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Beverly E. Van Citters

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  • The Matriarch
  • Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty
  • By: Susan Page
  • Narrated by: Kate Levy

A Great Dame

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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: 08-02-19

While our politics differ, I learned our basic values, love for country, love for husband/family, and impatience towards people who are less than honest are the same.

The posturing by Nancy Reagan, as described, was appalling. Reagan’s small mindedness really displayed an insecure woman. I found the various statements provided to be credible.

I had much admiration for Barbara Bush before this book but now it is heightened. The author sets her credibility in the beginning by describing that she actually interviewed Mrs. Bush and was endorsed by Bush so the family could feel free to talk with Page. Thus biography differs from others for that very reason!

Thank you Ms Page!

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Supreme Justice

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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: 11-15-16

What did you love best about My Own Words?

I loved hearing the actual voices of her husband and Justice Ginsburg. The recordings that were provided in Audible would only be read in a hard copy. Hearing the cadence of these voices added much to the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of some of the decisions and the logic and careful thought that goes into Supreme Court decisions ere some of the best points covered..

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the opera created and about Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia who shared a love of opera and often attended operas with their families. Knowing that they wee close friends even though their beliefs were different, gave me pause to hope that more of us might be able to do the same.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Justice Ginsburg painting a human picture of Justice Scalia and her own family. I loved that her daughter stated that dad was the cook and mom used her brain! Very funny!

Any additional comments?

This is a must read/hear though I support hearing it. Linda Lavin does an expert job in the narration.

54 of 65 people found this review helpful

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Acting as whole

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This is a master class in living and in acting. Bryan Cranston uses all of his life experiences on stage, in film, to develop characters. He shares his love of the story and the acting process. The complexity of Walter White or LBJ is included in relating the acting process. I am in awe of the time and care Cranston exudes into each character. His ability to be grounded as a husband and father in Hollywood is admirable. I always enjoyed his acting From Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad, but to truly appreciate him, is to listen to this book in his own words! A masterpiece and a wonderful journey for this listener/reader.

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Nothing SHORT but LONG on humor!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-15

If you could sum up I Must Say in three words, what would they be?

Laughter, tears, love

Who was your favorite character and why?

Martin Short is self- revealing and honest in his explanation of the beginnings of comedy for him. His descriptions and eloquence make for easy listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

I appreciated that Short included family stories of his wife and children.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reactions to this book were both extremes...laughing and crying. While laughter is the predominantly emotional reaction with his witticisms, anecdotes, and Short just being himself, I found myself crying as he adjusted to the news of his wife's cancer. The love story between Nancy Dolman and Martin Short permeates throughout this book. With thirty plus years of marriage, he tells their story with humor, sensitivity, respect and above all, with love!

Any additional comments?

This is a must read .....Short does not fit the typical "Hollywood" type....he is a sensitive and deeply feeling person who understands his craft because he understands people. He cares deeply about others. I have a new found appreciation for both he and his craft.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An amazing read

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Reviewed: 09-13-15

An amazing journey told in the voice of Alan Cumming. I followed Cumming's career from the beginning and have been an admirer of his work. After listening to this book, in his own voice, I am even more enamored by who Cumming has become given the abuse he received by his father. His storytelling talent does not go unnoticed for his word choice in explaining various events is exceptional. He is a wordsmith...and one who admires and respects language.
I am in awe of where he came and happy for his discoveries of himself I that his future is bright. He gives hope to those who have been abused....much like PTSD ( post traumatic stress disorder).

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  • The Road to Burgundy
  • The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France
  • By: Ray Walker
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden

American transplant to Burgundy

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I loved the book. Unlike other wine books, this one respects the history of wine grown in burgundy. The courage of Ray Walker to pick up his family and leave for France in an unknown adventure demanded and got my respect and attention. I followed up watching him on TV with Anthony Bourdain. Ray Walker is a one of a kind winemaker whom the Burgundians respect and admire.

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A New Found Appreciation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-15

I enjoyed Carmine Gallo's How to Speak Like TED on audible yet I was not a strong supporter of Jobs. So I came to the book with some ambivalence. I was shocked and surprised as the creative elements were highlighted by Gallo. Not only were Jobs' revelations shared but other creative thinkers as well. Also, I loved hearing about the shortsightedness of some companies that did not nurture the creative process. This is a story as only Gallo can share! I came away with a new appreciation of Jobs' contributions and a deeper appreciation of Carmine Gallo!

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Candy.... Sweet romance!

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Reviewed: 04-15-15

Excellent and selfless demonstration of a mothers' s love.... The greatest love between a parent and child, Bergen's love for Louis Malle, Murphy Brown, broadway, Marshall rose.... She takes us through her journey and she is appreciative, every step of the way, for her good fortune!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting logic

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

If I learned anything, it is that Scalia is a more diverse thinker than I ever knew. As a critic on some of his decisions, I walk away with a profound sense of respect for the time he took to communicate the intricacies of the law.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Bon Appetite!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-27-15

An excellent narrative of Julia Child's life. I started to understand her passion, care and her forward thinking ways. The history of Pasadena was well done. The various anecdotes were shared brilliantly. I now understand why she did not like the book 'Julia and Julie'. That author played at cooking while not perfecting the process! Julie did not do her homework on Julia or Julia's cooking. Dearie is an excellent book and one I will not forget anytime soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful