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  • The Glass Castle

  • By: Jeanette Walls
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!

  • By Tracie on 06-24-05

Fascinating!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-07

A fascinating and compelling bittersweet story of growing up poor. Great listen.

  • Sweet and Low

  • A Family Story
  • By: Rich Cohen
  • Narrated by: Rich Cohen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and Sweet'N Low, converting his Brooklyn cafeteria into a factory and amassing the great fortune that would destroy his family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves a bitter aftertaste

  • By Rick on 04-30-06

Bad narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

I found the narration to be monotone and stilted so I could not get past the first thirty minutes. But even with those minutes, I wasn't convinced that I should care about this fmaily.

  • Magical Thinking

  • True Stories
  • By: Augusten Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Augusten Burroughs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best yet!

  • By jpltpl on 10-13-04

A bit repetitive

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

If you've read his other works, you will see how repetitive he is when discussing his life lessons. I didn't find the material to be fresh. Also his narration is stilted.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sweetness in the Belly

  • By: Camilla Gibb
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When Lilly is eight years old, her pot-smoking hippie British parents leave her at a Sufi shrine in Morocco and inform her they will be back to collect her in three days. Three weeks later, she learns they've been murdered. Lilly fills that haunted hollow in her life with intense study and memorization of the Qur'an under the patient care of the Sufi saint's disciple she was entrusted to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet Tale

  • By Ciara on 03-12-07

Bittersweet Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

It took me awhile to get into it, but eventually the story drew me in. The author does a great job of illustrating Muslim life in Ethiopia in the 1970s and how the political upheaval changed the country forever. Good history lesson for those in the western world.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lovers and Players

  • By: Jackie Collins
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power, mega money, and two murders equal one reckless week in New York. Lovers and Players takes you on a high-powered trip from Park Avenue to Brooklyn. Jackie Collins is back in her most deliciously scandalous novel yet. And she's giving her readers a revealing look into the private realms of her fabulously rich and sexy cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Red Diamond's Dysfunctional Family

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 03-11-06

Narration bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

I could not even get through the first twenty minutes. The narrator does a bad job of representing the character's voices and she is annoying to listen to.

  • The Other Side of the Story

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen a Little Longer..

  • By Laurie on 11-24-05

Whiney Characters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

The entire time I listened to this, the characters drove me nuts with their constant complaining. Her other books are better.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud funny

  • By Susan on 05-13-08

Cute Love Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

I love Sophie Kinsella for her lighthearted stories. This is an amusing tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nanny Diaries

  • By: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny and Great Characters

  • By D. Houston on 01-26-05

Cheesy Ending

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

I was enthralled through most of the book. Definitely interesting to hear how the rich live in NY, but the ending I found to be cornball.

  • L'Affaire

  • By: Diane Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

When Amy Hawkins, a young dot-com executive from California who has made her fortune at the top of NASDAQ, overhears a pair of elderly and thus much wiser socialites decry the new generation for their incompetence in all things worldly, she sets off for Europe to find culture, her roots, and maybe a cause to devote her considerable fortune to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful comedy of manners

  • By london girl on 10-24-03

Ending predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

Overall this is an interesting book and paints a good picture of the main characters and their interaction with each other. However I did find that the ending fell flat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Romp; wonderfully performed

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 03-10-05

Hated it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-07

I am a big fan of the Bridget Jones books, but this one pales in comparision. The entire story is absurd.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful