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  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,532

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

How Carrie became Leia

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

It's difficult not to give someone's memories a higher rating. However, it was difficult to listen to Carrie Fisher's rambling memories of what it was like to be 19 years old, auditioning for Star Wars and becoming Princess Leia. She includes the details of her affair with Harrison Ford who was married, had 2 children, and was 15 years older than her. Because he was married and mostly silent, she really had no one she could talk to about this relationship so she kept several diaries. I think that there are some times when private things should just stay private. This book did not make me feel warm and fuzzy toward Carrie.
Carrie narrates most of the book except for Billie Lourd doing the diary entries. Carrie sounded like she was slurring most of the time.

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,574

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Someone's idea of a realistic love story?

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This was a free audible original. It's fairly short - just under an hour so I guess it's like a short story. It was fairly depressing although I guess some people would think that it's an accurate portrayal of marriage. I don't think I'd recommend this just because I didn't really care for any of the characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Theodore on 09-04-15

Skeletons in the close of the house we grew up in

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The Bird family lives in a cottage in Cotswolds village. The parents are Lorelei and Colin with their lovely darling children Meg, Beth, and twins Rory and Rhys. I really liked the way the book is told through different perspectives of parents and children at different points in their lives. I like the way the memories answer the questions about the secrets being kept by each member of the family. There were some parts that were unbearably sad, but overall it didn't seem too maudlin or depressing. I really felt like I could relate to the points of view of the mother, sister, daughter relationships.
Karina Fernandez did a great job narrating and tackling several different accents.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,455

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The kings worst yet.

  • By John Chamberlin on 12-11-18

Our Place

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This was written by Stephen King and his son Owen. I was not familiar with Owen's work, but I could tell this was Stephen King from a mile away. It's a great collaboration including well developed characters and subplots. I loved the Norcross family, Van Lampley, Willy, Warden Coates and her daughter especially. Likewise, I really strongly disliked Don Peters and the Geary family. Like many of King's books, I need to immerse myself in the story and not nitpick about the likelihood of certain details. I love the way the characters are set in motion on a collision course with an amazing outcome.I thought Marin Ireland did a fantastic job narrating. She really made the characters come alive for me.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,077

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

The very slow Swedish Forest Gump

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I had heard good things about this book. Allen is an interesting character, and I liked the way he set the whole book in motion by climbing out the window of the retirement home on his 100th birthday. It was entertaining the way he stumbled into interesting characters and crazy situations. The pace of the book is just too, too slow for me. I liked the characters and wanted to find out how it would end, but it really began to feel like a boring book that I was required to read.

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,840

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

The details behind Mindy

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This was an entertaining look at the life and development of Mindy Kaling. I never knew that she went to Dartmouth and much about her childhood and family. I would like to know if she ever reconnected with her friend Mavis from high school. I agree with her that discussing how stressed you are is NOT a valid topic of conversation.

  • Look for Me

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one - a sixteen-year-old girl - missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case - but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current Issues Intricately Crafted Great Addition

  • By shelley on 02-07-18

Another installment with D.D. Warren

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Unfortunately, when I first started this one, I didn't realize it was the 9th in the D.D. Warren series. That being said, I still really enjoyed the murder mystery. It's told from alternating perspective of D.D. Warren, a Boston Police Detective, and Flora Dane, a survivor of 472 day kidnapping and now a vigilante. The writing was great and really sucked me in with the story of a domestic homicide whodunit. I will look forward to reading the earlier novels so that I can better understand the character development.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,513

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

The backstory of one of the best movies EVER

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I have always loved the movie "The Princess Bride." I thoroughly enjoyed hearing how the movie came to be from William Goldman writing this special story for his daughters to the casting and the training for the greatest sword fight in history. Rob Reiner, the director, does the foreward of the book as well as many comments throughout. Hearing about how determined he was to find the perfect cast and stay completely true to the book was really interesting. The saddest part is that Fox didn't know how to market the movie so it didn't get the love and appreciation it truly deserved when it was originally released in 1987. Due to VHS sales, the movie has become the family classic that it deserves to be. It's a movie that you can watch with your entire family and everyone will enjoy it and find something special about it. I also really enjoyed the parts about Andre the Giant - talk about a really special person. The narration was terrific since it was read by Cary with most of the other major players reading their comments.

  • 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 9,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,356

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Tough to take

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This book was a roller coaster. I disliked Amber so much that I was seriously considering stopping this book. Then, Amber's section ended and it switched to Daphne's perspective. I liked Daphne's character much more, but her story line was like a terrible traffic accident that I just couldn't stop staring at. I was getting ready to stop this book again when there was a more satisfying twist. I don't want to write too much in my review and give anything away. I think that Liv Constantine did a great job of making some characters so conniving and manipulative and others likable. I also liked when the point of view switched to Daphne and things were revealed from her perspective that Amber never knew. I thought the use of two narrators also worked well for this book. I had a real love-hate relationship with this book because I wanted to stop it but I still was curious enough to know how it would end that I just couldn't stop. I almost wished I knew someone who'd already read it so that I could just find out how it ended without torturing myself anymore.

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

The Queen of Soul

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This was an interesting report of the life of Aretha Franklin. It quoted many other sources. It traces who Aretha is by starting with her parents and the choices they made. Aretha’s mother left the family in Detroit and moved to the Buffalo area when Aretha was only 6. Her mother died when she was 9. She was a lost little girl with a big voice. I found the details of her life to be very sad. She became a mother herself at 12 and had a second son at 14. This book does not describe anything about her sons or Aretha as a mother. Overall I found it very sad.