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  • So L.A. - A Hollywood Memoir

  • Uncensored Tales by the Daughter of a Rock Star & a Pinup Model
  • By: Staci Layne Wilson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Brannan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Want sex, drugs, and rock and roll? It’s all here. But what is so moving about Staci Layne Wilson’s unconventional coming-of-age story is that in spite of her rocky childhood, she describes her parents with deep affection, generosity, and pride. Hers is a story of triumph over a legacy of alcoholism, suicide, and Hollywood burnout, but more than that, it’s a tender, gripping tale of unconditional love (with a healthy dose of humor). Despite the downsides, her upbringing gave her the powerful determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your credit

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-12-18

don't waste your credit

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The narration was annoying, the book was nothing like it's description. It was uninteresting and I barely got through it, planning on returning it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unfiltered

  • No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
  • By: Lily Collins
  • Narrated by: Lily Collins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

In her groundbreaking debut essay collection, actress Lily Collins—Golden Globe-nominated star of Rules Don’t Apply, Mortal Instruments, and To the Bone—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Celebrity gossip, but with an uplifting and inspiring twist

  • By M. Bynum on 03-07-17

Skip this if you are over 13

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I expected an easy listen from an actress whose movies I have admired, in it's place I listened to 3 chapters of what sounded like a very young girl reading from her diary. Skip it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From

  • Confessions of a Co-Star
  • By: Judy Greer
  • Narrated by: Judy Greer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-14

Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

This book was on par with my absolute, hands down favorite "BossyPants". Judy Greer's stories are touching, funny, interesting and well narrated. As another small town Michigan girl, her early essays on growing up outside Detroit during the "John Hughes" era made me feel like we were besties exchanging memories. Love this book!!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Love Life

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432

Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Open, Honest, Sentimental... not quite as Intimate

  • By Kelly on 01-07-16

Good, But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

Rob Lowe's first book set the bar super high and it's still one of my all time favorite Audible books. I was really excited about this new one. I would've loved for him to go into more detail about his early life in Malibu and tales from movies sets. As a sophomore effort this was just ok for me. I felt like it was a lot about his family life, more serious stories that would probably interest someone who is trying to be an actor and his struggle to deal with his kids leaving home for school. Although well written and read I just wasn't into it.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Dust

  • Kay Scarpetta, Book 21
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279

After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Way too much angst

  • By Cindy on 01-19-14

Same old, same old

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

I stopped reading these ages ago when Marino started being written without a shred of likeability or any redeeming qualities. He became a caricature of the overly masculine d-bag. Sadly he plays such a huge part in this book and was read so annoyingly that I stopped listening. Don't bother with this one, it definitely is not the old Patricia Cornwell.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Last Night at the Viper Room

  • River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind
  • By: Gavin Edwards
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Hollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story A, Gossip B+, Performance/Story Cohesion D+

  • By Cate on 10-28-13

Awful Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

I couldn't get past the narrator's creepy attempts to imitate all the different voices. It was over acted and strange. It's too bad because I think the story might have been very interesting. Maybe I'll read the book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hungry

  • A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia
  • By: Sheila Himmel, Lisa Himmel
  • Narrated by: Mia Chiaromonte, Tamara Marston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Unbeknownst to food critic Sheila Himmel-as she reviewed exotic cuisines from bistro to brasserie- her daughter, Lisa, was at home starving herself. Before Sheila fully grasped what was happening, her 14-year-old with a thirst for life and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was replaced by a weight-obsessed, antisocial, 100 pound 19-year-old.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not at all what I expected

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-13

Not at all what I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-23-13

Having had past struggles with food issues as well as watching friends struggle I like to read and listen to books that depict others stories of recovery. This is not that book. Although touted as the story of a Mother/Daughter struggle very little is heard from Lisa and much is heard from her mother about her life as a food critic and the history and psychology of eating and why we eat with many, many references to other's books. It makes me think that they advertised this as a memoir to sell more books. I'll be returning mine and hope that Lisa is doing well in her recovery as I won't be making it to the end of this book to find out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • After Camelot

  • A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present
  • By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborrelli continues the family chronicle begun with his best-selling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastic Listen!!! Highly Recommend!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-24-13

A Fantastic Listen!!! Highly Recommend!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-13

As a fan of anything Kennedy, Rat Pat, Old Hollywood etc. I can say without a doubt that this is one of the best Kennedy books I have listened to (read) in a long time. I was worried that it would be the same old Kennedy stories recycled but was happily surprised to learn new and interesting details about the family and their lives. This is an excellent example of great story meeting perfect narration. I know other reviewers have had issues with Taraborrelli's accents and impersonating the women in this book. I am extremely picky about narration and I had no problem with this whatsoever. I listen to books while I work and this one kept me in my seat the whole time. I know I'll be listening to this one again!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants

  • Based on a True Story
  • By: Jill Soloway
  • Narrated by: Jill Soloway
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 31

This hilarious, whip-smart collection of essays from a top writer and producer of Six Feet Under crisscrosses from the highly personal (conflating her own loss of virginity and the Kobe Bryant accusations), to the political (what she has in common with Monica and Chandra), to the outrageously Los Angelean (why women wear huge diamonds and what they must do to get them). Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants is a genre-defying combination of personal essay and memoir, or a hilarious, unruly and unapologetic evaluation of society, religion, sex, love, and - best of all - Jill Soloway.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another Author Read Failure!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-19-13

Another Author Read Failure!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-13

If I could get past Jill Soloway's mocking, valley girl narrative I might have enjoyed this book as the description was right up my alley. She did that annoying thing? Where every sentence? Ended in a question mark? Ugh. I love anything Hollywood or entertainment driven. Her narration was so irritating I could only stomach about an hour before I was so over it I had to turn it off. Back to the Audible home page!!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bling Ring

  • How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World
  • By: Nancy Jo Sales
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Mary Carthy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime - celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facinating Account of American Culture Gone Wrong

  • By Baloo on 07-14-13

Fascinating listen

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

Even if you have been over saturated by this "made for tv" real life drama about a group of kids from the Valley burglarizing some of Hollywood's elite, there is something for you in this book. Instead of regurgitating everything that's already known about this case, the author goes deeper and backs up the facts with a psychological study about narcissism in today's society, and does it in a way that's entertaining and engaging. I highly recommend this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful