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Hamilton, Bermuda
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  • Toni Tennille

  • A Memoir
  • By: Toni Tennille, Caroline Tennille St. Clair
  • Narrated by: Toni Tennille
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an irresistible pair to millions of fans all over the world, further underscored by the rousing "yes, we can!" gospel of their biggest hit, "Love Will Keep Us Together". But underneath the image was an entirely different story that the fans never saw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it for several reasons

  • By Jennifer on 05-28-16

Tragic love

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

I read this book with interest as I briefly met and chatted with "captain" when they were in the Perry Como show in Nassau. He was standing all alone and as his hostess my friend and I went and spoke to him. We were far from groupies and he chatted easily about music and how long it took him to make an LP and about his father being a conductor. ,At this point Toni came up and pointedly and rudely took him away. This book,well written misses what is now obvious, that Daryl is probably a high functioning autistic musical savant which was not known well in the seventies. How sad two lives were messed up by two people who should never have married.. Their music was delightful though but I don't think Toni had a clue about the diagnosis. I cannot imagine her pain.
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wait for Me!

  • Memoirs
  • By: Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The last of the Mitford Sisters

  • By Irene on 01-11-11

The Duchess and her sisters

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

A fairy tale life of the youngest Mitford girl and a wonderful mix of country living mixed with sparkling society events like dinners with royalty and presidents. Was presented with a prize by this lovely lady when I lived in Derbyshire so was delighted to step into her life

  • Sister Kate

  • Nursing Through the Troubles
  • By: Kate O'Hanlon
  • Narrated by: Annie Farr
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

"Running Casualty is really very simple: you have to love everybody, you have to listen to everybody; and when in doubt you do just what Sister O'Hanlon tells you.” Mr William Rutherford, A & E Consultant. Kate O'Hanlon spent 16 years as sister in charge of A & E at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, working through the worst days of the Troubles. Told with her trademark blend of warmth, compassion and humour, this is her fascinating and extraordinary story of nursing on the front line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand nurse.

  • By Joy on 04-28-15

A grand nurse.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-15

As a nurse slightly younger than Sister Kate and less diplomatic I agree that the charting highly professional nurses have handed over basic nursing to aids and cleaners who are just doing a job and are not vocational. Wonder story of a brave nurse in thee worst of times. God bless her and the Royal!

  • The Lives of Chang and Eng

  • Siam’s Twins in Nineteenth-Century America
  • By: Joseph Andrew Orser
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11

Connected at the chest by a band of flesh, Chang and Eng Bunker toured the United States and the world from the 1820s to the 1870s, placing themselves and their extraordinary bodies on exhibit as "freaks of nature". More famously known as the Siamese twins, they eventually settled in rural North Carolina, married two white sisters, became slave owners, and fathered 21 children between them. More than a biography of the twins, this is a study of 19th-century American culture and society that reveals how Americans projected onto the twins their own hopes and fears.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring boring

  • By Joy on 02-07-15

Boring boring

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

This was not at all interesting. Subject matter should have been interesting but it wasn't!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: Hugo Vickers
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81

The life of the Duchess of Windsor came to an end in Paris on 24 April 1986. She was almost 90. Many people assumed that she had died years before, since she disappeared from public view for over a decade. Sebastian Faulks wrote in the Sunday Telegraph, ‘She is seen as no more than the star of an old romantic film that most French have forgotten. ’But the world did take note, describing her death as the final curtain on one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century. Embers of the feud between the British Royal Family and the Windsors in exile were fanned once more....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Reap What You Sow

  • By Chris on 05-17-12

The end of the Affair

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

This is a very accurate and sad account of the dishonest lawyer who overtook the life of the Duchess of Windsor and her money.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Widow's Story

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Ellen Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award-winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of 46 years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathless!

  • By Pamela Harvey on 02-18-11

Shocking and brutally true

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

I was so disturbed by this haunting story of a woman suddenly left alone that I could not put it down and then could not sleep at the horror of the prospect of losing someone that you love.
Beautifully written, a book that is life changing.

  • We Two

  • Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
  • By: Gillian Gill
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

It was the most influential marriage of the 19th century and one of history's most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naive teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found it extremely moving.

  • By Cheryl on 08-07-09

Honest account of mythical marriage

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

Reviewed: 10-15-11

This book gives an accurate view of the ups and downs in the Queen's marriage and an alarming view of the ambition and power the Prince wrested from the Queen. It is possibly a blessing that his life was cut short as he was determined to change England to suit his German ambitions. I was disappointed in Victoria's lack of interest in her position and what a contrast to our present Queen who has been a true monarch with unfailing loyalty and dedication.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful