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  • The Cake and the Rain

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jimmy Webb
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Webb
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Jimmy Webb's words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, and Linda Ronstadt. He's the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted 50 years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne. Now Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars, and planes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this memoir

  • By Pamela on 05-07-19

I loved this memoir

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I really loved this memoir. Webb’s honesty and descriptions of that time in his life really held my interest. I will listen to it again, which tells you how much I liked it.

  • The Only Girl in the World

  • A Memoir
  • By: Maude Julien
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to Express How Much I Recommend This Boo

  • By Deborah on 01-11-18

I couldn’t stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

As difficult as this was to listen to I couldn’t stop myself. My interest was unstoppable. I wanted to find out what happened. If I could have listened to it in one sitting I would have.

  • The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,828

Grab your lace shawl and top hat and get ready to twirl—this is a full-throttle appreciation of the life and voice of Stevie Nicks from one of rock criticism’s most celebrated writers.   

Best-selling author and Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield explores the music and artistry of the rock goddess who has kept generations of music lovers totally bewitched and spellbound, with such classic rock hits as "Rhiannon" and "Gypsy".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As much Fleetwood Mac as Stevie

  • By Michael W. Travis on 05-05-19

Gag

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

The Stevie worship was amazing! I wanted to hear a bio of Stevie Nicks. Not this. I listened for as long as I could take it. It really needed to be free.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

  • A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
  • By: Lori Gottlieb
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, great narration

  • By elizabeth on 04-09-19

Don’t quit after chapter 1

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

I really enjoyed this book although I almost quit after the first chapter. It took me awhile to get into the characters and start wanting to know more. I really like memoirs and true stories and didn’t have a connection at first. That’s why I gave the story 4 stars. But it was worth the continued listening to get to that connection. The narrator was excellent.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,847

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable! I loved this story!

  • By Judy on 03-04-13

Made for TV

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

It was ok. Definitely written with the idea of being a movie. It is not a masterpiece. It is a piece of fluff written for soccer moms that think their lives are so interesting.
The writer knows how to build tension and hold the readers interest but the story has no depth. I didn’t care about the characters. I just waited to see if I was right about the storyline.

  • Patrick Melrose: The Novels

  • Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last
  • By: Edward St. Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

By turns harrowing and hilarious, this ambitious novel cycle dissects the English upper class. Edward St. Aubyn offers his listener the often darkly funny and self-loathing world of privilege as we follow Patrick Melrose's story of abuse, addiction, and recovery from the age of five into early middle age. The Patrick Melrose novels comprise a modern masterpiece by one of "the most brilliant English novelists of his generation" (Alan Hollinghurst).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully, brilliantly wrought

  • By Michi Belan on 12-12-15

I loved these books!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love dark humor and there was plenty of that in these books. The dialogue was superb! The Patrick Melrose character had such a quick wit. And the when he was out on a bender I felt like I was on the bender too. I’m sure these books are not for everyone but I am in love with Patrick in spite of his many faults and abuses and how messed up he was!
The narrator was terrific! Each character had their own voice, which never seemed to change and were recognizable each time they spoke.
I was so sad when the books were done, I didn’t want them to end.
I want to read another book about Patrick Melrose!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,856

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relentless

  • By Jeff on 12-29-04

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Fully developed characters. I felt like I knew all of them. Ron Silver rocks. He brought the characters to life. The movie has a lot to live up to. I'm glad I heard the book first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barkskins

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061

In the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-Inspiring, Far-Reaching Epic

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-30-16

not what I wanted

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There were more characters than a Russian novel. It was hard to keep track of the relationships between characters even with the PDF "cheatsheet" of the family trees, which I gave up on after a day or two. ***Spoiler alert**** The ending was nothing but a big lecture on how the white man has messed up the environment. We know that. But I didn't think that I was going to get hit on the head over and over with it. Truly disappointing. I wanted to have the characters make some discovery, whether environmental or personal or having to do with genealogy. Not very satisfying.

Would you be willing to try another book from Annie Proulx? Why or why not?

Maybe I would try another book from Proulx, in hopes that it would be better than this one.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time on this "novel"

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,644

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

I loved this book. I hated this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Would you listen to A Little Life again? Why?

I want to listen to it again right now. the depth of the relationships was amazing.I loved it because of the relationships that I felt a part of. I hated because I thought that all of the characters let Jude down and didn't help him and his PTSD and depression and all of his other mental problems. they helped him physically but not mentally. But then again, they had their own stories. Would it have been any good if Jude would have been forced into a psychiatric hospital? maybe not. he would have been a different person, maybe better, maybe worse.
as you can see, I am emotionally involved!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all of the characters. as I got to know each one, I felt that I really knew them. They all aged and grew up and changed over time. the love story between Jude and Willem was so tender and deep. I was fascinated by the lives they lead. they were all creative in their own way.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if I could have, I would have.

Any additional comments?

i don't think i will ever forget this book