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Elizabeth

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  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Field draws you in then drops you off

  • By Jesg on 09-23-18

I want more!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

She goes into such amazing depth in places and others left me yelling “wait”
Tell me more! What happened to Jocko? Did she give her father the money? Did she have an affair with the Director of Norma Rae? Her marriage to Sam’s father was way too short. What happened? And Steve, what happened to him? Her story is so personal and accessible. And her writing is excellent. So much better to listen to her tell it on Audible. Book 2? Yes, please!

  • Holy Orders

  • Quirke, Book 6
  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

In 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is Benjamin Black ok?

  • By Elizabeth on 11-16-17

Is Benjamin Black ok?

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

This latest installation reminded me of when a new author takes over an established ones work. Regurgitating the back story is half the novel. And the new parts introduced are flimsy and with little consequence. Wait for the next book and all you would have missed is what happened to Jimmy Minor.

  • Burnt Toast

  • And Other Philosophies of Life
  • By: Teri Hatcher
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

From America's most beloved comedic actress and the star of Desperate Housewives comes a personal, heartfelt, and often very funny manifesto on life, love, and the lessons we all need to learn, and unlearn, on the road to happiness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste 3 hours or the credit on this one. Especially if you want to like her.

  • By Elizabeth on 09-19-17

Don't waste 3 hours or the credit on this one. Especially if you want to like her.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I had heard good things about this book and the story of the burnt toast. That was the only take away point. She is self congratulatory throughout and clearly thinks herself a superlative mother and person. It gets old fast. Except for being cautious with money (she still goes to garage sales!) she has no grasp of motherhood today.

I love that she repeatedly talks of never having plastic surgery which by 2017 she clearly has had work done. She talks of the pressures to be physically perfect and says she has never been on a diet and always been thin.

She talks of her ambitions yet she just "fell into acting" without any study of the craft. And she writes about not winning an Emmy and being happy for her castmate yet repeatedly doesn't mention her name.

This was only 3 hours and I only finished it to have more things to laugh about. I would say she is clearly not very bright but she conned someone out of cash to write this and many more people like me to read or listen. Save yourself!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,476

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Love the author and the narrator - this was too slow

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

If I had read this in book form I would have skipped ahead. There was too much back and forth and i just wanted the answer that was too slowly doled out. This narrator is usually a favorite however in this one she was so slowly paced I was frustrated. Due to the pace, I also felt let down with the payoff.

That said I have listened to other books with both of them and loved them. I will again. This one I just left frustrated.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,908
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,575

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Author is so impressed with himself it makes for a hard listen

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

I have listened to so many memoirs of actors over the years and this one was hard to get through. I wanted to like him and his story but couldn't. Self centered is too small a description. He mentions a girl he had a crush on who dies before their high school reunion and he is sorry that he didn't get to tell her about his crush because he knows it would have meant something to her. He details his gifts, thoughtfulness and political correctness seemingly to say "see what a good guy I am?" Even his descriptions of his craft and process make me wonder if directors or casting agents will steer clear after reading this. If you want to like him, don't listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Disappointed🤔

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Hats off to the narrator for attempting all those names and accents. It was not easy listening. It was hard to keep up with the characters because of similarity of names and nicknames. I had to playback frequently to get them straight. I invested seemingly a lot of time getting the backstory and the payoff was just not there. The mythology was definitely intriguing and new to me. The most frequent lines were someone telling the heroine "no" and her doing it anyway. We got this for a road trip and my daughter couldn't get past the accents and narration so quit listening. The narrator did her best with the material. Disappointing.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,048

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Rachel is a train wreck.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

It was engrossing! I highly recommend. A binge worthy experience. Many characters are sympathetically and intriguingly flawed. Worth a listen.