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The Richest Woman in America audiobook cover art

Not that great

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

The story was written fairly bland peppered with far too many figures and less about what they meant, unless you are an accountant or financier. The reader clipped at a fast pace with little variation or meaning. Not sure if it was one factor or both that made this book tedious. I did get through it, but I was looking forward to a story with more effect like with Rockefeller or Morgan. It had the potential, which made it disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It audiobook cover art

So fascinating I looked at the products again

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

I very much enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating tale about an american company and a family with all the good and foibles of us all. The performance was understated, which allowed the content to shine on its own strength. I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in family drama and american business history. While I looked at the products again I cannot purchase them due to the animal testing in which they practice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Lady Bird Johnson audiobook cover art

Revealing look into the Johnson period

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

This book revealed Lady Bird to be incredibly intelligent and an amazingly supportive partner for LBJ in every sense of the word. The programs she spearheaded and delivered to the country are still firmly rooted in our american culture today. She was arguably one of the most influential First Ladies of all the First Ladies. I was touched by her humility as well.

The performance was articulate and well delivered. Very clear and listenable. One very small point, at times when listening in s very quiet restful time the voice seemed a tiny bit strident. However, the Texan accent was spot on.

Team of Rivals audiobook cover art

The backstory of the Civil War

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

Reviewed: 05-03-14

It's difficult to find a perspective on the Civil War and Lincoln that hasn't already been exposed. However, Kearns Goodwin manages to do just that. It's the backstory that hasn't been told in one complete narrative. She stays remarkably on track by focusing on the players in the cabinet and Lincoln. There are also sub-characters she provides with remarkable interest - like Chase's daughter and the two secretary's to Lincoln. There are other small players who add to the story but Kearns Goodwin never strays from from the main thread. This book is a phenomenal listen.

My only criticism is for the reader. Toren, while fitting the narrative with a fine, strong, persuasive voice, at times is too precious with her pronunciation. The read is sometimes stilted and stiff seeming to try to give gravity to the story where her natural voice already accomplished the task. I don't think Lincoln would have tried to be so reverent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Life at the Marmont audiobook cover art
  • Life at the Marmont
  • The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars - Chateau Marmont
  • By: Raymond Sarlot
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo

Stepping back in time

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

Reviewed: 05-20-13

I know LA and it was great to picture it as it developed through the life and times of the Chateau. This is a beautiful blend of architecture and how it is meaningful to the lives of people and shapes and makes a contribution a place. I found the reading wonderful - a lovely voice, and the author paints a clear picture of the interior as well as the surrounding grounds as they play a part in the history of Hollywood's industry as a company town. I loved it and listened to it over and over. Great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Portable Door audiobook cover art

A weird one but worth it

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

Reviewed: 11-29-11

It took me a little while to get into this story, but once I did, I found it fun and interesting. Really rather a delightful listen. The narrator was good too - brought the fun out in the book! If you want something fun, a little odd, and imaginative, give this a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love the One You're With audiobook cover art

Got Sucked In...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-11

I'm not sure why I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was, but I was totally sucked into this book and unable to stop listening. I took it in the car, walked around with it on my ipod as I did my chores in the house and yard, and listened to it falling asleep at night. It sounds absolutely pathetic of me - that I have no life - but this was a great listen! Loved it. Also, the short interview with the author at the end was a really nice touch. Thanks Audible. Now I'm looking for another book by the same author. ps: the narrator did a fabulous job, too. She hit just the right tone, good rate of speech, and her characters were distinct and easily identifiable. Well done. :)

First Family audiobook cover art

"Real History"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

I wanted to find out more about Abigail Adams and in the process found out so much more about the times in which she lived, her character, her contribution to the founding of our country, and of course, her relationship to her husband. This book has inspired me to listen to more about our founding fathers and their lives that I am now searching for other books of the people mentioned in the book such as Franklin, Hamilton, Jay, Washington, et al. The best part of the book however, was that it showed all these people as humans and the struggles, risks, loves, foibles, and especially politics - that surprisingly, were no different from our political traumas of today. To think that Franklin's home in Paris had a spy on his staff was astounding. It's a GREAT listen with wonderful narration. It's now one of my favorites and have listened to it over and over to pick up more and more.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful