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  • The Woman I Wanted to Be

  • By: Diane von Furstenberg
  • Narrated by: Diane von Furstenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg shares stories about becoming the woman she wanted to be. Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be - in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring!

  • By Isabel on 12-30-14

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

So much insight into Diane Von Furstenberg's background, inspirations, and her brand. This was a beautifully honest self-portrait. Whether you're a fan of her designs, or have never heard of her - everyone can learn a lot from this extraordinary woman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,656
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,730

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Absolutely incredible. This is a MUST READ.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I wish I could use osmosis to have every person on earth read this incredible true story of perseverance, bravery, and endless determination. I believe it would change the way our generation pities itself, its circumstances, and challenges. These were MEN. Brave, bold, resilient, and self-sacrificing men. We should all be so grateful to men like Louis Zamperini, and so grateful to Laura Hillenbrand for telling his story so well. She clearly poured her heart into this - and it shows. I can't praise this book enough.

  • The Royal We

  • By: Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,344

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very charming, but...

  • By M.A. on 11-03-15

I'm ashamed to have read this.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Total waste of time. Unfortunately it was chosen as part of a book club I joined - and subsequently quit. This story is ridiculous and annoying. I feel sorry for the narrator - no performance could have saved this festering turd of a story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Two

  • Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
  • By: Gillian Gill
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found it extremely moving.

  • By Cheryl on 08-07-09

WOW! I learned so much.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

What did you love best about We Two?

Ok, I will freely admit that I am a history nerd, and I know a lot about Victoria and Albert. However, this book was enlightening and intimate. Gill did an amazing job of digging up personal facts and tidbits that even a seasoned history buff (read: nerd) will appreciate and hear told for the first time here. I loved it. Furthermore, Rosalyn Landor's voice is gorgeous.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Unfamiliar Fishes

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,479

In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting

  • By darrin class on 05-02-11

Well done...

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Would you listen to Unfamiliar Fishes again? Why?

This book was very well-researched, and provoking. Growing up in Hawaii, the historical trauma hits close to home, and I appreciated the way Vowell approached it. Respectful, factual, and smart... I recommend this book to everyone. Especially those ignorant of the State's tragic and tumultuous history. My only complaint - and I feel weird even sayingn this, as normally I prefer an author to read their own work; however, PLEASE don't let Sarah Vowell narrate her own books anymore. I'm begging you. Her voice is great in a cartoon, but it wrecks the impact of this material.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not read a single word of this story aloud.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worst journey in the world

  • By ellen on 01-11-09

Puts things into perspective...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

"I would never complain about heat again" that sentence really stuck with me - as did many more. This was not an easy book to get through, but Cherry's astute and sometimes humorous observations about the polar expedition, about Scott, about the men of this era... and about penguins proved well worth the time and effort. This would be a good book for a man coming-of-age in what is comparatively, a different world. A good book for anyone caught up in their own importance. It definitely made me rethink my own insignificant complaints.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful