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  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of A Glorious Waste of Time

  • By Carole T. on 08-10-18

Glimpses is accurate

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

After watching "The Crown" on Netflix, I looked for a book on Audible about Princess Margaret. I found her story one of the most interesting and wanted to know everything possible about the tragic, glamorous and ultimately wasted life. At the time, I could not find any books about her, but when this showed up on Audible I snapped it up.

This book is a little confusing, because the author at times goes into a strange side story of "what if this happened, or that happened" (that did not happen)... for that reason I had to do some fact checking as I listened. I couldn't always keep straight the imagination of the author and the actual history. I found myself thinking more than once, "that didn't happen... did it?? I would have known!!" However, this is like "The Crown," and so it didn't take away too much from the story.

I enjoyed the most the re-telling of apocryphal stories from different sources, juxtaposed to show that her reputation could be many different things depending on the person telling the story. I liked that the story talked about all stages of her life, not just the more famous moments. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book a lot.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,824

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

It kept me interested

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Parts of this book were difficult to listen to without cringing, as I found them a little cheesy. The main character is a little bit two dimensional in my opinion. The story itself is more predictable than I would have liked, but still kept my interest. After listening to the book I don't really want to watch the series, I feel like the book was enough of the story for me. I still enjoyed listening to it as a distraction but didn't feel like it was anything I would recommend without caveats.

  • The Sound of Gravel

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ruth Wariner
  • Narrated by: Ruth Wariner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788

Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can ascend to heaven only by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By Lesley A. on 01-16-16

thanks for sharing

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I listened to the whole book before I realized the author was the narrator. she is so emotionless in her narration I didn't know how it could be her. the things she explained in such a monotone moved me because I can't understand reliving the experience without crying. I felt so angry for her. my life has been easier than hers but I can't see myself reliving some events in my life without breaking down, and she didn't. I feel very inspired by Ruth. she has experienced such suffering but has still made a positive use of her life, what more can any of God's creatures say? thank you Ruth! stories like yours help me remember there could be a positive use for me and it's worth pursuing.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,185

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

sucks

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

this books sucks because it is so difficult to listen to all the excuses you give yourself. it was very painful to me to listen to what he was saying and realize it applies to me. the author tries so hard to act like this isn't meant to be a motivational book, but eh, it is. he acts like parts of it aren't sappy, but eh, they are. whatever, I think the parts that make you hurt will help, and not everything so sappy has helpful parts to me.

  • The Long Hard Road out of Hell

  • By: Marilyn Manson, Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

When this best-selling autobiography was originally released, everyone was shocked: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the darkest, funniest, most controversial and best-selling rock book of its time - and it became the template, both visually and narratively, for almost every rock book since. Marilyn Manson is not just a music icon, it turned out, but one of the best storytellers of his generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read (at times) but not well written

  • By L-squared on 01-31-18

Great story, left me wanting to know more

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I am not a fan of Marilyn Manson, I cannot say I have heard any of his songs. However he does seem like an interesting character, and I loved every minute of this book. There were some cringe worthy moments, and ultimately I wanted to know more about the weird life of this unruly musician. I think that the message of this book will surprise anyone not familiar with this artist, as it is ultimately a positive one, encouraging us all to be the person we are and to embrace those around us for our differences. He does a good job of showing how he has been maligned and blamed for things (Columbine) that have less than nothing to do with him or what he wants to express.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,196

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Loved it so much

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I don't know how this author makes this subject so humorous, but she does. I love the subject of infectious disease and listened to this in about two sittings, it is that good. While there are some commonly known stories included that I was already well aware of, her telling of them kept me entertained. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in Science, Medicine, History or the overall human condition.

  • Vacationland

  • True Stories from Painful Beaches
  • By: John Hodgman
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

John Hodgman - New York Times best-selling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earth - has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical coming of age story

  • By Tiffany Pearce on 11-02-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

A short and sweet memoir with a humorous edge. If you like john Hodgeman you will enjoy it, in fact I like it more than a lot of his books and way more than his podcast. This book shows the side of his life that is just like ours.

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

  • A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
  • By: Anne Fadiman
  • Narrated by: Pamela Xiong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good audiobook but narrator struggles with basic pronunciation

  • By Kate on 06-04-15

A new way of thinking

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I am required to read this for a Nursing program... but many people will benefit from it.

The basic idea is how Western medicine doesn't respect or value ideas different than their own, and how they respond to people with different cultural backgrounds. The parents of this child believe they are caring for her, and her Western Doctors believe they are harming her, a miscommunication with tragic outcome.

While there is a lesson to be learned from this book it also has a great history of the Hmong and explains how many refugees ended up in the United States and once here how they have adapted. I loved this portion as well.

I pretty much listened to this non stop until it was over, and then started over. This book is an amazing story and very enjoyable (but sad).

  • The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1

  • Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955)
  • By: Robert Lacey
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill, Netflix's original series The Crown, created by Peter Morgan and growing out of his Oscar-winning movie The Queen starring Helen Mirren, paints a unique and intimate portrait of Britain's longest-reigning monarch. This official companion to the show's first season is an in-depth exploration of the early years of Elizabeth II's time as queen, complete with extensive research and additional material.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like The Crown

  • By E F on 10-23-17

If you like The Crown

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

To start, I have watched "The Crown"; three times. I love the story of Elizabeth II.

My favorite parts of this book is when the author explains how portions of the series were written, and the real history it was based on. It is clear that the series is only inspired by real events, and points out when those events differ from the series. For this reason, I really enjoyed listening to this book...

There are also background histories of the characters in the series, which give a quick and dirty background of England's 19th and early 20th century. If you know about English history, these portions may be boring, because they are very simple. However, it gives a great context to the story of "The Crown."

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

History of American Hospital No. 1

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

I love history, and I love medicine, so of course I loved this book. Using the oldest hospital in New York as the framework, this book explores the history of medicine, 17th century until today. I learned a lot from this book and loved every minute of it. The author and narrator did a great job!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful