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  • The Vanity Fair Diaries

  • 1983-1992
  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Tina Brown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is something about the Brits...

  • By Sylvia on 12-11-17

Loved it ! A Fabulous book!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Tina Brown narrates her Vanity Fair diaries with joy, wit, heart, amazing intelligence and drive !
You will laugh out loud at all the snarky remarks from the society set. She shined as a tough woman in a very tough business. I think Tina Brown had lunch or dinner with every superstar on the planet - Presidents, A - list movie stars, CEO of business, brilliant writers,artists , couture designers , creative directors , billionaires and Royalty! America, London , France,Spain & Germany It s delicious fun to listen to her tell us all about it
Her chapters on her very loving marriage to her brilliant husband Harry Evans and their babies are touching and at times heart wrenching. As well her closeness with her loving, also brilliant parents.
As a woman the same age as Ms Brown I always loved magazines and followed Browns career. I remember every one of the
VF issues and covers. So much fun to hear about the making of them ! Her instincts for what public wanted to read about were genius. Ms Brown is a tough boss but rewarded loyalty and made so many superstars in her watch.
She did an amazing job at VF i applaud her wonderful book!
Ms. Brown does talk very fast on this audio book , but that is her and luckily you can always rewind to hear a fabulous , juicy line again !! Will miss her voice in my car !

  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Roxana Ortega
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701

Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, subtle, moving

  • By Laurene on 06-17-10

Immerse yourself in this magnificently written book !

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a phenomenal novel with many interesting , cool, troubled , talented characters
Over decades spanning the 70 s-2020 ‘s the story is spun out and around each one of them until you are sorry the book ends ! Magnificent storytelling

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  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,396

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

Love !!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

I loved listening to this gorgeously written book
All the characters are vividly written. It was almost like watching a fabulous wartime movie.
I hope a movie is made from this book. !

I listen to many book on audible, but this was my favorite as it has male & female readers and made it more wonderful ! Highly recommend r

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Did You Ever Have A Family

  • By: Bill Clegg
  • Narrated by: Bill Clegg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke - her entire family, all gone in a moment. And June is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books, but sadly, read by author

  • By Elizabeth on 09-03-15

Heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Beautifully written and narrated. A heart wrenching story of family ,of life ,of love , loss, regrets and no regrets. A wonderful cast of characters all woven together slowly

Having had a fire in my own house a few years ago , which we came home to find burning , I am even more grateful for all that remained after listening to this story.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,836

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Wonderful Heartbreaking story

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

This beautifully written book by the brilliant young neurosurgeon should be read by all.
It speak to what life and love of craft and compassion to his patients and brilliance means
I wish the best to his widow and adorable baby girl Dr k leaves a beautiful legacy

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,019

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Loved this book. Enjoyed the storytelling !

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book . I do not read many spy books so was not familiar with some of the abbreviations Saw author on TV!
The narration was wonderful
I'm going to read the next book however because was confused by many of Russian names . Easier to see in print ! Great story

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,662

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Wonderful book. The writing and the storytelling
So great. Had to listen to the last 4 chapters again !
Needs to be a movie, albeit never as good as the book !
Certainly deserved the Pulitzer.


  • We Are Not Ourselves

  • By: Matthew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 969

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Depressing

  • By Yolkut on 01-12-15

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

I loved this long , beautifully written, poignant book. It was a delight to listen to the narrator as she read about the small and large details and emotions of this family.
Some of the phrases were brilliant ,and the letter to the son was one of the saddest charters in any book I have read., besides Joan Didion's.
I have recommended this book to everyone! A truly wonderful , big, satisfying novel I will miss Eileen and Connell !



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  • 13 Hours

  • The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,166

13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it THREE TIMES

  • By LTC R. on 04-14-16

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Narrator was wonderful. It felt like all the guys were people you know and care about. Was tension filled and informative. V fast paced and intense
Feel so sorry for their wives and babies!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful