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karyn

richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 38 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 312 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18283)
    Performance
    (14105)
    Story
    (14051)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "SO hilarious"
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    This is another book that I will listen to again and again. I bought this one because it was a best seller, having never watched her on SNL and watched 30 rock a handful of times I wasn't sure what to expect. This has changed me into a 30 Rock fan as well as a Tina Fey fan and I really hope she writes another book!

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
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    This book was on par with my absolute, hands down favorite "BossyPants". Judy Greer's stories are touching, funny, interesting and well narrated. As another small town Michigan girl, her early essays on growing up outside Detroit during the "John Hughes" era made me feel like we were besties exchanging memories. Love this book!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (552)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "Good, But Not Great"
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    Rob Lowe's first book set the bar super high and it's still one of my all time favorite Audible books. I was really excited about this new one. I would've loved for him to go into more detail about his early life in Malibu and tales from movies sets. As a sophomore effort this was just ok for me. I felt like it was a lot about his family life, more serious stories that would probably interest someone who is trying to be an actor and his struggle to deal with his kids leaving home for school. Although well written and read I just wasn't into it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (636)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Same old, same old"
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    I stopped reading these ages ago when Marino started being written without a shred of likeability or any redeeming qualities. He became a caricature of the overly masculine d-bag. Sadly he plays such a huge part in this book and was read so annoyingly that I stopped listening. Don't bother with this one, it definitely is not the old Patricia Cornwell.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gavin Edwards
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (29)

    Hollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack.

    karyn says: "Awful Narration"
    "Awful Narration"
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    I couldn't get past the narrator's creepy attempts to imitate all the different voices. It was over acted and strange. It's too bad because I think the story might have been very interesting. Maybe I'll read the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sheila Himmel, Lisa Himmel
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte, Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Unbeknownst to food critic Sheila Himmel-as she reviewed exotic cuisines from bistro to brasserie- her daughter, Lisa, was at home starving herself. Before Sheila fully grasped what was happening, her 14-year-old with a thirst for life and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was replaced by a weight-obsessed, antisocial, 100 pound 19-year-old.

    karyn says: "Not at all what I expected"
    "Not at all what I expected"
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    Having had past struggles with food issues as well as watching friends struggle I like to read and listen to books that depict others stories of recovery. This is not that book. Although touted as the story of a Mother/Daughter struggle very little is heard from Lisa and much is heard from her mother about her life as a food critic and the history and psychology of eating and why we eat with many, many references to other's books. It makes me think that they advertised this as a memoir to sell more books. I'll be returning mine and hope that Lisa is doing well in her recovery as I won't be making it to the end of this book to find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborrelli continues the family chronicle begun with his best-selling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot."

    karyn says: "A Fantastic Listen!!! Highly Recommend!"
    "A Fantastic Listen!!! Highly Recommend!"
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    As a fan of anything Kennedy, Rat Pat, Old Hollywood etc. I can say without a doubt that this is one of the best Kennedy books I have listened to (read) in a long time. I was worried that it would be the same old Kennedy stories recycled but was happily surprised to learn new and interesting details about the family and their lives. This is an excellent example of great story meeting perfect narration. I know other reviewers have had issues with Taraborrelli's accents and impersonating the women in this book. I am extremely picky about narration and I had no problem with this whatsoever. I listen to books while I work and this one kept me in my seat the whole time. I know I'll be listening to this one again!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jill Soloway
    • Narrated By Jill Soloway
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This hilarious, whip-smart collection of essays from a top writer and producer of Six Feet Under crisscrosses from the highly personal (conflating her own loss of virginity and the Kobe Bryant accusations), to the political (what she has in common with Monica and Chandra), to the outrageously Los Angelean (why women wear huge diamonds and what they must do to get them). Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants is a genre-defying combination of personal essay and memoir, or a hilarious, unruly and unapologetic evaluation of society, religion, sex, love, and - best of all - Jill Soloway.

    karyn says: "Another Author Read Failure!"
    "Another Author Read Failure!"
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    If I could get past Jill Soloway's mocking, valley girl narrative I might have enjoyed this book as the description was right up my alley. She did that annoying thing? Where every sentence? Ended in a question mark? Ugh. I love anything Hollywood or entertainment driven. Her narration was so irritating I could only stomach about an hour before I was so over it I had to turn it off. Back to the Audible home page!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Jo Sales
    • Narrated By Kathleen Mary Carthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime - celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

    readergal says: "great narration"
    "Fascinating listen"
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    Even if you have been over saturated by this "made for tv" real life drama about a group of kids from the Valley burglarizing some of Hollywood's elite, there is something for you in this book. Instead of regurgitating everything that's already known about this case, the author goes deeper and backs up the facts with a psychological study about narcissism in today's society, and does it in a way that's entertaining and engaging. I highly recommend this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (288)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    SHEILA says: "Kathy Griffin"
    "One of My Favorites!"
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    There are alot of authors out there who should farm out the reading of their books. This is NOT one of them. I don't even watch Kathy's show nor have I seen any of her stand up but I absolutely love this book. I have listened to it over and over again. It's not a straight comedy routine. This book is about growing up, struggling to make it and some scary plastic surgery story. The reading is entertaining and engaging and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys memoirs and humor!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christa Parravani
    • Narrated By Christa Parravani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their way into a prestigious college, established careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively), and entered young marriages. But plagued by their father's early rejection of them and further damaged by being raped as a young woman, Cara veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.

    karyn says: "Great Story Bland Reading"
    "Great Story Bland Reading"
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    I am a huge memoir fan and have listened to a bunch. While I found the story interesting I was distracted by the monotone reading. There was no character or inflection to give life to the words and I wish I would have just bought the book and read it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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