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alexis

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Richmond, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (279)
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    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
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    Thank you, Mr. Hill for this fabulous memoir. I was only 14 years old when President Kennedy was killed, but I had been a die-hard believer in him and lover of Mrs. Kennedy since before his election. My heart was broken by the events in Dallas, by the pain and suffering of Mrs. Kennedy and the President's friends and family. It has taken years to be able to deal with the loss I felt. For 45 years, I could barely watch images of the Kennedy family without tears and that long-dreaded ache in my heart. The Kennedy Detail was the first book I could read that included any description of the assassination. You memoir completed the healing.

    I'm no different from millions of other Americans who suffered so terribly over the death of our youthful President and in the years that followed, suffering made worse by all the conspiracy theories and the smutty, salacious books that have been appeared in more recent times.

    Your friendship with Mrs. Kennedy was so lovely. Your recollections support the image and reality of the graceful, gracious First Lady of my youth. There is nothing but love and healing in your memoir, and I consider it a gift to humanity. I believe it is going to be wildly successful, a best-seller for sure, and you deserve it!

    To readers: buy this book. You will love it. No matter how much you may have read or seen about the Kennedy family and the years that have come to be known as Camelot, you have never read or heard anything like this. Mr. Hill has given us the real deal: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she truly was.

    Jeremy Bobb gave a flawless performance. One of the best I've ever heard on any audiobook. Every inflection, every pause, every syllable brought the era vividly back and made your story even more enthralling.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Great for history buffs..."
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    Not so great if you want the author to get on with the story. Where was the editor of this series? This book could just as aptly be titled The Meanderer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (15822)
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Finally dipped into this series..."
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    I like many aspects of this series, the setting in the Scottish Highlands, the premise of time travel, the vivid characterization. I did not care for the very frequent and fairly graphic sex scenes, which became a bit predictable and repetitive after awhile. I will keep reading (listening) but with less enthusiasm than I had when I started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Menna van Praag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Carr
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    (28)
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    Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

    Robin says: "So charmingly British!"
    "Sweet magical story!"
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    I stumbled upon this delightful story during my husband's prolonged illness. It gave me many hours of pleasure. Many thanks to the author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teashop on the Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
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    At her husband's funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife. And his other wife is determined to take everything from Carla. When Will Linton's business goes bust he thinks that he will rise to the top again. But his wife Nicole isn't going to stick around with “a loser”. Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home. Then the love of her life returns – he says he is dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her.

    Aimee says: "I love Milly Johnson books"
    "Light, lovely and thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    I had not expected to love this novel, but in the end, I really did. The author is skilled, her characters are charming and fully believable. Just what I needed when I found it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Anjana Srinivasan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (181)
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    (167)
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    In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

    Leslie says: "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    "Wonderful novel!"
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    Enjoyed this but I fear I'm beginning to tire a bit of the formula this author seems to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Imogen Robertson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Night
    Overall
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    Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud is hired by Christian Morel as companion to his beautiful, young sister, Sylvie. But Sylvie, Maud discovers, is not quite the darling she seems.

    Anna says: "Captivating story"
    "Such a strange haunting story!"
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    This novel left me pondering a darker Paris than the one I normally remember and enjoy reading about. In the end, though, I thought the novel well written and memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
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    (147)
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    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    Donna says: "Picasso - The Early Years"
    "Well written and enjoyable story but..."
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    I enjoyed Madame Picasso. The story was engaging and well done. But I found the reader's Spanish dialogue and certain French pronunciations torturous. I could barely stand to listen to the passages with Picasso and wished throughout that the reader had used some other means to signal Picasso's speech, anything other than attempting to render him with such a thick Spanish accent. In fact, at times the accent seemed more Russian or even German. It was so bad I almost gave up on the book several times. A real shame!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3091)
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    (2661)
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    (2654)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Robin A. Patrick says: "I feel guilty, but . . . I didn't like it."
    "Rediscovering Chamberlain"
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    In the 90s I really enjoyed this author. For some odd reason I lost track of her. This book reminds me of why she was once a favorite. Good story with de characterizations. Glad I found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisette's List

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Susan Vreeland
    • Narrated By Kim Bubbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (20)
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    Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.

    alexis says: "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
    "Wonderful story with an enchanting reader!"
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    I have enjoyed every novel by Susan Vreeland. She is a fabulous storyteller. This tale, set in Paris and Provence from the years just before WWII through to its end, is no exception. It is filled with sumptuous word-paintings of the setting, the art and the artists of France that enhance the drama without bogging it down. Truly, this is a book to curl up with and relish. The performance of newcomer (new for me at least) Kim Bubbs greatly added to my pleasure. Bubbs is a generous reader whose mostly superbly rendered accents and mastery of cadence and lilt lent an almost musical dimension to the story. It will be hard to listen to other readers after this stellar performance. All in all, Lisette's List is one of the very best listens in my large Audible library. If my own publisher would ever permit my novel to be offered in audio, Kim Bubbs is the reader I'd insist on. Brava et brava!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4349)
    Performance
    (3985)
    Story
    (3978)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    dmey says: "Story: Eh....; Narrator: NOT a fan!"
    "Perhaps my favorite of the trilogy!"
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    A fun read by this wonderful, clever author. Harkness shines in this conclusion to her tale of the witch and the vampire. The language is lush without being purple. The story is interesting without the overindulgence in historical detail that made Book Two feel a little pedantic. The characters are fantastical without becoming unbelievable. Overall, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read of late and well worth the long wait.

    Brava, Ms. Harkness. You delivered!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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