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  • Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family, especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir". Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process, he discovers his hidden talents - the hard way.

    James Gordon says: "What's The Beef?"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall

    This book was awful. The writing was surprisingly poor given the excellent work typically produced by Tananarive Due. Her books are excellent. But, this collaborative piece consisted of a painfully thin plot strung together with needlessly long drawn out sexual scenarios that did not add to the content. The narration was also painful to listen to. For better books, particularly mystery/thrillers, I would suggest anything (else) by Tananarive Due or Brandon Massey.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Bailey, Keith Zimmerman, Kent Zimmerman
    • Narrated By Philip Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    With more than 90 million records sold and eight Grammy Awards throughout its 40-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its dynamic lead singer, Philip Bailey, chronicles the group's meteoric rise to stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey. Never before had a musical act crossed multiple styles and genres with a quixotic blend of astrology, universalism, and Egyptology as Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) did when it exploded into the public's conscience during the 1970s.

    MsMusic says: "A Must Have For EWF Fans, Music Lovers and All!"
    "A Must Have For EWF Fans, Music Lovers and All!"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Shining Star in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, Amazing, Wonderful


    What other book might you compare Shining Star to and why?

    There is no book like this because it is about EWF and there is no other group like them.


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

    Wow...sensitivity, humility, brutal honesty, insight, introspection, faith and a commitment to the EWF concept. I really appreciated listening to him tell this story in his own voice. It was like Phillip just having a conversation with you one-on-one for 8 hours. A real treat.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    If you already love EWF, this book will deepen your appreciation of the group as musicians, artists and human beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Not Very Good"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book. But, I was offended by the author's unexamined contention that qualified wealthy White children were being kept out of elite private schools by less qualified minority children. She doesn't come right out and say that the minority children are less qualified. But Ivy and her friends clearly see the efforts to create ethnic diversity in predominately White elite private schools as problematic. She even goes so far as to have Ivy encourage a White child to impersonate as Black in order to gain admittance to a prestigious school. Apparently this was supposed to be light and entertaining. It wasn't. The whiny, self-consumed attitude of the main character was also highly annoying. The Nanny Diaries are MUCH better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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