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Jane

Estevan, SK, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Dean and Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    Boone29680 says: "You've got to listen to this!"
    "A different sort of love story"
    Overall

    This really is a love story. Jerry Lewis speaks reverently and with great affection for his long time partner and good friend Dean Martin. From their humble beginnings to the height of their popularity in the 1950's to the tragic break ten years after they teamed up, Lewis hits all the highs and lows with vivid portraits, humerous anecdotes and most importantly a touching and loving portrait of the complex man that was Dean Martin. While Lewis is not at all modest (he seems to take credit for most of their successes), he still cops to his own demons and the effect they had on the partnership.It is so emotional at times this listener found herself in tears listening to the loss and pain the break brought both stars. Peppered with portraits of famous stars, mobsters and studio bossess, and narrated with an uncanny similarity to Lewis' voice,This audiobook is among my favorites, and it is a timely and lovely tribute to the great Dino.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman: Hollywood Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Callahan
    • Narrated By Colleen Patrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) rose from the ranks of chorus girl to become one of Hollywood's most talented leading women-and America's highest paid woman in the mid-1940s. Shuttled among foster homes as a child, she took a number of low-wage jobs while she determinedly made the connections that landed her in successful Broadway productions. Stanwyck then acted in a stream of high-quality films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra treasured her particular magic

    Jane says: "Awful, Amatuerish & Boring"
    "Awful, Amatuerish & Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dan Callahan and/or Colleen Patrick?

    Nope. The writing is no better than any run of the mill self serving blog.


    Has Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because it's cataloged wrong. There is almost no biography here, it's solely a listing of filmography with some fawning by the author in between.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is great, no issues at all. Shame a talent is wasted on a lousy book.


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

    Extremely disappointed. I can WATCH the movies myself. I want to know about the person. Why publish a filmography that's online for free?


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (149)

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Grasshopper.Craig says: "Great naration"
    "An oddly compelling story"
    Overall

    Filled with spooky noir nuances, outrageous storylines and complex characters, this is a don't miss book. That's not to say that it doesn't have it's flaws. There are some plot points that make very little sense, and some of the story is downright gory. However, as a whole, it makes for great listening, full of old Hollywood lore and 40's detective lingo.
    I purchased and downloaded this well before the film release, fully intending to have it listened to before I saw the movie. I'm actually glad that I didn't read the book before the movie, because while the movie stands on it's own as entertainment, it is nothing next to the book. It's lengthy and requires your full attention, but I think you will find it's worth it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Lynne Maclean
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For more than six decades, she has been part of our lives. An American icon, Elizabeth Taylor has been surrounded by fame and notoriety since childhood. Now acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli looks past the tabloid version of Elizabeth's life to the person she really is, and how she evolved from a child star to a woman in her own right.

    Marsha says: "Liz"
    "Taylor Redux"
    Overall

    This book has been all over the news lately, rumors swirling that it is full of new information. This is not exactly true. There is some new innuendo, but most of the book is plain vanilla bio. It focuses way too much on the Burton years, but then again the whole world did. Still, it is a compelling portrait of the star, and the only thing bio buffs will have to complain about is the fact that it really isn't long enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elvis Presley: The Man, the Life, the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pamela Clarke Keogh
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    It was that voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls. Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at age 21, he became a modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel even before he found fame, Elvis had a personal style that, like his music, had an immediate impact on his audience that continues to influence us today.

    Jane says: "An odd take on a complex man"
    "An odd take on a complex man"
    Overall

    In order to understand the odd facets of Elvis' life and style that the author chose to focus on (most disturbingly, constant comparisons of Elvis and Priscilla to Jackie and JFK), you must realize that her last two bios were on Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. This is why she treats Elvis like a fashion plate to be examined in the same light as Coco Chanel rather than as a musical genius. Still, there is enough relevant facts on Elvis that it is worth the listen. You can tell that the author tows the party line on alot of subjects, but that is the risk you take when you have the cooperation of those who knew the subject. Not a gritty tell all by any means, but and interesting look at a man and an era.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ronald L. Davis
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Decades after his death, John Wayne is still the favorite movie star of many Americans. More than an actor, Wayne is a cultural icon whose stature seems to grow with the passage of time. In this illuminating biography, Ronald L. Davis focuses on Wayne's human side, portraying a complex personality defined by frailty and insecurity as well as by courage and strength.

    Jerret says: "Good listen"
    "T"
    Overall

    The writer took on two seemingly insurmountable tasks with this book, he strove to paint an accurate portrait of Wayne, with little cooperation from those who knew the man, and 50 years of legend to dig through. As well he sought to find an answer to a question that's fascinated pop culture aficiondos for years: Why was John Wayne such an icon, and why is he still ingrained in the fabric of American Culture today? He accomplishes both well, and the story is fascinating throughout. He does his best to avoid rehashing too much of the worst of Wayne and tries to bring to light the best. The result is an intelligent portrait of the man who would be the Duke

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Risk: An Archy McNally Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When elegant, drop-dead gorgeous Theodosia Johnson steps ashore in Palm Beach, even the most jaded roving eyes stop to notice. Sophisticated champagne heir Chauncy Wilson Sachville-Hersfoth is equally enchanted by this mysterious beauty, but when he proposes marriage to her, Chauncy's mother isn't nearly so impressed.

    Jane says: "Another Mcnally Gem"
    "Another Mcnally Gem"
    Overall

    Mr. Saunders has done it again. His most famous character, Archy Mcnally, sleuth to the rich and famous is back, and this time it's an art heist. This may be the best book in the series. the only noticible flaw is the absence of the loveably Binky. all in all though, a great whodunnit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Gamble: An Archy McNally Novel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Archy lives a life most people only dream about. As Chief of Discreet Inquiries at his father's white-shoe law firm, Archy keeps tabs on the rich and famous while keeping hours only a barfly could love. When well-to-do widow Edythe Westmore is urged to buy a Faberge Imperial egg, her adult offspring violently oppose the investment and enlist Archy┬┐s services to put the kibosh on the deal.

    Jane says: "A charming Detective tale"
    "A charming Detective tale"
    Overall

    Few detective novels of the last thirty years are as entertaining as the Archy Mcnally series,a series of charming tales of a Palm Beach playboy and sleuth. This is one of the better ones in the collection. All the characters are well developed and the famous Mcnally wit is present throughout. Sometimes the story gets a little far fetched, but all in all this is a charming gumshoe tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alan Alda
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors: a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his 11 years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

    Lois A. Rose says: "Wish I Had Known"
    "A revealing and honest memoir"
    Overall

    If you are expecting a tantalizing tell all, you will be sorely disapointed. Alda is merciful to his famous friends, mentioning them only to praise them. He is not nearly so kind to himself. He is honest in his portrait of his early life and the mental illness his mother suffered. All of the poignant episodes of this well loved actor's life are handled with grace and the famous Alda humor. I only wish that more time had been spent discussing M*A*S*H, which was perhaps his greatest contribution to popular culture. However all in all, this is a well done and witty memoir.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sinatra: The Life

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Sinatra is the story of an American icon who held the imagination of millions for more than 50 years and whose influence in popular music was unsurpassed in the 20th century. As a child, he said, he had heard "symphonies from the universe" in his head. No one could have imagined where those sounds would lead him.

    Jane says: "A great peek at the crooner"
    "A great peek at the crooner"
    Overall

    This audiobook is primarily concerned with Sinatra's mafia connections and the need he felt to be the toughest guy in the room. It is tough on ol' blue eyes, but honest and entertaining.Full of never before brought up anecdotes, and a full analysis of the films in Sinatra's career, this audiobook is a well done and truthful biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    This biography of entertainment legend Sammy Davis, Jr. is an enthralling portrait of one of the most recognizable figures from the golden age of American show business. Davis, a guarded man who protected his private life with great vigor, lived an extraordinary life in the limelight, while also forging new uncharted paths across racial lines.

    Catherine says: "Reading this book was a fabulous adventure!"
    "An interesting and complex biography"
    Overall

    The genius of this book is that it tells this great entertainer's story against a parallel back drop of racism in America and the civil rights movement, thus allowing the listener to appreciate the justification behind the great entertainer's actions and the true scope of his accomplishments. It is a little slow to start, in fact the first hour or so revolves around the events that led to Davis' first autobiography. however, once it gets going it is a complex and captivating tale of the real Sammy, flaws and all, and the impact he had on Black entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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