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  • The State of Affairs

  • Rethinking Infidelity
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,324

An affair: It can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. And yet this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. Adultery has existed since marriage was invented, and so, too, the prohibition against it - in fact it has a tenacity that marriage can only envy. Iconic couples' therapist and best-selling author of Mating in Captivity Esther Perel returns with a groundbreaking and provocative look at infidelity, arguing for a more nuanced and less judgmental conversation about our transgressions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compassionate approach

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

Amazing insight from start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Having listened to Esther for the last few years and read most of her materials, she has truly hit it out of the park on this one. And no one could have narrated this other than Esther. The State of Affairs can help anyone who has experienced infidelity understand on some level the why, regardless of your role.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Misbegotten Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

An account of the crimes of Arthur Shawcross describes how the paroled child killer shot, stabbed, suffocated, and strangled 16 Rochester, New York, prostitutes and examines how the legal system failed his victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel, very well written.

  • By 6catz on 01-09-16

Misbegotten in every sense

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Jack Olsen's gift of storytelling combined with Kevin Pierce's narration is a perfect match. Just when I think I've heard it all within the true crime genre, a man like Arthur Shallcross surfaces. His crimes were so horrific that at times it felt blurred in what was real or what was his fantasy. While the killer through his accounts wanted to know why he did what he did and felt as he did, the reader/listener wanted an answer to the why as well. The psyc's report at the conclusion was a possible insight but certainly not conclusive. I was disturbed through the whole story how the two women in his dual life adored him (among other things) unconditionally even after the awful disclosure of his actions. However their voices throughout the story give clear understanding of why.

  • Lucy and Desi

  • The Legendary Love Story of Television's Most Famous Couple
  • By: Warren G. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

After eight years on the air, Desi Arnaz did not love Lucy any more. On screen, they were dynamite, a comedy pairing more successful than any Hollywood had ever produced. But when the cameras stopped rolling, they fought, screamed and threatened each other more each season. Finally, an argument in Desi's production office turned violent. Lucy hurled a cocktail glass past his head, and Desi demanded a divorce. He moved out that night. After nearly 20 years, America's favorite couple was finished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!

  • By iris on 01-13-17

Interesting behind the scenes of an iconic couple

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This audio book seemed to go on and on with a lot of detail about both Lucy and Desi and others in their lives. Overall it was interesting, however a little boring at times. Knowing only about their time on I Love Lucy, this insight to their lives before, during, and after was quite interesting and surprising at times - especially all the philandering!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Mercy

  • Obsession and Murder Under the Influence
  • By: Gary Provost
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

On any Sunday morning in the Florida Redlands, Dee Casteel might have served you pancakes at the IHOP. She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress, one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. She was also a three-bottle-a-day alcoholic, hopelessly in love with the IHOP's manager, Allen Bryant. Bryant wanted his live-in lover, IHOP owner Art Venecia, dead. And Dee Casteel helped him to arrange it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book

  • By Stephanie on 02-08-17

Senseless murders

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

For some reason I continue to be intrigued and saddened by the dark path that some people choose to make. With each story I read, or listen to, I shake my head throughout and wonder why. Without Mercy is another example of that. The author captured the story and the characters very well, with Kevin Pierce, a true expert at bringing a story to life through his voice. Throughout, I had compassion and contempt for Dee. But while totally responsible for her participation in the orchestration of the senseless murders, I do feel she was influenced to make the choices that she did, for all the wrong reasons. Should she have gotten the death penalty - I don't think so. Life - yes. The other partners in crime - fry 'em.

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

A great time with Billy!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

A very enjoyable book and moments of great fun with Billy Crystal. My husband and I would listen to small nuggets each time we went out in the car and enjoyed it every time. Some laugh out loud moments. Billy provided some very interesting behind the scenes stories of movies and other events in his life. Great narration.

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  • A Clockwork Murder

  • The Night a Twisted Fantasy Became a Demented Reality
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well written, excellent narration

  • By Roberta on 07-08-17

Unbelievably sad and gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

After this book I needed to take a break from true crime. The tragedy that happened to Jacine is beyond what anyone can imagine. My heart ached throughout the narration, especially through the details of the confession. The book was very well chronicled and especially well narrated by Kevin Pierce.

  • If You Ask Me

  • By: Betty White
  • Narrated by: Betty White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful visit

  • By Martha on 08-10-11

Beautiful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Any additional comments?

This was an enjoyable book, especially hearing Betty tell her stories. She is lovely and humble in all her experiences that she shares. Not a long book, just enough to get an interesting insight into Betty's life.

  • Scared Selfless

  • My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving
  • By: Michelle Stevens
  • Narrated by: Michelle Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Michelle Stevens has a photo of the exact moment her childhood was stolen from her: She's only eight years old, posing for her mother's boyfriend, Gary Lundquist - an elementary school teacher, neighborhood stalwart, and brutal pedophile. Later that night Gary locks Michelle in a cage, tortures her repeatedly, and uses her to quench his voracious and deviant sexual whims. Little does she know that this will become her new reality for the next six years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically Needed (Some Stories Need To Be Told)

  • By Virginia on 03-30-17

Gut wrenching honesty

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Any additional comments?

I don't know how I came across this book, but I'm glad I did. Michelle Stevens told her story as no one else could. Listening to Michelle's voice as she pulled back the black curtain to every detail in her life struck every emotion I could possibly have. As a mother, there were times that I felt I couldn't bear to hear the details of her abuse. However, despite not knowing Michelle, I felt I owed it to her to know her story. Michelle endured what no one should ever go through. I am so relieved that through it all Michelle is living a happy and normal life.

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,569

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

Trudy and Billy Lee (bless their hearts)

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

Any additional comments?

Well I was warned by other reviewers before I purchased this book, but went ahead and did it anyway. The good: A sweet, clean, highly predictable story. The not so good: In this story Trudy and Billy Lee are 40. They talk, act, and behave like they are twice their age, frequently referring to how old (senior) they are. That grated on me and just couldn't understand why the author portrayed them that way. And it's not just because they are from Louisiana and not some big city. And the use of cliches was SO overdone and saturated the narration. The story was so predictable and tidy and completely wrapped up in a beautiful bow at the epilogue.

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  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,126

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a twisted love story...so interesting!

  • By S on 01-23-13

Another good Liane Moriarty story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Any additional comments?

Certainly not Liane Moriarty's best book, but an enjoyable listen to for my daily commute. The narration was good but I did get confused at times which of the two female leads she was reading. The story felt predictable to me and wrapped up a little too tidy. I prefer a strong twist and/or a surprise after a long journey.