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  • Unqualified

  • By: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Pratt - foreword, Anna Faris, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Anna Faris!!

  • By Erica Mendes on 10-27-17

How can you not love her?

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I want to preface this by saying, I was never that fan girl that followed Anna Faris or Chris Pratt. Sure, I had seen the Scary Movie franchise and several of her movies,but I had never seen mom and didn't even know who Chris Pratt was before Jurassic World. I am simply someone who enjoys stories especially when they are told by the person who experienced them. I collect first edition books, and was lucky enough to find one that Anna had signed and couldn't not pick this book up...and I am so glad that I did. I started reading the book and decided I liked Anna's spirit so much I wanted her to tell me her story like an old friend, so i bought the audiobook. Way to go Faris, you got my money twice!

For anyone looking for a book full of the details of her marriage or perhaps the dissolution of it, first of all shame on you, and second you won't find that here. You will find her talk about her college life, her first marriage, for those fan girls you will hear how she and Chris met and the occasional story of their life together which will probably make you love him even more; most importantly this book is full of honesty about being insecure in your twenties, and slightly less insecure in your thirties, you will get honest answers for who Anna is, what she finds important in life. Listening to her tell me her stories, for six hours I felt like her best friend, i found her charming and funny, and sometimes I wanted to give her a hug. I could relate to Anna's mom struggles and fears of raising a responsible and kind human being, and while our socioeconmic status in life is vastly different and I am lucky enough to take my daughter out without prying eye I could still understand her position on these things and how she feels and that is a very refreshing change.

Although this book was about to be released when their marriage was ending, Chris Pratt has a beautiful introduction and Anna is a class act through out the book highlighting what a great friendship and marriage they shared. In the end, she acknowledges that a door has closed and new time in her life has begun but she never says anything negative. Anna praises Chris and the rise of his career, saying she always knew he would be the star he is. The only thing I wish for her is that she would give herself a little more credit; she has played some great roles and after starting her book I tried her show mom and she is very funny. In this book she is very modest and I hope she reads this someday and sees that not everyone sees her character in Mom as "not sexy". The future holds great things both of these actors and the class they have shown in public, and in this book.

If you are interested in biographies, or interested in the life of public figures you will enjoy this book, and allow Anna to be your friend for a short while. For other reviews by me, please see my review blog : https://alishiamarie.weebly.com/

  • The Sinner

  • By: Petra Hammesfahr, John Brownjohn
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 635

Cora Bender killed a man. But why? What could have caused this quiet, lovable young mother to stab a stranger in the throat, again and again, until she was pulled off his body? For the local police it was an open-and-shut case. Cora confessed; there was no shortage of proof or witnesses. But Police Commissioner Rudolf Grovian refused to close the file and began his own maverick investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FIVE

  • By Donna on 06-04-17

It took a little while to get where it was going

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I started this book after beginning the miniseries on the USA network. I really wanted to finish the book before I finished the miniseries. As most people know this book is not a "who done it", it is a "why done it"...In the very early pages of the book, Cora begins to prepare her house and make final arrangements as she plans to kill herself that afternoon, staging the incident as an accidental drowning. After being unable to do it, she prepares to cut an apple for her son, and flies into a blind rage and kills a stranger, in front of many onlookers. The Sinner is the story of how that incident happened.

All in all I liked the story, but this is one rare instance where I like the adaptation better. For my full review please see my blog: http://alishiamarie.weebly.com/



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  • Sorry Not Sorry

  • Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
  • By: Naya Rivera
  • Narrated by: Naya Rivera
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over - or plod through - all the crap along the way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry! No.... REALLY! Sorry I wasted my credit!

  • By Tabitha on 12-08-16

Glad it was on sale

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

I bought this book because it was on sale...and that was definitely the right call.

It wasn't the story that was the problem, she does have a unique perspective on things, being that she has had a unique life. The issue was with how at every turn in this story she self-righteous and everything appeared to be someone else's fault. Ms. Rivera also spends a decent amount of time name dropping when we all know she is famous, we are reading this book for that reason alone.

If you are looking for a book full of scandal and salacious details on the cast of Glee you won't find much here, which is actually very classy of her. However, without them, the book is just a little bit boring. Rivera does discuss having an abortion, being anorexic, and going through the normal mistakes we all make but somehow the way she tells it, it seemed like she was making her life to be harder than it was, or that somehow her awkward teenage years were harder than others. All in all, it wasn't bad, I just feel there are other celebrity biographies out there with more to offer.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,467

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

If you like him now, you will love him after this

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I have been a fan of Kevin Hart since the first time I saw his stand up special. I loved his honest portrayal of his life and how he got to where he is today. The best part about reading this book is that Kevin never asks you to pity the life he had growing up...instead he praises his mother who gave him tough love and opportunity, and he is always upbeat and looking to the future rather than dwelling on any pain in his past. I encourage everyone to read this book...no how good or bad your past is, tomorrow is a new day and you can do better than you did yesterday and be more than you are today. If you are divorced you can see a shining example of two people who couldn't make it work, but through many years of struggle have come to respect each other and be great co-parents.

Do yourself a favor and read Life Lessons, it will not disappoint.

  • Dead of Winter: Arcana Chronicles, Book 3

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

Heartbreaking decisions: Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her - until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death's uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts - and stolen glances from a former love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, love this series!

  • By Katheryne on 02-09-15

This one is all about The Lovers & Love Triangles

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I haven't been this sucked into a series in a very long time if you have read the first two books, this one focuses more on the characters relationships and rather than focusing on all the cards, Evie and her team are working on just one "the lovers". I found the first half of the book to be a little slow and tedious but it does pick up and leaves with a great cliffhanger for book 4.

For my full review please see my blog : http://alishiamarie.weebly.com

  • Endless Knight: Arcana Chronicles, Book 2

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling!

  • By Katheryne on 10-09-13

a great story, but a little predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

In the second chapter of the Arcana Chronicles, Evie is growing more comfortable with her powers but finds herself in increasing danger. In this installment, Evie will meet the cannibals and come face to face with death. As she learns more about her past lives as the Empress, she also learns more about the game and the other cards, which will lead her to learn more than perhaps she wants to know.

I do not want to give away too much, but there were a few things in this story that seemed a little predictable with today's YA novels. That being said, I still really did enjoy this book and will be starting book 3 immediately.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,906

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Just when I did not think I could love her more

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Amy Poehler, what can I say...she's hilarious, but listening to her audiobook gave me a peek into her heart as well and what I found was that not only is she funny, but she is sincere, loving, and someone I wish I could just sit down and have a glass of wine with. Essentially this book is a collection of thoughts and stories from her life experiences. It is honest and makes no apologies or excuses for who she is.

After reading this book I was left with thinking how brave she was to lay so much of herself out there for the world to scrutinize and possibly judge. She covers everything from her career, her marriage (she does not talk about the divorce as it is "just too sad"), a little bit about drugs, her worst regret from SNL, and she talks a lot about her love for her children.

I would recommend anyone who might want to read this check out the audiobook as it has multiple famous people who help her narrate, and more importantly, you can hear the honesty in her voice and for me, it makes the experience so much more enjoyable.

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  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

I have always been fascinated with the Dyaltov incident, I will admit I am a sucker for a good mystery, especially if it includes some sort of paranormal possibility. Mr. Eichar did an amazing job really looking into every aspect of this strange story.

Dead Mountain tells the story from two perspectives; it goes back and forth between telling the story of the hikers using the first-hand experience of the one surviving member who left early due to injury, and the present journey Eichar is taking himself to retrace their steps. Eichar does an exemplary job looking for answers as to how the injuries could have happened, explored the paranormal possibilities, and ultimately uses new science to actually solve the case and put an end to a mystery that has haunted the region for nearly 60 years.

  • The Lost Lullaby

  • Nightmares!, Book 3
  • By: Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
  • Narrated by: Jason Segel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53

Not since he faced his fears has Charlie had so many bad dreams. Whenever he falls asleep, he finds himself in a Netherworld field surrounded by a flock of creepy black sheep. They're not counting sheep. They refuse to jump. In fact they don't do much at all. Even eerier, though, is that it's not Charlie's nightmare. Somehow he's trapped in someone else's bad dream. And he's pretty sure the twins Ick and Ink are responsible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Pamela on 09-15-18

I love this series

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

I absolutely love this series and was sad to see this trilogy come to an end. That being said, this was actually my least favorite of the three books. The title "Lost Lullabye" sounded so ominous and scary, however, in the end, I really found the Lullabye to have a minor part in this story. That being said this series is amazing, and the audiobook is incredible. The story is well written to be just spooky enough for kids, but still enjoyable as adults. Jason Segal, you have forever made me a fan.

In this third and final installment of the Nightmare series, we find our heroes picking up where they left off to battle the twins ICK and INK as they have escaped into the waking world. To make matters worse Charlie is having nightmares again, but this time he is stuck in SOMEONE ELSE's nightmare, and he has to find out how to stop the nightmares for good.

If you have not read this series, do yourself a favor and give it a look...no matter what your age, this is a really fun read.

  • Poison Princess

  • Arcana Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074

She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series (for teens and adults too!)

  • By Marc on 10-09-12

My new addiction

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I will begin by saying I have never been much into fantasy, however, a friend picked this book for our book club and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Poison Princess begins with a young girl seemly entering the wolves den, though things may not be quite as they seem. Before the flash, when the world as we know it ended, Evie lived as a popular girl in a southern town who secretly heard voices that would eventually save her life, but now she must learn to survive against numerous dangers.

From the first page to the last, this book just keeps going and sucks you in, but be prepared to pick up the second book as soon as this one concludes.