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  • Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

  • The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
  • By: Hugh Brewster
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Titanic has often been called "An exquisite microcosm of the Edwardian era", but until now, her story has not been presented as such. In Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage, historian Hugh Brewster seamlessly interweaves personal narratives of the lost liner's most fascinating people with a haunting account of the fateful maiden crossing. Employing scrupulous research, he accurately depicts the ship's brief life and tragic denouement and presents compelling, memorable portraits of her most notable passengers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of interesting details

  • By Rachel on 10-16-18

Lots of interesting details

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I’ve read many many books about the titanic and this book provided details I had never read before. However the long history’s is provided on many passengers seemed to be over done. I really wasn’t interested in their lives 50 years before they board the Titanic. Or, and who their grandparents were. Likewise the speculation on who among the passengers might have been homosexuals felt inappropriate and disrespectful.
The passengers, who’s stories I am familiar with were barely considered at all. The Allison family’s story seemed to be nearly ignored. It is one of the most poignant stories of all. I haven’t quite finished the book yet perhaps the author will make up for this oversight before the end.
Hearing the way that passengers abandoned their dogs in their state rooms at the time of the collision while the dogs begged to be taken with them, broke my heart and made me very angry. Especially when hearing that stuffed animals were taken by some passengers…




4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girlfriend

  • By: Michelle Frances
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

Laura Cavendish can't wait to meet the woman who's won her son's affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura's world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante ...one day, even a daughter-in-law. But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can't warm to her. There's something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son - until one day Daniel is injured.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narration

  • By Anne on 03-17-18

Killing innocent puppies

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

This book was awful. I would never read another book by this author who would dream up a scene of killing innocent puppies who only wanted to be loved. Awful book!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Roommate

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Siedt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

She's my roommate. I know how she takes her tea, how she organizes her closet. I know when she goes to bed each night, what she eats for breakfast, the passcode on her phone. I know she calls her mother on Mondays, takes barre on Thursdays, and meets her friends for drinks on Fridays. But more important than any of that...I know what she did.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MINKA ROCKS!!!

  • By Getshotzi on 02-11-18

I really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This book grab me from the first sentence! Highly recommend. It's a situation that is so familiar so plausible and possible. Excellent book!

  • Manson

  • The Life and Times of Charles Manson
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Award-winning journalist Jeff Guinn's highly acclaimed Manson has won rave reviews and is a top-pick on must-read lists everywhere. This superb biography answers lingering questions about the Manson Family murders, while delivering stunning revelations about the life of America's most notorious psychopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Manson: Even worse than you imagined

  • By Ruby Dartz on 09-15-13

Charles Manson and Jim Jones two of a kind

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Charles Manson and Jim Jones two of a kind! I have read many books about Jim Jones and Jones town, and I see many similarities between Jim Jones and Charles Manson. They were both mass murderers, both sought to have absolute control over their followers, both preached unrealistic dogma, both claimed that the end of the world was imminent, that only their followers would be safe… I would recommend anyone who read this to read, "A Thousand Lives" it is available here at Audible!

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Really enjoyed this book. In fact I couldn't stop listening to it I kept looking for excuses definitely a keeper!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Sleep with the Angels

  • The Story of a Fire
  • By: David Cowan, John Kuenster
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

If burying a child has a special poignancy, the tragedy at a Catholic elementary school in Chicago more than 50 years ago was an extraordinary moment of grief. One of the deadliest fires in American history, it took the lives of 92 children and three nuns at Our Lady of the Angels School, left many families physically and psychologically scarred for life, and destroyed a close-knit working-class neighborhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly gripping

  • By Jeremiah Rubottom on 10-12-18

One of the saddest stories

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This book, is one of the saddest stories I've ever read/listened to.
I listen or seek out this kind of book in an effort to get the story behind the headlines, beyond the sound bite. The personal stories mixed with the factual information was very well done.
I remember hearing about this fire when I was growing up but I certainly didn't know the whole story, and it's probably a good thing that I did not. I recommend this book though I have to say be prepared...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cinder & Ella

  • By: Kelly Oram
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

It's been almost a year since 18-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she's been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father's home, and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she's capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're in the mood for a sweet YA fairy tale...

  • By AudioAddict on 06-03-17

There is a sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

There is a sequel when is Audible going to have it???
Really enjoyed this book!

  • Always

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can't believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a journalist and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As she and Ryan leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice book - fairly predictable

  • By Glenda on 03-12-17

Loved this

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Great book! The story really touch my heart!
Note to the author: what happened to Eddy?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shop Girls

  • A True Story of Hard Work, Friendship and Fashion in an Exclusive 1950s Department Store
  • By: Ellee Seymour
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

For Eve, Irene, Betty, and Rosemary, working at the exclusive Heyworth's department store in Cambridge is a dream come true. Once the girls step inside the elegant building, the hardships of their own lives are temporarily forgotten. Serving a variety of customers, from glamorous gypsy queens to royalty and the city's fashionable elite, the store is a place where these young women can forge successful careers under the ever-watchful eye of flamboyant owner Mr Heyworth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much backstory

  • By Rachel on 11-15-16

Too much backstory

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Too much backstory! I am all for back stories, but to be three hours into the book and be introduced to yet another character and another extensive backstory is too much for me I'm going to return this book! The heart of the book may be wonderful but I'm too confused by all the characters and all the extensive back stories -three hours of back stories is 2 1/2 hours too much for me!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,561

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Killing a puppy is not PC

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

Killing a puppy, ruined this book for me. No I won't be looking at other books by this author. Anyone who would introduce an animal in a story just to kill it off is not someone I want to become further acquainted with!
The story was frightening, and a good warning against Marrying in haste...