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Holly Blackorby

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  • My Dad Is a Freak

  • By: Thomas K. Bell
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Rarely has such an original, brilliant voice captured the chaos, the ecstasy, and the zeitgeist of the modern dad. A mad mash-up of David Sedaris, P.J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Hunter S. Thompson, Mr. Bell selflessly cracks open his head like a walnut and shines a brilliant light onto the thinking matter of an older, first-time dad. The silly fears, the poignant observations, and the constant ebb and flow of his manhood make for an irreverent and hilarious first-person examination of all things holy and unholy in the parenthood universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical!

  • By Holly Blackorby on 06-18-19

Hysterical!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-19

This book is simply laugh-out-loud good, and I don't even have children. Have listened to it twice.

  • I'm Fine and Neither Are You

  • By: Camille Pagán
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all - and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career. Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad but Meaningful Story

  • By Karissa on 04-06-19

Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-19

This is an interesting topic and certainly calls awareness to a huge problem. Food for thought.

  • Queen Unseen

  • My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century
  • By: Peter Hince
  • Narrated by: Peter Hince, Rupert Holliday Evans
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the globe, and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn't have to imagine. For more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as the head of their road crew. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Tony R. on 11-20-18

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-19

A great story of the life of a roadie working for 20 years for Queen.

  • The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

  • By: Kelly Harms
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City. Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and - with a little encouragement from her friends - a few blind dates. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple and sweet!

  • By Christy McCurry (Radical Reads Book Blog) on 05-29-19

Entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-19

I really enjoyed The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler. It was very entertaining. Probably not terribly memorable, but a fun read.

  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forensic Superheroes

  • By Mark on 09-14-16

I love stuff like this.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Very interesting book. Real life story of premier group of professionals involved in body recovery.

  • Bitter Brew

  • The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
  • By: William Knoedelseder
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening...

  • By Jeremy McGough on 11-09-12

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Absolutely fascinating book. A real page turner. Finally the story those of us that grew up in St. Louis have always wondered.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,231

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

It was a very interesting book. I know a book is a hit when you are sorry that it ends.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,784

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

Incredible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-17

Third time I have read the book. A world so very different than my own.

  • Kaffir Boy

  • The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
  • By: Mark Mathabane
  • Narrated by: Mark Mathabane
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic yet we'll written

  • By ARM on 10-07-16

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

A truly fascinating book. A look into an entirely different world. Great narration. Definitely recommend.

  • One Thousand White Women

  • By: Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One interesting woman is better than one thousand!

  • By Tracy on 04-29-12

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I loved this book and would highly recommend. This is the second time I have read it!