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  • Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness.

    L. Hockensmith says: "Ava and Author Joust"
    "Secret and Unapproved"
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    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the book we find out that Ava worked with Peter Evans on her memoirs but backed out on the book when she learned that Frank Sinatra had sued Evans sometime before Ava hired Evans and Evans had not told her. After Evans death, people worked with his notes and put together this book. This rather explains why half the book is Evans 'complaining' about Ava calling him at 3 am and their arguing about including her cuss words. Evans has a whining tone and Ava appears careful. This book is probably unfair to them both. A bit later, Ava wrote her own book "Ava, My Story" and it is immensely better. Her own book has lots of color about Hollywood and its stars and moguls and delightful color about herself, written by her and including chapters by some of the people around her. Just to mention one big difference: in the Evans books, Evans has Ava declare she only slept with the Spanish matador once. In her own book, Ava relates a detailed love affair. Also, there is very little in the Evans book about Sinatra but a lot in Ava's book. By the way, she loved all her husbands.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marion Nestle
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today's food revolution and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement. This pathbreaking, prize-winning book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why. This book is published by University of California Press.

    Dakota says: "Excellent except for one thing... okay, maybe two"
    "Yep, it's politics."
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    What would have made Food Politics better?

    It would have been better if it did not have an east coast liberal agenda.


    What could Marion Nestle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book is dated. She's pushing a vegetarian agenda and making any other opinion the bad guys. I expected coverage of the sins of all food lobbyists. I didn't expect the book to have a political agenda of its own.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    I have always loved Kate Reading when she reads about India. Shall I say this isn't her cup of tea? I guess I would have cast a woman with a harsher, more vindictive, lobbyist voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


    0 of 2 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
    (2605)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1336)

    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"
    "History by the Spoonful"
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    If you could sum up At Home in three words, what would they be?

    Local world history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryson. I love the way he does research and tell us about it.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Personable. I felt like he was talking to just me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Smile and think. Appreciate what has gone into our living the way we do.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson looked around his house and decided to write a world history based on things we see and use everyday. It is a very human history. I'll read it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2717)
    Story
    (2708)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Dead On"
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    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites. I'll listen to it again. In fact, I finished it and then started over and listened again.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    It's a fast paced autobiography of a guy whose job is killing the people who want to kill us. What can I compare it to? James Bond? Pretty much: Except Ian Fleming was working with a fictional character. Our American sniper is patriotic like Bond, too. One thing we missed with James Bond was how he grew up. Chris Kyle makes his youth, his coming of age, and his family very real.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, John Pruden is wonderful! He nails the regional Texas accent. I checked, and, yes, he is acting. Absolutely brings the autobiography alive. As a listener, you just know that a guy who talks like that can sure play Texas high school football, ride a rodeo bull, and shoot the bad guys. Pruden also transitions beautifully to voice the wife.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure. But, with non-stop, real action, one needs to pace themselves. There are a few short breaks: the pace changes when Kyle has his wife tell her side of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess this is a book for all ages and both sexes. My grandsons recommended it to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dick Francis's Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Felix Francis co-wrote several horse racing mysteries with his late father Dick Francis before the legendary author passed away in 2010. Taking up the reins for his first solo effort, Felix delivers a captivating tale that franchise fans will thoroughly enjoy. Former jockey Nicholas “Foxy” Foxton is at the track one day when he witnesses the execution-style killing of his friend Herb Novak. Worried he might be next, Foxy wonders if there was a dark side to Herb he didn’t know about.

    B. Colley says: "A Disappointing Read"
    "Felix Took a Gamble"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I keep leaving this book and coming back to it, hoping I'll like it better. The main character is not the classic Dick Francis hero. The performance falls short.


    If you’ve listened to books by Felix Francis before, how does this one compare?

    I always liked the ones Felix wrote with his dad and Tony Brittain as performer is a hard act to follow.


    What didn’t you like about John Keating’s performance?

    John Keating is fast talking and sing song. Sing song drives me crazy: The beat to the words is da-da-da da. Gosh, I hope it is the reader, but the words fit right into the rhythm.


    Do you think Dick Francis's Gamble needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I haven't finished this one yet, so, no, not a follow-up like this. I'm having a tough time getting through this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is it Dick Francis's gamble? If Dick's name is on it, I expect a continuity of style, heroic type, author confidences and life views shared with the listener. Felix continues his father's technique of educating the listener on a corner of life; but in this book, I felt Felix phrased investment information like he was talking down to us...rather like, 'stick this basic info into the text as straight info and then move on'...somehow Dick managed to weave the basics in without leaving the drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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