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Stephanie

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  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1426)

    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "really like ellen but felt like a waste of my time"
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    Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

    i might reluctantly try another, however only after many many consistently elated reviews


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen DeGeneres again?

    see above


    Have you listened to any of Ellen DeGeneres’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    On balance, this book is positive, light and even plainly silly. In all, these three hours go by well, fast! So that's why I give 5 stars for performance. Ellen maintains the momentum well. She is an engaging speaker.


    Any additional comments?

    perhaps the title says it all, seriously i'm kidding - that is that there were some funny moments more towards the beginning. The middle just seemed downright page filler. In the absence of more hilariousness, the redeeming factor might have been some somewhat more serious insight into her life and her thoughts and feelings etc. This was my first book by Ellen so I really knew nothing about her before today. I now know that she is neat, punctual, hard working, persistent, affable, did not go to college, thick skinned, positive, good, kind, honest, does not cook, does not clean, loves her wife etc. I didn't get much sense of depth. Sometimes I thought she was going to say something meaningful but I couldn't be sure whether she was serious or not?!! In the middle of the book she really lets you into her stream of thought consciousness. Although I don't know that I'd call it a stream. It is a whirlwind of anecdotal thoughts organized into brief chapters. Average chapter length might be 2-3 minutes. Some 'chapters' are 1-2 sentences. And, then it's over and I'm just like, huh. I like Ellen a lot from what I've seen. She is very positive and more than a bit silly and I wish her well with her show and as an author and modeling etc.
    I never much liked seinfeld or family guy or simpsons... maybe you should just wait for more reviews to decide, if you are on the fence. since I don't watch her show, if you do and you love it maybe then you will also appreciate this book. It just wasn't so great for me.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7687)
    Performance
    (6734)
    Story
    (6737)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Humorous and engaging, w some seriousness woven in"
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    I only read this book for a book club. After reviewing several possible books to vote for I voted for none, including not this one. This book won and so I listened to it.

    Well it really exceeded my expectations. The story flows in a conversational way, that is hugely engaging.

    There is a police investigation into a recent event, seemingly a murder at a Trivia Night event for the parents of a local Kindergarten...

    The story is light, engaging, sincere and often humorous. At the same time it ever so subtly brings up a handful of more serious issues such as domestic violence, which the author stresses -occurs more often than we suspect in Australia. From other reviews I had not been expecting this.

    Liane Moriarty does a great job penning her characters to life. There are a lot of characters since the plot takes place in a small beach community with a Kindergarten.

    I did not anticipate the story progression and the twists at the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (680)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Slow start but it keeps getting better"
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    I didn't always care for Anne's personality or her choices. I thought that it was a very slow start. The beginning seemed almost absurd... as in why am I even listening about this woman? I did not choose this book. I read it for a book club assignment. Even though this is fiction based on real life, the author stays very close to real life. It was in making notes for the book club meeting that I realized how much the book got me to thinking about love, marriage, loyalty, choosing a partner, living life fully and wanting more. I also recently visited the Smithsonian and I saw the Lindbergh exhibit there as well as Charles Lindbergh's plane. After seeing that plane it is fairly astounding that he undertook a 33 hour flight in it. Visiting the Air & Space museum when I did really reinforced the degree of courage and adventure that this husband and wife shared. Personally I was not well aware of the Lindbergh's story but I will say that I was touched by the bipolarity of the highs and lows in their lives...If you get this definitely listen to the author's discussion at the end. I think that Melanie Benjamin is a good storyteller and I would not hesitate to try another one of her books, this being my first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

