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  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,300

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The house of lies!

  • By CMiles1985 on 11-21-17

Pro-life undertones, one-dimensional characters

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I found the characters very one-dimensional. Two evil ones and one good-hearted one. Didn’t make sense that the non-evil character did such a 180 with her personality at the end. I skipped through a lot of the middle of the book just to get to the end.

Also, there were several times in the book that abortion was brought up as something only the evil characters could even think about doing. Some God talk and lots of pro-life preaching.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My three least favorite words: "End of footnote."

  • By David H. Lawrence XVII on 06-20-17

Love Eddie. Don’t love this book

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I love his rambling stand up. There is usually something funny or interesting throughout. This was simply too hard to get through. Stopped about two chapters in. The tangents were just too long and neither funny nor really insightful about him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,274

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Author shouldn’t read his own books

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I cannot tell whether this book is very dry and boring, or whether it is because the author tries to read it himself. I love his work, but listening to this is incredibly boring and makes it hard to focus on the story. His words are also mumbled some of the time. I couldn’t get through it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fact of a Body

  • A Murder and a Memoir
  • By: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Narrated by: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes - the moment she hears him speak of his crimes - she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Memoir of Molestation

  • By Margaret on 05-22-17

Beautifully written but lots of repitition

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

The book is beautifully written and the topic is interesting, however I could see this as a long-form New Yorker article as opposed to a full book. The author just kept repeating the same things over and over.

Additionally, it felt like she included a lot of pieces to just fill out the story. For example, the fact that she visited the grave sites of several people and chose to describe each visit in deep detail without it adding to her story really gave the impression that she was trying to ensure she had a novel.

I started out thinking this book was a five star story. Each hour of listening and hearing the same things repeated lowered that score.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Domestic Failure

  • By: Bunmi Laditan
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

There are good moms and bad moms - and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator overacted... first book I've returned to audible

  • By Anjali on 05-22-17

Narrator overacted... first book I've returned to audible

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

The story could have been good had the narrator allowed the writing to do its own work. Unfortunately, the narrator had such an incredibly affected tone that I couldn't get through a full chapter. It was cringeworthy. Writing this comedic doesn't need so much interpretation from an overly dramatic narrator. Thankfully audible allows returns. This is my first book to fall into that category. I may try a non audio version at some point since the writing sounded like it had potential to be a good read.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,556

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Such a beautifully written piece of literature. Perfect in every way. I could not stop listening. It left me breathless yet hopeful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brain Maker

  • The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise - from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science & suggestions for diet changes

  • By AudioAddict on 07-03-15

Couldn't get past 20 minutes

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

The authors voice and affectation was hard to handle. I will try to paper version!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,700
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,155

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Just not that interesting of a story

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

I really respect Alan Cumming as a performer but the story itself just didn't warrant an entire book. Perhaps a long New Yorker article or podcast series but it just kept repeating the same things over. He obviously had a very tough childhood and his grandfathers parallel story was interesting (but not interesting or unique enough to be such a key part of the book).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful