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  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,882

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Stomach-Churning Story

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I know that Gillian Flynn is a fan of noir-style writing and complex -- and not particularly warm and fuzzy -- female characters. That's what makes her an interesting writer. However, this book is disturbing on so many levels that I can't give it a five-star review. For some readers, the depraved characters will be a plus, I'm sure! Unfortunately, in this book, you'll be hard pressed to find someone who is a truly decent individual. The featured town in Flynn's story is a collection of grotesque humanity -- kind of like a Twilight Zone locale. In contrast, the folks that remain back in Chicago seem downright folksy!
There are some holes in the story (a reporter who doesn't use a cell phone because she doesn't feel like it??!!), but that's fiction for you. What stuck with me more was what a complete hot mess the main character is in this book. I wanted to like her. I empathized, certainly, with what she had endured. But, when all was said and done, I felt like I needed a shower when the story was finished. Gross. Sad. Icky.
In contrast, "Gone Girl" featured an evil, deliciously conniving woman at its center, but the supporting characters were not as foul as they were in this novel. Human beings with flaws, sure. But not the kind of people who make your skin crawl when you sit next to them at the bar...

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • By: Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Listen

  • By Tim on 01-03-12

Just Jackie - In Her Own Words

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

While these conversations may or may not be considered 'historic,' they are fascinating. You can hear ice clinking in cocktail glasses, cigarettes being lit and at one point, Schlesinger actually slurs his words a bit. These are intimate interviews, one-on-one in a relaxed setting, and they primarily cover JFK's early years in politics, Jackie's personal opinions about some of the people her husband's work brought her into contact with, and assorted tidbits about the late president's character and mindset. Jackie is very clever in what she divulges and what she emphasizes. You get the sense that she is laying the foundation for the Camelot mythology -- almost making it up as she goes along. "They" might have killed her husband, but she was going to have her say about what his legacy would be. Overall, this book reaffirmed what I always thought about her -- she was a tremendous political asset and an emotionally intelligent person. Elegant and composed in the face of tragedy and personal loss... What a treasure she was and how lovely it is to be able to hear her speak.

  • Gone with the Wind

  • By: Margaret Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 49 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,861
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,881

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not to miss audible experience

  • By dallas on 12-08-09

A Classic - Finding I Still Give A Damn!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Excellent performance of an iconic story. Granted, many references are considered 'racist' in these times. But still, GWTW offers a detailed, realistic look at the social mores of a dying culture and the war that obliterated it. Scarlett is such a complex female character; I am amazed at Mitchell's skill as an author every time I revisit this book.

  • The 21-Day Self-Love Challenge

  • Learn How to Love Yourself Unconditionally, Cultivate Self-Worth, Self-Compassion and Confidence: 21-Day Challenges, Volume 6
  • By: 21 Day Challenges
  • Narrated by: Amy Johnson
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Most people nowadays suffer from low self-esteem. And of course we do! We live in a world where we call people who love themselves arrogant, where we encourage children to compete with one another in school, and where we immerse ourselves daily in media of all the millions of things we have to do before we are considered adequately lovable. The 21-day challenge will help you to develop self-love and acceptance in an easy step-by-step way....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • five stars!

  • By Marc on 06-08-17

Sophomoric and Simpleminded

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Perhaps I misunderstood... was this supposed to be a book for a preteen audience? Sounded like it was written by a committee at the sorority house.

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  • You Are a Badass at Making Money

  • Master the Mindset of Wealth
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,747
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,076

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a refreshingly frank and entertaining step-by-step guide to overcoming the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success out of reach and to giving yourself the permission to make the kind of money you've never made before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Falls Short of Expectations

  • By Gabriel B. on 02-14-18

Badass 2.0

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

While I really enjoyed Jen's first Badass book, this was disappointing in that it provided no new insights or information. There were even anecdotes recycled from the first book. (The little boy on the airplane comes to mind. There were no other stories about someone standing their ground that could've been inserted?)
This new work was also remarkably short on hard, cold facts and figures -- a little incongruous in a book about money. Jen's presentation is engaging, as always, but this read like a second book that was patched together in a hurry at a publisher's request. I can almost hear the agent urging her to strike while the iron is hot...
The takeaways were almost identical to the first Badass book: hire a coach, spend money to increase your skill set, lose your bad habits, make a vision board, meditate, have a money mantra, etc.
Overall, this was a letdown to me as someone familiar with her work. However, it did prove that Jen is a Badass at making money because she got mine.

385 of 412 people found this review helpful

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,762
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,051

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Great story from a great storyteller

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Would you listen to On Writing again? Why?

As a writer, I appreciate this very candid and personal discussion about the craft. Stephen King is such a compelling storyteller that he makes even a grammar lesson enjoyable. Aside from being a refresher course for anyone who writes, this book is wonderful for teenagers who tend to find traditional writing guides kinda boring.

What other book might you compare On Writing to and why?

This one stands alone, primarily because of the humor that is infused in the narrative.

What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

He's a regular guy.