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Baton Rouge, LA, United States
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  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,444

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Loved every minute of it!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I only wish it were longer or that she had another one. Love and respect this woman so much!

  • Perfect Little World

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Wilson
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she's just about out of options. She recently graduated from high school and is pregnant with her art teacher's baby. Her mother is dead, and her father is a drunk. The art teacher is too much of a head case to help raise the child. Izzy knows she can be a good mother, but without any money or prospects she's left searching. So when Dr. Grind offers her a space in The Infinite Family Project, she accepts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Infinitely awesome

  • By Lauren Jennings on 07-14-18

Interesting but not filled out enough

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I did enjoy the audiobook but...

A)The narrator had a strange quality to the way she read. It felt super intense at times even when nothing intense was happening. It wasn't bad enough to ruin the experience. Just strange.
B)As a sociology/psychology major, I found it interesting but parts of the book dragged and other parts felt rushed. The end came too quickly and finished up too neatly. Overall not bad though.

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  • Habits of the House

  • By: Fay Weldon
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258

As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Downtonlike story read by my favorite narrator?

  • By Cindy on 04-08-13

Narrator diminishes and entertaining book

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The story it's self is entertaining enough. It ends rather awkwardly and the description of the book doesn't exactly line up with the actual story but that's OK because the story itself is just as good as what the expectation had been. It's the narrator who makes this a difficult listen. Several people heard me listening to this book and each one commented on how bad the voice was. The accent was over exaggerated and at times some of the voices sounded screechy. If you can stand the different accents, you would enjoy this book well enough. But that's a big if.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Magdalena: A Prostitute's Life in Costa Rica

  • By: Thomas Ray O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Audrey Lusk, Thomas Ray O'Brien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Beginning with her dirt-poor childhood, her alcoholic mother, and pedophile step father, through her days as the "star prostitute" of the El Jardin Hotel and beyond, hear Magdalena's tale of sex, drugs, violence, love, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • could not stop listening

  • By Bobbi on 03-03-18

I wouldn't recommend

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

There's no plot to this story. Just disjointed story connected with repeating story. The book jumped around and sometimes repeated the exact same words telling a story from chapter to chapter. It's mostly a woman looking back over parts of her life, regretting most of the decisions she's made...all except being a prostitute.

  • Driving the Saudis

  • A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus Their Servants, Nannies, and One Royal Hairdresser)
  • By: Jayne Amelia Larson
  • Narrated by: Jayne Amelia Larson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

When she got hired to drive for the Saudi royal family vacationing in Beverly Hills, Larson thought she’d been handed the golden ticket. Each day the royal women spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on plastic surgery and mega-shopping sprees on Rodeo Drive. But Driving the Saudis also reveals how Larson grew to understand the complicated nuances of a society whose strict customs remain intact even across.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much about the author

  • By Little Miss Read's A lot on 03-03-15

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

I'm sure part of my lower rating has to do with my expectations more than the actual quality of the book but it just seemed to skim the surface. It had details, sure, but when the story was finished, I didn't get the sense of awe that I expected to feel after hearing of being so close to such immense wealth.

The narrator has a nice voice but is not the best reader. Plus, her voice seemed disconnected from the story. There were times when the story's words sounded hip and energetic but the voice reading it sounded soft and smooth. Just a disconnect.

Overall, it wasn't exactly boring but it also wasn't wildly entertaining.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,524
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,106

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

READ THIS BOOK!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

May be the best I've ever read/heard! The story itself is tremendous but then mix that with sublime narration and it's perfection. Utter perfection.

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  • For the Love of a Son

  • One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen Child
  • By: Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • About all stories have a happy ending

  • By Stacy on 04-04-16

About all stories have a happy ending

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I won't give details about what happens but I'm the kind of person who likes to feel a sense of completion at the end of a book. I've loved all of the other books by this author but this one left me unnerved. Maybe it's because I have a son myself so I could imagine some of these things happening. I know that life doesn't always have a happy ending but if you're the kind of person who likes to read books that have a resolution, you may not be happy with the resolution of this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Light, enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

The book does jump around some like some reviewers have pointed out but I didn't find that it was difficult to follow. I enjoyed hearing about the personalities, cultures, excess, snobbery, traditions and connections of each character. At some point the ended was a little expected but in other ways, it was very surprising. A good, light, enjoyable read. Perfect beach book!

  • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

  • By: Ann B. Ross
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Miss Julia, a recently bereaved and newly wealthy widow, is only slightly bemused when one Hazel Marie Puckett appears at her door with a youngster in tow and unceremoniously announces that the child is the bastard son of Miss Julia's late husband. Suddenly, this longtime church member and pillar of her small Southern community finds herself in the center of an unseemly scandal - and the guardian of a wan nine-year-old whose mere presence turns her life upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best series ever!!!

  • By jill doboszenski on 10-14-16

Not the worst but definitely not the best.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

Although the story was a little off at times, it was the narration that made me turn the app to double speed. I just couldn't bear hearing her voice at times. It wasn't necessarily the quality of her voice (although I agree with others that it wasn't suited for an older woman) but the way she pronounced things. And there were no differences between the characters. Just all one voice.

As for the author's ability, I'll have to read another one to decide. Thankfully, they're not narrated by the same person.

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  • Red Hat Club Rides Again

  • By: Haywood Smith
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The Red Hats are back, in rare form. When childhood friend Pru Bonner - black sheep of the group - falls off the wagon so hard it shakes the Red Hats’ world, “the girls” rally to get her into rehab with a hilarious kidnapping in Vegas and act as her family for group therapy - whether Pru wants it or not. Then, Teeny celebrates Pru’s successful release with a one-month, carte blanche plastic surgery cruise for all six of them, after which Diane explores the unpredictable world of Internet dating. As always, laughter and heart are spiced with secrets, surprises, and pitfalls aplenty....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern belles at their hilarious best

  • By lin on 10-13-17

Another smashing hit with this pairing

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

I've grown to love Haywood Smith's books so much because even though I'm not from Atlanta, I am from the South. I love hearing phrases and colloquialisms my great-grandmother, grandmother and great-aunts use(d).

Pair that with a voice that sounds just like those precious ladies and you've got yourself a bit!

Great job once again, y'all!