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  • Making Rumours

  • The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album
  • By: Ken Caillat, Steve Stiefel
  • Narrated by: Ken Caillat, Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the 25th greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album's co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Michael Burke on 01-15-15

Takes you into the studio...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I had read some negative reviews of this book, but I love Fleetwood Mac and the Rumours albums so I had to give it a listen. I was transported to the late 1970's and the free wheeling vibe of northern California and the Brit Blues and California mixture that made that one of a kind sound of Fleetwood Mac. The viewpoint of the author, Ken Caillat is that of an outsider who is inside for a period of time. He gets to witness, as well as take part, in the making of this masterpiece of rock music and then tell us how they did it. The conversations, the relationships, the drugs and alcohol, the clashes, the ethos that came together in the songs that we all love. I will likely listen to this book again, but in the meantime, I will be listening to my favorite band make that sweet mellow rock that has carried me through the last forty years.

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  • Mr. Dickens and His Carol

  • A Novel
  • By: Samantha Silva
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer's block sets in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimately worth it

  • By Linda on 12-13-17

A fictional account of Charles Dickens...

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this telling of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol. I know this is a fictional account, but the atmosphere and the narration really brought the times to life. I found my imagination wandering through the streets of London and following Mr. Dickens as he chased street urchins and ghosts through the back alleys. I liked it so much that I ended up purchasing several Dickens novels that I had not read so I could enjoy him some more.

  • You Need a Budget

  • The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want
  • By: Jesse Mecham
  • Narrated by: Jesse Mecham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

For most people, budgeting conjures up the same feelings as, say, prison and dieting. But your initial instinct couldn't be further from the truth. You just haven't budgeted the right way. You Need a Budget will teach you four simple rules to completely revolutionize the way you think about managing your money. With a budget, you'll break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, get out of debt, and save more money. A liberating, enabling, empowering budget will actually make you feel more free, not more restricted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning Budgeter

  • By Brant on 12-29-17

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I listened to every chapter of this book and some chapters multiple times. This style of budgeting is perfect for me since it is both low-key but also effective in helping me accomplish my goals. I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck most of my life but am finally in a place where I’m able to save and invest and make my money work for me instead of the other way around. I have been using the YNAB software and also sharing the book with several family members. Thank you for this book - it has helped me so much!

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,481

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

So Sad To Listen To This Now...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

As a writer, Bourdain is definitely gifted, but his performance here is flat and it sounds like he is literally reading off a sheet of paper rather than relating the story of his life. The audio quality is also not good, but the book is still worth a listen, or better yet, a read. The last chapter is a sad piece of irony because Bourdain literally says "but I'm still here, still alive" after some of the other crazy characters he's worked with and trained under didn't make it for various reasons. Of course, now that statement is no longer true.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,694

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Very engaging and uniquely told story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Bernadette’s quirky personality is very much like my own except I’m not a genius architect. Her daughter B is smart and precocious and the description of Seattle is spot on. I especially enjoyed the narration. If the narrator is the person who sings O Holy Night then she has a very lovely voice. This particular section of the book had me crying along with B!

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,930

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Laugh Out Loud Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I had not heard of this book before purchasing, but the description sounded intriguing. I have never laughed so hard while driving to work. The narrator captured the clueless nature of the protagonist perfectly. I haven't finished the book yet, but have already recommended it to several friends and can't wait to listen to the sequel!

  • Paris in Love

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Eloisa James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78

In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love it.

  • By skyblue21 on 01-26-13

If you like Readers Digest...

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This book makes Paris sound like the most ordinary place on earth. If I was wondering what Paris is like and whether I might want to move there, reading this book would not help one bit. I think the author believes that her life is interesting and that she is a clever writer and that people would want to know all about her, but when boring people move to Paris, they are still boring! The writing is something akin to what I might write in my diary, but I haven't kidded myself into thinking that other people are interested in what I do every second of the day and every banal thought that pops into my head.

  • A Bad Man

  • By: Stanley Elkin
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Breaking the law in a foolhardy attempt to accommodate his customers, unscrupulous department store owner Leo Feldman finds himself in jail and at the mercy of the warden, who tries to break Leo of his determination to stay bad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bad Book...

  • By clridenhour on 10-09-17

A Bad Book...

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

First I want to say that the narrator does a terrific job of capturing all of the nuance of the material. The author is definitely expounding on his feelings about consumerism, the penal system and maybe being a Jew in America, but the method is very bizarre and Kafka-esque in the picture it paints. There are some comical moments and some thoughtful commentary, but overall this book is disjointed and as ill-fitting as one of Leonard Feldman's prison suits. From Chapter 12 to Chapter 13 it feels like there is some missing material. One minute Leo is sleeping in an electric chair in the warden's basement, and the next, he is sitting in an auditorium listening to the warden give an evangelical speech on joys of conformation. If this was done on purpose, I'm afraid the meaning was lost on me.

  • Finding Gobi

  • A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
  • By: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing story!

  • By EF on 06-14-17

A wonderful, heartwarming story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Finding Gobi is just the kind of story I like. A true story of love, sacrifice, friendship and loyalty. Things we could all use more of in our lives. I cried in some parts and smiled in others. If you love dogs or are into running marathons, you will like this book. I wish all the best to Dion, Luchja and little Gobi!

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading for humans

  • By L. Gutman on 08-14-13

Afraid to read any further..,

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I found myself caring about Leonard so much that I was afraid to keep reading in case he didn't make it. I'm 52 years old, but I'm a mom who hates to see kids neglected or abused in any way, so this story spoke to my heart in a painful way. Noah Galvin does an excellent job voicing all of the characters. I hope to hear more of him!