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  • The Kennedy Debutante

  • By: Kerri Maher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles. Eager to strike out on her own, Kick is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a piece of fluff!

  • By Rosemary on 10-06-18

Incredibly well done.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I have read a number of books about the Kennedy family. I couldn’t imagine how this book would offer anything different. I was very pleasantly surprised to listen to this very well written and engaging story, The author does an excellent job of combining facts and fiction in a smooth and comprehensive manner. The narration could not have been better. I can’t wait to read more from this author and hear more from this narrator. I recommend this book highly.

  • The Story of Motown

  • By: Peter Benjaminson, Greil Macus - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In January 1959, Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and founded the Detroit-based record company that in less than a decade was to become the largest black-owned business in the United States. It also became one of the most productive and influential producers of popular music anywhere in the world. The Story of Motown is the story of Berry Gordy's triumph over powerful, established financial interests, entrenched popular taste, bigotry, and racism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Check Your Facts

  • By Marie on 11-24-18

Check Your Facts

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I know the Motown story incredibly well. The narration was very good, but it is the same old story. What turned me completely off to this book was in two areas, the facts are wrong.

#1 - Sam Cooke did not die in 1953. He died in 1964.

#2 - Mary Wells was referred to as May wells.

Seriously...

  • Selena: como la flor [Selena: Like the Flower]

  • By: Joe Nick Patoski
  • Narrated by: Joe Nick Patoski
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Selena Quintanilla was a vibrant musical performer, wildly pouplar in the growing field of Tejano music. But her rising star suddenly fell when she was murdered at the age of 23. Now, her life, her work, and her musical legacy have been lovingly documented in Selena: Como la Flor. At the time of her death, Selena was poised to break into the mainstream music scene. But as she enjoyed professional success beyond her wildest dreams, her personal life had more than its share of troubles. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Quality Control

  • By Marie on 11-24-18

Where is Quality Control

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I listened to this book for about 4 hours. What was incredibly disappointing was that there was no editing. If the author/narrator made a mistake, he just reread the line. What the heck...the story is very detailed about Selena and her life, but I couldn't get past the narration and lack of editing.

  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 235

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✍️A Woman’s Place Is In the Resistance💪🏻💪🏻💪🏼💪🏼💪

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-31-18

Truly Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

I started listening to this book and thought it would just be OK. I just finished this book after missing many hours of sleep. I could not stop listening. What a wonderful narration and an incredible story by someone who sat in the first row from beginning to end. Kudos, Todd Fisher. What a story, what a tribute.

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  • The Best of Us

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joyce Maynard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

In 2011, when she was in her late 50s, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true life love story

  • By RueRue on 10-21-17

A touching love story with steep hills and valleys.

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

I love everything this author does. At times, this book could be horribly sad, but she writes with such honesty and integrity. The fact that she narrates this book, and at times it had to be hard, is nothing less then impressive.

  • Good Vibrations

  • My Life as a Beach Boy
  • By: Mike Love, James S. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Mike Love
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story - one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness - and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile for Beach Boy fans...narration awful

  • By jeffrey on 10-13-16

I was prepared not to like this book.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I really enjoyed hearing this book. If everything in here is true about royalties and credits that the author did not receive, then, he is a true hero. This is for any beach boys

  • Love Life

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496

Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Open, Honest, Sentimental... not quite as Intimate

  • By Kelly on 01-07-16

Very good book!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

I really enjoyed listening to Rob Lowe. Although I've never followed his work, I know who he is. He comes across as smart thoughtful and humble. Truly enjoyable listen!

  • Sing to Me

  • My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who's Next
  • By: LA Reid
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Legendary music producer LA Reid - the man behind artists such as Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher - changed the music business forever. Now he tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life. Sing to Me is a fascinating journey from Reid's small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his work as a drummer to his fame as a Grammy Award-winning music producer and his gig as a judge on the hit reality show The X Factor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!! What a journey!!!

  • By Marty Cohn on 02-06-16

Very engaging! I couldn't stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

I've listen to so many books about record executives as well as artists and musicians. This book is very well done. The narrator is excellent and adds a lot of energy to the book. The story itself is interesting and inspiring. I highly recommend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Turning the Tables

  • By: Teresa Giudice, K. C. Baker
  • Narrated by: Teresa Giudice
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times best-selling author offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison, her marriage, her rise to fame, the importance of her family, and the reality TV franchise that made her a household name in her explosive and ultimately uplifting first-ever memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my, horrible narration!

  • By Becky on 02-11-16

Buy this book in print form - don't listen to it!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Would you try another book from Teresa Giudice and K. C. Baker and/or Teresa Giudice?

No

Would you recommend Turning the Tables to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe for the story, but not read by the author.

Would you be willing to try another one of Teresa Giudice’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was Turning the Tables worth the listening time?

I couldn't get past the narration. It was horrible.

Any additional comments?

Who was responsible for having the author narrate this book. I can only guess it was a financial decision and better to keep the money in her pocket than to outsource. Really bad business advice in light of fall readers who listen to books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Boys in the Trees

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carly Simon
  • Narrated by: Carly Simon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster; her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters, performing folk songs with her sister, Lucy, in Greenwich Village; to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the number-one song "You're So Vain".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous and Sad

  • By Adele on 11-30-15

Loved it but doesn't go past early 80s!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

My headline says it all. Very interesting story. Carly's voice sounds great as the narrator. So disappointed the story ends early 80s. Curious to know what she's been doing since then.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful