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  • Fame

  • The Hijacking of Reality
  • By: Justine Bateman
  • Narrated by: Justine Bateman
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past. Mining decades of experience, writer, director, producer, and actress Justine Bateman writes a visceral, intimate look at the experience of Fame. Combining the internal reality-shift of the famous, theories on the public’s behavior at each stage of a famous person’s career, and the experiences of other famous performers, Bateman takes the listener inside and outside the emotions of Fame

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too brash and seemingly whiny....

  • By Harmony garcia on 10-15-18

nothing new about fame

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Justine I wish you WOULD have written a memoir, I am a fan, I think you are cool, beautiful and tough but this book
was disappointing. You probably can't remember what pre fame was like, but guess what, other people feel threatened at times when home alone or walking by themselves even if they aren't famous. Other people get special treatment that ends when they lose their looks, retire from prestigious job, move etc. It's not a revelation that some people get more attention on the red carpet than others or that some assholes treat people poorly that they view as beneath them, that happens to non famous people too. Of course it's to a different degree and being known by everyone is something most of us don't experience and can't relate to but you didn't really talk that much about the psychology of that. You did talk about your theory on the problems with getting famous when you're too young but honestly I wanted more of that.
On you hating memoirs, I love memoirs, its a huge genre for a reason, it's fun to read about someone else's life, it brings us together, helps us connect and understand each other. Why do you have to be so special that someone else has to write a biography about you before you have the right to write a memoir. Everyones life is a study in humanity.
If you don't like memoirs then don't read them, but I wish you would 've written one, it would, I'm sure have been a lot more interesting.

Following a list of fantastic memoirs
Born a Crime Trevor Noah
Shoedog
In Pieces Sally Field
I am Malala
From the corner of the Oval
A Higher Loyalty
After Perfect
I can't make this up
This is me
the last black unicorn
Promise me dad
Running man
Into the magic shop
the rainbow comes and goes
lab girl
A Million miles
Spaceman

These are only some of the wonderful memoirs that have shown me others perspectives, adventures, ways of thinking etc.
Don't short change yourself eliminating this entire genre. Astronauts, politicians, business people, etc.







10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,237

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. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

Loved it!! Talented writer and actor!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

First I am a huge Sally Field fan. I admire her acting and remember being a huge fan when I was a kid.
This book revealed a Sally Field I had no idea existed.
She did an amazing job reading the book and I know it must have been very difficult in parts to relive.
I do agree with other reviews that said it felt like we got tons of detail until the last few chapters and then years of her life where just skimmed over. Sally we need volume 2, lol.
Thank you for sharing your story, you are an amazing writer, so talented and brilliant. Your brother has nothing on you in the brains department, so gifted, talented, beautiful and honest!
Definitely recommend, I loved it.

  • Superficial

  • More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed "the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila" by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades, Andy tells us not only what goes down but exactly what he thinks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was so excited but disappointed

  • By Lauren on 11-26-16

So entertaining, I love it!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This is my 3rd book by Andy Cohen, I'm kind of a new fan, I only watch Beverly Hills housewives, but his books are so fun!
They make me happy to listen to. I get to live vicariously thru andy and all his adventures.
It's the definition of name dropping but it's fun rather than obnoxious,
Hey Andy, it's AN GINA not AU GINA medical pronunciations are important,, lol.
I hope Andy keeps writing and sharing his journals with us it's a welcome break from other less superficial things going on.
It's really fun having him read them, even though he complains about it, he does a great job.
Don/t stop Andy I love it!!

  • Most Talkative

  • Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!

  • By Roberta on 07-02-12

Really enjoyed the book!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Had fun listening to this book! Sorry when it ended!
Had many laugh out loud moments! Made me want to listen to one of his other books!

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,037

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

Loved it, listened to it twice

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

What did you love best about A Higher Loyalty?

Excellent book, easy to listen to, one of the best books I've listened to. I hesitated to buy it because the last thing I wanted was to read another political book, but it was really about Jim Comey, his story.

I found it uplifting and encouraging. I ended up believing and greatly admiring him. I was not to happy with him when he announced he was reopening the Clinton email investigation. I felt he may have handed the election to Trump although I believe this is all meant to be and that like his fire analogy, something good or maybe even great will come of all this. It will shine a light on all the corruption in Washington and wake everyone up.

I definitely recommend this book, really good, I never listen to a book twice but there was something calming about listening. Maybe it was a relief to listen to an honest, value driven, brilliant, good person speak vs the polar opposite of not just the president but so many others. It just felt good and he did a great job reading it.

What other book might you compare A Higher Loyalty to and why?

n/a

Which character – as performed by James Comey – was your favorite?

N/a

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N/a

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  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,917

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

  • By Lili on 11-16-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Scott did a beautiful job of reinforcing my plan to stay in the surface of earth !! He was humble and honest sharing personal as well as professional stories.
I learned a lot about the ISS and space travel and the special breed of humans that devote their lives to furthering our understanding of space and the world around us

  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

fall in love with Mayte instead of Prince

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Most Beautiful the most enjoyable?

Her beautiful voice and delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Beautiful?

All of it. The terrible loss of their baby.

What does Mayte Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her beautiful speaking voice, her emotions, she breaks down in parts and laughs in others it was like having her with you telling her story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely made me cry in parts.

Any additional comments?

Loved it and wish Mayte the best.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead

  • Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man
  • By: Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Jerry Weintraub
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,089

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories!

  • By Myles on 12-31-14

loved this book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Where does When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

at the top

Who was your favorite character and why?

main character, memoir

Have you listened to any of Jerry Weintraub’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

A little long for that, but enjoyed every bit of listening

Any additional comments?

Wonderful honest book

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,071

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Anita on 01-24-17

Academy Award Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Born a Crime to be better than the print version?

This was one of the absolute best audio performances I've ever listened too.Book was Excellent and Trevor was perfect! Loved it!!

What did you like best about this story?

Trevor's performance was awesome, I learned so much about growing up in South Africa, apartheid, prejudice. It was really really good.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick, the whole book was wonderful

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last sentence was beautiful

Any additional comments?

I am now officially in love with Trevor Noah and consider myself further evolved in my thinking about race and social hierarchy, and it all was wrapped in a wonderfully entertaining book read by an amazing storyteller.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Thing Called Life

  • On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
  • By: Linda Thompson
  • Narrated by: Linda Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated yet enigmatic modern American superstars - Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its hard to not fall in love with the lovely Linda

  • By Leahmgordon on 08-27-16

wanted to hear story but soo incredibly sappy

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Would you try another book from Linda Thompson and/or Linda Thompson?

I doubt it unless I was so interested in the content that I could get thru the the sugary, sappy, kind of ridiculousness

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Thing Called Life?

Her life with Elvis but it's filled with how special she is how perfect she is I would of preferred a more realistic real portrayal of her life sans the over dramatized portrayals of everyone in book especially her. Even her voice is sappy and sugary sweet. The poetry just took it to another level. I feel sticky after listening.

What three words best describe Linda Thompson’s performance?

sugary, sappy, dramatic.

Could you see A Little Thing Called Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

That I can see. Don't know who could play the parts.

Any additional comments?

Maybe better to read this book than listen since her voice adds even more of the sappiness. If not hearing her voice which to be fair is pleasant sounding, you may not get such a huge dose of sugar.The actual experiences are quite interesting, just wish she could have been more honest about with us about what she was feeling. Instead of floating in a cloud of perfection and innocent goodness thru this "wonderful life" ahhhhh.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful