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BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States
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  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,830

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
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Surprising revelations about Scientology for me

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Although there were some funny parts to this, most of it was a rather disturbing and, for me, surprising account of the goings-on within the Church of Scientology. I live in Central Florida and have been by the Fort Harrison hotel and the other buildings owned by the Scientologists many times, without ever really questioning or considering what may be going on within those walls. Some of it is chilling, some is disturbing, some is simply heartbreaking. It does sound very much like a cult from this account, something that is very difficult to remove yourself from once you've been indoctrinated. I recall reading L Ron Hubbard's book, 'Dianetics', many years ago -- I'm so very glad now that it didn't resonate with me or I may be one of those people that you see on the streets of Clearwater trying to hawk their pamphlets to the public.

It's honestly quite scary that something like this is going on right here in the United States and that the government doesn't seem to know or care? Or, perhaps , since it's dubbed a 'church' they cannot take any steps to do anything about it. Of course, as this writer points out, one of the tools they use in the church is to turn everything back on the individual. If they complain about misgivings they have about what's happening, then there is something deficient in their lives that needs fixing, not the church. So, even if authorities questioned the members, they likely would get no complaints.

It appears to be organized brain-washing which is quite effective and extremely lucrative for the church at the expense of members.

I appreciate the bravery the author showed to share her experience with the world. She also did a wonderful job narrating it herself, which is not often true of author narrated books.

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

Lots of name-dropping; not much story.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I feel like if they left off half of the names of people she worked with, most of which no one has ever heard of and really don't care about, then this book would've been half as long and twice as interesting. Also, while the descriptions of the songs and music was nicely done, it would've been 10x better if they would have then had at least some clips of the songs and performances they were referencing. Perhaps they didn't due to not wanting to pay for the rights to use the actual music; but it certainly would've been better.

Honestly, I think this whole thing could've been summed up and done in about an hour or less and gotten the gist across and not left me looking to see how much longer it was going to go on, hoping it would be over soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,635

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Not for me. Thought it would be funny. Not.

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I remember enjoying the Bob Newhart Show when I was a kid, but I guess my tastes have changed, because I found very little of this funny or even amusing. Some was slightly interesting, but that's about the best I can say. There were one or two jokes that I found amusing, but the rest was flat and stale to me.

This might be more interesting to someone who is looking to get into comedy or show biz? Not sure that it really offers that much advice, but it does talk about different people, aspects of the business, and how they got their starts.

The best part of the whole thing was the editing and post-production, which made it sound like three or more people were in on each conversation, when, in fact, it was only ever two. Too bad the conversation wasn't more interesting. The addition of clips from shows or stand-up routines was also well done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,071

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just . . . wow.

  • By GHBeckwith on 07-16-18

Charming,clever,heartwarming,heartrending,perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

If you are looking for a fairy tale with a happy ending, this isn't it. If you are looking for something different, something clever and laugh-out-loud funny, for something that will warm the deepest cockles of your heart and then rip it out, look no further!

A brilliantly written and performed story that will make you feel every emotion from the joy of pure, new love to the absolute shattering of your heart. And, as a bonus, it will leave you pondering issues that have been part of our nature since the dawn of time.

Absolutely brilliant work! Would give it 10 stars if I could!

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

All the delightful and bizarre inhabitants of Wonderland are here: the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, the hooka-smoking Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Ugly Duchess... and, of course, Alice herself - growing alternately taller and smaller, attending demented tea parties and eccentric croquet games, and observing everything with clarity and rational amazement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Texts done justice by a truly talented narrator

  • By Liane Posthumus on 04-23-18

Classic stories, Excellent Narration!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

What is there to say about the story? Of course, it's a classic of fanciful adventures that remains unchanged. The narrator here was excellent, bringing the voices and characters to life with ease. Very enjoyable performance.

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

Not her best; too much time on Harrison Ford

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Not the best Carrie Fisher memoir, but mildly entertaining. IMO she spent an exorbitant amount of time telling us how boring and one-sided her affair with Harrison Ford was. Pretty sure we got it about three minutes in; didn't need the extra hour spent on beating that dead horse.

I did enjoy her actual diaries. Some very deep, thoughtful and well done poems in them.

She also spends a lot of time seeming to make fun of fans, though she says she loves the fans and is not making fun of them. Hmmmm ... Well, perhaps less sarcasm in that regard might've been warranted.

Anyway, apart from the actual diary entries, it wasn't one I'd listen to more than once. Not as witty as her other works.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat's Cradle

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,014

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KV at his best.

  • By Robert on 06-22-12

Life is too short to finish this book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

They say that life is too short to spend time finishing bad books and this one qualifies. Apparently Vonnegut's satire is just not for me. Kept hoping something outstanding would happen to make up for the utter boredom of it, but it never did. Gave up about halfway through.

The narration was okay, neither the best or worst I've heard, but the story is just not doing anything for me.

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Waiting for the humor,eye rolls: yes, laughter: no

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Honestly, this is just silly and not funny in the least. I have to give up on a book when I start rolling my eyes every few seconds. The main character is a sixty year old who has been to college but doesn't know where Poland or Wisconsin are, gives out incredibly personal information over the phone to a total stranger who has not even identified themselves, and doesn't know you can refuse a registered letter? Honestly, these are the kind of people I go out of my way to avoid IRL -- grow a brain.

I found nothing humorous about this book at all. Not one laugh or even smile. The characters were flat and simply unrealistic. I got about halfway through waiting for the humor before I had to stop. My eyeballs were threatening to roll out of my head with the idiocy of the whole thing.

The author was just as good a narrator as she is an author. Flat. Not entertaining. Cliched. And, though her southern accents are good, she couldn't do a polish accent if she were being paid to ... which, presumably, she was.

Sorry. Not for me.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,499

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Slow start, worth the wait. Imaginative adventure.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I'm not a gamer. The only games I've ever played were in the late 70s -- PacMan, Space Invaders, Pong, Tetris. I haven't touched a video game since about 1983. I've never played D&D or anything like it. I'm also not a fan of anime. Never watched a single one. I was born in 1962 so a lot of the references to shows and movies in here are a bit after 'my time', but not all.

In short, I didn't recognize MOST of the references in here. I still very much enjoyed the story and appreciated the imaginative writing.

To me, the story started off VERY SLOWLY with too much narration and not enough action. The fact that I didn't 'get' a lot of the references in there might have contributed to how slow and boring it felt. I was on the verge of giving up and returning the book when stuff started happening, and, for the most part, from then on, stuff kept happening and it was great.

Action, adventure, love, friendships, mystery -- it was all there set within a geeky world of games and movies.

Wil Wheaton did a decent job of narration, not the best, not the worst I've heard. Could use some work on female voices, but overall, a good job.

So, final thought? Yeah, worth the listen! I think people slightly younger than me or those who were into more games would enjoy it even more, but even if you don't know every single reference, it's enjoyable and can be followed easily.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,541

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Why have I never listed to this before? Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

An absolutely charming book, twisted little plot, crazy use of over-the-top adverbs, stellar narration, awesome turns of phrases and likable characters.

I honestly don't know why I have never picked this up before. It's a gem!