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Jo E. St Clair

Milwaukee, WI United States
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  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✍️A Woman’s Place Is In the Resistance💪🏻💪🏻💪🏼💪🏼💪

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-31-18

I miss his girls

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Todd Fisher does a great job telling tales about his mother and sister and it is also refreshing to hear about his own accomplishments in the entertainment industry. He tended to spend more time talking about his mom which came from an interesting point of view. His hot/cold relationship with his sister is evident by his ridicule of her but he certainly came from a point of brotherly love.

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  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

Likable

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Likable, but not the best bio I have read. Sally Field's story is interesting and there are a few surprises but she seemed to complain too much and psychoanalyze everything. I certainly admire her vast wealth of work and find her to be one of the best actresses around. I thank her for sharing her story.

  • Hatchet

  • By: Gary Paulsen
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237

Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Raquel Aceves-Mittman on 02-14-12

Teacher says "Awesome"

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I teach children with Autism in an urban school. My boys love adventure, Minecraft, Legos anything to do with building. This book was recommended to me several years ago and I thought that it was time for me to break this out for my current students. As we listened the boys would draw and visualize and I was very impressed by what they were imagining.
I also used a resource that I found on Teacher-Pays-Teacher which included engineering challenges. My students made paper airplanes, shelter models, a bow and arrow and more. These challenges really enhanced our reading/listening time and comprehension.
This book and the challenges have encouraged me to create a Makerspace in my classroom this year. I can't wait!

  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly true story about Obama told by Obama

  • By Kristin on 03-15-09

Wonderful! 44 is the bomb.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book to others. It's wonderful and gave me so much more knowledge about Obama than I expected.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Obama is an amazing narrator. His grasp of telling a story and use of accents is spot on. I could have sat and read listened the whole way through.

  • Rebel

  • My Life Outside the Lines
  • By: Nick Nolte
  • Narrated by: Nick Nolte, Christian Baskous
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

In a career spanning five decades, Nick Nolte has endured the rites of Hollywood celebrity. Rising from obscurity to leading roles and Oscar nominations, he has been both celebrated and vilified in the media; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine; and suffered public humiliation over his drug and alcohol issues, including a drug-fueled trip down a "long road of nothingness" that ended in arrest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Rounded Character

  • By Jo E. St Clair on 03-24-18

Well Rounded Character

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am enjoying this book and have already recommended it to several people. Nolte's story is interesting and impressive.

What other book might you compare Rebel to and why?

Rob Lowe's books are similar to Nolte's. The story of fame, fortune, and downfall are uplifting.

Which character – as performed by Nick Nolte and Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

The narrator, Christian Baskous is amazing. He really captures Nolte's voice, tone, and raspiness. His performance makes listening to the story as if Nolte is reading it himself.

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  • The Loving Push

  • How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults
  • By: Debra Moore Ph.D., Temple Grandin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Leigh Ashman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who cares about a child or teen on the autism spectrum needs this essential roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today's world. Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out the steps you can take to restore your child's hope and motivation, and what you must avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eyes Wide Open

  • By D. Pugliese on 01-24-17

Perfect for Teachers and Parents

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

What did you love best about The Loving Push?

I teach children with Autism and find that conversations with my parents about their child's future is a very difficult conversation to have. I plan on recommending this book to my parents this upcoming school year.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Leigh Ashman?

She is a bit bland. Not the right fit for an audio book like this.

  • Keep Moving

  • And Other Tips and Truths About Aging
  • By: Dick Van Dyke
  • Narrated by: Dick Van Dyke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,537

With a fun and folksy way of addressing its audience, Keep Moving serves as an instruction audiobook on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and "keep moving" every day like there's no tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end

  • By Debbie on 10-25-15

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Another great book by Dick Van Dyke. He helps you think about getting older in a positive way. I'm 52 and figure I can stick around another few years!!!
DvD has always been a favorite of mine and once again he made me smile ear to ear the entire way through the book.

  • Bud, Not Buddy

  • By: Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Narrated by: James Avery
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Family Audio

  • By Dionne on 02-21-09

My classes love this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

I have shared this book with middle schoolers, 4th graders and just finished sharing it with a class of children with autism.
The late great James Avery really captivates the listeners and is truly one of the best book narrators ever.

  • Hope

  • A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland
  • By: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,455

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry.... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years." A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving read.

  • By caroline on 04-28-15

What happened?

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

When the girls were rescued from this horrible experience I was fascinated and scared all at the same time. These ladies are the true heroes. I had listened to Michelle Knight's story first and I thought the performance for her's was better. Both books though tell similar stories and even though their lives have gone in different directions the three (and four with Joselyn) will always have a connection. It's sad that it had to be under these circumstances.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually liked the male narrator. He helped to string things together nicely.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A##HOLE kills himself when he should have suffered for a thousand years.

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

  • By: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Magic...just great delivery

  • By Mel on 12-03-14

Magical

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

If you could sum up Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

Wonderfully witty and fun. Couldn't wait to get in the car and listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Across the board entertaining. Fun listening from beginning to end.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tree House with David!!!

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

YES....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful