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Charlotte, NC, United States
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  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 504

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Feels Unfinished

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I like Anne Tyler because she has a way of making small everyday events seem unique. The Clock Dance was very good but I wanted everything tied up into a neat ending. However, if it had been, it wouldn't have been Anne Tyler. Now I get to write my own ending.

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,488

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

To Infinity and Beyond!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

An average kid from an average family has big dreams- and his dreams come true! This is a great story about the value of dreaming and the hard work that goes into being successful. Narration by the author adds to the story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Weekend

  • Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939
  • By: Adrian Tinniswood
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

As World War I drew to a close, change reverberated through the halls of England's country homes. As the sun set slowly on the British Empire, the shadows lengthened on the lawns of a thousand stately homes. In The Long Weekend, historian Adrian Tinniswood introduces us to the tumultuous, scandalous, and glamorous history of English country houses during the years between world wars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Thought I Was

  • By Eileen on 08-06-17

Not What I Thought I Was

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

The first chapter delivers on the promise of an excellent idea- and then the book wanders off into a plodding list of lost properties. Informational if you can sit through it, otherwise an excellent sleep aid

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • G.I. Nightingales

  • The Army Nurse Corps in World War II
  • By: Barbara Brooks Tomblin
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Weaving together information from official sources and personal interviews, Barbara Tomblin gives the first full-length account of the US Army Nurse Corps in the Second World War. She describes how over 60,000 army nurses, all volunteers, cared for sick and wounded American soldiers in every theater of the war, serving in the jungles of the Southwest Pacific, the frozen reaches of Alaska and Iceland, the mud of Italy and northern Europe, or the heat and dust of the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, informative and eye opening

  • By Isabelle on 10-14-18

Ruined by the Reader

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

Interesting story about a topic that too little is written about, Unfortunately, no one thought to teach the reader how to pronounce medical terms before she started recording a book about medical procedures. Between the mispronunciation and her breathy, passive voice the reading is very distracting. If you can get past the reader, the book is interesting.

  • 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 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

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

Takes you outside the hospital walls

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

This book tells the story of the building, its' people, it's' history and its' city in an organized and compelling manner. While listening, I was torn between wanting it to slow down because it was so enjoyable and speed up because it was so interesting. Well worth your credit and your time!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Gunfight

  • The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It
  • By: Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

American Gunfight is the fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event: the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, D.C., that saved the president's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Description

  • By Feather on 06-27-10

Some very tight editing would have helped a lot!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

I enjoy detail as much as anyone, but the authors of American Gunfight took detail way to the extreme. The actions of the police and secret service agents were interesting- their performance in the high school football game or their first job wasn't. A very interesting event that would have made a very interesting book if it was about half the length.

  • Born with Teeth

  • A Memoir
  • By: Kate Mulgrew
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411

Audie Award, Narration by Author, 2016. Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Memoir

  • By Jasmine on 07-23-15

Move along- nothing to see here

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

This book is full of intense, boring scrutiny of trivia but almost no mention of important events in Ms Mulgrew's life. The author throws harsh and dramatic information about her parents into the story, then glosses over this information with no analysis of how it affected her or them. Her big break was "Ryan's Hope"- everything was wonderful and all the people were fabulous- and then it wasn't and we never heard why. I never thought a book about an actor could be this boring.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unforgettable

  • By: Scott Simon
  • Narrated by: Scott Simon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

"I'm getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?" When NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's evocative and moving meditations spread virally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable Indeed!

  • By Eileen on 05-10-15

Unforgettable Indeed!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Mr. Simon takes us on a journey through the life of a smart, loving and inimitable woman. We should all wish to be honored like this at the end of our lives- and to have such a talented writer write our story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • There Was a Little Girl

  • The Real Story of My Mother and Me
  • By: Brooke Shields
  • Narrated by: Brooke Shields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but sounds a little entitled at times

  • By Karen on 12-09-14

Misses the mark

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

In the introduction, Brooke Shields tells us that this is an unvarnished portrayal of her mother and the story of their complex mother/daughter relationship. There is some truth to that, but there is also some part of the story and relationship left untold and other parts are re-varnished. Telling the story without any analysis is pointless. Why did Brooke's mother drink? Why did she use people? Why didn't Teri Shields ever actually get a job and support herself instead of sponging off boyfriends, husbands and her daughter? And how did Brooke come out of all this on the other side of all this relatively intact? I have no more idea now than before I read the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

  • By: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024

This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Magic...just great delivery

  • By Mel on 12-03-14

Interesting and funny but...

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

Neil Patrick Harris has had an interesting life and has a great story to tell. He tells it well in this book, but all that is overshadowed at times by the "choose your own autobiography" plot device. I don't really care what the irrelevant and ridiculous alternate scenario is- Neil's story is enough to keep me interested on it's own. The "you" pronoun and silly alternates are distracting. Neil is a great reader and obviously knows his own story well enough to perform it well. If you overlook the plot interruptions and focus on the real story, this book is worth a listen.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful