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  • 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 8,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,210

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 8,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,646

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 2,430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173

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.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,105

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Two for the price of one

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book within a book. I liked the way Susan Ryeland the editor at Cloverleaf (?) books would speak directly to the reader. I found all of the characters and suspects and twists and turns like a roller coaster. I listened to this book so I appreciated that many things seemed to be repeated in case I missed it the first time. Once I finished it, I actually went back to listen to the first part again when Susan first tells us about Magpie Murders just to make it even more crystal clear in my mind. Wonderful whodunit.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,720

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Eleanor Oliphant is AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I didn't know anything about this book when I selected it. The narrator makes Eleanor, Raymond, and the entire book come alive. The book takes place in Glasgow, and Cathleen McCarron's Scottish accent captures the spirit of the book perfectly - in fact, I've found myself repeating many of her words in my mind. Eleanor is an amazing character. The book reminds me of The Rosie Project in the sense that the main character is socially awkward, very literal, and the plot revolves around the character's interaction with other people and the world. Eleanor's thoughts had me chuckling out loud at times. There were also some parts that I found heartbreakingly sad. I liked the way that the book ended as well. I would recommend this book 10000%. I did recently read that Reese Witherspoon was going to make a movie of this book. I trust Reese to be true to the spirit of the book, and I can't wait to see it!

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,143

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

  • By Wayne on 05-25-18

Entertaining and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Jen Sincero has done a great job of writing a self-help book that is entertaining and inspiring. Although many of the ideas are not new, she has put a fresh spin on them. I've been trying to focus on the positive and this book really reinforced many changes I've been making in my life.

  • The Residence

  • Inside the Private World of the White House
  • By: Kate Andersen Brower
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the president and first family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The White House Explored & Exposed

  • By Sara on 04-15-15

Behind the Scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Kate Andersen Brower was in the White House Press Corp. She did a great job researching this book that tells the stories of the many people who work at the White House - butlers, ushers, housekeepers, chefs, florists, electricians, etc. These people are the true occupants of The Residence. The First Families come and go, but the staff stays. It was fascinating to get an inside look at how everything works. I especially found it interesting the work that goes into converting the house from one family to the next on Inauguration Day. It was also very touching to hear about the transition after JFK's assassination. I was listening to this, and I did find it difficult to always keep track of the people because there are so many represented in this book.

  • Jane Austen at Home

  • A Biography
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG - Who doesn't enjoy Jane Austen!

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-16-17

In-depth information about Jane Austen

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

The prologue and epilogue by the author are very interesting and explain that this is basically a love letter about Jane Austen. It’s a very thorough account of Jane’s life, family, daily routine, and everything that shaped Jane to become the woman and author she was. There are many references to Jane’s writing and how certain relationships and situations formed the basis of her characters and plots. It made me want to reread Pride and Prejudice. This is a very detailed account which did cause my mind to wander at times. Overall I found it very interesting.

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  • The Switch

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

From the bestselling author of The Alibi comes a thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina Lloyd vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her sister Gillian's death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect "switch" could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time

  • By Iris M. Archer on 07-09-18

Identical twin mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This book features identical twins Gillian and Melina Lloyd. There’s suspense, drama, passion, racial injustice, and a cult woven through the plot. This is not one of my favorites by Sandra Brown but it was interesting enough.

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,640

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Who can you trust?

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Will Robie is a trained assassin although it's not clear exactly who he works for. This book started by establishing that Robie is highly trained and successful at what he does. Then, it introduced other characters and many plot twists. I think that this is the first in a series that will feature Will Robie. I would be interested in reading more with him as the main character. I liked that there were two narrators - the main male narrator and a woman for the female parts. It made it easier to understand what was happening.