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Pamela Plimpton

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  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,715

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Loved every minute

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. I was so happy to hear Mr. Crystal narrating it himself. Who else could have possibly done it justice?? A terrific road map of growing up Crystal & it's great to hear of the friendships he made. Also, so fun to hear about the life-long dreams that these celebrities have & the day at the ballpark left me so happy for him! Very insightful and will definitely listen to this book again. Of that, I have no doubt. **two thumbs up**

  • The Time of My Life

  • By: Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi
  • Narrated by: Patrick Swayze
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

In a career spanning more than 30 years, the late Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he became one of our most beloved actors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Time of My Life

  • By Brenda on 10-06-09

Patrick Swayze fan, but didn't enjoy the book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I'm not sure if it's just slow moving, or what the problem is, but I just cannot get into this book. I have been a Swayze fan for years, but this memoir just fell short for me. While I admire his grit & determination & courage throughout his life, I just could not continue with the story. About half way through, I had to give up. RIP, Patrick.

  • Scientology: Abuse at the Top

  • By: Amy Scobee
  • Narrated by: Danielle Plaso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Writing....fair narration.

  • By Tony on 08-22-13

Couldn't overcome the narration

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

While the story is important & just builds on those I have already read, I could not get over the awful narration of this book. Your story is a good one, Amy, but whoever chose the narrator and was responsible for the production of this audio book should consider another vocation! Over emphasized words & syllables all over the place. The very first time I hear "supposably" was comical because it referred to someone being illiterate. Ummm........ Then after hearing if another half dozen times in the next few chapters, my thought was the producer of this audio book did a horrible job. Why wouldn't you stop the narrator and say the word it supposeDly?? Other mispronunciations and general grammar is just hard to overlook, which is sad. The stories need to be heard, but Danielle Plaso will turn me off any other book I see her name involved with.

  • In the Shadow of the Red-Light

  • Sex Trafficking: The Ugliest Trade in Human History
  • By: Zakir Hossain
  • Narrated by: Chiquito Joaquim Crasto
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

A multifaceted documentary on sex trafficking in South Asia, this audiobook is set in five South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, but it deeply and shockingly represents the entire global sex trade. This multibillion-dollar industry is a form of modern-day slavery, where women are enslaved, raped, tortured, and forced into sex 20 to 30 times a day; end up with incurable diseases, such as HIV; and are finally thrown away once their bodies are no longer sellable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Try to keep up with the jumping

  • By Pamela Plimpton on 01-23-19

Try to keep up with the jumping

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

It wasn't a bad story. Pretty much what I had expected when I bought the book. The story of the girls breaks my heart considering what their families (and they) have to go through. The pain they endure & the degradation is hard to listen to. Some parts were very quiet from time to time & I couldn't get my iPod volume turned up loud enough to hear it well. Other sections were fine. The narrator can be a bit hard to understand from time to time. All in all, it was a good book & basically what I expected to hear about their lives. Sadness.

  • The Beast I Loved

  • A Battered Woman's Desperate Struggle to Survive
  • By: Robert Davidson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

June Briand shot four bullets into her husband's head and was sentenced to 15 years to life. This is the shocking, true story of survival - and the intense bond June shared with her pathologically violent husband, a monster who physically and sexually tortured, degraded, and dominated her so relentlessly she refused to believe he was dead even after she killed him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Beast . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 07-14-18

Riveting true story!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Anyone who doesn't understand battered woman syndrome & the grips these animals have on their victims needs to listen to this book. Fantastic story, told with brutal honesty and educating at the same time. Gripping from beginning to end, I felt myself pulling for her all the way to the end. So happy that she could survive this tale & manage to make herself a "normal" and HAPPY life following all the despair. God bless "June".

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,883
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,733

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Education received!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Great story - nothing new that I hadn't read or heard b4 in prior books about Mormonism and their beliefs. This was a great story to hear first person from Idaho! It's interesting to hear her ties & memories of her upbringing along with the strength to better herself. I found myself "drifting" a bit from time to time while I listened, but I didn't miss that much. It's a good story that I would recommend to anyone that wants to hear the life in first person.

  • In Such Good Company

  • Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and antics that made the show legendary as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Memories of a Great Show!

  • By Jami on 10-01-16

Good stories & fun, but redundant

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I began to wonder when I first started the book if I was going to hear "This Time Together" all over again. Several of the memories & stories are a bit redundant of her 2010 book. After a while, I began hearing some new stories & some of the back stories of some of the best episodes. I did enjoy it. Even though many of the stories were repeated, I still managed to get a chuckle a few times because this team was SO GOOD!!

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  • This Time Together

  • Laughter and Reflection
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do not listen while driving

  • By Robin on 08-12-10

Great TV memories & rich history

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Carol Burnett - always a favorite in our family!! Fun memories to relive & the TV history is so great to hear. Fun stories to listen to. Can't really say I laughed out loud, but several smiles were experienced throughout the book. She's done a great job with the book & I thoroughly enjoyed her reading it herself.

  • What's So Funny?

  • My Hilarious Life
  • By: Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275

Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim, that is what's so funny!!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-05-14

One of the GREATS!!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Even better than I had expected. Tim did a great job in writing this. I was slightly disappointed that he didn't read it himself, but I found that the narrator did a great job anyway. He has a similar voice at least & did a great job relaying the story. There was no doubt in my mind that Tim had a F-U-N life with all his comedian friends, but this story confirms that as well as his family life & upbringing. A true legend and part of such a genius comedic team when I was a kid!!

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216

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

Wanted to like it, just couldn't

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I was really hoping I would enjoy this book, just couldn't do it. Felt like I was sitting thru a therapy session rather than a memoir about her life. Not even half way thru & I just had to stop. Couldn't stand listen to her anymore. I truly love Sally Field on screen, but as an author, I will pass.

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