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J Frances

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  • My Life So Far

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    PaintPots says: "interesting but ponderous"
    "No ordinary Jane"
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    Enjoyed everything about "My Life So Far." Jane is exceptional as always. Makes you want to keep listening. Quite a life. Narration is superb and you can feel her emotions. Jane explains her life of personal issues and public issues. I love her honesty. I am a lifetime fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annie Kagan
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, David Colacci
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    One of the most detailed and profound ADC's ever recorded, Kagan's audiobook takes the listener beyond the near-death experience. Billy's vivid, real-time account of his ongoing journey through the mysteries of death will change the way you think about life, death, and your place in the Universe.

    Diana says: "Spiritual & Hip - goes past usual Astral & Cycles"
    "Not easy to believe"
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    Life after death is something I love to read about. This "true" story held me at the beginning, with emotion and interest, but started to lose me in the belief factor somewhere midstream. I really hope that this is indeed true and not someone's wild imagination. Seemed almost ridiculous that a family member from the afterlife could communicate so easily, as I have been longing for this to happen to me for years. Truth is in the eyes of the beholder - I guess.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their thirteen year old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999. But the nightmare to come was worse than they could ever imagine. Only five doors away, in the home of John and Elizabeth Golub, police found Kelly Ann's body stuffed in a plastic garbage bag. She'd been brutally beaten, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated. After weeks of intense investigation, police arrested the Golubs twenty-one-year-old son, Robert - a reclusive young man obsessed with bodybuilding and given to fits of rage. The sensational trial and subsequent conviction of Robert Golub shocked the nation and tore the once peaceful community apart. Neighbors took sides. So did the media. And no one who lived on Horton Road would ever be the same. Note on audio book: Except for the beginning and end of the book, there is no longer any music.

    Laura says: "Well-written true-crime book"
    "You are there"
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    A horrible true crime story, This audiobook describes in detail the events before and after the killing of Kelli Ann Tinyes. This book gathers details from the victim's family, the accused, and the friends of Kelli Ann. I would say that it is told from the police perspective. The story held my listening attention. The narrator Greg Lutz is crisp and precise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "I just loved this!"
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    Longtime Beatle fan here and Tune In is for fans like me. I have read just about every Beatle book there is. This is exceptional. This is a must have for the true fan. Takes you right in from the beginning to the days just before The Beatles came to the States. Loved the inside stories on the Beatles families, their personalities, where they came from. John the mad, sometimes evil genius, Paul the brilliant songwriter and businessman before his time, George - talented, perfected guitarist even before he bloomed and Ringo the likable kid who was talented and in the right place at the right time. Stu, Pete Best all intricate parts to building this phenomenon known as the Beatles. Of course Brian Epstein who believed in them and pushed them to the top.

    I cannot wait to read the next chapter of Tune In - The Beatles 1963 to 1969. I hope there will be one.

    This is number one in my book of reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

    S. says: "Outstanding"
    "How sad this all is"
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    I have been a casual fan of football since 1972, high school and NFL. The story of Mike Webster drew me into this book, and although the written part of his story is short in this book, it is powerful and extremely sad. I though, how and why do networks and fans scream and carry on while the physical health and physical destruction of the players are at risk? (no need to ask really - money). I think that this story is best viewed because of all of the names involved, but it needs more than just a listen. When I tried to discuss this among friends before the Super Bowl, it was something no one cared to hear about or discuss.
    I have a relative who plays school football, I will no longer attend and cheer school football.
    It changed my opinion on the greedy individuals involved in these weekly productions.

    The worst part is that it has been talked about for decades, yet the tragedy goes on.
    In 1906 the NCAA started out as a group of greedy, collegiate executives who placed a veneer of safety on football so as to keep it from being banned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (665)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Everyone needs a Godfather"
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    The movie was great, but the book is even better. Characters become more detailed. Story is fuller. Joe Mantegna is a superb narrator. Don't pass this by just because you think you have seen it. One of my all time favorites from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    A number-one New York Times best-selling author and superstar radio personality, Michael Savage is admired by millions for his tough talk and no-punches-pulled common sense about the state of our union and its leaders. In Train Tracks, a more personal side of Savage shines through in this marvelous collection of "American Stories for the Holidays". Like Glen Beck’s blockbuster, The Christmas Sweater, Michael Savage’s poignant, personal stories of home, family, and the holidays will resonate with listeners everywhere.

    Aaron says: "Great book but I think the recoding is flawed`"
    "Stories as only Savage can tell"
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    I am a long time fan of Michael Savage. This book is an excellent collection of stores from his life, where he came from and where he has gone and they are told with the wisdom and thoughts and ideas of his years life experience. There is only one thing I wish for this and other Michael Savage books and that is that Savage, himself, would himself be the narrator of his own books. The stories move quickly, many nostalgic, and I don't understand why the word Holidays is included in the book title. For Michael Savage fans like myself, it was a pleasure and great listen to know more about the man, Savage, and kept my attention throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (601)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Quite good!"
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    I don't usually choose books of fiction, but with all of the great reviews I had to pick this one. Ordinary Grace is a great listen, a good, although slow moving mystery story about life in a small, quiet town through the eyes of two young brothers which takes place in 1961. I found it a little slow at first, but something kept me listening till the end. It takes many turns and keeps you guessing the answer right to the end. I would definitely recommend and I will start to delve deeper into stories like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tricia O'Malley
    • Narrated By Sarah Chevalier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family's deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs' owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting.

    J Frances says: "A must read for those who love dogs"
    "A must read for those who love dogs"
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    An absolute riveting, true story about the abduction of a beloved pet. I can only hope that this story will bring more focus to the lives of dogs and the horror and sadness of things that can happen when our backs are turned or when people are just uncaring and even criminal. Dogs and others in the animal kingdom are so much more than just animals. Don't go thinking that this will be too sad, because the story ends on a high note, but the journey is heart wrenching. Guard you pets like you do your children. I knew exactly what the author was feeling throughout. The narrator was excellent. Bless Tricia O'Malley for sharing her story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (519)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "A very inspiring read"
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    Anita Moorjani tells her incredible life and death story. Very inspirational, and if true, then we of us, who have not yet suffered and died (and returned), will never learn it's secrets. Nor am I positively sure that the Creator would want us to know or we would know already. This is my main problem with the book. Things that Ms Moorjani speaks about such as terrible criminal things that some humans do to one another - that we should think very differently of them and treat them differently. This seems an almost impossible human trait to do for most of us. I'm not sure if these are Ms Moorjani's own ideas or truths from a higher being's truths for us to even know. I did enjoy the book, however, and it did make me look at some things differently, if only for a few days..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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