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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 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

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

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I expected a memoir or biographical account. Much of it is gossip and opinioning recorded by others. Still, the author was very skilled at capturing and illustrating the social sadism within the circles Margaret swam in and accounts for some of the misery the woman had to endure. You will gain something new from reading the book and I think it would anybody's worthwhile to read it. There are some small novelettes inserted and imaginary happenings that you may have to sort out for yourself. A fantasy marriage to Picasso and some other wanderings way off the beaten track. This was the first book I ever read relative to the Princess. I don't think she had the fairy tale life many assumed she might have had. You can be glad when you are done that this was not a life you found yourself parked in.

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  • Legends and Lipstick

  • My Scandalous Stories of Hollywood's Golden Era
  • By: Nancy Bacon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Knighton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

For the first time ever, Nancy Bacon, famed gossip columnist and editor of Confidential Magazine, is telling her whole story of what it was like to have love affairs with the likes of Paul Newman, Errol Flynn, Tommy Smothers, Rod Taylor, Vince Edwards, and Hugh O’Brian, plus exciting friendships with the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Bobby Kennedy, Jay Sebring, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe (to name only a few!).  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart and Humor in Hollywood

  • By GL Giles on 09-26-18

Some Do Not Go Quitely Into The Night

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

There seems to be a glut on the market of aging and elderly women and former B-C actress', models, groupies working hard to supplement their social security with "Tell All" of other people's indiscretions. Desperate "journalists" that have been unemployed for years printing "secrets and slander" while they can still self-publish. The sadistic disregard for other people's spouses, children, grandchildren is flagrant and ruthless. I made it through chapter 26 and felt guilty reading that much. This memoir is basically a name-dropping journal of men she slept with. Nobody was spared. Possibly some stories I would have been curious about at around age 12. But even then the ruthless and coy degradation of others would have made me very squeamish.

  • My Love Story

  • By: Tina Turner
  • Narrated by: Heather Alicia Simms, Tina Turner - introduction
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but...

  • By Sally on 10-28-18

Lines In The Sand. Conditional love.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Superb narration. Maybe some hardcore fans wanted to hear Tina Turner's voice. No excuse to unjustly condemn the narrator. She is very good. Fabulous even. I read Tina Turner's first book and saw the movie about her. Probably because as a mediator I was offered a job by a music producer, to go on the road to supervise Ike Turner so the producer could close a music deal. As Ike Turner was otherwise uninsurable without a babysitter. I declined. The only challenge I ever backed down from in my life. I don't think I am the only one, as the tour never launched. So, I did have some personal curiosity. This book, as well as her first, and the movie about her life, is about people drawing lines in the sand. Boundaries. Either from an unwillingness to experience others or from personal issues with tolerance. Ike Turner drew lines in the sand. Tina Turner then drew her own lines in the sand to rise above his. So did I even. Then she drew her own lines in the sand with her own children and stepchildren. It was not easy to know about the limitations placed upon her which were oppressive. And to experience sideways as a spectator, how she rose above them. Only to hear at the end she herself her drew lines in the sand with her own children and stepchildren. But it is a good lesson to observe and know where you will or not, draw lines in the sand with others, as they have been drawn in the sand for yourself. And, if you agree to this kind of social mathematics, how they work for everyone and their own tolerance of others. The book is a good life lesson for summoning up your own abilities to draw lines in the sand to survive. But it is also a good way to become aware of your own lines in the sand, you impose on others. Conditional love. Tina Turner for sure is a force of nature. Standing Ovation!

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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • And Other Lessons in Life
  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films and has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy. He knows what success takes - he's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Now in his 85th year - and more beloved than ever - he wants to share everything he's learned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-25-18

Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I purchased the book thinking it was a memoir. It is somewhat. But otherwise, it is a kind of generous hat turnover for people in the theater. Nevertheless, being a tri professional, (three different professions), I found his advice about professionalism and professional duty to be universal and applicable everywhere. In every walk of life. His communication skills are very magical and the love for life and others translates into his memories and sound and caring advice. The empathy quality of it all began to envelop me and I felt like I was being coddled with a lullaby. He is very sane and it is apparent rather immediately and this is a comfort in today's world. I loved this book and I will listen to it again. It bought me comfort as no other book ever has. I wish everyone could know a man like Michael Caine. I am at ease.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of Economics

  • By: Niall Kishtainy
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone, yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young listeners new to economics and to all listeners who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest big ideas, paced nicely in history stories

  • By Philo on 06-20-18

Valuable Information! This Book Is Mercy!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

We currently live in an age in America where economics is not taught to people before they are already thousands of dollars in debt. And going further into debt in college. People call themselves "homeowners" when they are mortgaged to the hilt. Young men entering the service have to be taught there how to handle a checkbook. Economics is no longer taught in schools. The Board of Education in the United States has created a nation of financial illiterates by withholding any kind of education in economics all through public school systems. This book is a mercy upon us all. A labor of love. Anyone can easily understand so much about these forces and conditions around them now in a pleasant, amusing, fascinating narration. Standing Ovation!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,767

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Honest Social Math - Above and Beyond, "Identity".

