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  • Diary of a Mad Diva

  • By: Joan Rivers
  • Narrated by: Joan Rivers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ICON

  • By Fermin on 09-04-14

Nothing but stand up comedy

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Basically this book is a daily diary of jokes by Joan Rivers. If you LOVE her, you will love this book. I was hoping for a little insight into her life, but there was none of this.
Joan Rivers is the reader, so that is great.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,758
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,835

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

when you think you are having a bad day...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-13

This story will remind you of the resilience of some people. This book tells the life story of a man who survived many, many setbacks and bounced back every time. A very interesting story and motivating too!

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,648

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

riveting

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

Reviewed: 04-15-13

A great personal story of what it takes to do something you never dreamed you could do!

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  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,488

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informational

  • By Moises C. on 03-29-17

Great balance between facts and humor

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

Reviewed: 04-15-13

I enjoyed the personal story along with the facts about the Applachian Trail. The performer did a great job of reading this!

  • The Last Chinese Chef

  • By: Nicole Mones
  • Narrated by: James Chen, Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 731

When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Satisfying - highly recommended

  • By Dr. on 09-12-11

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Chinese cuisine in the process! Great story, great narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Crumbs

  • Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home - a Memoir
  • By: Kim Sunee
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Twentysomething Sunee seems to have it all: beauty, talent, and a charming, wealthy, and very attentive French lover. So why is she so miserable? Sunee, who was born in South Korea, recounts her tragic beginnings (her mother abandoned her when she was 3), her pleasant but far-from-perfect upbringing with her adoptive family in New Orleans, and her passionate love affair with 40-year-old French entrepreneur Olivier Baussan, who travels the globe and owns a sprawling residence in Provence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A memoir that Francophile foodies might enjoy...

  • By Courtney J. Corda on 04-12-18

So boring

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did. The author spent WAY too much time describing the character's self doubt and not enough time describing the people she met and places she visited.
I enjoyed the recipes at the end of each chapter.
However, you could cut out 1/2 of this book (while living in Provence) and not miss a thing....