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  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,824

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

Trashy

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Skip this book. It is trashy and vile. Amy Schuler does not need to demean herself this way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Waking Up

  • A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,896

From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent and Inspiring Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 09-12-14

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

Skip this load of nonsense. Lots of blah blah blah that is silly. Try a Wayne Dyer instead.

0 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,293

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Just because it's a best seller doesn't mean......

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

Hard to believe this book is a best seller. Long confusing drawn out story about a stolen painting. Very hard to relate to. Pass on this one. Good literature is worth searching for. This book is not that.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Truth & Beauty

  • A Friendship
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It got better....

  • By Suzn F on 02-20-12

Skip this!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

Long drawn out sad story where every chapter says pretty much the same things as the prior chapter.. Narration was good. The book might make an interesting two page magazine article about complex medical surgeries, sadness and addiction issues.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

  • By: Joan Rivers
  • Narrated by: Joan Rivers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Honest and Brave

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-20-12

Crude, tasteless, piece of garbage!!

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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: 02-25-14

Pass on this classless book. Unbelievable the things she says. Should be banned. She must be desperate.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

A must-listen! Billy Crystal is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

If you listen to one book all year, make sure it is this one. the narration by billy crystal is funning, interesting and I was sad when the book ended. It is upbeat, funny, sad all of these things.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Iceman

  • The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer
  • By: Anthony Bruno
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse. The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Started out promising, but...

  • By M. Murphy on 07-10-13

Pass on this. Narrow plot line, mildly interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

Story was confusing in terms of all the bad guys. Very narrow plot line. Narrator was awesome however. Pass on this one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,972

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good

  • By PlantCrone on 02-29-12

Save your money!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

This book is ridiculous. Just plain silly. Take a pass. Read House Rules by same author. It is good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Skip this even if free!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-11

The narration of this long overly detailed slowed paced cronology of the war is absolutely dreadful and annoying. Beyond that, it goes on for days of listening. Dont buy this book to read or to listen to. It is awful.

3 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,372

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Parts very very good but parts very long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-11

The first half of the book was amazing, interesting, good character development and you felt what it was like to be in Vietnam at that time. But later in the book unless I think you were a combat veteran it got too detailed and I got lost in exactly what the issue was with Matterhorn. Way too long. Overall an indepth look at the silliness and tradgedy of war no different than the war we are in today in Iraq.