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  • Jackie's Girl

  • My Life with the Kennedy Family
  • By: Kathy McKeon
  • Narrated by: Aedin Moloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

In 1964 Kathy McKeon was just 19 years old and newly arrived from Ireland when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. The next 13 years of her life were spent in Jackie's service, during which Kathy not only played a crucial role in raising young Caroline and John Jr. but also had a front-row seat to some of the 20th century's most significant events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackie's Girl -- A refreshing inside perspective

  • By Beth on 05-31-17

Jackie's Girl -- A refreshing inside perspective

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this book. It is an honest, touching & even humorous account of Jackie's personal assistant, a young Irish girl who steps into this role one year following the death of President Kennedy. She does not however, bash Jackie or the Kennedy family.

Which character – as performed by Aedin Moloney – was your favorite?

The narrator makes the story come to life with her own thick Irish accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story takes you from the year following the death of Jackie's husband, President Kennedy, to the marriage then death of her second husband, Onasis, to the untimely death of Jackie, and then to the tragic death of John Kennedy, Jackie's son.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • This Life I Live

  • One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever
  • By: Rory Feek
  • Narrated by: Rory Feek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 724

In This Life I Live, Rory Feek helps us not only to connect more fully to his and Joey’s story but also to our own journeys. He shows what can happen when we are fully open in life’s key moments, whether when meeting our life companion or tackling an unexpected tragedy. He also gives never-before-revealed details on their life together and what he calls “the long goodbye,” the blessing of being able to know that life is going to end and taking advantage of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Life I Live

  • By Blueyes512 on 02-16-17

Poignant. Painful but beautiful

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Where does This Life I Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top!

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Life I Live?

When he first laid eyes on Joey!

What about Rory Feek’s performance did you like?

I couldn't imagine anyone else narrating this beautifully written story!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The birthing part. And learning of Joey's cancer.

Any additional comments?

Don't understand how such a beautiful soul could be taken too soon.

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,197

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Riveting. Excellently written. Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

What made the experience of listening to Brain on Fire the most enjoyable?

You're drawn into her story immediately!

What did you like best about this story?

That she survived her ordeal and lived to share it with others!

What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dunno about that!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments did.

Any additional comments?

Great story! Great narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Didn't care for the narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

What would have made When the Air Hits Your Brain better?

Better Narration!

What was most disappointing about Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD’s story?

The Narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Monosyllabic

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story itself was interesting. Couldn't finish it because I couldn't hack the narration any longer!

Any additional comments?

Wish I'd bought the book instead!

  • Murphy's Boy

  • By: Torey Hayden
  • Narrated by: Loretta Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

His name was Kevin but his keepers called him Zoo Boy. He didn't talk. He hid under tables and surrounded himself with a cage of chairs. He hadn't been out of the building in the four years since he'd come in. He was afraid of water and wouldn't take a shower. He was afraid to be naked, to change his clothes. He was nearly 16. Desperate to see change in the boy, the staff of Kevin's adolescent treatment center hired Hayden. As Hayden read to him and encouraged him to read, crawling down into his cage of chairs with him, Kevin talked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • want to meet Kevin

  • By Cherish on 10-14-15

Powerful, Heartbreaking, Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Hated for it to end. An incredible story about a broken kid & the incredible therapist who patiently & lovingly helped to restore him. Would like to know the rest of his story.

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely , beautifully written 😙

  • By S Waters on 11-16-16

Raw & candid

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

One of the most gripping memoirs I've ever read! Elizabeth is honest, painfully so, about her struggle to sobriety! So glad she shared her story. I've always been a fan, I admire her even more for sharing her own personal battle.

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,488

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

Captivating. Deeply suspenseful!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

So suspenseful! Wonderfully & creatively written! The narration was perfect! I was spellbound! I give this book five stars! It would make a great movie!

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,357

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Informative

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

informative just didn't care for all the potty words! enjoyed all the tips and hope to put them to use!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,073

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Absolutely, riveting! The narration was excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Several plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat! Loved every minute!