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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 5,271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,716

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

Pain, Pleasure and the Life of a Shooting Star

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This is the story of a woman who holds nothing back. I hate to use the word "raw" but it fits here. Jenifer Lewis stands before us with the naked truth of her failures, successes, loves, losses and gains. It is riviting.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,145

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

This is a mesmerizing story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

The woman who shares her life in these pages opens us up to a world of twisted religious interpretation and family relationship distortion on a level seldom seen or shared. I would love to meet her and shake her hand.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,717

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

It's the gentle unfolding of a tale of survival

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Enjoyed it immensely. Great performance in this tale if love and hope. I will probably listen to it again.

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Dolores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My heart couldn't take it

  • By NIXX1993 on 03-01-18

An American Story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I enjoyed this book. It opens the eyes wide to the fruits of the American South and the terrible consequences of its desires for people of color.

  • Summer Secrets

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

When a shocking family secret is revealed, 20-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It's a mistake for which she can't forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it's time to grow up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book almost drove me to drink.

  • By Elaine Richards on 07-02-15

It's a good book with a nice twist

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I enjoyed the story and it's insights into the curse of alcohol from which so many suffer.

  • The Member of the Wedding

  • By: Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by: Susan Sarandon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 712

The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Classic People

  • By FanB14 on 05-14-12

Susan Sarandon is an amazing reader

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

The story is interesting and it is a good description of the innocence that a twelve year old had in years gone by.

  • The Power of Moments

  • Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember 20 years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to create your own defining moments

  • By A. Yoshida on 12-15-17

Excellent Observations

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

This book provides clear explanations of the path to meaningful life moments and the value of appreciating them.

  • Procrastination

  • Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now
  • By: Jane B. Burka PhD, Lenora M. Yuen PhD
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Based on their workshops and counseling experience, psychologists Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen offer a probing, sensitive, and at times humorous look at a problem that affects everyone: students and scientists, secretaries and executives, homemakers and salespeople. Procrastination identifies the reasons we put off tasks - fears of failure, success, control, separation, and attachment - and their roots in our childhood and adult experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as an audio book.

  • By Lo on 04-13-12

This Book Is Valuable

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

The book looks at procrastination from all angles giving the reader real and unique insights to the problem. They offer sensible, simple but thoughtful practices to help alleviate the problem.

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  • Swing Time

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and instructive. A novel of the highest caliber

  • By Richmond Surrey on 07-27-17

What Happened to the Writer I Loved?

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

This story is fairly interesting, but the writing is gray and monotone. There is a single sad drone to the whole thing. I miss the humor, brightness and the potpourri of emotion and color from her earlier books.

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  • Before We Visit the Goddess

  • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Priya Ayyar, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 628

The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family's situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri's own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother's choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover - but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she'd imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish someone had warned me!

  • By Brenda D Maguire on 11-29-16

Unique Trip Through Family Life

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

I enjoyed this deep look at three generations of mothers and the people who passed through their lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful