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Laura Ellis

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  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,460

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Nico L. on 10-07-17

The most beautiful love story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Saw the movie, it was beautiful, the book while well represented in the movie is jaw-droppingly, painfully, beautifully and excruciatingly... just everything you couldn’t even imagine that you wanted it to be

  • The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  • The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas
  • By: Adrian Miller
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

James Beard award - winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating History and Historical Recipes

  • By Laura Ellis on 02-18-19

Fascinating History and Historical Recipes

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Reviewed: 02-18-19

Really interesting histories of the kitchen staff/chefs who served those who tried to serve us.

  • Twilight of the Elites

  • America after Meritocracy
  • By: Chris Hayes
  • Narrated by: Chris Hayes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen To This Immediately!

  • By Matt on 10-11-12

Chris Hayes is SCARY brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This book was ahead of its time. Excellent observations from one of the smartest and most thoughtful journalists out there today.

  • That Woman

  • The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
  • By: Anne Sebba
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Here is the first full-scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century, a character who figured prominently in the blockbuster film The King’s Speech. This is the story of the American divorcée notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating read...

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 04-22-12

Oh Wallis - You deserved better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is the book Wallis deserved. She really has been grossly mischaracterized by history and the Queen Mother - who everyone know nows was anything but all powder and porcelain.

  • The Husband Hunters

  • American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Towards the end of the 19th century and for the first few years of the 20th, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege, and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, 50 years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known "Dollar Princess", married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bondfide Valuable History Lesson

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 09-21-18

Really Really Interesting

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Reviewed: 01-22-19

A really interesting book with a lot of unknown nuggets of information in an otherwise well covered era.

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  • The Housekeeper's Tale

  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

The Housekeeper's Tale reveals the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women's careers. Using secret diaries, unpublished letters, and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain's most prominent households.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly intriguing

  • By Pamela Jane on 09-14-17

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is a must for any Downton fan. Great narration - best I've heard on audiobook. Really important anthropological history of the backbone of the revered families.

  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

BRILLIANT HISTORY OF HOW POLITICS GOT TOXIC

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Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is a must read/listen for anyone who wants to understand how we got to where we are in todays political climate. Brilliantly researched and written. Fascinating. Wish Kornacki had read the whole thing but the narrator did a great job.

  • The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters

  • The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
  • By: Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else - Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill - from the authors of Furious Love. Drawing on the authors’ candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of 20th-century fashion, design, and style.  This dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not so fabulous

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-18

Fascinating and Sad

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Lee Radziwell should love this book. Really highlights her career achievements and personal influence on Jackie and others. She may not like all of the book and its parts on her personal life but a good life is full of flaws and flourishes - shes had them all,. Narration was a little mechanical but good.

  • The Gourmands’ Way

  • Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy
  • By: Justin Spring
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

During a 30-year boom period in France between the end of World War II and the 1974 oil crisis, Paris was not only the world's most delicious, stylish, and exciting tourist destination; it was also the world capital of gastronomic genius and innovation. The Gourmands' Way explores the lives and writings of six Americans who chronicled the food and wine of this era, paying particular attention to their individual struggles as writers, to their life circumstances, and to their particular genius at sharing awareness of French food with mainstream American audiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than You Ever Wanted to Know

  • By Linda on 01-27-18

Interesting Histories

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Some very interesting history in this book, definitely worth a read - listen. There is a period when the narration changes to someone else and becomes very amateur - otherwise Bronson Pinchot does a brilliant job narrating the majority of the book.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the cabinet secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fitting conclusion to an amazing series

  • By TP on 11-20-16

The End of an Era

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Loved this series and want a sequel with Virginia Fenwick. Want this adapted to a movie.