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  • My Girls

  • A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
  • By: Todd Fisher
  • Narrated by: Todd Fisher
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 254

In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher. The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✍️A Woman’s Place Is In the Resistance💪🏻💪🏻💪🏼💪🏼💪

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-31-18

Well-loved Son Tells Heartfelt, Moving Tale

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Thoroughly enjoyed Todd Fisher's rendition of early life with his famous but very real-sounding mom. His story is steeped with love of his big sister Carrie, and his mom, and of the bond the three of them share from the start. I found it life affirming in so many ways.Todd is a great story teller, really making childhood innocence in a time of obvious privilege so natural-all-boy-sounding-Huck Finn FUN. From Todd's perspective, Debbie kept her Mom Ship pointed True North, and their story from his vantage point was so very moving. Well done, son!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elevating Child Care

  • A Guide to Respectful Parenting
  • By: Janet Lansbury
  • Narrated by: Janet Lansbury
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560

Janet Lansbury's advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of listeners worldwide. Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet's influential voice encourages parents and child-care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; to develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fluffy but Useful

  • By Carolyn on 04-20-16

If Only All New Parents Could Read This!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Makes me wish for a do-over. I got a lot right just instinctually, but this truly would have "elevated" my mothering game! Brilliant stuff, RIE, planning to learn more about it!

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,354

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Me Springsteen's book moved me beyond words...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I hung on every single word of this well told story, and finished up with tears streaming down my cheeks.
I foolishly never delved into Bruce's songs, (never mind took the time to decipher the complex lyrics), even as he was of my time. Sure I boogied to Born to Run & Tunnel of Love, but I feel like I missed the whole party. Until now, that is.
I'm so thankful that a man like this one exists in the world. Someone willing to go deep, do the hard work required in the development of an authentic self, and in this case, share his experience, and the resulting treasure, with the world. A determined soul, driven to make sense of his imperfect past, then face with courage the painful work of sorting it out for the betterment of his tribe. I want to send this book to every young male I know, in the hopes that it might inform their concept of what it is to be masculine - to be a man.
And FYI Mr Springsteen, your 'long and noisy prayer', has, indeed, rocked my very soul.
Forever grateful for your beautifully told story. You are a national treasure!

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Caress

  • The Many Lives of Amory Clay
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Born into Edwardian England, Amory's first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, who, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good book killed by the narrator

  • By Margaret M. Bell on 01-07-16

Loved everything about this experience!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

As a woman and a lover of photography, I was drawn to subject matter.
Narration is always key for me, and Susan Lyons was a delight in delivery and voice quality, and I plan to search her out for future listens.
WW2 is of interest to me, and as a backdrop, along with decades immediately following, this story really resonated with me. At one point protagonist was same age I am now, when she chose to embark on a massive endeavor involving travel & photography, so I felt personally along for the ride - inspiring!
The life and times of Amory Clay will stay with me for a very long time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful