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jwal

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  • Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Melissa Joan Hart
    • Narrated By Melissa Joan Hart
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Thousands of young people consider Melissa Joan Hart an integral part of their childhoods. She played the title roles in the trailblazing Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All and the wildly popular Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but she never let fame go to her head.

    donna says: "Very Enjoyable listen LOVED IT !!"
    "A good listen"
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    Would you recommend Melissa Explains It All to your friends? Why or why not?

    I recommend it to mid-30s girls like me who grew up watching Clarissa Explains It All wondering what it would have been like to be her. It's fun following normal celebrities who are my age. Since I am Melissa's actual age (thus older than her Sabrina character), I didn't really watch Sabrina. I recently caught up on Melissa & Joey on Netflix and enjoyed it.


    What about Melissa Joan Hart’s performance did you like?

    It was herself, real and familiar. I would not have purchased it otherwise. She did great.


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

    Yes I pretty much did, and I felt like I was spending the day with Melissa. But I reeeeeeely had questions that I wanted to ask her and wished I was having an actual conversation.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this for some "light listening." I enjoyed listening to Melissa speak about her life and experiences, and a bit of behind the scenes. The book is exactly what it claims to be. Maybe when she is older she'll write another book which would be juicier!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2163)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "On my 5th listen!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scarlett. Here is the reason I have listened so many times: I am trying to figure out, for the life of me, HOW Scarlett is a sympathetic character! She's conceded, arrogant, self-centered, a HORRIBLE mother, incapable of being a friend, treats people as disposable objects to be used as a means to an end, et cetera! Yet, I root for her the entire time! Why?? I love her and think she is great and amazing, and I don't know why.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a work of art. It enhances the movie and vice versa. The description of each and every character in the book is SPOT ON in the movie. I don't know how they did it! They omitted the most appropriate aspects of the book for the movie, for instance Scarlett's first child. Every book-based movie has to take a lot out, but I thought they did a wonderful job of telling the story with all the important details in tact, such as the depth of the characters.
    Vivien Leigh is a literal embodiment of Scarlett (aside from the first lines in the book which describe Scarlett as not particularly pretty despite her attractiveness).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (472)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Loved every minute!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. I liked hearing about his life from HIS perspective. I know that Sampras and Brooke Shields have wildly different perspectives, but I thought this inside-Agassi's-head memories were really fascinating. It was cool that he effectively conveyed humbleness about his tennis, somehow. The whole thing was a love letter to his wife, which is super sweet. And damn, he trashed Brooke Shields! I am team Brooke all the way but this didn't make me angry or anything, it was interesting to hear unabashed one-sided thoughts from a man (a jerk).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Jennifer Bronstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (479)

    She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still nave and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

    Kim says: "Nice hot romance"
    "Dullsville USA"
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    Would you try another book from Abbi Glines and/or Jennifer Bronstein?

    Not from author. Definitely yes from narrator; she had a fake southern accent that came and went, but she was good.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters had so much potential, and I enjoyed each and every one of them, but they fell flat because they weren't given enough story to work with. I wanted more depth and juice, more dirt in the gossip, more...I don't know... just more. The sex scenes were NOT hot. It's like this book couldn't decide if it wanted to be a sexy romance or an interesting coming of age, so it failed at both. If I knew that the story were to get more involved in the following books, I may want to listen, but I'd rather find another book at this point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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