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  • Still Lives

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Hummel
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,512

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the LA art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition, Still Lives, is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous murdered women - the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others - and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By CB on 08-23-18

Second fail from Reese

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This is our second try of books from Reese Witherspoon’s book lists. Both were awful! So disappointed. Save yourself the time and boredom and skip this.

42 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • The Missing Kennedy

  • Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women
  • By: Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
  • Narrated by: Denise Washington Blomberg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Throughout her childhood, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff frequently visited Rosemary Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy's sister. Why? Koehler-Pentacoff's aunt, Sister Paulus Koehler, a Franciscan nun, was Rosemary's devoted caregiver at St. Coletta in Jefferson, Wisconsin, for 15 years and her driver and travel companion for over 30.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Rosemary, but about the nun and her family.

  • By Lauren on 10-21-15

Most Annoying Narrator Ever

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

The subject matter of the book would be pretty good if I didn't have to listen to the most annoying narrator in the history of time. This is the story of a nun from Wisconsin, her niece, and Rosemary Kennedy from Boston. Audible, can you find a narrator who doesn't sound exactly like the perfect stereotype of those who discriminated against the Irish immigrants? Can you find a narrator who can at least pronounce the Wisconsin town that figures prominently in the book - Oconomowoc? Because this narrator butchers it over and over and over and over. Ugh.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,857
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,802

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 07-10-18

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

I decided to listen to this book because I knew nothing about Scientology and wanted a basic understanding but didn't want to be bored by doctrine or theology. I was turned off by reports in the media about her "bashing" Tom Cruise, but gave it a listen anyway. I've never seen King of Queens and just had basic knowledge of Remini. It was a great book. She doesn't bash others so much as tell her story and the parts about Cruise had to be told to understand where she was coming from. I learned a lot and admire Remini after listening. Go Leah!

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,525

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Not What I Was Expecting

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

This story wasn't at all what I was expecting. Its fanciful and almost sci-fi. I was expecting a mystery of some kind, but not the impossible. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • These Few Precious Days

  • The Final Year of Jack with Jackie
  • By: Christopher Andersen
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

They were the original power couple - outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kennedys in their final year together, NewYork Times best-selling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other - filled with secrets, scandals, and bombshells that could never be fully revealed…until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The SECRETS of Camelot~ Kennedy bios~ 5 STAR

  • By Molly on 08-09-13

Nothing New Here

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

The Kennedys are always interesting and fascinating, and I seem to enjoy listening to the same stories over and over. While there are some new details here, there are not massive revelations. The narrator is fine, but his attempts at a "breathy" voice for Jackie Kennedy are a bit comical. This was a fun read, but it was fluff - fun fluff, but fluff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful