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Lisa Masini Shapiro

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  • The Bucolic Plague

  • How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
  • By: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

A happy series of accidents and a doughnut-laden escape upstate take Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Brent Ridge, to the doorstep of the magnificent (and fabulously for sale) Beekman Mansion. And so begins their transformation from uptight urbanites into the 200-year-old-mansion-owning Beekman Boys. Suddenly Josh---a full-time New Yorker with a successful advertising career---and Brent find themselves weekend farmers, surrounded by nature's bounty and an eclectic cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real and Funny

  • By Crystal on 01-31-12

Laugh out loud story

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

It is rare that a book makes me laugh out loud, but this one did - even at the gym while on the elliptical. This was an entertaining, yet honest, sometimes poignant, story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Expats

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Pavone
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 571

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You Will Need to Pay Attention

  • By Ariel on 03-14-12

Over zealously manufactured intrigue

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

Would you try another book from Chris Pavone and/or Mozhan Marno?

No

Has The Expats turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What character would you cut from The Expats?

The convoluted plot of double, triple, quadruple -crossing left the reader with no one to bond with or root for. This book seemed to be an effort to create a story by simple chaining many twists together and hoping to,have a book in the end.

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,645

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly Nailed this one

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-12

An Animated Narrative

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

Bill O'reilly's narrative places the reader in the middle of the action. His description of every detail that occurred in the planning of the assassination in an hour by hour method keeps the reader engaged. We all know the ending from our history books but O'Reilly makes this sad chapter in American history so real as we share the emotions of the characters.

What about Bill O'Reilly???s performance did you like?

O'Reilly narrates just as he speaks on TV. His style brings a matter of fact excitement to the story.

  • A Prison Diary

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthwhile Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 10-19-03

Incomplete

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-08

This book is mildly interesting for its insight into prison life but ends quite suddenly in what seems to be the middle of the story. If you read it merely to understand what life as a prisoner may feel like you will be served; however, if you want to know how the plot ends you may have to try wikipedia.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful