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Deborah Reback

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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,095

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Very long

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The last 3 hours were painful.

Performance was excellent except for voices for young Achilles and Petrocles and females.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,706

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I could NOT stop listening to this book. I cried more than once both out of sadness and joy!

  • The Pilgrimage

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 780

Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Favorite Coelho Book So Far!

  • By Idaho Trojan on 01-14-15

Life lessons

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

If you listen closely, you will hear life lessons that you knew, but needed to be reminded of.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,532
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,432

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-22-18

Unnecessary and I'm a Democrat

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I believed and still believe Comey's story AND voted for Hillary, but this book says nothing new and just sounds like whining.

  • Pardon My French

  • How a Grumpy American Fell in Love with France
  • By: Allen Johnson
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

In France, Johnson is like an alien from another planet. Everything is strange to him. His goal is to speak French without going to prison, drive without being squashed like a bug, dance the tango without losing his marriage, and belt out a tune with a world-class jazz combo without being booed off the stage. Repeatedly, the author fearlessly steps into harm's way. He joins a summer acting troop and witnesses the French version of sexual liberation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I've been to France many times and this isn't

  • By Deborah Reback on 05-26-18

I've been to France many times and this isn't

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I tried to stay with it, hoping it would get better. Fast forwarding through each chapter didn't help.

it's an uber-stereotypification of the French.

The reader's voice has a condescending tone.

  • Middle Aged and Kickin' It!

  • A Woman's Definitive Guide to Dating Over 40, 50, and Beyond: Relationship and Dating Advice for Women, Book 11
  • By: Gregg Michaelsen
  • Narrated by: R. J. Walker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Are you a single mom dating? Are you ready to start dating after marriage? Dating after divorce is hard, and brings many challenges - I get it. Inside is a no-B.S. guy's perspective on how to get back into the groove after a long hiatus from the dating jungle. Hi I'm Gregg, and I'm your ace in the hole. I am a dating and life coach. Having sold a quarter million books I am your man to fire you up and get you out there better than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great information!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-31-17

A bit hokey if you're over 40 so don't bother if

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

It was okay but I feel like I wasted my time. I won't read any of his other books.

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  • Who’s Your City?

  • How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life
  • By: Richard Florida
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

All places are not created equal. In this groundbreaking book, Richard Florida shows that where we live is increasingly a crucial factor in our lives, one that fundamentally affects our professional and personal prospects. As well as explaining why place matters now more than ever, Who's Your City? provides indispensable tools to help you choose the right place for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book on understanding society better!

  • By Alexander B. Wathen on 03-01-18

Not worth reading

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

This book offers nothing original and left me feeling frustrated that I stayed with it.

Five Short Stories by Women audiobook cover art
  • Five Short Stories by Women

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Hempel, Rebecca Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Emily Bergl, Lynn Collins, Sarah Drew, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

L.A. Theatre Works presents Five Short Stories by Women, a quintet of tales from some of America’s most distinguished female authors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good dramas but lack variety

  • By The Lovely Rod on 02-24-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better readers would have helped a bit, but I found all of the stories extremely boring. I couldn't wait til it was finished.

Has Five Short Stories by Women turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

  • An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having

  • Travel Stories from The Hairpin
  • By: Edith Zimmerman, Carrie Frye, Maria Bustillos, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having is a collection of essays on travel selected by Edith Zimmerman, the founder of the colorfully offbeat women’s website The Hairpin. Like The Hairpin, these essays are funny, weird, adventurous, and moving. There are stories about following a mysterious stranger’s maps in Mexico, attending endless step aerobics classes in Buenos Aires, faking a terrible British accent in London, and navigating a nude spa in Stockholm. About loneliness, connection, and sunburn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Deborah Reback on 08-13-17

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I really liked almost all of this. I did dislike the male reader's voice and story though.

  • Scarlet and Black

  • By: Stendhal
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Young Julien Sorel, one of the greatest characters in European literature, tries to rise above his humble peasant origins through a combination of talent and hard work - but also seduction, deception, and hypocrisy. The story is set in 19th-century France and is filled with sex, violence, romance, and humour.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting performance. especially during female

  • By Deborah Reback on 07-25-17

Distracting performance. especially during female

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I struggled to finish this audio book, in spite of its reputation. I think the performance seriously affected my experience.