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

It is not true that all children want is a safe and comfortable place to sleep, enough food to stave off hunger, and goodwill towards them. A guardian that will protect and defend them. The same as an adult..Just like adults, children want an identity. Most people are taught they are born with all the identity they will ever have. And their options for an identity are within their hometown. Or within their current tribe (family). This memoir puts such ideas to the side of the table and points out that identity, is what a person creates upon themselves. Or for themselves. It is well written with great insight. There is a tribe of us called "survivors", and this book spotlights that element of society as well. "Come back kids".

  • The Ravenmaster

  • My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
  • By: Christopher Skaife
  • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66

The title of Ravenmaster is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets listeners in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By raynwise on 10-10-18

A Classic, I Was Spellbound! Master Story Telling!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Celebrated writer Neil Gaiman recommended this book. So, I quickly snapped it up. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading this book! Or listening to a master storyteller! This is master storytelling, at its finest! The narration is pure magic. I know I will read this book again, and again. For sure, it is going on my Christmas lists so others can experience being transported to the Tower of London and introduced to the magic therein. No matter your age, you will be shapeshifted into a little child again, listening to this book. I would buy any audiobook narrated by this storyteller. Of course, I now have to go see the Tower of London for myself. As it has now been transformed from a pedestal of injustice, ghosts, and shame, into a magical wonderland of good will. Christopher Skaife deserves a knighthood. Standing Ovation! Encore! Encore! Oh, there is one! Great interview with the author at the end of the book. Don't overlook it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 105

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book

  • By SCOTT on 07-11-18

Pleasure Reading!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Very interesting memoir. Tales of early N.Y.C. life and fashion every woman would be curious about. An extraordinary life recounted in a lullaby.

  • A Book

  • By: Desi Arnaz
  • Narrated by: Juan Pablo Di Pace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Desi Arnaz’s incredible life story - in his own words. Desi Arnaz’s memoir tells the story of how a kid from Cuba hit the big time in the United States. It’s all here - the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the lucky breaks, and the heartbreaking failures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Force of Nature! I "Binge Listened", Riveted!

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-05-18

A Force of Nature! I "Binge Listened", Riveted!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I never saw "I Love Lucy" or any of the other shows mentioned in this book. But those televisions products surely pale against the backdrop of this man's actual life! The book starts a little slow with the details of escaping from civil war-torn Cuba, as a child. Only to find himself living in a rat-infested warehouse in Miami with his father. Not speaking English. With brilliant solutions to problems and challenges, he carves his way across the country as an applauded musician, shapeshifts into an actor, and film and theater visionary that dominates the entertainment industry in America from Hollywood to Madison Avenue in New York. And at the same time propelling his wife into superstardom. An unstoppable, brilliant force of nature! This is one of the most amazing memoirs I have ever read. I could not put it down at "bedtime" and was still riveted at 5:00 A.M. after all night binge listening. The narration is captivating and musical with such a beautiful voice. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of listening to this audiobook! This could be a fascinating 10 season television series! Desi Arnaz has to be the most underestimated, under-celebrated human being that ever crossed the globe. Everyone should have the pleasure, and glory, of knowing his story. He was a phenomenon!

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  • Unsinkable

  • A Memoir
  • By: Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
  • Narrated by: Debbie Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total fun with Debbie Reynolds

  • By S.P.C. on 10-06-15

Entertaining Memior

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I purchased this book after reading Todd Fisher's memoir. (I also sat down to watch a documentary he mentions about his mother, "Bright Lights") It has all been very interesting and Debbie Reynolds is a part of history that just would not have crossed my path otherwise. I was very happy to listen to her amazing story. She was Hollywood Royalty and delivers an accounting that includes warmth, good memories, the best sides of people and the industry when it had high professional standards. And the people involved had high personal standards, for the most part. She really cared about leaving people with good memories. Which is what an entertainer used to do, and what people used to pay for. No wonder our nation is fixated on politics now for entertainment. She was part of a magical window in time that is somewhere behind us, and she shares it in this lovely recounting. I can't see how anyone ever got tired of listening to her, I could have listened for another 100 hours. She was a real entertainer in every sense of the word. Her son has honored her legacy so others can experience some of the magic.