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  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

  • And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 914

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't make me get out of the car...

  • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

Funny but a little slow at times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-07

I enjoyed this book..Nora Ephron is typical Nora Ephron, clever, witty..but suprisingly the book drags on at times. Possibly I'm the wrong demographic for the book..I'm only 35..but it was overall a good read.

  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun historical fiction

  • By Heidi on 01-11-07

Fun historical fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-07

I found this book because I was looking for works similar to the Philippa Gregory books (i.e. "The other Boleyn Girl) and I wasn't disappointed. This is similar in subject matter, but unique in style, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and narration, and was caught up in the story from beginning to end. I loved learning more about Catherine Parr, a lesser known wife of Henry XIII, and found myself consulting my historical reference book frequently to get some additional facts as it made me curious about the era..I just love historical fiction and this one didn't let me down!

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Abortionist's Daughter

  • By: Elisabeth Hyde
  • Narrated by: Beth McDonald
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 33

Two weeks before Christmas, Dr. Diana Duprey is found floating face-up in a small lap pool in her back yard. A medical doctor with an abortion practice, and a national figure who inspired passion and ignited tempers, she had been the target of violent threats by right-to-life activists. Her husband, Frank Thomson, a lawyer in the district attorney's office, fought bitterly with her on the morning of her murder. To reveal the nature of their argument would cost him his career, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Abortionist's Daughter

  • By jaimie1805@yahoo.ca on 06-28-06

Great mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-06

I loved this book..interesting characters..good mystery. The last hour gets a tiny bit slow, but at that point I was so into the book it didn't matter to me. I had some trepidation about it because of the subject matter..but it really isn't about abortion, it is just a good murder mystery. I wish there were more books available by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Limitations

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At 59, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY dry narration

  • By Heidi on 12-23-06

REALLY dry narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-06

This is the first time I've wished I read the book instead of listening to it..I like Scott Turow a lot, and I think this was a good book, but the narrator was so flat that he lost me a number of times. I don't understand the choice..maybe they were trying to go for an intellectual, legal sound? Anyway, it didn't work for me.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,455

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Definitely deserves best of the year award

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-06

This is an amazing book..the best audio book I've listened to since utilizing the Audible service. Well narrated, moving story, compelling characters, and an important reminder to not take our octogenarians and nonogenarians for granted..what amazing stories are out there that we are missing? I'm so glad I listened to this one!!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Insightful relationship story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-06

In the beginning, this book has many parallels to 'memoirs of a geisha', but by the end they are nothing alike in my mind. I really appreciated the writers ability to be so transparent in her description of her characters' psyches and the depth of their relationship. This is really a love story between two friends, and a lot of food for deep psychoanalytical musing, if you are in the mood...

  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

  • By: Ayelet Waldman
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson, a know-it-all preschooler named William who has become her number one responsibility every Wednesday afternoon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking, hopeful, and brilliant writing.

  • By Sandra L. Jacob on 12-27-09

Sweet--interesting psychological insights

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-06

I enjoyed this novel..the narrator is fantastic, and captures each character perfectly, particularly little William. I found it a bit depressing, but realistic, and appreciated the wise insights into human relationships that the tale provided. All in all, a worthwhile and entertaining read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 779

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain good!

  • By Susan on 08-05-10

Great book, engaging plot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-06

Jodi Picoult does it again, creates a story which has many complex levels of character development, plot twists and ethical dilemnas. I was entertained and challenged, and would have rated this book 5 stars were it not for the narrator whose voice I found annoying at times, and for the court scenes which dragged on a bit in the middle of the book. All in all a great read though, I definitely recommend it.

  • Crisis

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed!!!

  • By Edward on 09-19-06

Good old-fashioned brain-candy-thriller

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-06

I got what I wanted from this book--nothing too challenging, but a nicely paced medical thriller. I've read Robin Cook before, and this one wasn't one of his best as far as I'm concerned, but I think I got my money's worth, as I was definitely engaged & entertained.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By Maren M. Ernstrom on 02-10-08

Sweet but slow moving

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-06

I really love Fannie Flagg so I was excited to download this one, but was disappointed upon listening..I kept waiting for it to 'suck me in' and nothing really happened until the last 30 minutes. The character development was sweet, and there was some nice humor, and the narrator did a good job; but I think I would have preferred to spend my time on another book, unfortunately :-(

1 of 2 people found this review helpful