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Diane

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  • 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
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    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"
    "Like listening to an old friend reminisce...."
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    Where does Dropped Names rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rank them because they all have been different, but I have loved them all. I have recommended this book to my friends love the entertainment industry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He seems to be quite honest about the good and bad in the people he has met, and most importantly is very honest about his own shortcomings and failures.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My most memorable scenes were the ones with Jackie Kennedy, especially the ones where he immediately regretted his actions, and she as always was a lady.


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

    I smiled through most of the book, really enjoyed his memories, observations & opinions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2445)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2239)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Colin Firth is fabulous!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Affair to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to the audio version, so I can't say, but Colin Firth's reading certainly made the story come to life. You could hear the main character's torment in his voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Affair?

    When Maurice realizes why Sarah actually left him.


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

    No, but will definitely look for more!


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

    When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers
    -Oscar Wilde-


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical novels and loved this snapshot of life in WWII London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (3014)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Loved Claire Dane's reading of The Handmaid's Tale"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

    Yes, even when I switched back and forth between listening and reading, I heard Claire Danes voice.


    What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

    Hunger Games, another story of the future and of survival with a strong female lead.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Usually just listen while exercising, but purchased the Kindle version so I could finish faster.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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