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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,615

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

What a treat

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

This is the perfect companion to anyone who loves this film. I laughed, I cried, I feel like I understand what everyone went through to bring this magical story to us all. This remains one of the best movies I have ever seen and I would like to thank Cary Elwes for bringing us all these wonderful details. After 6+ takes of the big kiss I swear I could hear Rob saying "Guys, we got the shot, if you want to continue this, do it on your own time." haha

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,047
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,815

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

  • By Andrew on 01-17-17

Young stars

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Somebody needs to tell Anna that doing drugs is not cool or stylish. It seems like pot is her go-to for stress, and I didn't expect her to be innocent, but stories about her being at Rave parties and smoking pot at 14 in my book is nothing to be proud of. Evidently Anna has been doing it for so long she no longer has any shame about it. Pot is a drug. Ecstasy is a drug. Doing drugs is not cool. Its destructive and you should be ashamed of yourself. And the last thing you should do is tell that to other young kids who may look up to you.

  • Thunder in the Deep

  • By: Joe Buff
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear submarine with the most advanced electronics ever created. Acting captain Jeffrey Fuller's mission is to rescue the fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic. But a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany knows where the Texas is, too, and it knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub to destroy her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just didn't cut it!

  • By Todd on 01-19-06

Steven Segal would star in the film

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-05

It's hard to review this book because I don't want to trash it. But it's true that this is a "B" story at best. Lots of bang and slash, but not a lot of story behind it. Still, it was entertaining in a mindless kind of way.
In the end, I didn't care about any of the characters, so I wasn't 'involved' in the story and every now and then I would catch myself heckling it, but that said, it was mindless entertainment, so it wasn't so bad.
What's worse, an action packed story that isn't trying to take itself seriously, or a truely badly written plot trying to pass itself off as quality? Thunder in the deep isn't trying to preach to you or take itself seriously. It's kind of like a Bond film without the exotic women.
Listen, enjoy, just don't expect too much from it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • It's Not About the Bike

  • My Journey Back to Life
  • By: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong - a world-class athlete nearly struck down in his prime, who fought back to win the world's most grueling test of cycling, the Tour de France. It's Not About the Bike is the amazing story of Armstrong's journey from inauspicious beginnings, through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcendence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Brenda on 09-11-03

Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-05

I cannot say that I am a fan of Lance's, and honestly I don't care at all about cycling. But what I have heard about Lance was always positive, so I thought I'd listen to his story. In one session I'm almost half way through and I will probably finish this tonight. This is an amazing story told with sometimes uncomfortable candor.
I know that I do not know Lance, but through listening to this story I almost feel like I do. His courage and matter-of-fact personality is a positive example of someone taking horrendous circumstances and finding the postive time after time. If Lance can take death stareing him in the face with such grace and fortitude no race on earth could scare him ever again.
His story is an inspiration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Janson Directive

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. " Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated me from the beginning

  • By A Grady Williams on 01-14-03

Far better than I expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-05

I was a little nervous to listen to Ludlum books. I was afraid that the books may be too dated. I'm happy to say I was wrong. I found it very hard to shut this book off. I went through this rather long book in record time. The characters are believeable, the action is gripping and I throughilly enjoied listening to it.
The plot is very, very similar to "The Bourne Identity" instead this time instead of not knowing whom he is, he is unaware of what is going on around him. A top field agent is suddenly besought by friend and foe alike. It seems like the whole world wants him dead and he has no idea why. The details are quite a ride.

Give it a chance, if you liked 'Bourne' at all, I think you'll enjoy this, too.

  • The King of Torts

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Disagree More.....

  • By Deena on 03-03-03

It's all about the money

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-04

This book was enjoyable. The beginning was a little slow. I was left wondering why for the first 2 hours were spent delving in to his family melo-drama but quickly this changed to the pursuit of money. And what big money it is. These lawyers don't give a damn about thier clients of the harm done to them. This is about doing 6 months of work and walking away with a fat commission.
It's hard to care about people who's smallest purchase is a $2.3 million dollar beach house and who's most painfull soul-searching involves whether to buy the $32 million dollar personal jet, or the $45 million dollar model.
The wealth being thrown around is unimaginable and that all of this comes from the backs of innocent victims is alarming. The world is clear and interesting. I felt as if I were sitting along side the main characters. The ending seemed a little sudden. I think this will make a good movie. It might do for mass Tort law what Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" did for the stock market. I do know that now every time I see an advertisement on TV by a big law firm looking for clients (who took bad medications), I laugh.

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,867

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

Jurassic Park part 4

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-04

Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?

This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.

The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.

It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.

  • A Death in Vienna

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a Special Novel Indeed

  • By Adam on 04-12-04

This is a mystery novel, not a documentary!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-04

I am very disappointed by this book. Instead of the historical intrigue / mysterious thriller I signed on for, what I found was a thinly veiled documentary. The book goes on and on and on AND ON about the horrors of the holocaust.
YES--we know! The Nazis were terrible people. They killed millions of people. WE KNOW. Now, do you have anything else to say? Because my impression of this book was that I was going to be entertained by interesting characters and a well meshed storyline with several different layers and as much intrigue as action.
What this book gives is frequently two characters alone in a room going on and on and on about their personal experiences under Nazi captivity. If I wanted to know about the horrors of WWII, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. Worse than that, you have one character "teaching" another about the holocaust. Therefore the reader has to delve in to every disgusting nuance of what was war.

If the author wants to write about Nazi concentration camps, then great, by all means do that. But don't write that same book and call it "A Death in Vienna." This in ENTERTAINMENT. Not your personal soapbox.

9 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,342

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for fans of The Da Vinci Code

  • By Geoffrey on 04-14-04

When enough is enough

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-04

I really enjoied 80% of this book. The descriptions were very good, I really felt as if I were walking down hallowed halls, dusty catacombs and looking through ancient books. It is obvious that Dan Brown did a lot of research for this book. Like I said, I loved most of it.
My only problem was that at the very, very end I think lost it's way. I would have loved to sit down with Mr. Brown and say "No no no, you don't need to do this at the end. Just do this and keep that the way it is and you'll have a great story...and possibly even a sequel. Now you don't."

My advice to you is right after the big "bang" just turn off the book and then fast forward to the last five minutes. The story is over. Other than that, I loved it. Oh, and the narrator is fantastic. It felt like I was listening to a whole cast.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Victor Garber
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Join a stunning adventure in 922 A.D. to a mysterious land where the day's length does not equal the night's...where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color...where a powerful Viking chieftain and his band of brothers must lock in mortal combat with monstrous brutes who threaten to empty the land. With an introduction and running commentary by Michael Crichton!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come take this journey!

  • By Ben on 08-24-04

Come take this journey!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-04

Journey to new lands. Make new Norse friends. See new customs and be won over to thier way of thinking. This is a wonderful story. All the more exciting because it has historical roots.
This book is enthralling. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been a little more action. But perhaps because there is such loving detail to the mundane, it helps bring the world alive.
If possible, I would recommend that the "reader" seek out the unabridged version as I have done. The longer you can journey with the story, the more the delight.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful