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michelann

Walnut Grove, MO | Member Since 2001

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  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1241)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "ROOTS of us all are so very important!"
    Overall

    In 1976 I purchased the book ROOTS. Alex Haley put down on paper, in print, what he had discovered about his family tree through a labor of love,with much time, and effort.
    My hobby has been genealogy so this particular project interested me. A great aunt of mine had put together a family tree in the mid sixties and I found it fascinating
    When Roots was shown on television we watched and thoroughly enjoyed the program for several nights.
    When it became available on VHS I again had to have it and appreciated it again. Last year we bought the DVD set and loved it all over again!
    This past week I have been reading (listening) to the audible.com offering of Roots.
    Today I finished the book. I sat in front of my computer at work and listened on my MP3 player. As I listened I could absolutely SEE Levar Burton (young Kunta Kinte, John Amos (older Kunta Kinte), Ben Vereen (Chicken George), Leslie Uggams (Kizzie), Louis Gossett, Jr, and many other extremely talented actors who performed those roles in the made for TV movie back in the seventies, I found myself in tears during the last two hours of the book.
    Alex Haley said he cried when he heard confirmation of what he had been told over and over as he grew up.
    He gave us all so much to be grateful for. His laborious work, while disputed with plagiarism charges, is an invaluable lesson to all.
    Avery Brooks (narrator) brings it all to life in a fabulous way!
    I highly recommend this audible book to all!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Bachman, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

    Gary says: "Waste of time"
    "The old Stephen King back again!"
    Overall

    The story draws you in from page one. Blaze is a character I felt sorry for from the start. He never had a chance yet proved to be wiser than most of those around him! The story kept me entertained all the way through.
    We've been big-time fans of SK since Carrie was published. Bought every hardback as they came out.
    We sent two to him for his personalized autograph! Loved that! Now that I can "listen while I work" with Audible books I've happily "read" all of them available. This latest... Blaze brings to mind his story writing from his earliest days, and of course this is a Richard Bachman original. We loved it and will highly recommend it to all SK fans and I'm sure it will bring in a whole generation of fans!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joe Eszterhas
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.

    J. says: "MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS"
    "Loved this one!"
    Overall

    I listen to these at work. This one, although long at 28 1/2 hours, kept my interest all the way through! I wanted more so guess I'll have to listen to it all over again soon. He tells so much about the Hollywood he knows so well. I love the details and the "dirt"! Who cares if it's all true or not? well maybe those the told on but they're not real anyhow, are they? His is yet another American success story but it fascinated me! Thanks Joe!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Tough: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    At a Hollywood party with his wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa's closest friend. Against his wife's wishes, Shane begins to look into his past.

    Don says: "Poor Narration"
    "Ratso Rizzo lives again!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Just cannot get over the fact that "Nicky" charactor sounds sooo much like the Ratso Rizzo charactor from Midnight Cowboy! Maybe Joe Pantoliano could play him in a movie version? I'd love to see it. Book is one that grabs and holds ya!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (943)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "I'm wearing it out!"
    Overall

    Absolutely loved this book! I've read... well listened to "Catch Me If You Can" three times since I downloaded it! It amazes me that this is a true story. Now I don't know if I want to go see the movie as I'm afraid they will "mess up" the story too much as so often happens with movies. I'd highly recommend this audible version!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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