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Ms. L. Murphy

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Shockingly Addictive - A Must Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-19

This is hands down my favourite book of the year, I finished it in about three days and was saddened when it was over.
I know nothing about blood testing, Silicon Valley, or tech startups, but this book was incredibly well written - like a thriller novel, actually - and everything made perfect sense. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is one of greed, deception, and corporate abuse of employees and whistle blowers. This story will eventually be made into a Hollywood movie, but for me this book will always be infinitely more engrossing and fascinating, it is the definitive story of the Theranos scandal and absolutely unmissable.

A Farewell to Miss D

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-18

This is Kathryn Sermack's charming memoir of her tenure as the personal assistant to the invincible Bette Davis in the last years of her life. Sermack cared a great deal for 'Miss D' and was right by her side throughout some of Davis' greatest trials, her stroke, fight back to health, and the shattering betrayal of her beloved daughter BD's book. The two women formed an incredible bond and Sermack's warmth towards her employer turned close friend is undeniable and heartwarming. A touching tribute, sprinkled with fascinating insights and sage advice. A loving and thoughtful book in tribute to a larger than life woman, thoroughly recommended.

Memories of a Life Cut Short

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

This is a bittersweet memoir of Rob Littell's 20 year friendship with John F Kennedy Jr, bittersweet because John, his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren were tragically killed in a plane crash in 1999. John comes across as a very kind, down to earth guy who cared plenty about his friends and everyone else he knew in his short life. The author is surprisingly astute, and discusses John's relationship with fame, his mother, and complex family with a clear eyed perspective. There are many fun and light hearted stories of the two growing up, and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. Obviously these stories are tinted with tragedy, but it was a lovely book all the same. A very kind and fitting tribute to a man who wanted to be more than an extension of his father's legacy, but a good man by his own merit.

Not a Biography, a Legacy

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This is not a biography of a Kurt Cobain, but rather various discussions on aspects of culture that have been impacted by the life - and death - of Kurt Cobain. Some of it is quite slow going, such as the fashion chapter, but otherwise it’s a fascinating and quick read with a few personal stories and lesser known facts. My favourite part was the in depth discussion of addiction and suicide. One issue I found though, was that the narrator can speak a bit too quickly on occasion, causing me to have to go back and catch certain words and sentences.

Gossipy Fun, Well Narrated

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book delving into the lives of Jacqueline Kennedy, Janet Auchincloss and Lee Radziwill. Lots of gossip and insight into a world of glamour, feuding, and tragedy, with many touching moments. Narration was amazing and really brought things to life.

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Dry History

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I found much of this book to be long, tedious, disjointed conversations about people I've never heard of. While I enjoyed some insights, such as family life in the White House, much of it was just too dry for my tastes. I imagine for die hard history buffs it'll be a great treat, but a disappointment for me. Audio could also be iffy at times too, words mumbled or blocked out entirely by outside noises, like planes overhead.

Quick and entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-18

A fast memoir of the making of the 1960 movie Spartacus. A great, quick read loaded with a significant social history and fun anecdotes, very much enjoyed.