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  • Not the Girl Next Door

  • Joan Crawford, a Personal Biography
  • By: Charlotte Chandler
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

She was beautiful, talented, irascible, ruthless, vulnerable, and a true Hollywood legend. From abused child to dance-hall entertainer to silent-film actress, she went on to become one of Hollywood's screen goddesses with films such as Possessed opposite Clark Gable, with whom she began a torrid off-screen affair, Grand Hotel, and Mildred Pierce, her Academy Award-winning film.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cardboard Cutout

  • By James Gordon on 03-13-08

Wonderful biography of a much maligned Woman

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I found this biography to be very interesting. Especially because of the many interviews done with contemporaries of Joan Crawford. it seems that everyone else's opinion of Joan Crawford differs from her daughter Christina Crawford's account. In fact everyone who seems to have known Christina, found her to be extremely unpleasant, and difficult to deal with. Even so her mom continue to love this child she had chosen beyond all of the pain she caused her. I would suggest the publisher hire someone else to read the parts of the book that include Joseph mankiewicz. As the person who is reading this book seemed incapable of pronouncing his name correctly. With Joseph mankiewicz being such a well-known figure it's embarrassing how often she misses mispronounced his name.

  • Fried Chicken and Gravy

  • A Christian Romance
  • By: Sherri Schoenborn Murray
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Missy may have a knack for fixing cars, but she sure can't cook. Missy Stuart is humiliated when she burns dinner for the cute yet outspoken new auto parts rep. But when he suggests to her father that she should take cooking lessons from the old ladies down at his church, she wants to crawl under a car and die. When she dutifully accompanies her father to church, she finds she has more to learn than a bunch of recipes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Christian Romance and Excellent Book.

  • By pixledust on 01-15-16

Fun light Romance

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I very much enjoyed this book. The story being set in 1978 reminded me of my childhood and simpler times. The characters were well written and believable. The many storylines all inter connected to make this an engrossing story.

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,040

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

great mystery and romance

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

seriously hot love scenes, woven together with a wonderful twisty turny mystery and some great action all prove to make Sandra Brown yet again one of the best.

  • Seeing Red

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews - until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm no prude but...

  • By Pat on 09-08-17

another great story from Sandra Brown<br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I am never disappointed by Sandra Brown. She always writes a good mystery with some romance thrown in for good measure. This story is no different. John trapper however is so yummy I think you could listen to the his Texas drawl all day long. Great job Victor, with the voices, different tone's and accents make it very easy to follow who is speaking in the story.

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,220

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

unexpectedly womderful

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I am not sure what attracted me to this book but I'm so glad that I purchased it. The characters are so well-written the story is so engaging and in the end it was such a satisfying story. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a great story.

  • Cold Shot

  • Chesapeake Valor, Book 1
  • By: Dani Pettrey
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation, and their world - and friendships - crumbled. Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it! Love it! Love it!

  • By Spiritwind4ever on 04-24-16

Lots of plot twists

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

lots of plot twist s and a good love story. A great light read, for an afternoon escape.

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,410

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

A Wonderful trip back to the founding of our count

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I love the story about the founding of the United States. Usually they revolve around male characters. But this one has a wonderful female character who is deeply involved in the fight for our freedom. The plots and the people and the ideals of that time I'll come alive in the brilliant writing of this author. It is performed magnificently buy a reader who uses tone of voice and style of speech to really delineate which character is which as we listen to this to tail being unfolded.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,804

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Surprises around every corner

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I bought this based on a previous reviewer saying it was the best book she had read all year. I had in my head what this would be and frankly I was completely wrong.

So many twists and turns. Jaw dropping. I don't want to give anything away but Wow. If you want to get lost in a story buy this book.

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,350

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Wonderful peak inside the hidden world of a hotel.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

The narrators voice became a part of the story. I loved his voice and genteel manner displayed in his voice. Russia after the revolution was such a mystery before this book. The story conveys the disillusion and the passion of creating a new order. Also the unintended consequences of simple actions. The secret world of the Metropol and the secrets it's denizens keep...and tell keeps the story compelling.

  • A Fine Year for Murder

  • A Thorny Rose Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

After 10 months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect...except in the middle of the night when, in the darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica's past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family relation equals murder

  • By chieftwidgit on 07-07-18

Just when you think you have it all figured out...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

What did you love best about A Fine Year for Murder?

Murder, corruption, embezzlement, family drama, fraud, and ghosts. How much more can you pack into one story? Well this one has all the twists and turns that Lauren Carr is know for and then some. When Jessica and Murphy head out to solve a mysterious death at her families winery and hotel more than just bodies are dug up. This is the second installment of the Thorney Rose Mysteries. Old favorites like Spenser, the dog, and new favorite characters like Nigel are seamlessly embroidered into this rich mystery. I found my self alternately laughing and hanging on the edge of my seat. I whole heatedly recommend this story to new fans and old of Lauren Carr.

What does C.J. McAllister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually listened to this as an audible book. If you haven't tried audible.com you really should. Listening to books has not stopped me from reading them on my kindle or actual paper books. But an Audible book is great when you spend a lot of time driving or if you are riding on an airplane. Also Audible gives you a free one month trial so you have nothing to lose.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful