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Maya A.

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  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J. B. West
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - and coordinated its daily life - at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings, funerals, gardens, playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home.

    Bee says: "Loved it!"
    "A more feminine way to learn about past presidents"
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    Through West's personal story, you get to learn some very interesting slices of American history, and appreciate how important First Ladies have been to American history, although at the time they were looked upon more for the gowns they wore than their intellect. A really fun way to learn history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Interesting perspective about the famous host"
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    Bushkin provided an interesting narrative about Carson, his life and the entertainment world he lived in. But at times, I couldn't help wondering if Bushkin should have kept some of his grievances to himself, given his long personal and professional relationship with Carson. Still, it was a good listen, even though the narrator's voice got annoying at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Molly Knight Raskin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    No Better Time tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.

    Jay Friedman says: "OUT-STANDING"
    "A great true story"
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    A very cool story about a dynamic man. Learned some interesting background about the evolution of the internet, as well. Danny's work made important contributions to what we take for granted now,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

    Jenna Frye says: "American Dynasty"
    "Not bad"
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    Overall a nice portrayal of the Hilton dynasty, with plenty of personal, gossipy stories. Sometimes a little too detailed, fluffy and lacking in substance. But still a good summer listen. Narrator was great, too - consistent, energetic and always with the right tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity Fair, October–December 2013 Issue

    • ABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Vanity Fair
    • Narrated By various narrators, Graydon Carter
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.

    Maya A. says: "Always a great read - now also fun to listen to"
    "Always a great read - now also fun to listen to"
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    In addition to the usual interesting and gossipy stories, the narration is fun, too, with different narrators for each article. So glad they offer it on audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rob Delaney
    • Narrated By Rob Delaney
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo? Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother.

    Dan Williams says: "I loved this book!!"
    "Funny but also reflective"
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    In addition to the humor and a nicely written personal story, Delaney shares about his battle with addiction in a helpful, reflective way that can help both addicts and those close to them on the sidelines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Year Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jennifer Belle
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    From the best-selling author of High Maintenance comes a witty, heartfelt comic novel about marriage, motherhood, and discovering that the life you have is exactly the one you want. Isolde Brilliant used to have a life she recognized. She was working in finance, she had a devoted, if neurotic, husband, and a perfectly acceptable apartment in downtown Manhattan.

    Maya A. says: "Another good Jennifer Belle story"
    "Another good Jennifer Belle story"
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    I'm a fan of Belle's. Although this isn't her best work, it is still a nicely done story with some good insights on ways to look at and work on your marriage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Informative and reflective"
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    While not riveting, this was still an interesting listen. The narrator projected the reflective nature of the book. It definitely provided some interesting context about China, it's many regions and people. This was an original approach for shedding light about China's past, present and potential future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (499)

    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
    "Not bad"
    Overall
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    Written like a high school drama, which must be how the real story went down, this made for an interesting read with lots of personal stories and drama. It reminds of the show Silicon Valley. Sometimes repetitive and too gossipy, it did not provide a ton of meaty substance and context of Silicon Valley, but it made for a light read with some insights into what it's like to be part of all that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle Paean to Emptiness, Failure & Loneliness"
    "A reflective story written simply and elegantly"
    Overall
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    Eggers delivers once again. Not as funny as his previous works. This story shows an older, more mature side of Eggers, provoking great questions and ideas. A really lovely piece of work. The main character still occasionally haunts my thoughts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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