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Frank Donnellan

St Petersburg, Florida United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Native Texan says: "Richly informative & entertaining..."
    "Anna Fields is outstanding"
    Overall

    The book it great and Molly Ivins knows and understands Bush but Anna Fields narration raises this book above even its content with her delivery. Ms Fields sounds more like Molly Ivins than Molly Ivins. I loved listening to her for every minute.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4994)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1881)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "The wonderful intricacies of stories"
    Overall

    This is a wonderfully engaging tale of tales and lives with mysteries in both realms. Diverse characters brought to life by the excellent readers. I had no problem staying engaged. I hope to see more from her soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Rapp
    • Narrated By Anthony Rapp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Anthony Rapp captures the passion and grit of the theater world as he recounts his life-changing experience in the original cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent.

    James Gordon says: "Sensibly Sentimental"
    "Not your usual biography."
    Overall

    I read the book when it was first available and knew in the first chapter that this would be a great read and it was. Last week I got the audio version with Anthony reading his book (unabridged) and it was an experience I'll never forget. Just blew me away to not just hear the words read by him but to experience the all his emotions was fantastic. You truly feel the love, anger, confusion, energy; it's very powerful. Hope he writes again soon.

    I will say it may not be for everyone. It can be emotionally heavy and may feel too personal at times. It really is his life offered to the reader in a way I can't remember having experienced in a book before.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1184)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Worth multiple listenings"
    Overall

    It was the shortest six hours I've ever listened to. I'm reading the hard cover now. I have read and listened to everything David has produced and look forward to much more. It's worth the price of admission just to hear him talk with his brother's accent. I have never heard or read any author who writes so personally. You can't abridge material like this; don't even consider it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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