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  • Wildflower

  • By: Drew Barrymore
  • Narrated by: Drew Barrymore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying good-bye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hold the shrieking !

  • By Dawne on 11-27-15

Refreshing, Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Drew Barrymore is a delightful narrator and shares her story in a forthright, insightful, sometimes humorous style.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Empty Mansions

  • The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
  • By: Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly 60 years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great...

  • By Branden on 09-23-13

Interesting but should have been condensed

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Interesting discussion of this book at book club; we realized this book covered about 170 years (from Hugette Clark's father's birth in the 1830's to her death about 4 years ago). Interesting read though I think it could have been shortened by half and adequately told the story. Her father started with nothing, amassed vast wealth, was a U.S. Senator amid scandal. She seemed to live life as she wished, although most would consider her eccentric, spending the last 20 years of her life in a NYC hospital -- healthy but living where she seemed to want to be. She was generous with those she liked and unconnected to her family, all of which led to contested wills and legal actions after her death.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What It Takes

  • Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game
  • By: Mark Herzlich
  • Narrated by: Mark Herzlich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

In 2011, Mark Herzlich became a starting linebacker for a New York Giants team that would win the Super Bowl - just two years after he had been told that he would never play football again. Now Herzlich tells his triumphant story for the first time. Mark Herzlich fought a battle against cancer, against statistics, and some days against himself. Told with candor and raw emotion, this is a story for anyone who has ever fought to beat the odds, for anyone who has ever been told that what they are about to attempt is next to impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Fundad on 08-14-16

Personal Story of Determination and Love

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

As wife and mother of Boston College grads, I enjoy BC sports and joined with cheering supporters and fans at football games in Alumni Stadium in 2009 and 2010 as Mark Herzlich ran onto the field & stayed at the sidelines cheering on his teammates when he couldn't play and then returned to play one year later. So, the BC/Boston setting, the author and the events are very familiar. I enjoyed hearing Mark speak his story and all he shared. Many times it brought tears to my eyes as he spoke with insight, reflection and humor about his love for and from his family, friends, and teammates; his ups and downs through his cancer diagnosis and treatment; his journey and hard work to return to football and to to be part of the NFL; his connections with other cancer patients. Very readable and well done. Always a good sign when I look for opportunities to keep listening to a book, around the house and while driving -- which I did with this one.

  • A Fighting Chance

  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Great Narration.

  • By Amy on 06-03-14

Her Personal Story; Her Fight for What's Right

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Narrated by Elizabeth Warren - a plus. She is the real deal and this book confirmed my decision to go to one of her offices to get lawn signs for her senatorial race. She writes about growing up, her family, her marriages - and in detail, how these experiences have impacted her career. Her observations and insights into corporate America, the banking system, politics are detailed and forthright. She cares deeply and has been willing to go out of her comfort zone and persevere in working for those who need a voice, fair treatment, and equality. Very readable and very interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • And How He Saved My Life
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Three Cheers for Bob and James!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

How a Cat Can Change Your Life

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Love cats, loved Bowen's memoir, loved Bob, his cat, and all the Londoners who befriended Bob and helped Bowen and impacted their lives all to the better. Enjoyable as an audio book. A great read.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

Such a good book!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

A wonderful book; had to keep listening yet so sorry to have it end. Loved the writing, the historical underpinnings, the characters, the descriptions, the intertwined lives, the love stories, and the afterward connecting fact to fiction.
Truly 5 stars.

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,060

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Informative, compelling, easy to read/listen to, thought provoking -- a worthwhile read for everyone. Though about our mortality, it is also about quality of life, about listening to one another and respecting other's wishes, about choices, about the facts of a situation balanced with the feelings about the situation, about the physical realities of disease and aging. He includes several relevant and interesting real-life stories as well as perspectives and advise of other physicians and gerontologists to support and educate on this topic. His personal experiences and those as a surgeon, both with his father and other patients, provide valuable examples and actually soften the subject.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Well written and narrated; interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

While only familiar with Rob Lowe from Parks and Rec., I found his memoir a book that I wanted to get back to for listening as it was well written, detailed without oversharing others lives; he seems like a sincere, thoughtful person who has worked hard for his successful acting career. Always the best when the author narrates their own story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,416

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

So Glad I Ignored the Reviews and Read This

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Reese Witherspoon was excellent as the narrator. I mentally put aside all of the prepublication hype and warnings -- and "read" it as a book unto itself. Perhaps not quite as well crafted as To Kill a Mockingbird. The characters were interesting, with flaws, as exposed in the coming of age experiences for young adult Jean Louise/Scout's return to her home town and in memories of her young teen years. She struggles to see people as they are, to choose what to accept, to become her own person. While Atticus is racially biased, Harper Lee attempts to explore the roots of these biases in Jean Louise's conversations with her father and with her uncle -- with both men trying to help her hear different points of view and make up her own mind.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Journey with Maya

  • By: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz - contributor
  • Narrated by: Tavis Smiley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was 21 and she was 58. For the next 28 years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smiley's Friendship with the Amazing Maya

  • By Grace on 08-24-15

Smiley's Friendship with the Amazing Maya

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Very interesting, well told story of Tavis Smiley's unexpected meeting and many years of friendship with the remarkable Maya Angelou -- her amazing qualities, insights and life shine through during page after page of listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful