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  • The Briefing

  • Politics, the Press, and the President
  • By: Sean Spicer
  • Narrated by: Sean Spicer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

For more than two decades, Sean Spicer had been a respected political insider, working as a campaign and communications strategist. But in December 2016, he got the call of a lifetime. President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen him to be the White House press secretary. And life hasn’t been the same since. When he accepted the job, Spicer was far from a household name. But then he walked into the bright lights of the briefing room, and the cameras started rolling. His every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Bobbie Lieggi on 08-24-18

Spicer’s Sloppy Spins

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Sean Spicer is not a critical thinker. Not very quick ( or slow) on the up-take. He dodges behind thinly veiled, sophomoric entreaties to please understand him because he means well.
Duh, See how this all happened? Duh, what was I supposed to do?
Trump handed him the party hat and Sean, with naive, spineless dimwittedness, was going to bang the drum hard. I wonder if he’s ever read Hitler’s strategy to quell a gullible public? You know, like telling lies over and over, berating the press, taking a hard stance against curious journalists, removing reporters?
I was hoping better from his book, but even the editing is poorly executed, and there are inaccuracies, sloppy, sloppy mistakes. In a hurry Sean? Before no one cares about you anymore? Before your golden opportunity turns to dust.
A terrible disappointment.

23 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Ninth Hour

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice McDermott
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove - to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife - "that the hours of his life belong to himself alone". In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears unbidden to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new fav for 2017! Must listen and read!

  • By Taryn on 10-11-17

I Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I wish I were articulate and clever in writing reviews. I am not. Not very often do I take the time to write anything about a book. Usually, I just use stars. But this book gripped me and kept me paying attention throughout. Often, I went back to listen to parts a second time. I wanted to be sure I was getting it all. I keep a list of books to listen to (or read) again. This title is going on that list! I loved it!

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Dressmaker's War

  • By: Mary Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A career in couture is hers for the taking - she has the skill and the drive - if only she can break free from the dreariness of family life in Lambeth. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying reader and annoying lead character

  • By Sporatic Spinner on 04-19-17

Performance Ruins It

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

I would ALMOST like to hear the rest of the story, but every minute I get annoyed by the narrator's performance. The writing itself is not grand, but the story line is good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crow Hollow

  • By: Michael Wallace
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 687

Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip's war. She's convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence's husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical novel

  • By MaineOne on 09-20-15

Great!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

Not being a big fan of mysteries or Westerns, I was hesitant to try this book. Some of the descriptions didn't sway me, but the ratings were consistently good, and I knew that the narrator was very good. So I took the plunge!
Wow! I'm very glad that I did. The story held my interest all the way! An interesting backdrop of Puritan ethics and hardship pathos; a great story with an even greater narration!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Transition

  • The Story of How I Became a Man
  • By: Chaz Bono
  • Narrated by: Chaz Bono
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

At first, America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity, the cherubic little girl who appeared on her parents' TV show. In later years, she became famous for coming out on a national stage, working with two major organizations toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and publishing two books. And just within the past 18 months, Chaz Bono has entered the public consciousness as the most high-profile transgender person ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great heart felt story honest raw journey to self

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-19-18

Just Write

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

I was pleasantly surprised! I usually think it's a mistake for authors to read their own material, but Chas does a nearly perfect job. I thought that after two previous books, the material would be stale; but no! He offers a fresh perspective. What I found very satisfying is that, just as he describes his newly found comfort and ease in living, his writing is evidence of it. The fresh freedom comes leaping off the pages. Energy and confidence!
The book is not overlong, and it only just slightly barely almost but not quite drags, in just a few tense places. Just when I thought, "Oh no, Chas! You've said just enough, don't say anymore", he pauses, and doesn't say anymore.
I saw his parents in concert, when Chastity was about three, and she wandered out on stage in red cowboy pants, a fringed shirt, white boots and a white cowboy hat. Although I don't follow vocalists or actors or celebrities generally, Chas has been a curiosity for me. From time to time I would see a picture or read a blurb with unusual interest. I find myself feeling happy for him, because when I see him now, he seems more present, more confident, just more sure of himself. Just more himself, and that's a good thing! I'm also happy that he appreciates his good fortune in being able to pursue what he intuited was necessary for his happiness here on earth. I think he will use his happiness and generally peaceful demeanor to help others. But Chas, don't forget to take care of yourself!

  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,380

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

Dialogue

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

Kudos for the dialogue! For a story that spans only an evening, this rather sedate book proved a worthwhile listen. It doesn't get bogged down into philosophical quicksand; you easily step up out of the necessary muck and find no slippery mud on your boots. It combines story, historical context and dialogue in interesting snippets of the night in question, which turns out to be not the night in question, at all. This amount of dialogue is hard to put on paper. I was prepared to labor through some dragging in order to harvest the best fruit, but I didn't have to labor at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girl in Translation

  • By: Jean Kwok
  • Narrated by: Grayce Wey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Precious

  • By Caziopia on 07-13-10

Perfect Summer Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

I don't know why, but I was skeptical about listening to this one. Seems quite a few of my recent library additions have been less than entertaining. But this turned out to be a little gem. It's summer, and I like books I can listen to without having to work at staying interested. I found the cultural lessons to be spot-on and apt. The story never drags, and there is enough character development to sustain the theme. There is a gradual melding of cultures. The young woman gets into enough trouble to keep it real; that is balanced with enough character and stamina to let you cheer when she excels. It's summer, and I want some triumph in my endings. The reader is very, very good. I hardly EVER say that! She puts enough nuance in the accent and dialect to make me grin because I love words and their origins and development. At times, the misunderstood English word is written and spoken through the misunderstanding ears. As Kim develops her English skills, the dialogue improves as well. I found it easy to break off from listening and returning to the story. It's summer; I don't care for romance or mysteries, and the current sci-fi selections are worse than miserable. This is a good story that kept me interested, and it didn't take three chapters to get going or labor through. It is an easy read, but not childish. It's summer, and I hope my luck has turned the corner and doesn't miss a beat until I'm ready to undertake literature which makes me work a bit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • January First

  • A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her
  • By: Michael Schofield
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

January First is a brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir. The story of Michael Schofield's daughter January's descent into scizophrenia, and her family's struggle to save her, will fascinate and move listeners. January First is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jani is Interesting!

  • By Daina Krumins on 09-25-12

Unusual

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What did you like best about January First? What did you like least?

It is unusual for me to write a review; this one is begging for comments. There is no doubt that Jani has a serious mental diagnosis, and she is extremely difficult to tolerate and control. But I think the parents exacerbate the problems on almost every page. If the girl is awake, they wish she would sleep. If she is asleep, they wake her up. They try for months to get her hospitalized, but their memories are short, for upon hospitalization, they become sappy and want to bring her home. Her dad is never happy just to let her be. It is no wonder that the problems escalate over time.

What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

Lawlor's delivery is typical. His emphasis becomes a little tiresome.

  • Courageous

  • A Novel
  • By: Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Roger Mueller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Jennifer on 10-08-11

Keep Looking

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

Reviewed: 05-27-13

What would have made Courageous better?

After listening to about half of this book, I just had to stop. The dialogue becomes next to "preachy" and its reasoning sophomoric. The descriptive narrative is just something to get through. Although I found the premise promising, it delivered a disappointing tone and story.

What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

The narration was excellent and I will look for other books narrated by Mr. Mueller.

  • The Buddha in the Attic

  • By: Julie Otsuka
  • Narrated by: Samantha Quan, Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of young Japanese brides, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating topic, irritating writing style

  • By Lydia on 08-26-11

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would have to say take it or leave it. You might get into it and be able to finish.

Any additional comments?

I didn't have any trouble with the beginning of the book. I actually started it twice, thinking that the second time I'd be prepared and would be able to stay tuned. It is good. However, the unending LISTS made the voice very predictable, and to me, a little maddening. The plot and messages are good, and I will probably fast forward to the end to see what happens, but I'm skipping the meat

2 of 3 people found this review helpful