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  • My Bluegrass Baby

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,396

Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another HIT with Harper!!

  • By Kimberly on 04-11-13

Boring and Cliche

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Reads like a high school girl’s journal. Even worse, a high school girl that is impressed with her own sophomoric humor. Big waste of time.

  • Scalia Speaks

  • Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived
  • By: Antonin Scalia, Christopher J. Scalia - editor, Edward Whelan - editor, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher J. Scalia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 203

This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law, faith, virtue, pastimes, and his heroes and friends. Featuring a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his youngest son, this volume includes dozens of speeches, some deeply personal, that have never before been published. Christopher J. Scalia and the justice's former law clerk Edward Whelan selected the speeches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-17

Great stories, awful story teller!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Anthony Scalia had a way with words and used them with great wit and passion. His son should have paid better attention to his father’s speaking style or should have chosen a better narrator. There were many times my mind wandered while listening. I feel cheated out of what should have been a good listen. In fact, now I wish I had read the hardback instead.

  • The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, September 08, 2015

  • By: The Wall Street Journal
  • Narrated by: The Wall Street Journal
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is old narrator

  • By James on 09-08-15

Bring Back Old Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

If you could sum up The Morning Read from The Wall Street Journal, September 08, 2015 in three words, what would they be?

The new format is terrible. Shorter in length, less chapters and stories are filled with too much financial news. The new narrator makes it all that much worse. His voice does not keep my attention. Please bring back the old format and narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tne old narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of The Wall Street Journal?

The old narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Please bring back old narrator!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,663

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Golden Storyteller!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was not prepared to love this book as much as I do. Rob's voice and style of storytelling is mesmerizing.

He has certainly lived an amazing, troubled, exciting life. He has crossed paths and experienced so much of what we outsiders heard and read about that when we hear his version. it brings you back to those heady days of the '70's and '80's and all the infamous headlines.

But, his most insightful, poignant moments in the book are when he describes his emotions as his parents are heading for divorce. He has an amazing ability to put the listener into a young boy's mind as he wants so much to fix what is beyond his ability to fix. Parents of young children that are facing a split should give this a listen and take it to heart.

In spite of himself and his history, he seems to have managed to create a happy family life and I think his two teenage sons will benefit from his ability to self-reflect and steer then through this life of their own.


  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,946
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,975

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

How Long Does It Take

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

Reviewed: 07-05-13

What would have made Redeeming Love better?

A more interesting and MUCH shorter story line.

What was most disappointing about Francine Rivers’s story?

It was boring and repetitive. The main character seemed schizophrenic in her flip-flopping of feelings and attitudes about Michael. Although the story is meant to convey this eventual change of heart in the main character, I think the way it was conveyed made it hard to believe.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't know if the narrator could have made me feel more compassion for Sarah, but I think she didn't have much with which to work.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance and irritation.

Any additional comments?

This was one of the worst books I have listened to, and only listened until the end in the hope do finding some redeeming value. Did not happen for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful