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  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (241)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "If you lived the 70's then this audio is for you"
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    It's amazing how much detail Graham brings to his journey. I'm live in Los Angeles so I am so familiar with the landscape. I love CSNY music -- early days. Live concerts today are now too much of their political views.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23178)
    Performance
    (17520)
    Story
    (17573)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Good story, but they lost me in the deep ocean"
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    I really enjoyed the story of his survival and opened my eyes to WWII - but then after a couple of chapters of the floating in the raft wasn't enough, it when on and on, chapter after chapter. I must admit I had to fast forward....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (2004)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "So captivating from begining to end"
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    I truly enjoyed this audio very much. Every woman story that was told had a lot of heart and tears. After listening I got hooked on the PBS mini series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (510)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Jayne brings the story alive"
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    The story is written well and Jayne is the key to the Bradley audio books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (730)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "What a leader"
    Overall
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    She is such an inspiration to women but I must say it takes a very supportive family too.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2582)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "I liked it then it got kinda odd..."
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    I may need to go back and re listen to this audio, it started interesting then I lost interest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel K (Kerobokan)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kathryn Bonella
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, the tongue-in-cheek nickname for Kerobokan Jail, Bali's most notorious prison. It is a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor.

    valerie says: "Kinda depressing"
    "I had no idea what all goes on behind the walls"
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    If this is based on facts, then WOW if this means survival... thinking twice about visiting Bali anytime soon, if so, just pick your friends carefully.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lauren Slater
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Acclaimed author Lauren Slater ruminates on what it means to be family. Lauren Slater's rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. In these autobiographical pieces, Slater presents snapshots of domestic life, populating them with the gritty details and jarring realities of sharing home, life, and body in the curious institution called "family."

    becky says: "I expected more... the narrator was boring"
    "I expected more... the narrator was boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure, boring reader, boring story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Slater again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Of course, little more up beat would be nice


    What character would you cut from Playing House?

    The narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10810)
    Performance
    (9701)
    Story
    (9705)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "i loved this audible"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, characters written so vividly and i was so very entertained.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    The pre court where the judge interact with the lawyers. Loved the narrator throughout!


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

    I'm a big fan of Grisham and M Beck is my ultimate narrator.


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

    No, and it was hard to put down


    Any additional comments?

    I'm ready for another (new) Grisham-Beck audible. Ive listen to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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