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Debra Celovsky

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  • Parker: Selected Stories

  • By: Dorothy Parker
  • Narrated by: Elaine Stritch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Dorothy Parker's quips and light verse have embedded themselves in the American literary landscape, but it was her prose that proved her star and demonstrated her talent as extending far beyond her time. In her fiction, she not only brought to life the urban milieu that was her bailiwick, but lay bare the uncertainties of ordinary people living ordinary lives, all told in her unflinching and deeply personal voice. In these selected stories, read for you by Elaine Stritch, we have the chance to draw upon her insight into the social and emotional realities of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good/very depressing

  • By Rodney Wines on 11-26-18

First introduction to Parker

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

It’s always a pleasure to see the way a writer like Dorothy Parker observes so keenly but is able to set down what she sees with such an economy of words. Delightful.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,279

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Heartfelt & Hard to Track

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Peterson is truly an interesting, highly intelligent, articulate professional. His heartfelt book provides an enormous amount of encouragement to make up your mind to Live Better. I found his chapter on children to be particularly useful. However, getting through the material is a little like being in a thick forest following a guide who wears you out by continually taking forays onto side paths. There seemed to be no straight line to the point. I hung in to the end, added a few tools to my Toolbox of Life, but I confess to being pretty dang weary.

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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,481

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Interesting & Imaginative Look at Twain

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The creative juices were flowing in this project.To take the foods Twain enjoyed and use them to explore his life & times was a treat. I enjoyed both the journey and the pace of the journey and learned a lot along the way. One caveat. The “guests” at the feast were inarticulate & boring. Otherwise, very well done.

  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <br /><br />Setting, characters, better than plot

  • By G. Minott on 04-12-17

O, my, so unfortunate

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I stayed with this in a kind of horrified fascination with the nonsensical storyline and the glacial narration. If you like writing that might include such descriptions as, “The words settled on the young mother like a flock of exhausted songbirds”, then this is the tale for you.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

The Word is Love

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

As in I loved every minute of the book. Clever plot, great pacing - and Rory Kinnear? His performance made this a book to be listened to. Truly a delight.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Good story & an education

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Ocular albinism. A condition most of us have likely never heard of, but around which Dugoni writes a good story. Rather heavily weighted in Catholic theology, but the family love at the core was always a delight. Not sure Dugoni was the best narrator for his story, but awarding 4 stars anyway.

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  • The Deal of a Lifetime

  • A Novella
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn't your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he's taken a life but he won't say whose - not yet. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She's a smart kid - smart enough to know that she won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Novellas Are Horrible!!!!!

  • By 3xcharm on 12-28-17

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Why was this book written? I'm stumped. It's the kind of book that leaves one irritated that one bothered to read it.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,325
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,269

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

There are books that stay with you because they remind you of the strength, the depths of goodness and perseverance
possible within human beings. This is such a book. Written with great skill and with a genuine tenderness and regard for both the main character - and his teammates - in this true story, I found it deeply moving. The narrator was also superb. Highly recommended.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Good story, rushed narration

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Warning: possible spoilers! In her second novel, Jane Harper again exhibits the good bones of a story. Interesting characters, rugged country well-described. I was irritated by: 1) a rushed narration. Shanahan sounded at times like he couldn’t wait to get through the story, and 2) two scenes toward the end (Alice & Lauren and Lauren & Aaron) went on too long. It doesn’t take a reader THAT long to get the sense of a scene. The series detective is a good guy with integrity and an interesting backstory. Enough to make me look forward to his next case.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19,108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17,579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,525

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

A good example of how a narrator damages a story

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

If you have decided to give Finn’s debut novel a try, read it. Never have I been so irritated with a narrator. With the glacial pacing & overwrought diction, the audible version was at least a third longer than necessary. An interminable denouement. The entire experience felt like hours on end in a dark room with innumerable glasses of merlot.

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