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  • How to Forget

  • A Daughter's Memoir
  • By: Kate Mulgrew
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

They say you can’t go home again. But when her father is diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and her mother with atypical Alzheimer’s, New York-based actress Kate Mulgrew returns to her hometown in Iowa to spend time with her parents and care for them in the time they have left. The months Kate spends with her parents in Dubuque - by turns turbulent, tragic, and joyful - lead her to reflect on each of their lives and how they shaped her own. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Kate Mulgrew articulates end-of-life relationships fluently

  • By Dr. Chris P. Hafner on 05-27-19

very absorbing story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

This was an amazing experience.I especially thought the description of her mother's decent into alshiemers was,while sad and painful to hear, something you don't realize happening within a family setting. The way this awful disease affects not only the patient but also the family members was described so well.As with her first book,this is probably going to be a re-read for me. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

  • A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying
  • By: Sallie Tisdale
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way. Listen to a few travel guides. Study the language, look at maps, gather equipment. Let yourself imagine what it will be like. Pack your bags. This book is one of those travel guides - a guide to preparing for your own death and the deaths of people close to you. The fact of death is hard to believe. Sallie Tisdale explores our fears and all the ways death and talking about death make us uncomfortable - but she also explores its intimacies and joys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a must read for nurse

  • By vivian smith on 10-02-18

a must read for nurse

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I have just finished reading this and will read it again. I was so thankful someone wrote about this with such frankness and also so caringly. I have been a NICH nurse for 15 years and deal with death often. thank you for this book. I will be sharing it with everyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

You may think you know this story. There's a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A suprising twist to the Sleeping Beauty

  • By Jacobus on 12-15-15

What a wonderful tale

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I think this is wonderful interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale we were all told when we were little girls. It is fair to say that no one ever saw the beauty as a selfish , power hungry character . This is certainly not a story for very young children,but I will be sharing it with my older grand children very soon. Hopefully it will spark great discussion and interesting interpretations,,,,,,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,247

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

this is truly the best book I have listened to since the last one of his I heard. I will be sure to read more of his work. he has a way of making you wish the stories would go on forever. he doesn't leave the reader hanging in the end so you aren't left wondering what happens to all the characters which softens the blow somewhat,,,,. so glad I got " My Grandmother Says to Tell You She's Sorry" otherwise I wouldn't have found Ova.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,511

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

A wonderful reading of a classic Christmas story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-16

I hat to admit this is the first time I have ever heard the original A Christmas Carol. I,like so many others have only seen productions of it on TV or DVD. I realize that those are woefully lacking and a mear shadow of the original story. Tim Curry is a marvelouse narrator and transported me to the various locations and happenings of the story better than I have ever experienced in the visual productions. This is my new Christmas tradition from now on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Just a Person

  • By: Tig Notaro
  • Narrated by: Tig Notaro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing and Real Story

  • By Brian on 06-22-16

A very Personal look at breast cancer

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

I wasn't even aware of this person as a performer and had not seen her comedy show. I heard about it on the Ellen Show and thought,why not read the book,might be interesting. It was one of the few books I've read that I could not put down. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it,and have, to any one wanting to know what it's like to be a single person with breast cancer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content. Unfortunate delivery.

  • By Jennifer Soudagar on 11-13-15

I want to live here,,,,,

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

After listening to this book I wonder why we,in America, can't live this way. Then I remember,,,,we would never be able to give up that much control over our lives. But it would be interesting to try. I loved the book and was sad when it ended,the mark of a really good story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful