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Maureen Carlstrom

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  • Emma McChesney & Co.

  • By: Edna Ferber
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In this final book of Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna Ferber's series featuring the indomitable Emma McChesney, Emma's newly married son Jock has relocated to Chicago, leaving Emma an empty-nester. Her secret romance and pending nuptials stall when their company is thrown into an uproar at the height of the selling season. To defeat her long-time nemesis and take the T.A. Buck Featherloom Petticoat Company international, the always-competitive Emma sails off on a whirlwind tour of South America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Finale!

  • By Maureen Carlstrom on 06-02-18

Fabulous Finale!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

This series was a treat to listen to from beginning to end! It was such fun watching Emma's life come full circle. I laughed, I cried and I loved every minute of each story. Suzanne Barbetta's portrayal of every character was spot-on and she performed this trilogy just beautifully, bringing it all to life for me in vivid technicolor. Thank you, Ladies for a thoroughly enjoyable journey back in time :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roast Beef Medium

  • By: Edna Ferber
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Barbetta
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna Ferber created three wildly successful books featuring the business adventures of a dynamic, divorced single mother at the turn of the century. The first book in this classic series introduces listeners to the engaging, beautiful, and quick-talking Emma McChesney, traveling saleswoman for the T.A. Buck Featherloom Petticoat Company. Emma's 10 years on the road have taught her that living the Philosophy of Roast Beef, Medium allows her to avoid "moral pepsin" while meeting the challenges required to win in a man's world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trip Back To The Good Ol' Days!

  • By Maureen Carlstrom on 03-13-18

A Trip Back To The Good Ol' Days!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

LOVED THIS LISTEN! This story about a stylish Midwestern traveling saleswoman was such fun to listen to! The characters were so colorful and witty---my favorites were "Fat" Ed Myer and Blanche LeHay. Suzanne Barbetta does a fabulous job of bringing each character to life and making you feel as though you're laying on your living room rug again when you were a kid, listening to an old-time radio show. Her voice and performance are perfection! Although the story was set in an era when a woman's "place" was 'in the home', Emma McChesney was no shrinking violet and proved more than once she could hold her own in a man's world......You go, Girl! I can't wait to listen to the next installment in the series, Personality Plus :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Mary Shelley wished with her classic Gothic novel Frankenstein to "make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart". Mary Shelley succeeded. Victor Frankenstein finally fulfills his dream of creating his own living creature, stitched together from the macabre remains of corpses. To his horror he finds he has created something even more ghastly than in his worst imaginings. Frankenstein has created a monster with a soul!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Greatly surprised!!

  • By Drew on 12-07-17

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

After having seen so many different portrayals of Frankenstein throughout my life on both the big and small screens and in pop culture, I must admit the original story was a very pleasant surprise and surpassed all expectation. This is a heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful story.

Ms. Acitelli delivered a soulful performance with expertise and gravitas. Her voice has a beautiful timbre and intensity that truly made this listen extra special. This was my first time enjoying this classic tale and I loved every moment, thanks in large part to Ms. Acitelli’s fabulous performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Olive Juice

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

It begins with a message that David cannot ignore: I want to see you. He agrees, and on a cold winter's night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived. David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders. Phillip offers redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, you will probably cry.

  • By Belen on 09-27-17

Unforgettable!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

First, let me start by giving the best advice I can muster after having listened to every second of this 5 hour and 11 minute masterpiece: Grab a bottle of vodka, a box of tissues and buckle up because it's gonna be a looooong night! It's officially 'the day after' and I'm still recovering.....
This story touched my heart on more levels than I could have imagined and without giving away spoilers, all I can do is recommend that you listen to this tragically beautiful story about life, love, loss and everything in-between. TJ Klune proves yet once again he is an amazing writer and that he's made another perfect decision to have Derrick McClain bring his characters to life. Bravo, Gentlemen!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Joi Lansing

  • A Body to Die For
  • By: Alexis Alexis Hunter
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

> Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented '50's blonde bombshell star's fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day, (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral display), her light went out relatively unceremoniously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Back In Time

  • By Maureen Carlstrom on 08-16-17

A Journey Back In Time

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Celebrity memoirs and biographies are among my favorites to read and listen to and this one made me feel as if I was being transported back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I felt like I was sitting in my living room having coffee with a dear friend who was sharing her story of life, love, heartbreak and hope. Alexis Hunter writes with honesty, kindness and respect and Daniela Acitelli's deep, sultry voice and emotions made her the perfect match for this story. Her ability to make me laugh, cry and feel everything in between was incredible. What a tragically beautiful love story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beer's Folded and the Laundry's Cold

  • Mostly True Adventures in Housewifery
  • By: Paige Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In The Beer's Folded and the Laundry's Cold: Mostly True Adventures in Housewifery, Paige Kellerman follows up her hilarious debut - At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles - with the natural next step-taking on budgeting, babies, and trying to keep the day drinking down to a minimum while staying at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see my wife in almost every page

  • By Mary Karowski on 08-10-17

Hilarious Stroll Down Memory Lane!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

I loved this listen! It totally took me back to my days of being a young, stay-at-home mom with my two daughters and working husband while struggling (and laughing....yes, sometimes through a few tears) at the realities of every day life. SO relatable and had me laughing out loud many, many times! The chapter about trying to live up to that Pinterest lifestyle had me howling!!! Rebecca Hansen did an excellent job with author Paige Kellerman's hilarious and heartwarming take on how life REALLY is for domestic goddesses everywhere! Bravo, Ladies!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • LOL from A to Z

  • The Vocab Book, Series 1
  • By: Amanda Terman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Terman
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

If you're the type of person who likes memorizing dry dictionary definitions, find a different book! But if you want to laugh while you learn new words, LOL from A to Z will show you how. Featuring entertaining examples you'll easily remember, the first installment of The Vocab Book series presents simple definitions of 26 advanced vocabulary words ranging from "abasement" to "zeal" with a little "morass" in between.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • vocabulary made easy..

  • By mandymay on 04-19-17

LOL Fun For Word Nerds Like Me!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

These are wonderful books both written and performed by Ms. Terman who does a terrific job! What a great way to build your vocabulary. I really enjoyed listening to LOL and LMAO! Bonus points for the Breaking Bad reference ;)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • LMAO from A to Z: Vocab Series, Book 2

  • By: Amanda Terman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Terman
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

In this sequel to the best-selling vocabulary study guide LOL from A to Z, you'll find simple definitions and memorable examples of 26 advanced vocabulary words ranging from "aberrant" to "zephyr." Whether you're a college student who needs to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or a professional who enjoys reading the newspaper on the daily commuter train, this book will teach you the words you need to know!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unconventional learning made easy 😅

  • By mandymay on 05-19-17

Very Punny!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

I just love these books! Ms. Terman does a wonderful job as both author and narrator. These books are so much fun to listen to and LMAO while building my vocabulary. For a fun and way to increase your word power, check out Books 1 & 2 of LMAO from A to Z!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something Beautiful

  • Create Your Happiest, Healthiest Self, and Find the Key to Unlock an Extraordinary Life
  • By: Courtney Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Have you ever felt you were born into circumstances too ordinary to ever be able to live the life you dream of? Do you want something more out of life than the mediocre nine-to-five that you are currently living, but you don't know what or how to obtain it? This positive and encouraging book will introduce realistic and foolproof solutions for your day-to-day life to get you out of your slump and into the life of your dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 07-31-17

Uplifting!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Any additional comments?

I was feeling a little blue this evening so I started listening to this story while cleaning the house and it pulled me right out of my bad mood. I love the positive, hopeful and uplifting message it delivers. The suggestions given for ways to add joy to my life were wonderful and I love the playlist of songs at the end of each chapter. Very cool idea! Rebecca Hansen's performance was just lovely. Her voice is clear, bright and if I had to describe it in just one word, it would be "HAPPY". I felt as if I was listening to a dear friend speaking to me and I couldn't help but smile. Loved this listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Watchman Still Rides

  • By: Jonathan Watkins
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

His name is Roarke. His history is a swath of blood and violence. Released from prison after another man died under his fists, he's found some semblance of peace as a private investigator. Sometimes he's hired to solve a problem. Sometimes he's hired to do something mean. He prefers the one, but he isn't above the other. When he's hired to locate a gorgeous banking executive's missing niece, Roarke suspects the case might be just another ugly custody fight between the girl's parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid action thriller

  • By Spooky Mike on 01-26-17

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Any additional comments?

I was immediately drawn into the story by Brian's engaging timbre. The story was interesting and full of action and suspense but it's his narration that made this story STELLAR. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from this narrator. Bravo!