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  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,748

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing We Didn't Already Know

  • By Yvonne Lowery on 09-11-18

Take if for what it's worth...

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Take all of this for what it's worth. I don't doubt anything that Ms. Newman says, except that she had so much integrity to blow-off Clinton after a perceived slight but latched on to Trump so ferociously despite his history prior to the campaign. She has known him long enough to know that the loyalty thing is a one-way street, and I had to laugh every time she mentioned that "looking back" she should have known better. She is a product of reality television, as some would say is Trump, so her point of view is going to be distorted through those lenses. She basically admits that she wasn't as concerned with what Trump's agenda was as much as what she could get out of the ride. I wonder if we would have ever heard her story had she not been fired. "Full court press" was her primary concern and her reasoning that Trump had never said it to or about her so she wasn't concerned is why we are where we are today. They may not be saying it about you, but that they are saying it at all should be the point...and the problem.

Regardless of which side you're on, it's worth listening to. Everyone's story has a piece of truth to it; taken all together, we might actually get the whole story one day. So listen to this; listen to Hillary's story; listen to Comey's story; listen to Trump's and Bannon's stories. Blend them all up and strain out the hype and what you have is probably close to truth. Grown folks acting like children with some of them needing a serious time out.

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  • Lucifer's Child

  • By: William Luce
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Julie Harris stars in this one-woman play by William Luce based on the life and writings of Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am Lucifer's Child!

  • By Clay on 05-02-15

I am Lucifer's Child!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

What did you love best about Lucifer's Child?

I like the conversational format of the performance.

What did you like best about this story?

Julie Harris's performance, and it is a performance. Not just a reading.

What about Julie Harris’s performance did you like?

What's not to like? She puts so much feeling into her performance. You feel her pain and her sadness.

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

There were several moments in the book that I particularly liked, but the ending was probably the most moving. The story is about a life winding down and I like to think that the character's final "vision" was also her final moment.

Any additional comments?

Because of Ms. Harris's performance, I bought Out of Africa which I also recommend.

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  • The Mystery of the "Mary Celeste"

  • By: J. G. Lockhart
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

The "Mary Celeste" (or Marie Celeste as it is wrongly referred to several writers) was a British merchant brigantine. The ship is best known for having been discovered on 5 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned, although the weather was fine, the ship intact and her crew experienced and capable seamen. The "Mary Celeste" was in sound and seaworthy condition and was under full sail heading for the Strait of Gibraltar.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing real life mystery

  • By Erik on 12-20-15

More than one mystery here...

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

What would have made The Mystery of the "Mary Celeste" better?

Without a doubt, the narrator ruined this audiobook. Her halting manner and odd inflection in speech pulls you out of the story to the point where you really don't know what it is all about.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. G. Lockhart again?

Possibly, but not with the same narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson?

I think anyone would have been better than this particular narrator.

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

Impossible to tell, accept possibly for the length. Had the audiobook been any longer, I would have definitely not bothered sitting through to the end.

Any additional comments?

There is more than one mystery here. The one you want to hear about, the Mary Celeste, and the more obvious one: "Why this narrator?" Often, I will purchase the book after listening to the audio version, especially if the narrator is compelling. In this case, I have no desire to read the printed version because of the narration. One would hope that the writer has some input in choosing the reader, especially after going through the hard work of writing the book in the first place. I cannot imagine any writer agreeing to this narrator.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful