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  • Upstairs at the White House

  • My Life with the First Ladies
  • By: J. B. West
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - and coordinated its daily life - at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings, funerals, gardens, playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tasteful taste of history

  • By Mark on 04-27-15

Upstairs at the White House

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Very good accounting of behind the scenes at the White House. Each First Lady is so different but fascinating in their own right.
Anyone who follows politics, be it Republican or Democrat will enjoy this book.

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,959

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

I'll be gone in the Dark.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Very disappointed. Presentation was not crystal clear. Story was disjointed. Just could not follow it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Men

  • Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  • By: Christopher R. Browning, Claire Bloom - director
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Batallion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as roundups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Necessary Information

  • By William Michael Brauer on 04-04-18

Ordinary Men.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Heartbreaking story. Unbelievable that these men did these brutal killings and so many were never brought to justice!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way It Was

  • My Life with Frank Sinatra
  • By: Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
  • Narrated by: David Aston Reese
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

In the best-selling tradition of Henry Bushkin's Johnny Carson comes The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life, told by his long-time manager and friend, Eliot Weisman. Eliot Weisman worked with Frank Sinatra from 1975 up until Sinatra's death in 1998 and became one of the singer's most trusted confidants and advisers. In this book, Weisman tells the story of the final years of the iconic entertainer from within his exclusive inner circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shameful that Sinatra was maintained on drugs.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 02-02-18

The Way it Was.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I was so looking forward to listening to the book. Have always loved Frank Sinatra. Forget Frank for about the first 12 chapters. It is all about Mr. Weisman and how smart he is and what wonderful deals he made in business in the entertainment world. Only later in the book does he get really into Frank, then he makes sure we know what a good buddy he was with Frank. Be prepared to put up with Mr. Weisman patting himself on the back throughout the book.

  • The Long Night

  • A True Story
  • By: Ernst Israel Bornstein
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The Long Night is Ernst Israel Bornstein's first-hand account of what he witnessed in seven concentration camps. Written with remarkable insight and raw emotion, The Long Night paints a portrait of human psychology in the darkest of times. Bornstein tells the stories of those who did all they could do to withstand physical and psychological torture, starvation, and sickness, and openly describes those who were forced to inflict suffering on others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By Jim on 07-11-17

The Long Night

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Where does The Long Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most chilling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the main character, the book is about him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me cry.

Any additional comments?

All people of this younger generation should read this book. They need to know what the Holocaust was.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,255

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Dale Carnegie

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

What made the experience of listening to How to Win Friends & Influence People the most enjoyable?

Just a fantastic time honored good book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Win Friends & Influence People?

It is all good.

What does Andrew MacMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This book is great to listen to and then and then go back and re-listen to.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from How to Win Friends & Influence People?

How to deal with people,

Any additional comments?

Wish I had read this book years ago.

  • Lucy and Desi

  • The Legendary Love Story of Television's Most Famous Couple
  • By: Warren G. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

After eight years on the air, Desi Arnaz did not love Lucy any more. On screen, they were dynamite, a comedy pairing more successful than any Hollywood had ever produced. But when the cameras stopped rolling, they fought, screamed and threatened each other more each season. Finally, an argument in Desi's production office turned violent. Lucy hurled a cocktail glass past his head, and Desi demanded a divorce. He moved out that night. After nearly 20 years, America's favorite couple was finished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!

  • By iris on 01-13-17

Lucy and Desi

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Lucy and Desi to be better than the print version?

Do not know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucy and Desi?

When Lucy passes on.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they decide on Bill Frawley for the role of Fred Mertz.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily.

Any additional comments?

Very interesting book, but how could it not be?

  • Never See Them Again

  • By: M. William Phelps
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In the summer of 2003, the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, Texas, was devastated when four young residents were viciously slain. The two female victims, Tiffany Rowell and Rachael Koloroutis, were just 18 years old - popular and beloved. But when a killer came knocking, it turned out to be someone they knew all too well. Seventeen-year-old Christine Paolilla was an awkward outsider until the girls befriended her. In this gripping true story, M. William Phelps delves into the heart of a baffling mystery to get to the truth of an act so brutal it could not be understood - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Coverage of Why 4 Youths were Heartlessly Murdered

  • By Mary Burnight on 01-15-18

Never see them again.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

What did you love best about Never See Them Again?

Gripping. I live in Houston and vaguely remember this murder.

What did you like best about this story?

The betrayal of these girls by their so called friend. Was interesting at the beginning how the girls are portrayed as all American, church going young ladies, wholesome etc. But later we see they work in seedy strip clubs in Houston and are part of the drug scene.

If you could give Never See Them Again a new subtitle, what would it be?

Evil in suburbia.

  • Ravensbruck

  • Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women
  • By: Sarah Helm
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 32 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

On a sunny morning in May 1939, a phalanx of 867 women - housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes - was marched through the woods 50 miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My thoughts

  • By Linda Gartner on 02-27-18

Ravensbruck.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Would you listen to Ravensbruck again? Why?

Absolutely. I do not think one can absorb the horror in the first read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wives of War

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family - and to herself - that she's stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie's blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet's privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she's just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather predictable

  • By Avidlistener on 07-09-17

wives of war

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

What would have made Wives of War better?

Not so much rambling. When the wives meet we did not need a lengthy synopsis of their previous lives. That could have been been portrayed by conversations and actions. I never got beyond the first chapter because if was turning out to be so predictable.

What was most disappointing about Soraya M. Lane’s story?

A good concept, wives meeting in a London railroad station during war time. But author was only writing about what she had read, not really about the actual lives of that time. I felt like I was reading a manufactured account of WW11.

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

Seems fine, I could not listen beyond Chapter 1.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wives of War?

Shorten the first scene at the railroad station. Too long trying to tell us all about the lives of the women.

Any additional comments?

Was really disappointed. The title offered a realm of possibilities but the writer failed.