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  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

This IS the Lucy Story

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I've read other books about Lucy, and have been sadly disappointed. This book is heartfelt, sincere, funny, and sad, and so personal. The performance is very well done - perfectly capturing the voices of both Lucy and Desi. A true insight into all of the experiences that built her amazing legacy, this book is not to be missed.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,834

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Interesting Story, Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I began this audiobook as only a moderate fan of Twain, but a lover of history and historical reproductions. The interesting concept of the meal was marred by the over-exaggerated voice of the narrator. I struggled to finish listening.

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  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Tadhg Hynes, Kayleigh Payne
  • Length: 31 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Tadhg Hynes, a Dubliner, narrates James Joyce's revolutionary masterpiece. Hynes says, "Don't be put off by its reputation. You don't need a university degree (though some like to think that you do!). It's a book for everyone, and as you become familiar with the way Joyce writes, this becomes obvious. I've tried to bring out the Dublin wit and the unique language of its people, and I hope that this adds to the enjoyment of this great book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A difficult classic read the way it was meant to sound

  • By RealityBuff on 06-09-18

Excellence Performance of a Very Difficult Read

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I gave it my best effort, but could not maintain concentration on the stream of consciousness that is Ulysses. I admire Joyce's attention to gritty detail in both character and setting, but I think this is the one book that is made more tedious by the audio format. Kudos to Tadhg Hynes and his beautiful lilting voice.

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  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

  • By: Ulysses S. Grant
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lived up to expectations

  • By H. Connelly on 04-20-13

The Definitive Presidential Memoir

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This work is nothing short of an amazing achievement by a remarkable human being. Any person who dares to give an opinion on the writing merits of ANY 20th or 21st century President or other politician should be required to read these memoirs first and then reflect upon what hard work, determination, and simple eloquence really is. This is the perfect "pre-read" for the Chernow book. Do not let the 29 hr length discourage you - you will not want to pause this book.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,114

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By 🔧Eugene on 05-29-18

Exceptional Investigating and Captivating Writing

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This is one of the absolute best works of investigative journalism, and a riveting tale of fraud and sociopathy. Carreyrou's style is crisp and elegant. His facts are well-developed and fully supported. I could not stop listening.

  • Mencken

  • the American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of the Bad Boy of Baltimore
  • By: Marion Elizabeth Rodgers
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Rodgers vividly recreates Mencken's era: the glittering tapestry of turn-of-the-century America, the roaring twenties, depressed thirties, and the home front during World War II. But the heart of the book is Mencken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive and Holistic Biography of Mencken

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-20-18

Definitive and Holistic Biography of Mencken

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Marion Elizabeth Rogers masterfully wove an engaging and important story with pure historic and academic fact, and created an attractive read - a feat almost never accomplished and one of which Mencken would have been impressed. Rogers told the entire Mencken story, careful to avoid leaning too far too the right or the left, and never concluding the character of the man. This was the real Menken - a somewhat "racist" defender of civil rights, a "sexist" professional mentor to women, an American patriot "apologist" of Germany during the wars, and a defender and critic of the press. He was not an enigma... he was a real human. This biography should be required reading for young people today. There is much to love and loathe about Mencken... as there is with all of us. Just try to label him. You can't. Just admire his craft., and Marion Rogers' ability to share it.

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  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Anglican giant among pygmies

  • By John on 06-20-12

This is Alan, written by Alan, read by Alan

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

I am writing this review not as an impartial reader, but as a fan of AP. Those who have not had the full Partridge - spanning the Toblerone addiction, the years in the Travel Tavern, and the continuing efforts at Bouncing Back - will not appreciate the references and wit encompassing this volume. But for those of us thoroughly engulfed in the World of Partridge, this book was "full of joy," albeit sometimes at the expense of others. I noticed that he used the phrase, "needless to say I had the last laugh..." many times. (a wink to AP fans everywhere.) A must-read for AP fans, and maybe a giggle or two for AP newbies.

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Riveting Tales Of The Blessed Mr. Blessed!

  • By Augenezum on 10-17-15

Yes Brian, You've Got That Right

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book is a hodge-podge of tales by the booming hulk of a teddy bear, Brian Blessed. Although I enjoyed the stories and Brian's amazing melodic narration, this book is a collection of stories rather than a comprehensive autobiography. I feel like the author holds back the more relevant facts that do not evoke interest of mythological proportion. A solid and entertaining book - but leaves me wanting more substance.

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Utterly Fascinating - And What a Life !

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Everything I thought I knew about Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones, the 60's, music, and the universe was summarily reduced to ashes by this captivating, moving, and fantastic tale. Richards is a master of music, a party animal, and the most kind soul I've met in "print" in a very long time. Through every aspect of his life, he bears all. Although full of almost nonchalant accounts of epic moments in music, this doesn't read like a "tell-all" memoir (and that it is.) It is a poetic historical narrative and a technical blueprint for a sound that altered world's perception of art. I have never touched a guitar - but I think I can play one after listening. It is a huge read - made so enjoyable by the content and the exquisite narration. And yes, as other reviewers suggest - stop the book and listen to each Stones song as its birth is described. I was so sad when it was over.

  • Are You Anybody?

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeffrey Tambor
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Tambor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

It's rare that an actor embodies even one memorable character over the arc of a career. Jeffrey Tambor has managed to create three, beginning with Hank "Hey Now!" Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, the series created by Garry Shandling, Jeffrey's first mentor in television. He went on to find two more show creators, Mitch Hurwitz of Arrested Development and Jill Soloway of Transparent, who shared a love of actors and taught him a lot about acting along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeffrey, You Are Somebody

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-25-17

Jeffrey, You Are Somebody

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

A surprisingly "enthralling" (read to find out why I chose that word), personal, and loving memoir, "Are You Somebody" is a tale of life lessons, triumphs, and failures generously shared by Jeffrey Tambor. Jeffrey provides deep insight into the career path of a real actor, and lovingly reflects on the positive and negative influences in his life. A difficult family life, stage mishaps, and an unfortunate stint with Scientology, all shaped his craft and his perspective.

Jeffrey provides a sincere narration that made it impossible for me to stop listening, and so I did a rare thing - and listened straight through to the end. Looking for my next memoir / bio to read, but knowing I will be slightly disappointed after being treated to Are You Anybody.

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