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  • Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

  • How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
  • By: Alison Arngrim
  • Narrated by: Alison Arngrim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim's comic memoir of growing up as one of television's most memorable characters - the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor .....GET THIS AUDIO BOOK!!!!!

  • By AnnShamrock on 11-07-17

Nellie is my new personal hero.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Would you listen to Confessions of a Prairie Bitch again? Why?

Loved it, and would listen again. Hearing Alison tell her story is like hanging out with an old friend, throwing back a few and catching up on a semi-shared history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch?

The friendship between Alison (Nellie) and Melissa Gilbert (Laura). Their mud fight, complete with blue language (audio was not turned on to catch it) was definitely a highlight, and something all Little House fans would delight in hearing about! In addition, her memories of working with the indomitable Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) were downright hilarious.

Which character – as performed by Alison Arngrim – was your favorite?

Nellie will always have a very special place in my heart. And now, so will Alison. What a fantastic woman!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Listening to Alison share the stories of her friendship with Steve Tracy (Percival) were especially moving, and relatable, and wonderful.

Any additional comments?

An absolute must-listen for any Little House on the Prairie fan, who has seen each episode multiple times and often wonders what the heck it was REALLY like behind the scenes and between the actors. There is nothing like hearing an actress/author read her own book, and I really feel like I just spent time catching up with an old friend. So fun! (And knowing now all she has dealt with in her life, I have a brand new respect for that "Prairie Bitch"! So glad she has embraced it!)

  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 377

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

Painfully slow, but some interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

You might like this if you are interested in the smallest details of life on a farm in the 20s and 30s, or if you are interested in the everyday occurrences in the life of a family.

Has Some Luck turned you off from other books in this genre?

I won't be listening to any more of the books in this series. I just don't care enough about the characters or what happens to them. There are also too many to keep track of!

What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

No animation in her voice. Very heavy handed narration.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did enjoy a peek into domestic life in the 20s and 30s.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a book in which something exciting is happening, or a story that keeps you excited to hear what happens next, skip this one for sure. This is a very detailed portrait of a family, in all its mundanity and day to day happenings.

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