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  • Blonde

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Jayne Atkinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Why not "unabridged"

  • By Tia on 06-10-15

Amazing writing and narration, what a treat!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

I've never read a real biography written this way before. Blew me away, so fun. Loved the narrator making the story come to life In a whole new way with her changes in tones and voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wake Up Happy

  • The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life
  • By: Michael Strahan, Veronica Chambers
  • Narrated by: Michael Strahan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Audie Award, Business/Educational, 2016. America's favorite football player turned morning talk show host, Michael Strahan, reads his book of motivational advice on how to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of your personal ambition. Inspiring and chock full of advice that will help you make significant strides toward pursuing your dream, Wake Up Happy is a book no one, young or old, male or female, will want to miss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesomeness

  • By Marion Marine on 10-21-15

This man oozes with charisma and positivity!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

Loved this read. It was fun to learn about his personal stories, in addition to advice and reminders on what is important in life. His narration made it all the more wonderful. Simply love this man.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,512

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....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this supposed to be funny?

  • By Pubahs reading on 03-10-17

Such a fun treat!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

Tina's narration almost tops her insanely smart and funny writing. Touching on many topics but remaining funny throughout, listening to this book was a ridiculously fun roller coaster. I never wanted it to end! Yay Fey!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Miles

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Miles Davis
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man untroubled by his own contradictions

  • By Barry on 12-07-12

My new favorite book of all time.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-15

I just fell even deeper in love with Miles the musician and the man. What an honest, introspective, and enriching read. As educational as gossipy. And the narrator deserves an award. Between the author's preservation of Davis' tone and the narrator's voice, I felt like I just got to spend a bunch of hours with Miles Davis himself. I'll miss hearing this voice. What a treat this was.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Johnny Carson

  • By: Henry Bushkin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the uninitiated

  • By Pi on 10-21-13

Interesting perspective about the famous host

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Bushkin provided an interesting narrative about Carson, his life and the entertainment world he lived in. But at times, I couldn't help wondering if Bushkin should have kept some of his grievances to himself, given his long personal and professional relationship with Carson. Still, it was a good listen, even though the narrator's voice got annoying at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Better Time

  • The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet
  • By: Molly Knight Raskin
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

No Better Time tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Overlooked Hero of 9-11

  • By Jean on 05-27-16

A great true story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

A very cool story about a dynamic man. Learned some interesting background about the evolution of the internet, as well. Danny's work made important contributions to what we take for granted now,

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hiltons

  • The True Story of an American Dynasty
  • By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh, not great

  • By Keeley on 04-19-14

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Overall a nice portrayal of the Hilton dynasty, with plenty of personal, gossipy stories. Sometimes a little too detailed, fluffy and lacking in substance. But still a good summer listen. Narrator was great, too - consistent, energetic and always with the right tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vanity Fair, October–December 2013 Issue

  • By: Vanity Fair
  • Narrated by: various narrators, Graydon Carter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice—often the only choice—for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always a great read - now also fun to listen to

  • By Maya A. on 08-06-14

Always a great read - now also fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

In addition to the usual interesting and gossipy stories, the narration is fun, too, with different narrators for each article. So glad they offer it on audible!

  • Rob Delaney

  • Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
  • By: Rob Delaney
  • Narrated by: Rob Delaney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo? Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!!

  • By Heather Williams on 11-13-13

Funny but also reflective

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

In addition to the humor and a nicely written personal story, Delaney shares about his battle with addiction in a helpful, reflective way that can help both addicts and those close to them on the sidelines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Seven Year Bitch

  • By: Jennifer Belle
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

From the best-selling author of High Maintenance comes a witty, heartfelt comic novel about marriage, motherhood, and discovering that the life you have is exactly the one you want. Isolde Brilliant used to have a life she recognized. She was working in finance, she had a devoted, if neurotic, husband, and a perfectly acceptable apartment in downtown Manhattan.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By Alicia Perrillo on 08-31-17

Another good Jennifer Belle story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

I'm a fan of Belle's. Although this isn't her best work, it is still a nicely done story with some good insights on ways to look at and work on your marriage.