. The narrators were excellent. It didn't bother me that the book went back and forth between the two time periods. It was well done. I hope my mind is as sharp at 90 (or 93).

    Some books you never want to end, some you can't finish, and some don't end ... they just stop. This one could not have had a more perfect ending ... and I never saw it coming. It was a wonderful surprise.

    This was the best listen I've had all year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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