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  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on sleep bar none

  • By Innate on 12-10-17

Not detailed

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I have read many books on sleep for
Professional reasons, This book lacks the information other than the basics. I have purchased many more books than I have returned and will continue to do so.
Mary E Paulos

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Nevertheless

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alec Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Alec Baldwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,636

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew Alec could write?

  • By Kristin on 04-19-17

Nevertheless: A Memoir

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

I was hooked on the first sentence. This is an insightful, melancholy story of this actor.I could not stop listening. His Memories of movies is remarkable. He, like my brother and I used to stretch out on front of TV, laying on our stomachs chins in our hands, watching, Bogart, Cagney, John Wayne. Maybe the lives of introverted, lonely kids need to be filled with other lives. He had a list of books. I read it and kept saying "Yes". I would be remiss if I did not mention Baldwin's soft, and husky Voice. It, the voice and the story are hypnotic. Treat yourself.

31 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Hours

  • The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
  • By: Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,018

13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it THREE TIMES

  • By LTC R. on 04-14-16

13 Hours in Benghazi

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I read the book before I saw the movie. The book was riveting. I kept thinking About these men, waiting, waiting. Who was supossesed to help them Not to mentio we were not really supossed to be there. Then I saw the movie and it shook me to the core. They were real, they died. They died without help. The movie will bring you to tears

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,387

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Magic of Tidying Up

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

I purchased this audio book looking for some inspiration. I was surprised by just how much inspiration this book gave me. Some of Marie Kondo's ideas run counter to what I was always told, such a just do a little at a time.
I found this book gave me a plan. It is not often I purchase how to books. This book had a zen feeling and left off the drill sergeant talk.
Very enjoyable and informative.

  • The Peter Lawford Story

  • Life with the Kennedys, Monroe, and the Rat Pack
  • By: Patricia Lawford Stewart, Ted Schwarz
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 26

As the brother in law to JFK and a member of the Rat Pack, Peter Lawford was one of America's most acclaimed movie stars. Lawford led an extraordinary life. His story, as told by the woman who knew him best, is the always candid, sometimes shocking unveiling of the most intriguing show business personalities and significant political events of our time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't chose this book.

  • By Mary on 07-22-15

Don't chose this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I was hoping this would be an informative, insightful book.
First the narrator was irritating.
The story was put together in odd vignettes
If you want to know about Peter Lawford, then read Christopher Lawford's books.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • If This Was Happiness

  • A Biography of Rita Hayworth
  • By: Barbara Leaming
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Rita Hayworth was the epitome of 1940s glamour. A legendary "Love Goddess", she was a huge box-office star, and her sultry beauty and sensational figure made her into one of Hollywood's greatest sex-symbols: a pin-up so incendiary that GIs pasted it on to the first atom bomb ever detonated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By C. Ramsay on 04-26-12

Sad but true

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

Reviewed: 10-19-14

I found this biography well written. The facts of Rita Hayworth's life are public knowledge.
Her life is described with truth and compassion. I enjoyed it even though the outcome is inevitable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Falls Away

  • By: Mia Farrow
  • Narrated by: Mia Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, Mia Farrow's exquisitely written memoir goes beneath the surface of her amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By Frank Abignale on 01-08-14

Humanitarian effort?

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

Reviewed: 10-19-14

I had hoped this Mia Farrow would touch on her famous mother, Sinatra and her humanitarian efforts. I found the book the writings of a still bitter woman. I am sorry I wasted my time and money. If I wanted to read about Woody Allen I would have purchased a biography of Woody Allen. Skip this one. Not enough good to outweigh the bad.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Remains

  • A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love
  • By: Carole Radziwill
  • Narrated by: Carole Radziwill
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725

What Remains begins with loss and returns to loss. A small plane plunges into the ocean, carrying John Kennedy, Anthony's cousin, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Carole's closest friend. Three weeks later Anthony dies of cancer. The summer of the plane crash, the four friends were meant to be cherishing Anthony's last days. Instead, Carole and Anthony mourned John and Carolyn, even as Carole planned her husband's memorial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way more than a Real Housewive

  • By Sbba on 09-21-16

I also give this book What Remains 5 Stars.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

I have listened to this book too many times to count. It is heartbreaking. Carole Radziwill tells the story of John Kennedy Jr's last flight. What draws me to this book is Carole's reading of her own story. She was a very close friend of John's wife. She and her husband the son of Lee Radzwill were enjoying the perfect life, a happy life. The he was stricken with Cancer. I don't want to tell you everything but this is a beautiful book. At one time I was a grief counselor trying to help people deal with loss. I Will admire Carole forever because of the things she did right and how like all of us who loose someone, what not to do. No it is not chock full of Kennedy stories, it is the story of 4 very good friends. So worth the listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,564

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Still Foolin' Em

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

I had just seen his HBO special and really liked it. When I started listening the story became a totally different animal. I no know it takes Crystal's stge movement and faces to mke it work. I have always liked Billy Crystal but see him on stage. The book is dry,slow and I wish I had not purchased it. Sorry Billy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Journal Keeper

  • A Memoir
  • By: Phyllis Theroux
  • Narrated by: Phyllis Theroux
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Essayist Theroux has long captivated readers and listeners with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. "The Journal Keeper" is a memoir of six years in her life, covering universal topics such as love, loneliness, growing old, spiritual growth, and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Journal Keeper a Memoir

  • By Mary on 09-08-13

Journal Keeper a Memoir

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

This is an intelligent, insightful funny book. When I purchased it I though it was light and easy to listen to book. Within 10 minutes I had restarted the story. Phyllis Theroux is a woman my age. In understand why she journals. I do the same. I can't express enough the wit and intelligence of this writer, who is also the narrator. It is her life, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have listened to it twice to pick up the literary references . For now it is my default favorite. I highly recommend The Journal Keeper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful