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Joyce Baldassarre

BROOKHAVEN, PA USA
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  • 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 23,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,040

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

So much more than Trump

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Where does A Higher Loyalty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank it fairly high because it was sincere, HONEST, and real.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Loyalty?

When 45 called Mr. Comey to just say "whazzzzzz up". AMAZED at how corrupt 45 is and how his pathological lying is making all Americans look like fools.

Which scene was your favorite?

there were many scenes prior to 45 that I found fascinating. 45 only comes into play 3/4 of the way through the book. there is so much more that James Comey has done BEFORE the nightmare of 45.

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

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.

Any additional comments?

I applaud James Comey for his dedication, commitment, ethics, morals, and honesty. 45 should take notes on all of those things because he has NONE of them.

  • The Painted Queen

  • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
  • By: Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just did not feel like the Peabody Emersons

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-17

WISH IT WASN'T OVER

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Would you listen to The Painted Queen again? Why?

Absolutely. I will listen to the entire series again.

What did you like best about this story?

I have come to adore the characters and will miss them terribly.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene where Emerson and Peabody interact.

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

I laughed out loud at all the books but now am crying because it's over.

Any additional comments?

I have come to love all of the characters and am so sad that there will not be any new Amelia Peabody books. I love the subject matter, the period in time, and every one of the characters. So bittersweet to know it has come to an end. THANK YOU Elizabeth Peters for creating such a magnificent series.

  • The Bookshop on the Corner

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect books for her readers. But can she write her own happy ever after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book lovers the world over, the New York Times best-selling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Meg Donohue, Sophie Kinsella, and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading

  • By Alexis☺ on 05-28-17

I want to be Nina.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

What did you love best about The Bookshop on the Corner?

Well, I love books. I love getting lost in books and I love anything Scotland. If I could create the perfect life for myself, it would be living in a small village in Scotland, enjoying the simpler life and truly embracing God's nature. Of course the hunky strong silent type of guy makes things even better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bookshop on the Corner?

The first kiss between Nina and Lennox.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nina leaning how to drive the van.

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

When Lennox came to Nina and apologized.

Any additional comments?

what a beautiful, heartwarming, and lovely book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Up Till Now

  • The Autobiography
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Rob on 02-11-12

Laugh out loud experience

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Up Till Now to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. This truly is a book that you must listen to as opposed to read because William Shatner narrates it. Unless you are hearing him you might miss some of the humor and pain.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Up Till Now?

I have been a Shatner fan since I was 10 years old and Star Trek was and is a huge part of my life.

Which character – as performed by William Shatner – was your favorite?

William Shatner of course.

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

yes!

Any additional comments?

William Shatner was and is a hard working actor whose broad range of experiences makes me love him all the more. What a great man, kind, generous, and willing to see his own flaws. If it's possible to love him more after listening to this book, then I do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three and a Half Minutes

  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Workaholic Camille Ashland is at the top of her game. She has built a thriving business, is raising a lovely daughter, and lives in a newly decorated home. Her life is full until a heart attack and near-death experience change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three and a Half Minutes

  • By AnnieS on 11-10-15

Very Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

What made the experience of listening to Three and a Half Minutes the most enjoyable?

The narrator was fabulous! Don't find that too often. I enjoyed the story itself and enjoy happy endings.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Camille. she is the story and her "experiences" were so wonderful.

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

I loved Christa's performance.

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

no extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book. You will enjoy it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cavendon Hall

  • By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sticky Sweet and Shallow

  • By Colorado-reader on 03-18-16

Love this story

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

What did you love best about Cavendon Hall?

I so enjoyed this story, the characters and the plot were all great. Can't wait to listen to the next book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cavendon Hall?

Hugo accepting Daphne despite what happened to her.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was ok with the females but EVERY male sounded like they were 80+ years old. It was very distracting.

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

no

Any additional comments?

get a different narrator.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rose

  • My Life in Service to Lady Astor
  • By: Rosina Harrison
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to be facinated...

  • By Susan on 04-18-13

LOVED this book

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Would you listen to Rose again? Why?

I absolutely would because Rose so genuinely loved Lady Astor and loved being in service. It was never a rich vs poor, haves vs have nots, rather a story of 2 women who were best of friends whether they could acknowledge it or not.

What did you like best about this story?

The way Lady Astor would say "shut up Rose". I would laugh out loud at this and I am sure Rose learned to as well.

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

I really felt like I was listening to Rose herself.

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

yes but could not.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book! What a dame Lady Astor was.

  • Lakeside Cottage

  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

If you trust your heart, you'll always know who you are…Each summer, Kate Livingston returns to her family's lakeside cottage, a place of simple living and happy times - a place where she hopes her son, Aaron, can blossom. But her quiet life gets a bit more interesting with the arrival of a mysterious new neighbor, JD Harris. JD has a good reason for being secretive. In a moment of sheer bravery, the Washington, D.C., paramedic prevented a terrible tragedy - and became a national hero. He's hardly able to remember who he was before the media frenzy…until he escapes to this lovely, remote part of the Northwest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unimpressed

  • By Joyce Baldassarre on 11-21-15

Unimpressed

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no, unless you are into this sort of book. Pretty much they are all the same, just the names and settings change.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

totally expected

Did Emily Durante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

not bad

What would have made this romance irresistible?

I'm not sure.

Any additional comments?

If you've read one romance, you've read them all. There was nothing stand out about this one.

  • Daughters of Eden

  • By: Charlotte Bingham
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Daughters of Eden focuses on the lives and fortunes of four very different young women at the outbreak of the Second World War. Marjorie, left at a boarding school by her emigrating mother; plain Poppy, pushed into marriage with a mean-spirited aristocrat; Kate, despised by her father, but determined to prove herself; and man-mad Lily, who turns out to be the bravest of them all. That all of them are chosen to work undercover for the espionage unit at Eden Park is a surprise, not least to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing book everyone should read.

  • By XX on 09-11-05

Not impressed at all.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Pick one heroine and build the story on that ONE.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

unknown

Which character – as performed by Kim Hicks – was your favorite?

Peony

Could you see Daughters of Eden being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no. this would not make a good show.

Any additional comments?

I had hoped for more.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Loved this book!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I enjoyed this audio so much! Twists and turns and tons of love.

What did you like best about this story?

the twist at the end!

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

Dolly

Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Keeper and why?

Vivian

Any additional comments?

highly recommend this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful