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  • The Prada Plan

  • The Prada Plan, Book 1
  • By: Ashley Antoinette
  • Narrated by: Honey Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

Disaya Morgan, a character first introduced in Girls from Da Hood 4, returns in this gritty tale of a money-hungry woman who finds her life spinning out of control. When Disaya meets Indie and falls hopelessly in love, she is determined to keep her lifestyle a secret - but everything done in the dark eventually comes to light. When she loses control of her own hustle, things go horribly wrong, and she learns the hard way that, in the game she’s playing, there are no winners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You got my attention Mz Ashley!

  • By Dream on 08-16-13

I couldn't even finish it

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

Seriously...

I couldn't get past the first 5 chapters...I can't take the child molestation...that persisted for 5 chapters. I was hoping it would stop but it didn't. And the writing is so lowbrow and ghetto. This just isn't the genre for me and it's probably my own fault for trying to give the book a chance.

But the narrator did a good job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbreak My Heart

  • A Memoir
  • By: Toni Braxton
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: A tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and star of WE tv's hit reality series Braxton Family Values is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey. Toni and the entire Braxton clan have become America's favorite musical family, but what fans may not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the content and story, but not narration...

  • By Elijah on 08-31-15

I wish Toni would've read her story.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

I really really enjoyed the story as I've been a fan of Toni's music since her very first album. I loved that she was sharing her truth and making herself vulnerable. Because of the personal nature of the subject matter, it was very strange to hear it coming out of someone's mouth that isn't hers, especially since I know Toni's voice and the voice of all of the people mentioned in the book. Another gripe, there are obvious moments of splicing and it's distracting. The narrator is reading a line and then all of a sudden there's an obvious change in tone and voice, like it was later added in and it made the reading sound amateur and quite unprofessional. Again, LOVED hearing the story, I just really wish Toni would've read it and gave life to her own voice...especially since in the book she talks so much about how she gave her power away to so many other people before in her career. Overall, I'd absolutely recommend this book to any fan of Toni Braxton, it's a great listen.

  • Most Talkative

  • Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!

  • By Roberta on 07-02-12

Exactly what I was looking for it to be!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-15

I really enjoyed the book in its entirety and especially the personal stories. Andy doesn't take himself too seriously and that's a quality I love about him. Unafraid to take a chance. It's something I'd like to cultivate in myself.

  • Killing Sarai

  • A Novel (In the Company of Killers)
  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders, Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sandy Shea on 07-29-14

It's a good mindless listen

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Perhaphs I'm just not into the subject matter of the book but I wasn't made to look forward to listening to the rest of the series...so I didn't. I absolutely loved the female narration of the book. Her tone and inflection was spot on. I'm positive she is the only reason I listened to the whole book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Remember the Time

  • Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days
  • By: Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard, Tanner Colby (contributor)
  • Narrated by: Neal Ghant, Brad Raymond, Brian Troxell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 172

Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion - a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves. Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book! I didn't feel dirty listening to it

  • By MObetta on 06-11-14

Amazing Book! I didn't feel dirty listening to it

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I almost didn't buy this book because I have NO interest in reading a sordid "MJ tell-all" and I was so pleasantly surprised that this book is the exact opposite.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it literally restores his humanity and the authors really truly and genuinely cared about him, his kids and his well-being. To me, that makes a WORLD of difference. The only thing that was a little offputting was the man who read for Javon. SInce Javon was supposed to be younger than Bill, it was weird that the man reading for him sounded like he was all of 60+ years old. But it did give a great contrast so it was clear whose account you were listening to so I guess it served its purpose.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many awesome scenes in this book I definitely can't pick just one. But one of the funniest was when Bill told people in the store that the man behind the mask was Prince and they left them alone and the fact that MJ got a kick out of that. So cute! OH, and also the scene where MJ had no problems with his fans sitting outside of his house all day. That really shocked me. I always heard that he loved his fans but all celebs say that, right? He really and truly LOVED his fans.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Michael Jackson, the human.

Any additional comments?

Anyone on the fence about purchasing this book, by all means do it! If you ever wanted to know the human side of MJ and how much his kids really loved him and how much he truly loved his fans. Just an awesome book that I'm so glad I took a chance on. This is my first and last MJ "tell-all" book. I am convinced no other book could do his legacy this much justice.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Unlabel

  • Selling You Without Selling Out
  • By: Marc Ecko
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Marc Ecko
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Instructive as it is innovative, Unlabel will empower you to channel your creativity, find the courage to defy convention, and summon the confidence to act and compete in any environment. This blueprint will teach you how to grow both creatively and commercially by testing your personal brand against the principles of the Authenticity Formula. Marc Eckō shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents' garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...So Real, It Should Be Illegal

  • By 2Fresh on 01-20-16

Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Unlabel to be better than the print version?

I don't own the print version so I can't say but I certainly plan on buying it because I do want the visuals to go with the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unlabel?

There are SO many memorable moments from the book. But the main point that stands out to me is that he leaves so much open for interpretation. I believe business owners from any field can listen to this and learn from the mistakes that Marc made.

What does Todd Haberkorn and Marc Ecko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I absolutely LOVE that Marc is a narrator of this book. But being that it's theme is authenticity, it makes perfect sense. The way he reenacts the conversations brings so much clarity and emotion to the story...that would be missing if it were narrated by anyone other than him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Cautionary Tale

Any additional comments?

LOVE this book. I highly recommend it to any and all business owners, regardless of the success (or failure) they've achieved. Everyone can learn something from this book. Marc is so open and honest about the pitfalls of starting a business from the ground up. I've read a lot of "self help" books and this is THE most honest I've ever heard a business owner be about their journey. This is not a "feel good...if I can do it you can, too" book. This book will force you to evaluate if you really have what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur.