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Bald Head Island, NC
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  • Wallis in Love

  • The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. But although her life has constantly been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. Now historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This one is being returned

  • By Rita T on 02-15-18

I expected more from Morton

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I find it difficult to stay engaged in the book. Firstly, the narrator sounds like she would be better suited for the Desperate Housewives voice over. Secondly, I find very little about WS that is redeeming in any way. Is that possible? Can a person have zero redeeming qualities?

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely , beautifully written 😙

  • By S Waters on 11-16-16

Brave Soul Embraces Life

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

This is an honest self-reflection on a brutally painful topic. Vargas tells it like it is. She apologizes without positioning herself as a victim. She exposes her raw nerves without overdramatizing her perspective. She is authentic and fair. She involves the reader in her brave "next step" in her recovery. Yet, the reader does not feel like a "viewer" of a 20/20 piece. Rather, it feels more like Vargas subtly invites us to help her remain accountable to her commitment to stay sober.

This could have easily been written as a vanity piece. No vanity here. She bravely takes a giant step forward, warts and all. I think Vargas has more story to tell. I found her account of being a journalist interesting. I enjoyed the few references to internal politics, public expectations of seemingly public figures, and the yo-yo nature of working in a network news organization. Her journey to Iraq left me wanting more stories. These anecdotes are presented as examples of her anxiety. She doesn't dwell in this space, but, I wish she would in her next book.

I am rooting for her. And, I am glad that I know mote about her. She is relateable, likeable, and brave. A victory for Vargas.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Kick

  • The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
  • By: Paula Byrne
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Nicely Done

  • By Kaks on 07-21-16

Very Nicely Done

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

Firstly, the book is well written and uses good source material. The author does a nice job of focusing on Kick and not getting us lost down the whole Kennedy rabbit hole. Tough to do but she nailed the right balance. I felt as if Kick told the story herself. I connected with her in 2016 as she was in the 1930s and 1940s. She did enjoy a life of privilege but also lived that life grounded in reality. She is someone that I would love to have called my friend.

Secondly, the narrator does a great job. She made the book more enjoyable.

I highly recommend this Audible selection. It is a great biography steeped in history with genuine interpersonal conflict.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,651

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Unbelievable Tale from a Gifted Thespian

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a true story of brutal truth and survival. Cumming has always been a favorite actor of mine. Now, he is a favorite hero.