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Panama City, FL, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 19 reviews
  • 654 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Julian Reinoso

    Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

    Maury Davis says: "Narration difficult to understand"
    "Wish I Read the Review Before Ordering"

    The previous review nailed it. A classic when read, a nightmare to listen to, if Audible had a money back guarantee this would be one that would be going back. Save your credits.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Going off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Giuliana Rancic
    • Narrated By Giuliana Rancic

    Giuliana Rancic is best known for interviewing A-listers on the red carpet and E! News, skewering their shocking style choices on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front-row seat to her marriage and family life on her reality show, Giuliana & Bill. What fans may not know is that she learned English from Eddie Murphy, got her American citizenship so she could be a beauty queen, and used to have a bad habit of stealing cars for fun.

    bethann says: "who would've known?"
    "Poor Little Princess"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe.....if you are into a fluff Hollywood story.

    If you’ve listened to books by Giuliana Rancic before, how does this one compare?

    Have not read anything else.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    While I appreciate her agony and fear of a cancer diagnosis.....she is certainly not the first woman to have survived it. And with her wealth and connections, being able to arrange a conference call of experts to help her make a decision leaves me cold and hopefully she is aware that many cannot do that and must make a difficult decision alone or with family. I hope she is aware of how fortunate she is. And the endless "fear of flying" got obnoxious, especially when she was able to fly her and her new baby home on a private jet. Really G....get over yourself!

    Was Going off Script worth the listening time?

    Yes, but with some reservations. She occasionally comes across as a pompous Hollywood princess. Many don't have the ability to weigh all the options you have. And when you and Bill needed to "sell your mansion" in Illinois as it had too many rooms....OMG.

    Any additional comments?

    Please don't inflict any of your paranoia onto your sweet son.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

    Dawn F Horner says: "Wow - a heart touching listen!"
    "The story of ME"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who feels entitled and has a childhood that they perceive to be HORRIBLE despite growing up to be what some would consider wildly successful!

    What could Brooke Shields have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    First off, let her poor, dead mom rest in peace! Toward the end of the book was a particularly horrible reference to making sure ALL of her mother was creamated after she died. I can also hardly wait until this spoiled princess has to take care of someone like her husband when he gets old and frail. Suppose she'll shove him in a nursing home so she won't have to deal with adult diapers.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Brooke Shields’s performances?

    Probably not......just to listen to her whine about postpartum depression when she has nannies and housekeepers to help her keep the household together. Grow up! Many women deal with this sad situation alone or with family.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from There Was a Little Girl?

    Too many to list but especially the ones where she was at her mother's bedside as she lay dying. What a pathetic attempt to demonstrate love.

    Any additional comments?

    Grow up Brooke......let your mother rest in peace. Do you feel better now? If made your mother look worse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Have always loved her books but this one was disappointing. Too much skipping around which caused me too lose interest multiple times. Finally gave up and tried to return but system seemed to want to force me to call and explain my reasons.

    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Marrator seemed as disinterested in the book as I was.

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

    Not really

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Save Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. In the aftermath of a massive explosion, Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to rescue Melly or usher Amanda to safety.

    C. Byrnes says: "The Protagonist Was Shallow and Unbelievable"
    "Don't waste your time"

    I agree with most readers. Started off o.k. but the plot became totally convoluted and silly. The most insane characters and reasoning made this book a snore. Kept reading as I thought it would eventually turn around but it didn't. I personally enjoy Ms. Nixon's reading of the book and have read other books with her narration. Don't waste your credits/money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With her young son's potentially fatal neuroblastoma in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work, only to face the case of her career. The investigation into the death of CIA agent Kevin Markham is a professional challenge-and has Laurie's colleagues wondering if she still has what it takes after so much time away. Laurie and Jack race to connect the dots before they are consumed in a dangerous game of biotech espionage.

    Mary Dietrich says: "A repetitive waste of time"
    "Not his best"

    Awful narration, could not keep up with the Asian names, need more time with the Stapleton's, and thought I would not finish the book. But I have a hard time NOT finishing a book. Really disappointing read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snapped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Napiera Groves

    As the pampered wife of Frankie Bingham, Camille wants for nothing. After all, Frankie and their life together are her whole world. So Camille tries not to be bothered by his closeness with his coworker and dear friend Gillian. But it soon becomes clear that Camille's suspicions are correct. When his indiscretions become a public matter, Camille is pushed to a dangerous breaking point that spells disaster for them all.

    A User says: "I'm Pissed"
    "I Wish I Could Get My Credit Back"

    I attempted to read this book twice and both times I could not get past the second chapter. The narration was deplorable. Regrettably the narrator Napiera Groves can only read what the author had written. I found the propensity of Hip Hop language and phraseology most annoying and distracting to such a degree that I could not connect or identify with the characters. Save your credits for something that does not paint such a stereo typical portrait of African Americans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "Not a winner"

    This was definitely a disappointing read. Most annoying is the constant shouting and yelling by the ghost character. It might have been palatable if I had been reading it, but listening to it was painful. Had to turn the sound down. Not a sympathetic character.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree County

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ross Lockridge
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life - from the battles of the Civil War to the politics of the Gilded Age, from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father.

    Kirk McElhearn says: "A great American novel, seriously!"
    "Author must have been paid by the word"

    Written in 1947, recorded in 2008 to take advantage of the ever growing populace who love to down load audio books. Considered a classic in its day it motivated Hollywood to make a movie I believe it would be a dud in today’s environment. It appears the author was paid by the word as the dialogue is tedious, drawn out by roughly 40%. The author; far too many times to count, e.g., The clock on the cupola displayed the time; displayed the time, displayed the time. O.K. I got it move on, move on already. It was not uncommon to hear repetitive statements as many as 8 times. Seems like every thought the author ever had was included in this book.

    There are two main characters; John and the Professor who pontificate labouredly on the meaning of life including on multiple occasions, is there really a God or do atomic forces bonding together determine life after death?

    The author references modern day (1947) technology that would be the envy of Jules Verne in an 1876 setting which makes it unbelievable.

    A very lengthy book that with regularity leaves you hanging until the last two hours where everything is very neatly and conveniently tidied up.

    The Lloyd James however does an admirable job of changing voices, 5 star job.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Susan Butler
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure.

    Eric says: "The Definitive Biography"
    "Excessive Glorification Not Deserved"

    An interesting read but the author spends the first half describing how our heroine lies, cheats, misrepresents herself to get jobs, positions that she does not deserve, e.g., three months at a university that offers an engineering degree justifies putting engineer BSEE on her resume.

    Lying to get a position she did not deserve, parlays that into meeting influential and wealthy people just so she can claim to be the first woman across the Atlantic while she sat on a pile of gas cans behind the pilot and co-pilot to get a female version of Charles Lindberghs;s recognition is ludicrous.

    The author finishes up with an unabashed glorification of how streets, towns and even airports were named after her. I guess the message is marry money; throw in a big dash of deception to get what you want is OK.

    Other than that it is an easy read.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful

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