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  • Joi Lansing

  • A Body to Die For
  • By: Alexis Alexis Hunter
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

> Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented '50's blonde bombshell star's fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day, (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral display), her light went out relatively unceremoniously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Back In Time

  • By Maureen Carlstrom on 08-16-17

It's okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

It's okay.

What could have been a touching highly effective read is mostly a superficial book based on anecdotes and endless chapters about different restaurants and the foods they served.
I would love to read a more balanced/serious biography about actress Joi Lansing. For some reason the relationship between Joi and Alexis doesn't strike me as real, Alexis basically comes off as a young obsessed fan instead of a real life lover. Also I have a hard time believing that Joi's ex husband who was such a factor in her life could be that naive not to see the "closeness" between Joi and Alexis.
The age difference between the two ladies and the fact that Alexis basically turned over life and career aspirations to Joi and wasn't earning a salary also struck me as wrong somehow. Joi basically kept the young lady around as a lover/friend/assistant and the fact that Alexis makes comments about not having enough money to buy etc doesn't put Joi in the best light. I wonder if she at least left Alexis a few dollars after her death?

Now onto the narrator. Probably the worst narrator I've ever listened to. She speaks in this really annoying condescending Kim Kardashian voice and some passages I almost felt embarrassed for as she seemed to be making fun of the story and the characters. The voice she uses for Joi makes her seem extremely shallow and borderline retarded. I will never listen to anything read by her again.

All in all it's an okay story but could have been extremely touching, educating and important.
All the ingredients were there.

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  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,019

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

  • By Tami on 10-02-12

Ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Not as good as "The Shining" or "It" and I lost interest towards the ending and I can't even remember how the book ends.

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Well written! Masterfully narrated!

I will miss this complex cast of characters, you really come to know them all in this book

  • Fireball

  • Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
  • By: Robert Matzen
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood star to sacrifice her life in the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carole, Reanimated

  • By Sudi on 06-18-14

Heartbreaking story with obnoxious narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This was probably the most beautifully written tragic story I've ever read. I think it would have fared even better with a better Narrator. Tavia what's her face is no Grace Conlin and her over the top dramatic recitation bordered on obnoxious "oooh no! Dear! sweet! Carole is... G-g-g-ONE!!" (Rolls eyes) the story was tragic enough and did not need Tavia's over the top Mary Pickford style of acting.

Anyway I wish I had read the book on my own because I don't think I will be able to revisit this title. It was just too heartbreaking, those people did not deserve to die in such a tragic way. Oh well I pray they are all at peace.

Off to find something cheery to read to...

  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,015
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,204

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • By NO SPIN on 12-02-16

Lauren is a goddess!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-16

Like talking to an old friend. Lauren is everything you'd hope she is.
Very funny, touching book. Beautifully read by Lauren.

  • You Have No Idea

  • A Famous Daughter, Her No-nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other)
  • By: Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

When Vanessa Williams was growing up, she had a plan: She'd go to college and major in musical theater; afterward she'd get her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and then she would embark on a successful career on Broadway. But her life took a detour and she wound up the first black Miss America in September 1983 (an accomplishment that she never planned for or desired), only to be forced to resign ten months later due to a nude photo scandal - much to the shock of her mother, Helen, who had told her, "never pose nude for anyone."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book-enjoyed from beginning to end!

  • By Crystal on 01-09-13

Pretty good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-16

Pretty good, very honest book.
Lovely narration. I've been a fan of Vanessa Williams since I was a little girl. It was nice getting to know the woman behind the legend.

  • Learning to Live out Loud

  • A Memoir
  • By: Piper Laurie
  • Narrated by: Piper Laurie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

At the age of 17, in the glory days of moviemaking, Piper Laurie was living every little girl's dream. A contract star with Universal, Piper was elevated to the heights of Hollywood, her name emblazoned on 1950s marquees across America for hit movies like The Prince Who Was a Thief, The Mississippi Gambler, and Ain't Misbehavin'. Meanwhile, Piper's beauty was admired by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Howard Hughes, Paul Newman, and Tony Curtis as well as dozens of directors and legions of fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing woman and life.

  • By WhosYourChubby on 01-22-17

Breathtaking...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-16

I don't even know what drew me to this book but I'm so glad that I took the plunge and gave it a shot. Piper Laurie takes you on a beautiful journey and you finish feeling extremely privileged to have learned so much about life, love and overcoming your fears to achieve your dreams.
Bravo Ms. Laurie, bless you

  • Nicole Brown Simpson

  • The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted
  • By: Faye D. Resnick, Mike Walker
  • Narrated by: Faye D. Resnick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 193

During the trial of O. J. Simpson, the press focused on him. Now the victim, Nicole Brown Simpson, speaks through this private diary of her occasional roommate and constant best friend, Faye D. Resnick. Referred to by the media as the "mystery woman" who disappeared before the trial, Faye spoke to Nicole only one hour before her death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh..

  • By CarmenJones on 01-30-16

Meh..

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Not as juicy as legends purports, and Faye Resnick's put on obnoxious Barbara Parkins vocal imitation doesn't help matter.

All in all I don't know why this book made Faye notorious. She didn't really reveal anything the public hadn't already known.

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