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  • Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ruth Cowen
  • Narrated by: Jennie Bond, Tim Piggott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193

Respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond narrates the life story of Queen Elizabeth II, and takes listeners inside the private life of one of the most public figures in modern history. Learn intimate details of Elizabeth's childhood, her courtship and marriage, and the tragic moments following the death of Princess Diana. Born a minor royal in 1926, Elizabeth is now the longest-reigning British monarch and also the most recognizable woman in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable...

  • By Mckai on 04-06-19

Worth it. Good summary.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

I learned a few new bits of history and was reminded of others. Best of the Free monthly offerings to which I've listened.

  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,185

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

Not funny - a mess

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

Free is only good if the writing is good. I found this very hard to follow as it seemed to jump all over the place. I did not find it amusing; rather pathetic.

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,586

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie's life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle - from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she's trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read:)

  • By Sharon on 04-17-17

Enjoyable Romp

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

Lively and unexpected. I like how the main character comes to understand herself and others better, her compassion and her growth as a human being. I liked how she stepped up when needed. There are a few "madcap" moments when I couldn't quite imagine what was happening but it didn't overall dampen the story. I liked how technology was used both as a tool and a torment. Story drags a bit at times but found it was worth bogging it out.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Is what it is

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

So it is a summer read. Not deep, not very illustrative of anything, no rich new vein of knowledge or thought here. I was able to predict the ending long before I got there. Did I enjoy it? Yes, there were lots of moments when I was interested in the story itself. I liked the characters and I especially liked how this family took over nurturing and raising their northern relative. I liked some of the dialogue. Some really amusing phrases and interactions helped hold my attention. Having said that, I am not fond of prose where one character asks another to listen to them and the other repeatedly refuses on the grounds that the first couldn't say anything worth hearing. Thought the author had a tendency to overstate the differences between southern and northern living. Sweet tea might be disagreeable to some but it is not a Tsunami or a hurricane.

  • JELL-O Girls

  • A Family History
  • By: Allie Rowbottom
  • Narrated by: Allie Rowbottom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97

A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, JELL-O Girls is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love, and loss. In crystalline prose, Rowbottom considers the roots of trauma not only in her own family, but in the American psyche as well, ultimately weaving a story that is deeply personal, as well as deeply connected to the collective female experience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Took all the fun out of Jello

  • By Margaret on 08-13-18

Took all the fun out of Jello

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

There were moments that were entertaining but this is mostly an account of mental and physical manifestations of disease. References to the gelatin product were repetitive complaints against it - as if a product (and the advertising of that era) could be blamed for the ills of a family. I didn't buy into the thesis. This was a sick family with a rich ancestor who provided them with the means to squander their lives. (one successful entrepreneur can destroy a lot of generations) Definitely not worth buying at any price.

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  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Alana on 05-24-18

Hardly a trace of the person I admired

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Every now and then I'd get a quote or a short story about Robin Williams that would remind me why I loved this man and his performances but mostly this was a meander around the outskirts of his public life. A lot of generalizations instead of the anecdotes that would provide me with a sense of his being. Quite a bit of what I learned was sad or depressing. The voice, which seemed rich and deep in the sample, became boring and flat. No emotion at all. I'd advise against this audio book unless you use your audiobooks as sleep aids.

  • The Accidental President

  • Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World
  • By: A. J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Tony Messano
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman's first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 11-14-17

Learning at its best

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

it bogs down in a few spots with names of lesser characters but is generally hard to put down, leaves me thinking and explains a lot. I never understood why an American President could be called leader of the free world. most aren't. Harry was!

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,314
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,241

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Boring and low on valuable content

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I hoped to learn something beyond the stated information contained in the book summary. I didn't. It felt poorly researched and an excuse for using a drug that could be helpful but wasn't taken for that purpose. Totally disappointing. Can't believe it got good reviews.

  • In the Country We Love

  • My Family Divided
  • By: Diane Guerrero, Michelle Burford
  • Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the US, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important Story and Captivating Read

  • By Lindsay on 09-07-17

Feel Badly for the author but - not worth it

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I hated the little girl voice. Once in a while I heard Diane use a grown-up voice and at first I thought the voice was only to underline the fact that she was a child when this started but as she grew up she sustained the plaintiff youngster warble. I love her character on Orange is the New Black and hadn't noticed the voice because it is so heavily accented.
I felt the story was stretched out and thin in spots. After listening to a litany of how poor she was she would suddenly go on a plane to Colombia or Spain - that doesn't compute. There was very little detail of how undertaking therapy helped her out of her trauma-induced dilemma. I did like that I learned more about the immigrant experience and it made me think about my own values regarding those who migrate for economic reasons and risks they engage in for the very children they want to help.
This was recorded for Audible Only and as such, I think the end of the story (the lecture portion about voting Democrat) ought to be re-recorded periodically. There is so much more story since (don't get me started on the immigration atrocities of Trump) but perhaps there could be a website or something where this content is updated.
I am in my second Audible Only book and thankfully it is better than this one by a massive factor.
I have listened to about 4 autobiographical accounts by young women now and perhaps it is just not my genre.

  • How to Stop Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life. Tom now has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engaged and enriched

  • By Margaret on 04-03-18

engaged and enriched

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Loved The Martian and didn't expect to feel so engaged by this novel. But I loved every minute of it. I didn't really want it to end. I often find books that move forward and backward in time very difficult to follow, but because the author provided dates and places, I found it easy to follow even in audio format. a wonderful piece of Escape literature that made me think about the human Condition.