LISTENER

Annastasia Beaverhousen

  • 6
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 8
  • ratings
  • Rose

  • My Life in Service to Lady Astor
  • By: Rosina Harrison
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to be facinated...

  • By Anonymous! on 04-18-13

A Story With Heart

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The english accent of the narrator really made me feel like I was there walking with Rose as she told her story.

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

MASSIVE IN CONTENT

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Enjoyable as it was, it has a lot of content. Narrator is A+ with range.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

So interesting, I read it twice!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I Learned so much about this man and his family after reading this book. Very detailed, as well as, entertaining.

  • Jackie, Janet & Lee

  • The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill
  • By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style, and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men, no matter what the cost to themselves or to those they stepped on in their ruthless climb to the top. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers, among them their own half brother, as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extraordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fairy tales being read to little girls

  • By Barry Katz on 03-30-18

A Good Read

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

A must read if you want to know who the driving forces were in Jackie O, and her sister, Lee's life.

  • Fortune's Children

  • The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt
  • By: Arthur T. Vanderbilt II
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Written by descendant Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, Fortune's Children traces the dramatic and amazingly colorful history of this great American family, from the rise of industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt to the fall of his progeny - wild spendthrifts whose profligacy bankrupted a vast inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise and Fall of the Gilded Age

  • By Hilary on 10-22-14

Most Interesting!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Loved this book. informative and the narrator made you feel like you where there. Like a fly on the wall. total recommend this book.

  • Women of Privilege

  • 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley
  • By: Susan Gillotti
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Murphy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Women of Privilege traces the decline of a once-privileged Hudson River Valley family where the neighbors were Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts. Susan Gillotti provides insight into her ancestors' heretofore secret lives, culled from private diaries, letters, and journals of the three generations of women who inhabited Grasmere - one of the great houses of the Hudson River Valley. On the surface, their lives seem ideal, but beneath that facade, there was mental illness, alcoholism, yearning for divorce, and questions of sexual identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Annastasia Beaverhousen on 03-12-18

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Perfectly written. The details of the characters are so clear. I really appreciate the research the author put into this family album.