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Susan L.

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  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,090
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,035

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 07-10-18

Eye opening!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This was a good listen! It's so interesting to hear a first hand account of what Scientology is like on the inside, and what attracts people to the religion in the first place.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87,195
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,720

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Very enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This was very interesting and gave unusual insight and access into the world of the Obamas. I really enjoyed it!

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Read

  • By Gretchen SLP on 09-20-18

LOVED this book!!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I took a chance on this one, and WOW, I'm so happy I did!! I absolutely loved this listen. Not only is the story captivating, but the writing style is so good. The character development was excellent and I thought the narrator did a phenomenal job.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Whiskey in a Teacup

  • By: Reese Witherspoon
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said a combination of beauty and strength made Southern women “whiskey in a teacup”. We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside, we’re strong and fiery. Reese’s Southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of Southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nashville Native

  • By David D. on 09-21-18

Such a let down!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I wanted to love this! I am a huge fan of Reese, but this book should have been condensed into a 2 page interview in People Magazine or US Weekly. It has no depth, no real substance, and she narrates in a fake, forced-happiness that comes off as SO phony. You know the overly-bubbly way Elle Woods talks in Legally Blonde? That's what you're going to get with this book. It was such a disappointment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,973

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Very predictable

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No

What could B. A. Paris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The book seemed slow and predictable. There was a stretch of about 4 hours that dragged on and on, where I questioned if I should abandon the story and start a new book. The ending was not surprising and felt a little far-fetched.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorite

Do you think The Breakdown needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,570

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

Good story but narration was dull

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

Would you try another book from Jeannette Walls and/or Jeannette Walls?

Yes

What other book might you compare The Glass Castle to and why?

Half Broke Horses

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her pronunciation, inflection and slight accent were distracting at times. I found that the narration detracted from what would, otherwise, have been a very good story.

Was The Glass Castle worth the listening time?

yes