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Nanci

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Role Models

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities---some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

    Nanci says: "Smutty But Funny"
    "Smutty But Funny"
    Overall

    I don't know how he does it, but John Waters pushes the envelope further in each chapter he writes. Without a doubt, this is the most vulgar book I've ever read, but also very humorous and honest. Waters promotes, even celebrates what mainstream America disdains, and does it with profound joy and insight.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1427)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Amazingly entertaining history!"
    Overall

    I wish high school history was like this! In addition to being absolutely chock full of an incredible amount of historical detail, woven masterfully into a continuous narrative of fascinating, personal stories, listening to At Home has made me extremely appreciative that I am living my life in the 21st century. By far the best book I've listened to (or read) this year! Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27659)
    Performance
    (14246)
    Story
    (14299)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Exceptionally good story and characters!"
    Overall

    I was glued to my mp3 player throughout this entire book! The characters are so realistic, I feel like I know each one personnally. And the story is highly believable. The best fiction book I've read in years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (2061)
    Story
    (2063)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Superb story and reading!"
    Overall

    Although I've known the story of "A Christmas Carol" since I was a child, my knowledge of it came mostly from Mr Magoo and Disney; I had never actually read the book until now. This audio reading was a special treat: The story itself is excellent in all its descriptive detail, and Tim Curry does an outstanding job as the reader. There were many times I had to remind myself that all the characters were 'played' by one actor. Highly recommend listening to this book!

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5946)
    Performance
    (3858)
    Story
    (3871)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Funny and poignant..."
    Overall

    Great book! My husband and I listened to this with our kids (age 10 & 12) on a recent car trip to Tahoe. Everyyone loved it! The canine perspective offers wonderful humor, yet the story is sincere and moving. We highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6244)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2428)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Incredibly detailed"
    Overall

    Fascinating story, well researched and tastefully written. I felt like I knew each of the characters personally. Also the narrator was superb! He 'acted' out all of the parts with ease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Exceptional Book"
    Overall

    What a wonderful true story! An incredible tale of how the author and her siblings learn to cope and survive a most difficult childhood created by the shortcomings, yet good intentions of their parents. My 11 year old son is listening to it now. Makes us thankful for what we have.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4911)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1553)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Best audio book ever!"
    Overall

    This was a fascinating and wonderful book! It is the number one book on my personal list of favorite audio books.

    The author, herself - in her smooth, soothing voice - narrates the book. This makes it all the more personal. You feel as if you are sitting with the author somewhere in a cafe and she is telling you her life's story.

    Gilbert's message is excellent: make peace with where you are, be forgiving of yourself and others, quiet your talking mind, and open yourself to the JOY which is rightfully yours. Superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "Poitier Bares His Soul"
    Overall

    Very good story telling. I especially enjoyed hearing about the author's early life and how he handled the many challenges he faced. Sidney Poitier reads the audio version in such a way that it sounds like he's telling you a personal story, not just reading a book that he wrote. And it's obvious he's having a great time doing it! The last chapters seem a little wordy, but overall I am happy to recommend this book. Poitier is an honest, introspective man, who is constantly learning and growing, even to this very day. Good job.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Road South: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Shelley Stewart, Nathan Hale Turner Jr.
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Shelley Stewart is president of one of Alabama's largest advertising agencies, the co-owner of Birmingham's WATV-AM, and a well-known radio personality. In The Road South, Stewart delivers what Booklist calls, "an inspiring memoir that, despite its grim beginnings, is at times as lively and vivacious as radio patter".

    Nanci says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
    Overall

    Author faces lots of hardship but is inspirational in his ability to learn from mistakes, and never give up. Particularly enjoyed hearing how he connected with his deceased mother throughout the years. It took a lot of self reflection to write this book. Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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