    Elizabeth says: "The bad reviews are true, alas...."
    "Still very enjoyable"
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    I really liked The Rosie Project so I decided to listen to this immediately. It was a great listen, very engaging. However I was slightly less engaged while listening to this sequel. Since I would not want to write a spoiler, I'll simply say that I found the plot mildly annoying because of my traditional values. Meanwhile I really appreciated Don Tillman's guileless personality. At one point in the book I realized that how I would have responded would have been totally different from his response, choosing to always see the best in everyone - I just really like his easy-going character. I will say that is some respects this plot seems seems fictional because everyone, bar-none ends up being a deep-down nice person... In all, a very pleasant listen. Mr Simsion keeps up the pace of the story, there is really no dull moment. However, the book seems a bit disjointed toward the end and then it ends abruptly. I did not see it coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (14436)
    Performance
    (11825)
    Story
    (11784)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "more of a memoir, still a great book"
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    This book is more a memoir than what I had expected which was well, a book loaded with funny jokes. There definitely is a humorous bent and however what is really refreshing about this book is how well I was really able to get to know Amy and to like her and to appreciate her insights and wisdom. She states as much at the beginning, about her philosophy about how to be happy and who she likes to spend time with. Just be yourself, be true to yourself and own it. Then she moves on and talks about her various jobs, time at SNL, time after SNL and it is all narrated by a rather large cast including several former colleagues, boss and even her parents does most of the talking. She is really candid and affable and sincere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2087)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Bored andDisappointed"
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    Having read every single one of Jack Reacher books except for one that was getting very low reviews from reviewers that i trust, i was disappointed in this one. it did not hold my attention. it needed more action, more flow. this book seemed a little more 'serious' than previous ones. appears to have been well-researched but really never connected with the characters or the plot. dick hill sounds a little older and at first i didnt recognize his voice. jack reacher was missing his usual peppering of familiar and endearing behaviors like i said nothing, that's for DAMN sure! you know what i'm referring to. the stuff that he says and does a lot that makes him jack reacher. well i will say that I was listening while doing other things like getting ready to leave the house, like i always do so I prefer books that are easy to follow without paying careful attention and still feeling engrossed in the outcome. having waited so long for another jack reacher I really couldn't resist had to check it out. When it finished I just thought OK, hm so that's the end of it...really not engaged whatsoever. Overall I'm quite surprised because I often think that an average for Lee Child book is still way better than many other authors in the same genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (2131)
    Story
    (2147)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "quite good"
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    It's an enjoyable read. The ending surprised me I certainly wasn't expecting it. Having read many books by these authors, I would still say that my favorite was Fever Dream...though this is definitely among their best books. I had stopped listening to the Pendergast series as I found the writing quality inconsistent throughout the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (434)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    Andrew Stone says: "DeMille writes another excellent book!"
    "disappointed"
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    It does not suitably follow The Gold Coast. For one thing the first 7-8 hours are wasted in a slow rehash of the prior book and I found that there was just way too much rehashing throughout. Plot and character development are lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (570)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "some of demille's best work"
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    yes so several books later I still remember the main characters' names: John and Susan Sutter and Frank de la Rosa. What makes this book great is the great, likeable characters and their development throughout...John Sutter is irreverent and sarcastic and funny. The Sutters have a very adventuresome sex life, which is risque and quite entertaining throughout. The ending seemed inconsistent to me for her character however I can't really say why without writing a spoiler however it pertains to Susan Sutter. John Sutter keeps saying that his wife 'is a bit nutty' though this doesn't really come across in her character development. I enjoyed this so much that I immediately bought the sequel, which was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "Enjoyable, though some caveats"
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    So when I first joined audible I purchased a book based on the 'recommendation' of David Baldacci I believe - a book by Thomas Greanias, Raising Atlantis which I hated so I decided to never read anything from Baldacci. Then I read some really glowing reviews for this book and decided to try my first Baldacci. I actually enjoyed the pace of the story. However, too often there seemed to be implausible events or characters did stupid things which bothered me. I also felt that the stereotyping of women's behaviour became a bit grating -- although I suppose that women might be more likely to suffer from a breakdown or to cry or to exhibit signs of emotional frailty. Finally, the tone of Scott Brick's narration for some reason was a bit flat and a little annoying and he seemed to be reading a little differently than usual. I usually enjoy his narrations. Overall though, this book is engrossing and it's relatively long which is nice too so I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1071)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "well written and enjoyable"
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    The plot is fairly simple throughout most of the story where an investigation is underway. The action picks up at the end. And, if you are not familiar with Nelson de Mille he is one of the best thriller/ action/ adventure writers out there. It is a well-researched book. Both protagonists John Corey and Kate Mayfield are likeable and get the job done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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