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  • The Soundtrack of My Life

  • By: Clive Davis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Clive Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Look into...nothing

  • By RBK on 06-17-13

Learn about a life and music

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

I am not much of a music connoisseur, but I enjoyed this book anyway. Davis tells a great story, a personal story that just happens to weave in a lot of musicians and places that are famous today. Great listen.

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, brings you to tears and makes you laugh out loud

  • By Rachael Pilling on 06-07-15

Wonderful read, great narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Great books transport you to places you have never been to or could go to. This is such a book. I traveled to England and to another time and a place where horses and to lives built around them. Great story, engaging storytelling. Highly recommend it.

  • Rita Moreno

  • A Memoir
  • By: Rita Moreno
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend - and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beauty!

  • By maci on 08-08-13

What a story! Definitely worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

I confess not to know much about Rita Moreno before reading this book, and I learned not just about her, but about another time and way things were done. Moreno has a great immigrant story with ups and downs and a view into a world I did not know about or that was just a vague sketch instead of the harsh reality of the author. Highly recommend it.

  • My Mother Was Nuts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Penny Marshall
  • Narrated by: Penny Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen up - not to be read!

  • By GaylM on 10-17-12

Easy listen, good narration

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Not quite your standard memoir, It's mostly short stories instead of one coherent piece. It is nevertheless enjoyable and insightful. I learned about her life, the TV and movie business and what it was like growing up in her time.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Michael is awesome

  • By Robert on 12-21-12

Likeable guy with great story.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Perhaps it's because he is an actor, but the narration is superb. This book made me smile, laugh and thouroughly enjoy myself. I did not know much about Caine before this book, and I definitely respect him more and view him in a different light after reading this book. Worth every penny or worth the credit to buy it. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,044

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

If Bourdain is your kinda guy you will love this

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Great narration by the author, with stories that may at times shock or appall. If you find swearing distasteful, or are prudish and think drug, sex and booze amoral, this books is not for you. Great stories, and insights into the restaurant business, but mostly into this man's life. Highly recommend it.

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a list of what you'll find in Volume 3

  • By T. on 05-10-12

Countless hours of entertainment

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

Whether you are acquainted with Sherlock Holmes or not, this series is sure to please. Like other comments my only complaint is the voice the narrator chooses for women and the way it makes women seem like weaklings. However that is one minor complaint in a great collection.

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  • Little Failure

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gary Shteyngart
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • did not do much for me

  • By Max on 04-27-14

Great story, wonderful narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

The narration complements the text wonderfully. I am not sure the author could have done better himself. The narrator has different voices for the author as adult, as child, for his father etc. It is a wonderful performance and you will not want to stop listening. Absolutely worth it. I can see myself listening to this at another time, and perhaps even reading Shteyngart's books.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,309

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Better than the movie. Of course!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

With multiple narrators this book is a great buy. You may have seen the movie, but you will love the book. I resisted getting the book, but after learning of the multiple narrators I gave in and I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised. The picture painted by the narrators is almost as good as a movie, but better because your imagination is so much richer! A well spent credit, even though I seldom get nonfiction the topic is so rich it is not just any story. It may seem like an exaggeration, but this book deserves all the five stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

  • By: Alexandra Fuller
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great by both ear and eye

  • By Janet Tarasovic on 04-11-12

Unique story, a life you could not imagine!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

Great, fun read, and informative read. This book provides insight into a bit of colonialism, Africa, and relations among peoples and families. More importantly it provides a great insight into what life was like during Colonial times in Rhodesia or Kenya. Fuller writes about her family, their dreams, their lives, and their faults with frankness and love. I bought this book during one of their sales and I was not disappointed. Though I did not read her first book "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight" I was able to thoroughly enjoy this book. If you thought your childhood was tough, or your family was eccentric read this book and you will realize that maybe your life was relatively normal. The performance is not 5 stars because the narrator's voice, or accent takes a little getting used to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful